Texas A&M University



Established in 1997, the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University is co-located on the campus with the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library. The Master�s Program in International Affairs (MPIA) is a professional degree program with several distinguishing qualities.

First, it provides an exceptional graduate education in international affairs at relatively moderate costs. In fact, every admitted student pays residency rates and receives an academic scholarship. For example, in fall 2012, tuition/fees cost $11.5K a year and scholarship offers ranged from $1K-30K per year.

Second, its faculty and staff have a singularity of focus working exclusively with professional master�s degree students.

Third, the School is integrated into a major research university with an array of professional colleges that offer teaching and research that enrich an international affairs education (from nuclear engineering to rural public health, from international agriculture to geoscience).

Fourth, its faculty represent a range of key disciplines and many join us with distinguished careers in public service (e.g., prior dean was former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates; current dean (on leave) is Ambassador Ryan Crocker; acting dean is former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card).

The MPIA offers career tracks in National Security & Diplomacy and International Economics & Development, along with a multitude of concentration courses to develop focused studies. Despite the young age of the Bush School, its graduates have quickly established themselves in exciting careers in government, nonprofits, international organizations, think tanks, international financial institutions, and businesses.

APSIA Membership: Full APSIA Member School



Bush School of Government & Public Service
2129 Allen Bldg
4220 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4220

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Degree Requirements

Masters Program in International Affairs (MPIA) - 18-21 Months

  • 6 required core courses
  • 10 electives; a minimum of two concentrations of three courses each; three courses tied to their track
  • Non-credit bearing internship or intensive language program for those without substantive work experience
  • Capstone seminar (one semester)
  • Demonstrated oral proficiency in a foreign language

Fields of Specialization

MPIA: Students in the MPIA choose a primary track to shape their two to three concentration interests.


  • International Economic Development (IE&D)
  • International Economics (IE&D)
  • Multinational Enterprises and Public Policy (IE&D)
  • American Diplomacy in World Affairs (NS&D)
  • Defense Policy and Military Affairs (NS&D)
  • Intelligence as an Instrument of Statecraft (NS&D)
  • Homeland Security
  • International Politics
  • Regional Studies (China, European Studies, Middle East)

    As well, students have an opportunity to supplement their degree coursework through online or resident graduate certificates throughout Texas A&M University. Some of the more notable are offered through the Bush School:

  • Certificate in Advanced International Affairs (CAIA): 4 courses; online or in-residence
  • Certificate in China Studies (CCHS): 4 courses; in-residence
  • Certificate in Homeland Security (CHLS): 5 courses; online
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management (CNPM): 4 courses; online or in-residence

    Joint Degrees

    There are currently no joint degrees with other graduate programs at Texas A&M University, only research opportunities, elective classes, and graduate certificates. Right now, the only joint degrees with the MPIA are 5-year programs available to TAMU undergraduates in economics and international studies.

    Core Courses

    Master�s Program in International Affairs (MPIA) :

  • BUSH 601: Leadership and Public Administration
  • BUSH 631: Quantitative Methods in Public Management I
  • BUSH 632: Quantitative Methods in Public Management II (IE&D students)
  • INTA 605: American Foreign Policy since World War II
  • INTA 606: International Politics in Theory and Practice
  • INTA 608: Fundamentals of the Global Economy
  • INTA 670: Capstone Seminar
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