Inspired by our 41st President H. W. Bush's vision, the Bush School offers a comprehensive educational experience designed to cultivate professionalism and principle in public service. All academic programs integrate three components — a carefully-designed curriculum, experiential learning, and self-study — each of which reinforce and contribute to the others. The Bush School takes a broad view of public service, stressing the opportunities for service at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels as well as in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Indeed some of the most important tasks in public service are inventing ways to form cross-sector partnerships serving the common good. The Bush School strives to equip its students to undertake such challenges. Once enrolled, online students can look forward to:
The Bush School welcomes working professionals and students who need flexibility in order to further their education. The Bush School's online graduate level certificate programs have been developed for those interested in public policy and service that cannot (for whatever reason) attend in-residence programs. Further, we appreciate the varied backgrounds that professionals from many fields, different levels of government, and the military bring to our programs. Therefore, you will find that the Bush School's graduate-level certificate programs offer experience rich environments, are highly interactive, and provide an educational environment unmatched by other universities.
The Bush School of Texas A&M University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane; Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; 404-679-4501). All programs are also reviewed and approved through internal Texas A&M governing bodies and, where appropriate, through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
The Graduate Certificate in Advanced International Affairs with an emphasis on Defense Policy and Military Affairs focuses on military power and defense strategy as critical elements in ensuring a country's continued prosperity and security. Students will examine strategic concepts, military capabilities, deterrence, defense doctrine, and tactical operations, both from historical and future perspectives.
This certificate stands alone as a focused program of instruction, but the credits can also be used toward an appropriate master's degree.
The Graduate Certificate in Advanced International Affairs with an emphasis in Diplomacy focuses on international negotiations and diplomacy as the means to achieve national objectives. They will be acquainted with the successes and failures of diplomacy in the recent past, the challenges facing diplomats in the future, the techniques of effective diplomacy, and the regions of the world that pose the greatest threat to international stability.
The Graduate Certificate in Advanced International Affairs with an emphasis on Intelligence focuses on all the major disciplines of intelligence, including human intelligence, covert action, signals intelligence, imagery intelligence, and counterintelligence. Students learn the tools of successful intelligence operations, tradecraft, applied technology, and ethical considerations.
The Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security with an emphasis on Critical Infrastructure Protection focuses on the many areas of critical infrastructure security, with a strong focus on protection of critical assets and resources. Students will have the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of critical infrastructure sectors, how they can be protected, and their interdependence for homeland security actions.
The certificate meets the need of professionals to earn a credential in this demanding and developing field. This certificate can stand alone as a focused program of instruction, or it can be used toward an appropriate master's degree.
The Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security with an emphasis on Emergency and Crisis Preparedness & Management focuses on operational concerns and approaches in preparing for and managing emergencies and the application of crisis management tools. Students will examine a broad array of emergency and crisis scenarios and managerial responses.
The Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security with an emphasis on Homeland Security Policy & Management focuses on homeland security policy issues and the development and implementation of policy in a wide variety of environments. Students will gain a broad understanding of federal, state, local, and international homeland security legislation, policies, and strategies and the overall management of homeland security.
The Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security with an emphasis on National Security Policy focuses on national security policy with a strong emphasis on federal policies, national strategies, and the nexus between homeland security and national security arenas. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the principles of homeland security and national security policies and the tensions and tradeoffs in this policy area.
Performance and fiscal management are some of the most important management skills in nonprofit organizations. The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management with an emphasis in Fiscal & Performance Management is particularly valuable because it helps students gain skills related to fiscal oversight, while fostering knowledge of program performance. Counting the money is only part of the concern, nonprofit need to strive toward mission accomplishment and this emphasis prepares students to improve organizational performance.
Fundraising is a fast growing and dynamic employment opportunity in the nonprofit sector. The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management - Fundraising & Philanthropy provides an overview of philanthropy in American society, combined with practical skills related to fund-raising such as grant-writing. This program prepares students to management fund-raising activities in nonprofit organizations.
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are the third wheel of civilized society. From developed to developing countries NGOs are instrumental to improve the quality of life, ensure safety, and promote prosperity. Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management with an emphasis in International Nongovernmental Organizations reveals the challenges and opportunities NGOs face in a global context.
Nonprofits are complex multi-faceted entities that require leaders and managers to work well with people, understand finances, coordinate stakeholders, and secure resources. The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management with an emphsis in Leadership & Management exposes students to the technical and interpersonal skills required to lead nonprofit organizations.
With this preparation students will be able to offer effective leadership in the management of nonprofit organizations. Students complete 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and can stand alone as a focused program of instruction, or they can be used toward an appropriate master's degree.
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Online course are delivered via Blackboard® a password protected course management environment. Courses are asynchronous and can be accessed anytime-anywhere with an Internet connection.
Students may take Bush School Online courses online from anywhere - anytime.
While we always enjoy having online students visit our beautiful and impressive campus, there are no on-campus requirements. If at anytime a student does wish to visit the Bush School please let us know in advance and we will be happy to arrange a tour.
Contact us and let a helpful Financial Services Representative guide you through your Financial Aid options and help determine the best program for you. Programs include: Federal Stafford Loan, Federal PLUS Loan, Federal Pell Grant.
Contact the Bush School Online for application and registration information. One of our friendly admissions advisors is standing by to help you with the process.
I have had phenomenal faculty members who not only excelled in their respective fields of study, but cared about me personally and my educational experience.#Benjamin Franklin