Texas A&M, often referred to as simply “A&M” or “TAMU,” is a public, coeducational research university located in College Station, Texas. Founded in 1876, the school is a part of the Texas A&M University System, one of the top 10 college systems in the country. The student body of A&M is not only the largest in Texas but also one of the largest in the nation. Texas A&M is designated as a space, sea and land grant institution — the only school in the state to hold all three designations.
Texas A&M University Accreditation Details
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the body responsible for the accreditation of Texas A&M University. In addition, a significant number of the school’s programs and curricula are recognized and accredited by each field’s appropriate accrediting body.
Texas A&M University Application Requirements
Texas A&M indicates that a student is considered a graduate applicant if he or she previously holds a bachelor’s degree or some type of professional degree or equivalent. The student must also either be a permanent resident or citizen of the U.S. or an international student who previously attended a degree-seeking program from A&M. Prospective graduate students must submit a completed online application, a nonrefundable $50 application fee and official transcripts and records from all previously attended universities or colleges. Students must also send required test scores such as the GMAT or GRE directly to the school, and admitted students must provide current proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis. Depending on the graduate degree a student is seeking, he or she may also be required to submit a resume or curriculum vitae, a statement of purpose or essay and letters of recommendation.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Depending on the graduate degree pursued, students can expect to pay anywhere from $820 for a one-credit-hour course to up to $$7,598 for 18 hours of courses. To make tuition calculation easy for prospective students, Texas A&M offers a tuition calculator in which students may input the graduate degree they’re seeking as well as the number of courses and hours they wish to take per semester.
In addition, A&M offers a number of financial aid options to help students pay for college costs, including private, institutional, state and federal funds. On-campus student employment, waivers, loans, grants, work-study and scholarships are available to help offset the cost of tuition, and students receive an estimated $734 million in financial assistance each year. Approximately 72% of Texas A&M students receive some type of financial assistance.
Online Degrees Available
Texas A&M offers a number of online master’s degrees across a range of fields, including law, science, agriculture and life sciences, public health, nursing, medicine, government and public service, geosciences, engineering, education and human development.
Students seeking a career in nursing may take advantage of one of three online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees offered by Texas A&M, including an MSN in Nursing Education, an MSN in Forensic Nursing and an MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner. These degrees prepare graduates to practice as care providers to a wide range of clients while focusing on illness management, disease prevention, risk reduction and health promotion. Applicants must live in Texas and hold an unencumbered, active RN license in order to apply to the MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner program, and several states are excluded from the MSN in Forensic Nursing program due to higher education regulations.
The school offers an online Master of Geoscience (MGsc.) degree for students wishing to advance their education in this rapidly growing field. The online program offers an opportunity for working professionals in the gas and oil industry to add significant career advantages in the application of petroleum within geographic information science and technology. The MGsc. degree is exclusively online and requires coursework in geospatial intelligence, geology, geophysics and geography, geographic information systems, Internet mapping, sustainable land management, resource water management and ecosystem conservation. The curriculum maintains the same academic standards and demands the same academic rigor as the on-campus program.
Students seeking a graduate degree in the healthcare sector may elect to pursue an online Master of Science in Education for Health Care Professionals degree. This degere is offered completely online and is designed as a collaboration between the Colleges of Medicine Nursing and Dentistry. The degree consists of a 34-credit-hour thesis or 36-credit-hour non-thesis, and coursework includes education-focused classes such as teaching practicum, assessment and evaluation for healthcare professionals, curriculum foundations for healthcare professionals, teaching and learning theory and advanced innovative teaching strategies. Students will also take scholarly/research-focused courses and leadership-focused courses to round out the degree program.
Texas A&M boasts a number of online master’s degrees in the field of education, including a Master of Education (MED) in Bilingual Education, an MED in Curriculum and Instruction, an MED in Educational Administration, an MED in Special Education, an MED in Educational Technology and an MED in Educational Psychology. In addition, students may choose to pursue a Master of Science (MS) degree instead, and the school offers several online degrees, including an MS in Sport Management, an MS in Special Education, an MS in Health Education, an MS in Educational Psychology, an MS in Educational Human Resource Development and an MS in Bilingual Education. Students will develop the skills and experience necessary to seek a career in the education sector by applying and developing STEM knowledge, investigating research-based content themes and theory and by focusing on evaluation, coordination and development within schools and other educational settings.
The school offers two master’s degrees in its School of Law, including a Master of Jurisprudence in Jurisprudence and a Master of Laws in Laws. The M.Jur. is designed for professionals who seek legal training and education and who want a strong foundational knowledge of the legal principles and policy that impact their industry. Students are not eligible to take any state bar examination, and this 30-credit-hour online master’s degree is not intended for students seeking a career in law. The LL.M. degree is an advanced program for students who already hold a J.D. or its equivalent and who are wishing to develop a specialization in a particular legal area, including students who wish to sit for the Texas Bar Examination upon graduation from Texas A&M University.