The Full-Time MBA program at Mays Business School maintained its place with an elite group of colleges in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings.

Mays is ranked 31st nationally – ahead of other top universities – and is in the Top 12 public universities. The ranking, released Wednesday, was based on data for the class that graduated in December of 2014 and the class that matriculated in July of 2015.

The Mays program has long been considered a leader in academics and in return on investment. The accelerated pace of the three semester Full-Time MBA program and Mays’ commitment to providing competitive scholarship awards result in a high-caliber MBA experience at an affordable cost. The Full-Time MBA Program is offered at Texas A&M University’s main campus in College Station.

Shannon Deer, director of the Full-Time MBA program, said the excellence of the Mays MBA program continues to be a point of pride and that the program is “constantly striving to move toward new heights.”

“Currently, we are focusing on developing innovative ways for our students to customize the program in a way that aligns with their ambitions, but still allows them to enter the job market earlier than their competition,” she said. “Our goal is for 100 percent of our students to secure internships they are excited about translating into long-term careers.”

The Mays program has consistently provided students with an outstanding MBA experience, with excellent employment results. “We know our competitive advantage has always been and will always be the Aggie Network and the culture of an Aggie, because no other school can replicate it.  Our former students are brilliant in the boardroom and willing to roll up their sleeves on the warehouse floor when needed, which we consistently hear from employers is why they come back to A&M, and why more employers are looking to A&M for MBAs.”

Mays has consistently performed well on other metrics used by the rankings agencies.  This year, the program’s average salary increased.  Additionally, the program improved in the assessment score given to the program by recruiters, mean GPA, and GMAT or GRE scores.  

In the 2015 Bloomberg Businessweek ranking of Full-Time MBA Programs, the Mays program ranked 22nd overall and 8th among U.S.-based public universities. Alumni ranked Mays 16th overall and 5th among U.S. public schools. Employers ranked Mays 24th overall and 10th among U.S. public schools. In placement rate, Mays ranked 4th overall and 2nd among U.S. public schools. Currently, 94 percent of Mays Full-Time MBA graduates attain jobs within three months of graduation.

In the 2015 Forbes “Best Business Schools” ranking, the Mays Full-Time MBA program was ranked 24th overall and 9th among U.S. public universities. The Forbes ranking reflects return on investment – the salary alumni earn over five years as compared to the cost of the MBA program.