The Executive MBA Program at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School has been ranked #1 in the nation for its return on investment, according to data from the Wall Street Journal. The publication surveyed executive MBA graduates in the summer of 2008 and used factors such as raises received after graduation, company-sponsorship figures, tuition, and out-of-pocket costs to determine the ranking.

Mays’ program, showing an ROI of a whopping 243 percent, was at the top of the list, which included 27 U.S. schools and nine international programs.

“This success is the result of the program’s strong core values,” said Julie Orzabal, EMBA program director at Mays. “We enlist senior faculty, limit program admissions to ensure a quality peer group, and consistently review our curriculum to ensure that our participants walk away with knowledge that is immediately applicable.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, low tuition and a no-frills focus are at the heart of the executive MBA program at Mays. The class of 2008 paid just $53,000 for a 21-month program—that’s half the cost of the same program at many other universities. Graduates of the Mays program reported an initial raise in salary of 11 percent, with a five year projected salary of $181,718.

About the Mays Executive MBA program

The Mays Executive MBA Program equips today’s working leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to excel in a rapidly changing organizational environment. Based in The Woodlands just north of Houston, the unique program is built around an ongoing study of how value is created in all aspects of an organization’s operations. Peer discussion and real-world case studies replace the typical lecture-driven classroom format. The result is a highly interactive learning environment that provides each participant with knowledge they can put to work immediately. The 18-month program begins a new class each August. For more information, please contact the Mays Executive MBA office at

Mays Business School currently enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate students and 875 graduate students. Mays is nationally ranked among public business schools for the quality of its undergraduate program, MBA program and the faculty scholarship of its 105 professors in five departments.

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