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In its annual ranking of business schools that are “Best for Vets,” Military Times ranked Texas A&M’s Mays Business School as 1st in Texas and 9th among the top 77 U.S. business schools in 2016. This is the fourth consecutive year Mays has placed in the Top 10 nationally among business schools.

The annual Military Times rankings take into consideration a variety of factors to determine a school’s overall score, including university culture, student support, academic outcomes and quality, academic policies, and cost and financial aid.

“We are proud to be a national leader for excellence in service to military veterans and their families,” Dean Eli Jones said. “This ranking reflects the importance of military service, as well as our ongoing commitment to providing veterans with access to high-quality, cost-effective graduate business programs.”

In the Full-Time MBA Class of 2016, 24 percent of the students are military veterans, which is a reflection of the business school’s efforts to recruit veterans. They come from all branches of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Recruiting from the military branches has been intentional at Mays, because employers recognize the preparedness of these students and the value they bring to the workplace.

“The Full-Time MBA Program is committed to helping our veterans identify and communicate the unique skills they acquired during their military experiences, which would be most useful to corporate employers,” Shannon Deer, director of the Full-Time MBA Program, said. “The program is also adding several new veteran services this year, including programs to help veterans identify employers, develop a personal brand and transition from military to civilian life,” she added.

The Mays Full-Time MBA Program is offered on the main campus of Texas A&M University. “It was a natural choice for me,” Jim Kelly, a 2013 graduate of the program, said. “It’s an accelerated 16-month program, and the amount of time I had to spend away from work was limited. It’s a military-friendly program, and I’m a veteran. It was an easy choice for me.”

Texas A&M is a national leader for providing services to veterans. The university currently provides support through two campus offices for more than 1,100 veterans and at least 2,200 military dependents, spouses and survivors who are currently enrolled students.

For more information on the veterans benefits offered by Mays Business School, visit mays.tamu.edu/full-time-mba/military.