The 2008 Financial Times global MBA rankings have been published. This year, the MBA program at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University has experienced a significant jump in rankings, moving to 14th against other public schools in the nation, and 31st overall in the U.S. This is an increase from last year’s placement at the 24th and 52nd spots, respectively. Mays is tied with Indiana University in the 2008 rankings.

When ranked by placement alone, Mays is at the top of the list, as Mays is the only school to report a 100% placement rate at three months from graduation.

In other indicators to the MBA program’s success, Mays came in 2nd only to the University of Pittsburgh among all schools in the U.S. in the “value for money” category.

In the state, Mays ranked above both the University of Texas at Austin and Rice University. No other Texas schools are ranked.

Mays’ position globally has also improved, jumping from last year’s 85th ranking to the 61st spot this year. One hundred and five schools were listed in the rankings from the London-based business daily newspaper.

“We are thrilled to continue to rise in the rankings which reflect our overall strength and value as an MBA program,” said Kelli Kilpatrick, director of the program. Kilpatrick attributes the rise in rankings this year to an increase in the number of women students in the program, higher numbers of alumni working outside the U.S., and higher salaries for alumni.

To determine the rankings the Financial Times uses alumni surveys focusing on salary and job placement as indicators of program quality, as well as the international reach of the business school and the research capabilities of the faculty. Each year the Financial Times also audits one-third of the ranked schools. Texas A&M was one of the 10 U.S. schools audited this year.

The Mays MBA curriculum emphasizes core business principles along with strategic thinking, business communications, teamwork, ethics, character and leadership.

For a complete listing of these rankings and further information, please visit the Financial Times website at http://www.ft.com/businesseducation/globalmba2008.

About Mays
Mays Business School currently enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate students and 875 graduate students. The MBA program is highly selective, with an acceptance rate of 29.8%. Currently there are 148 MBA students in their intensive 16-month program.