Distance Learning

Texas A&M U Launches Online Master's of Public Service

Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government and Public Service is launching an online Executive Master of Public Service and Administration (EMPSA).

The 39-hour degree will feature a two one-week on-campus residencies each July and does not require a thesis.

"Designed for individuals working in full-time professional careers, the new executive program will deliver high-quality and high-impact coursework and help students develop in-depth, advanced skills in public service leadership, critical investigative and evaluative proficiencies and the decision-making expertise essential for public sector careers," according to a news release. "Applicants must have at least five years of professional experience, preferably in one of the two curricular track areas of Homeland Security or Nonprofit Management."

In addition to the security and nonprofit specialization courses, all students will take courses focused on areas such as management, leadership and policy analysis and research methods. Online classes will be organized in 15-week fall and spring terms and 10-week summer terms and will take two to three years to complete.

"Like many professionals, public servants often are unable to attend traditional residence master's programs due to job and time constraints," said Leonard Bright, assistant dean of graduate education in the school's Department of Public Service and Administration, in a prepared statement. "By providing this online option, we are able to offer those individuals the same high-quality educational experience our students enjoy on campus."

More information is available at bush.tamu.edu.

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