In the latest ranking of MBA programs by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Full-Time MBA program from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School is ranked 10th among public programs in the nation and 26th among all schools. This represents an upward move of one place among U.S. public institutions and four places overall.

The results were released nationwide Thursday, November 15. In the last ranking, released in 2010, the Texas A&M program was ranked 30th among all business schools and 11th among public programs in the nation.

Earlier this month, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Mays 13th in “Best MBA Job Placement” and 28th in “Top B-Schools with the Highest-Paid MBAs.”

Mary Lea McAnally, associate dean for graduate programs at Mays, says the ranking recognizes the consistency throughout the program. “This is a fitting tribute to our faculty, staff, and students who consistently work so hard,” she says. “Our faculty members provide the underlying rigor our students need to be competitive as business leaders, and our career services group works with students to develop life-long career management skills. This latest ranking recognizes those core strengths of our program.”

Kelli Kilpatrick, director of the Full-Time MBA program, says several factors attract students to the program and contribute to their satisfaction: aspects such as a strong alumni network, small class sizes taught by dynamic faculty, and exceptional career opportunities after graduation. “We have the whole package here, along with the lure of the “Aggie experience’ of being based at Texas A&M University,” she says. “It is truly a special program.”

Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of full-time MBA programs is based on three elements: a survey of newly minted MBAs, a poll of corporate recruiters and an evaluation of faculty research output.

The MBA survey, which measures satisfaction with all aspects of the b-school experience, is combined with two previous MBA surveys. The corporate poll, which asks recruiters to identify the schools that produce the best graduates, is also combined with two previous recruiter surveys. The poll seeks information on the perceived quality of graduates and the company’s experience with MBAs past and present.

Finally, Bloomberg Businessweek tallies the number of articles published by each school’s faculty in top 20 journals and reviews of their books in three national publications. The total for faculty size is then adjusted and an intellectual-capital rating is assigned for each school. The MBA surveys and the recruiter polls each contribute 45 percent to the final ranking, with the intellectual-capital ranking contributing the final 10 percent.