Mays Business School, August 31st, 2011
Mays Business School at Texas A&M University is planning to launch a new MBA program for professionals in fall 2012, say officials at Mays, while continuing to offer their highly-ranked Executive MBA program.
“Our new program is designed to help young professionals propel their careers into high gear. We developed this program in response to demand for Mays to increase our offerings in the Houston market,” says Jerry Strawser, dean of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.
Launching in fall 2012, the two-year Professional MBA program will target participants with two to 10 years of work experience. Students will be taught by full-time faculty from Texas A&M’s Mays Business School in classes held Friday evening and all day Saturday of alternating weekends. Classes will begin in August 2012, and will be spread over 22 months. This program format allows students to earn the MBA degree while maintaining full-time employment.
“We are bringing our best to Houston, giving our students access to top faculty from Mays,” says Strawser. “We know this investment in our students will provide a great return in both the quality of education they receive and the value they bring back to their employers.”
The new program will be offered in a new, private facility at CityCentre, a mixed-use urban development conveniently located off Interstate 10 and Beltway 8 in West Houston. The custom-finished facility will open in fall 2012, and will also be the new home of Texas A&M’s Executive MBA program, which targets professionals with at least 10 years of experience. The Executive MBA program, which is in its 13th year of operations, will be moving from its current location in The Woodlands, just north of Houston.
“The new location will mean an easier commute to our programs for most Houstonians.” says Strawser. “CityCentre is on the leading edge of growth, with close proximity to the energy corridor and ease of access from major Houston business districts.”
The Professional MBA curriculum will be patterned after the Executive MBA at Mays ,a two-year program focused on educating participants to create value in organizations.
Strawser is confident this new program will build on the history of success of the Executive MBA program. “Our Professional MBA program will continue the tradition of our Executive MBA program in educating the next generation of Texas’ business leaders,” he said.
With this new program, the network of Mays MBA graduates will continue to grow and the build upon the international power of the Texas A&M University “Aggie Network.”
“Texas A&M’s presence in Houston has always been strong, given the close proximity of our main campus and a large number of students living in the area,” said R. Bowen Loftin, Texas A&M University’s president. “We are excited to expand our opportunity to provide exceptional business education to the Houston community, while also maintaining a first-class, permanent home for Texas A&M in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country.”