College Profile: The George Bush School of Government and Public Service - Online School
Committed to realizing the noble vision of its founder, George Bush, 41st President of the United States, the mission of the Bush School of Government and Public Service is to educate principled leaders in public and international affairs, conduct research, and perform service.
Inspired by President Bush's vision and committed to its mission, 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 reinforces and contributes to the others.
The mission statement highlights three elements that inform all activities at the Bush School. Foremost is the cultivation of principled leaders, a primary goal of the School. In recruiting students, we seek individuals who have already shown a predisposition for leadership, and we work to develop and hone their skills. Important elements of this effort are workshops focused on communication, conflict resolution, and power and influence, the understanding of which enhances the student's ability to manage and lead effectively. Although no program can provide instruction that assures its graduates will conduct themselves in a principled manner, the Bush School strives to instill and reinforce this commitment to principled service among its students.
Second, the Bush School recognizes the vital importance of the research conducted by its faculty and research institutes. In addition to contributions to the broader discipline of public affairs and public administration, our research also significantly enhances Bush School students' educational experience. For example, through the Capstone courses, every Bush School student has the opportunity to work with a team on a real-world project for a real-world client, guided by knowledgeable faculty members. These clients range from local nonprofits to state and federal agencies and international organizations. The School is also home to the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy and the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, which conduct cutting-edge research on issues of public policy and world affairs.
Third, the School takes as one of its cornerstones the idea of giving back to the community through public service. George Bush, 41st President of the United States, has repeatedly stressed that public service is a "noble calling" and "that a successful life, by definition includes service to others." The masters programs at the Bush School are designed for people who have decided to devote a significant portion of their lives to improving the well-being of others through public and civic action. An important part of the Bush School experience is the opportunity to engage in public service outside the classroom, including a summer internship and student-led public service projects that enable students to apply what they learn in external settings.