Mays Business School/Texas A&M University

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  1. Mays Business School
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    Mays Business School

    About 95 miles north of Houston lie the neighboring cities of Bryan and College Station, which make up the metropolitan area considered home to Texas A&M University.

    The MBA at the university’s Mays Business School nets students the fastest return on their tuition investment among full-time U.S. programs, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek analysis examining program costs and salary increases following graduation.

    Mays became a college in 1968 and offers undergraduate, masters, and PhD programs. The graduate school enrolled about 820 students during the most recent school year, with about 120 in the full-time MBA program and 95 in the executive MBA program. The full-time program admitted 23 percent of applicants during the most recent school year. Mays also offers masters degrees in accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, and electronic commerce/information systems.

    The Mays undergraduate business program has a full-time enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and offers degrees in accounting, finance, information systems, management, and marketing.

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  2. Business School Home
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    Business School Home

    Texas A&M’s campus stretches over more than 5,000 acres and serves 46,000 students, about 80 percent of whom are undergraduates. The Mays school is primarily housed in the Wehner building, which sits at the campus’s west end. The Wehner facility is outfitted with the expected lecture halls, research centers, and seminar rooms. The layout is also equipped with space and a catered dining hall to accommodate companies that send teams of employees through the school’s customizable, executive development programs.

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  3. Research Tools
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    Research Tools

    The Wehner building houses a research space that mimics the office of an energy hedge fund. Computer workstations and two Bloomberg terminals accommodate up to 40 students at the Reliant Energy Securities & Commodities Trading Center.

    Students use the space to manage the Tanner Fund, a student-run portfolio established by class of '53 alumni Jamey and Richard Tanner. A senior-level energy trading class, a class in energy risk management, and a sophomore-level course that exposes students to securities and commodities markets also make use of the facility.

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  4. Small Classes, New Technology
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    Small Classes, New Technology

    For a state school, Mays classes are small. The average core MBA class in the full-time program has about 32 students, with MBA electives averaging just 21. In the undergraduate program, the average class size in required courses is about 75, with electives averaging 24.

    Over the past three years Mays has made a large investment in classroom technology, spending $700,000 to build computer labs, add computers to classrooms, and upgrade the school's Wi-Fi network, among other things.

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  5. International Exchange
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    International Exchange

    The Mays school runs exchange programs with more than 30 universities around the world where students can make progress toward their degrees, including institutions in China, India, Mexico, and the Netherlands.

    Many students also pursue international service projects, which is what one student shown here did in Port-au-Prince after the earthquake in Haiti. Another group of students traveled to rural Panama to teach villagers the fundamentals of running a business.

    The school’s Center for International Business helps arrange student internships with such companies as Deutsche Telekom (DTEGF) and Microsoft (MSFT) in cities ranging from Paris to Santiago, Chile. Scholarships and financial aid are available for international programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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  6. Varsity Sports: Part of the Culture
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    Varsity Sports: Part of the Culture

    An enthusiasm for varsity sports—football especially—permeates Texas A&M’s culture. The university has one of the only sports museums in the country funded primarily by former student athletes. Students and the school’s sports teams are known as "Aggies," a nod to the university’s roots as the Agricultural and Mechanical college of Texas. Mays MBA and EMBA students organize an annual football tailgate where alumni return to hang out before a game.
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  7. Student Facilities
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    Student Facilities

    Mays students get access to the campus recreation center, among other amenities. The center is equipped with an indoor track, rock-climbing wall, and courts for basketball, soccer, volleyball, badminton, racquetball, and handball. The facility includes cardio machines, weights, and two swimming pools and offers yoga, dance, and kickboxing classes. Students can also sign up at the center for marathon training, massage therapy, and intramural sports.

    Other campus landmarks include the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Rudder Theatre Complex, which hosts concerts, symphonies, ballet, films, and large- and small-scale theatrical productions.

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  8. On and Off Campus
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    On and Off Campus

    Texas A&M’s student center helps produce more than 300 extracurricular programs a year that focus on the arts or raise academic and cultural awareness.

    Off campus, the Bryan-College Station area is home to eight golf courses and two lakes. The Gibbons Creek Reservoir is a destination for camping and water sports. Lake Bryan, about 10 miles from campus, is surrounded by 15 miles of trails and hosts live music performances.
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  9. Out-of-Classroom Teaching Methods
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    Out-of-Classroom Teaching Methods

    Not all of the MBA exercises at Mays take place indoors. Candidates participate each year in a simulated emergency situation called Disaster City, where they are left in a 52-acre compound arranged to look and feel like a catastrophe. The exercise is supposed to strengthen students’ crisis management skills and test their ability to make quick decisions under pressure.
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  10. Learning Through Competition
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    Learning Through Competition

    Full-time MBAs must compete in a tech transfer competition during their first year. The candidates separate into teams and analyze the financial and technical viability of an early-stage company. They then make a two-minute elevator pitch about the company and a 15-minute venture capital pitch to a panel of judges.
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  11. Executive Visitors
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    Executive Visitors

    More than 300 executives visit Mays each year to share their work experiences with students. Last fall, PepsiCo (PEP) Chairman and Chief Executive Indra Nooyi visited the school through a program organized by the Mays chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs.
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  12. Community Service
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    Community Service

    Guest speakers at Mays also include those with philanthropic and service-oriented backgrounds. Michael Holthouse, a founder of the Lemonade Day project, in blue above, recently spoke to students. The project pairs children with mentors who show them how to start, own, and operate their own businesses using a lemonade stand as a teaching model.

    Holthouse's visit was arranged by the school's Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship.
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  13. Job Placement
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    Job Placement

    Mays organizes two main career fairs and a recruiting trip to Wall Street each year. Ninety-two percent of graduates from the most recent MBA class reported receiving job offers within three months of graduation, while 63 percent of undergraduate students reported receiving job offers by graduation.

    Some of the top recruiters of Mays MBA graduates included ConocoPhillips (COP), Republic Services (RSG), Deloitte, Hewlett Packard (HPQ) and KPMG. The top internship destinations for MBA candidates were Baker Hughes (BHI), Hewlett Packard and Exxon Mobil (XOM).

    The largest group of Mays MBA graduates enters the consulting industry (27 percent), followed by petroleum/energy (18 percent) and technology (15 percent).
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  14. Return on Investment
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    Return on Investment

    The Mays full-time MBA has high ROI potential because it is one of the few U.S. programs that's a year and a half, compared with two years for most U.S. programs. Total tuition and fees for Texas residents is less than $28,000, while out-of-state students pay about $43,000.

    The most recent Mays MBA graduates went on to earn an average base salary of about $84,000 and an average signing bonus of some $11,000. The average base salary for students from the undergraduate program was around $47,000.
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  15. Alumni Network
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    Alumni Network

    Mays counts more than 50,000 alumni, and the Texas A&M alumni network numbers more than 300,000.

    Business school alums often facilitate internships, job placements, and educational programs. "Aggies on Wall Street" is one such program that sends graduate and undergraduate students to New York City over a two-week period in early summer. The students get to network with professional money managers, investment bankers, and securities dealers as well as tour financial institutions.
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