Mays Business School at Texas A&M University jumped to #44 in the world (up from #54 last year), and tied for the #21 U.S. program with Rice University (up from #33 last year) in the 2011 Financial Times rankings of full-time MBA programs. For programs offered by U.S. public universities, Mays ranks #6. Since 2007, the Mays program has risen 41 places in the Financial Times MBA ranking.

Kelli Kilpatrick, director of the MBA program at A&M, says the “significant upward movement” in the rankings places Mays among the most elite MBA programs in the world — “a tremendous accomplishment and, in my view, well-deserved recognition for our program.” The Mays MBA program broke into the Financial Times‘ top 10 U.S. public programs last year.

Kilpatrick says the repeated rise in rankings reflects the school’s dedication to excellence. “This ranking is an important indicator of the quality of our students and faculty,” she says, “and it also reflects that our graduates get outstanding career outcomes, including significant post graduation salary increases.” Kilpatrick says she is pleased with how Mays measures up against its counterparts in the U.S. market. On the percentage post-graduation salary increase, Mays ranks #3 among U.S. public programs (tied for #9 among all U.S. programs) in the Financial Times rankings.

“We work extremely hard to recruit the very best students and provide them a high-quality experience while they are at Texas A&M, both inside the classroom and outside the classroom,” she says.

Mays is committed to ensuring its MBA students leave with the ability to successfully manage their careers for a lifetime because of intense mentoring throughout the program from the Mays career services team. She adds, “and they take with them a tremendous resource worldwide in the Texas A&M alumni network.” This commitment to career services is reflected in the fact that 93 percent of Mays MBAs are employed within 90 days of graduation, a statistic that ranks the program tied for #4 among all U.S. programs.

Mays also fared well in a Bloomberg BusinessWeek report in early January, reaching the top 30 and ranked as the #11 U.S. public program. Both the Financial Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek surveys highlight that the Mays program provides an outstanding “return on investment,” which means that Mays graduates recover the cost of their degree with post-graduation salary increases much faster than graduates of most other U.S. programs.

For more information, contact Kelli Kilpatrick at kkilpatrick@mays.tamu.edu or (979) 845-4714.