Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service is expanding its footprint to Washington, D.C., with a new teaching site set to open in the fall.

The first classes in the graduate program’s new site are scheduled to begin in early 2021, pending approvals, according to a press release from the university. The site will offer courses toward the master of international policy degree. Other university programs such as law, health care and food security are being considered as well.

“The expansion of Texas A&M and the Bush School into Washington, D.C., is consistent with the vision of the school’s founder and namesake, the late President George H.W. Bush,” Bush School Dean Mark Welsh said in the release. “President Bush believed that public service is a noble calling. The opportunity to educate future leaders in our nation’s capital allows us to reach so many more students who are following, or seeking to follow, that noble calling.”

The new site must be approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission.

“Washington, D.C., is the perfect next site for Texas A&M and the Bush School,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in the release. “Aggies are known as doers, leaders and selfless servants. Our nation and indeed the world will benefit from these professionals who seek to serve.”

The release states the master of international policy degree is targeted toward working professionals who want to further their knowledge of international affairs and national security. Students must have at least six years of work experience in international affairs or national security to be admitted to the program.

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