For the first time, the Mays MBA Program was ranked among the world’s top 50 programs in the Wall Street Journal’s third annual survey of MBA programs. In the 2003 survey, Mays ranked 47th overall and 16th among public business schools.

Unlike other rankings, the Wall Street Journal survey is based on the opinions of 2,191 MBA recruiters that hire full-time graduates. It focuses on the characteristics the recruiters deem most important when deciding from which schools to recruit and which students to hire.

Forbes ranked the Mays MBA Program 32nd overall and 11th among public universities in its 2003 rankings. This ranking is unique in that it does not consider perceptions, rather market forces. Specifically, it evaluates five-year salary gains after students earn their degrees and the number of years to pay back.

Five years following graduation, Mays MBA students received a 133 percent increase from their starting salaries, ranking second in the United States and first among public universities in this category.

“Clearly, the high quality of the Mays MBA Program is a testimony to the hard work and talent of our students, faculty, MBA program and Graduate Business Career Services staff,” says Dean Jerry Strawser. “While we are excited about the current state of our program, we are even more excited about its future.”