According to newly released rankings from Financial Times, the MBA program at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School is on the rise in the nation and the world. In 2009, the program is listed at 11th in the nation for public institutions. When ranked against all U.S. schools, it is tied for 1st place in placement and ranked 2nd in the value for money category.

“We are very pleased with our upward movement in the rankings, as it is an indication of the strength of our program, faculty, and students,” said Kelli Kilpatrick, director of the MBA program. “Our students benefit from the small program size, the top-quality faculty, and a first-rate career management team at A&M. As we continue to attract outstanding students and provide them the very best experience possible, we will continue to receive recognition as one of the top public MBA programs in the world.”

Of the 56 U.S. programs listed in this year’s ranking, the Texas A&M program is ranked 29th, up from 31st last year. Among public schools, the program has gained three places in the past year, moving from 14th to 11th.

For the second consecutive year, the Texas A&M MBA program is at the top of the list for public schools when ranked by placement alone: 98 percent of recent alumni reported employment within three months of graduation. For all U.S. schools ranked, both public and private, A&M tied for first with Georgetown University in this category. The national average for employment after three months for the schools ranked was 89.5 percent.

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

Texas A&M’s position globally has also improved, moving from last year’s 61st ranking to the 57th spot this year. One hundred schools were listed in the 2009 rankings from the London-based business daily newspaper.

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.

The Texas A&M MBA program 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

About Mays Business School

Mays Business School currently enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate students and 875 graduate students. The full-time MBA program is highly selective, with an acceptance rate of 26%. Currently there are 159 MBA students in their intensive 16-month program.