The Professional MBA program at Mays Business School moved up among its peers in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings.

Mays is ranked 30th overall among part-time MBA programs and 18th among public universities, up from 32nd and 21st in 2015.

The 22-month program is designed as a “working professional” program for people with at least two years of professional experience who want to expand their knowledge and advance their careers in business.

The Mays Professional MBA program launched in the fall of 2012 at Houston’s CityCentre and has made a mark in graduate business education in a short time. Former students report significant career impact as a result of their experience in the Professional MBA program – either new responsibilities, an internal or external job change, or promotion.

Michael Alexander, director of the Professional MBA program, said the reputation of Texas A&M and Mays Business School has helped created a virtuous cycle in the program. “Our program attracts highly competent and engaged professionals looking to grow their business acumen and grow their impact on their company,” he said. “Our current and former students then make a positive impact on their organizations, and on the world, through increased skills, broadened perspectives and more effective leadership.”

He said the competitive advantages of the Mays program are the Aggie Network and the Aggie culture. “Our students self-select into a powerful culture and extend that culture within their cohort, within themselves, and in their careers,” he said.

Since 2014, the Professional MBA program has consistently ranked in the top 25 public university “part-time MBA” rankings according to U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings.

“Our program is highly thought of by our peer universities as well as our students, graduates and their employers,” Alexander said. “Those opinions are our highest honor.”

To be eligible for the part-time ranking, a program needed to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International and have at least 20 students enrolled in fall 2015; 296 of the nation’s 344 part-time MBA programs met those criteria and were included in this ranking.

U.S. News & World Report is the only publication that ranks the Mays program. It is based on five factors:

  • Average peer assessment score (50 percent of the school’s overall score)
  • Average GMAT score and average GRE quantitative and verbal scores of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2015 (15 percent). At Mays, both GMAT and GRE scores are considered if an MBA program reports both, which allows consideration of the admissions test scores of the entire entering class.
  • Average undergraduate GPA of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2015 (5 percent)
  • Work experience of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2015 (15 percent)
  • The percentage of the business school’s fall 2015 MBA enrollment that is part time (15 percent)

The statistical data were collected in fall 2015 and early 2016.


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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.

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