Mays MBA Moves Up In U.S. News Rankings

By: TAMU Press Release
By: TAMU Press Release

The MBA program at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University is tied at 11th in the nation among public schools in the recently released 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings for graduate programs. This is an improvement from last year’s rankings, which listed Mays’ program at 14th among public universities. In both the 2008 and 2009 rankings, the Mays MBA program was tied for 29th overall in the nation.

When ranked by placement alone, Mays is at the top of the list, as it is the only program in the nation to report a 100-percent placement rate for MBAs at three months after graduation.

“We’re definitely making positive progress toward reaching our goal and fulfilling our vision of becoming a top 10 program in the nation,” said Kelli Kilpatrick, director of the MBA program. She attributes the continued rise in rankings to “strong students, committed faculty, and excellent recruitment and career placement efforts.”

“This combination is obviously getting recognition,” Kilpatrick said, citing the placement rate as a major indicator of success. “Our students are continuing to be placed at great companies and are being offered highly competitive salaries.”

Mays also can boast that is one of the most affordable programs to make the U.S. News’ top 50 list. Out-of-state tuition at Mays is roughly one half that of some competing schools. “We’ve always prided ourselves on being a great buy,” said Kilpatrick. “We’ve tried hard to manage our costs.”

The U.S. News rankings were based on two types of data: expert opinions about program quality, and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research, and students. U.S. News surveyed more than 1,200 programs and 14,000 academics and professionals to arrive at these rankings. They considered measures of input (qualities of the students and faculty members, such as test scores and research) and output (graduates’ placement and salaries).

Mays Business School currently enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate students and 875 graduate students. The MBA program is highly selective, with an acceptance rate of 29.8%. Currently there are 148 MBA students in their intensive 16-month program. The Mays MBA curriculum emphasizes core business principles along with strategic thinking, business communications, teamwork, ethics, character and leadership.

For a complete listing of these rankings and further information, please visit the U.S. News website at

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