Texas A&M’s Mays Executive MBA fits busy schedules of business professionals

Successful business professionals want better career opportunities, increased salaries, and more work challenges. By combining a proven track record with an Executive MBA, an ambitious businessperson can be well prepared for senior leadership positions.

Balancing present careers with preparation for future success can be a challenge for busy professionals. Texas A&M’s Mays Business School’s Executive MBA program was designed specifically to accommodate this work/life/study strategy.

“The Mays Executive MBA is designed for the seasoned business leader,” says Arvind Mahajan, associate dean for graduate programs at Mays Business School. “Our particular program has students with an average of 16 years in business. To accommodate their busy schedules, they earn a full-time MBA degree but through a more intensive schedule of classes held on alternating weekends.”

After a required residency week on the Texas A&M University main campus,  Mays Business School candidates attend classes in Houston on alternating weekends at the Mays CityCentre facility which was specifically designed for this program. Students enroll each July and complete the program in just 21 months with a summer break between academic years.

The interdisciplinary curriculum rests on the foundation of producing “Transformational Leaders Who Create and Sustain Value.” The integrated business disciplines include management, business analytics, finance, marketing, strategy, accounting, operations, and communication. Classes stimulate peer discussion, present case studies for analysis by small groups, and promote cooperative work in a rigorous business-model environment. Students also hone skills outside of the classroom.

The “Disaster City Experience,” especially important in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, places students at the forefront of a mock crisis. Students also visit the Washington Campus, a four-day consortium that provides residential seminars on the business-government interface. Through an inside-the-beltway interface with political leaders and policy experts, participants begin to understand the dynamics between business and public policy. Finally, the Capstone Project requires candidates to utilize their recently acquired skills by tackling a strategic challenge within their very own company.

Julie Orzabal, director of the Mays Executive MBA program, explains: “You step away from our program with confidence, you become a better decision maker by challenging your own mental models, you enhance your career, and that’s going to give you the ability to enhance your life.”

The Mays Executive MBA is going to give students the ability to analyze complex situations,” says Orzabal. “Students at this level are prepared to take on more management responsibilities. You have to challenge your mental models. It is not about having the right answer; it is about asking the right questions.”

Transferrable skill is the No. 1 career benefit of an MBA degree, according to U.S. News & World Report. The publication also cited the higher employment rates of MBA candidates. In fact, 96% of employers surveyed said that hiring an MBA graduate adds value to their companies.

“You should immediately be able to apply what you are learning on the weekends to Monday morning when you are back at work,” says Orzabal. “That’s the beauty of having such an accomplished cohort in the classroom, which is very much a peer-learning environment. Because it is a collaborative environment, this is a safe place to practice and bring your work issues in.”

Mays Business School is consistently ranked among the top 20 public business schools in the country. In 2017, the Financial Times ranked the Mays Executive MBA Program as No. 10 public overall in the U.S.

“Virtually all of the Mays Executive MBA classes are taught by our full-time faculty, most of who are distinguished researchers, who drive from Texas A&M’s main campus to teach in our Houston program,” added Mahajan.

Given the Aggie Network, it is no surprise that Mays Business School consistently ranks among the top networking institutions in the world. Every Executive MBA candidate joins the ranks of nearly 400,000 current and former students across the Aggie Network. “Mays EMBA students are from all over the world and have loyalty to the Aggie Network while proudly wearing their Aggie Rings,” observes Orzabal.

Executives by their very nature crave advancement, but even seasoned business leaders often lack the time and understanding to reach that next level. By creating an intensive, collaborative environment that integrates with the candidate’s busy life, Mays produces Executive MBA graduates who clearly add value to their organizations and their careers.

Mays Business School is currently accepting applications for Fall 2018, which marks the 20th Executive MBA cohort in school history. Application deadlines are April 11, 2018 for round 3 decisions and a final deadline of June 6, 2018.

Interested candidates can learn more about the Mays MBA options in Houston at an upcoming information session:

  • Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30pm

Register here.

Candidates may also schedule an optional pre-application advising appointment with a member of the Mays Executive MBA admissions team. The review includes an evaluation of the candidate’s resume and qualifications. To request an appointment, email resume and program of interest to

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