The Bush School of Government and Public Service

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The Bush School of Government and Public Service
George Bush Presidential Library.jpg
Established 1997 (1997)
Type Public
Parent institution Texas A&M University
Endowment $42.6 million[1]
Dean Ryan Crocker
Academic staff 41[citation needed]
Students 600 (2013)[1]
Location College Station, Texas, US
30.3553,-96.217
Affiliations APSIA
Website bush.tamu.edu

The Bush School of Government and Public Service is a graduate college of Texas A&M University. The school is named in honor of former US President George H. W. Bush. The school offers graduate degrees in Public Service and Administration and the International Affairs, while also providing certificates in graduate programs that are completed online and through local continuing education opportunities. The Bush School's programs are housed in the George Bush Presidential Library on the West Campus of Texas A&M University.

According to U.S. News & World Report, The Bush School ranks in the top 13 percent of public affairs programs and is ranked 33rd overall among public affairs graduate schools in the United States.[citation needed] The Master's Program in International Affairs program is one of just 33 member programs recognized by the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.[citation needed] The Master of Public Service and Administration program is fully accredited by the National Association of Public Affairs and Administration.[citation needed]

Background[edit]

The George Bush Presidential Library was established in 1997 on 90 acres (36 ha; 0.14 sq mi) of land donated by Texas A&M at the western edge of the campus. At that time, The George Bush School of Government and Public Service was established to coincide with the opening of the library. While the school was officially launched in 1997, it became an independent college within the university in 2000.[2] The school has established three research institutes on campus, to conduct public policy-oriented research to assist domestic and global economies. These institutes include the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy; the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs; and the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy.[3]

The Bush School was named in honor of former US President George H. W. Bush. He has been involved in providing direction in the organization by helping bring noted professors, as well as individuals from the public and private sectors to the campus. Visitors have included Ban Ki-moon, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ted Kennedy, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Helmut Kohl, Peter Orszag, Mitt Romney, Mike Krzyzewski, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Karl Rove, Andrew Card, Dan Quayle, Antonin Scalia, Ryan Crocker, Michael Mullen, and Jiang Zemin.[citation needed]

Degree programs[edit]

Master of Public Service and Administration

The Bush School offers a Master of Public Service and Administration degree with the option to pursue either the Public Policy Analysis track or the Public Management track. The Master of Public Service and Administration degree program offers five areas of concentration, encompassing degrees in nonprofit management, state government/local government, security policy/management, energy, environment, technology policy/management; and health policy/management. Students also have the option to create their own specialized concentration within either track.[citation needed]

Master's Program in International Affairs

The Master's Program in International Affairs offers the option to pursue the National Security and Diplomacy or the International Development and Economic Policy track. The degree program offers eight concentrations, including US diplomacy, defense policy, homeland security, international economics and development, international politics, and transfer pricing.[citation needed]

Research institutes[edit]

Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy

The Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy was initially established as the Center for Public Leadership Studies (CPLS). As The Bush School's academic programs continued to grow, the educational portion of CPLS transitioned to an institute in fall 2000. The Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy focuses on interdisciplinary research, development, implementation, and dissemination of the results of studies within the Texas A&M University System, as well as domestically and throughout the world.[4]

The Institute examines state, federal, and international public policy issues, while also reviewing political and societal concerns encompassing policies governing environmental and natural resources, health care, infrastructure and the built environment, and developing and recognizing emerging technologies. Since 2000, the Institute has attracted over $15 million in competitive funding from federal and state agencies and has partnered with researchers from US and international universities, government agencies, and research centers.[4]

Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs

The Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs was established in 2007, named in honor of Brent Scowcroft, retired US Air Force Lieutenant General and National Security Advisor for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush. The Institute focuses on assessing, addressing, and presenting policy-oriented research on international affairs. They support the school through hosting educational conferences and providing opportunities for researchers to access the Bush Library.[5]

Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy

The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy, was established in October 2009 in honor of Robert Mosbacher, who had served as the US Secretary of Commerce during George H. W. Bush's presidency. The organization performs research to offer solutions in policy and economic challenges prevalent both domestically and throughout the world.[6]

Student organizations[edit]

  • Student Government Association
  • Public Service Organization
  • The Public Servant Journal
  • Bushwhacker Athletics
  • Foreign Language & Culture Society
  • Alexander Hamilton Society

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Coordinates: 30°35′52″N 96°21′08″W / 30.5977°N 96.3522°W / 30.5977; -96.3522