Mays Business School is the business school at Texas A&M University. Read through this page for more details;
The school educates more than 6,400 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management.
Mays Business School was one of the first five schools in the United States to offer a trading center, the Reliant Energy Securities & Commodities Trading Center, which provides students with hands-on training to the tools used by commodities and currency traders.
Students also use the center to manage the Tanner Fund, a $250,000 portfolio created using donated funds. Additionally, the School houses the nation’s largest publicly funded real estate research organization, the Real Estate Center, and the Center for Retailing Studies, which was the first retailing center partnered with a business school.
History of the School
Business education was first offered at Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College in conjunction with mechanical and agricultural programs.
From 1876 through 1920 students at Texas A&M could select from a small number of business courses including single and double-entry bookkeeping and creamery management.
In the 1920s the Department of Economics and the Agricultural Administration programs began offering further business courses, and by the end of the decade the college had established departments for accounting and statistics, farm and ranch management, marketing, and finance.
Shortly after World War II, Thomas W. Leland became the first department head of the newly created Department of Business and Accounting, under the umbrella of the School of Arts and Sciences.
After Leland’s retirement in 1961, the School of Business Administration formed. By 1965 the new head of the department, John E. Pearson, had spearheaded the formation of several departments within the School of Business, including accounting, business analysis and research, finance, marketing, and management.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program debuted in 1966, and two years later in 1968, the college was officially formed when Texas A&M received University status, and the School of Business became the College of Business Administration.
The college was accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business in 1972, and began awarding Ph.D.s the same year. Over the next several decades the college continued to grow, establishing various centers, including the Center for International Business Studies and the Center for Human Resources Management, and implementing new bachelor’s degrees.
The College of Business moved into the newly built Wehner Building on the western edge of Texas A&M University’s campus in 1995. The following year the College was endowed by Lowry Mays, founder of Clear Channel Communications, and in his honor was renamed Lowry Mays College & Graduate School of Business. Six-years later, the name was simplified to Mays Business School.
Expansion continued quickly, and in 2003 an additional wing was added to the Wehner Building, housing the new 66,000-square-foot (6,100 m2) Jerry and Kay Cox Graduate Business Center.
Vision & Mission of Mays Business School
Vision: Mays Business School’s vision is to advance the world’s prosperity. To advance the world’s prosperity means providing a better future for generations who follow, including quality of life, environment and economic systems.
Mission Statement: Mays Business School’s mission is to be a vibrant learning organization that creates impactful knowledge and develops transformational leaders.
To fulfill this mission, we pursue the following activities:
- Provide undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students with an unmatched educational experience that focuses on all dimensions of learning – knowledge, understanding, skills, behaviors, values and attitudes.
- Create and disseminate knowledge on important business issues through published research, innovative learning experiences and meaningful interaction with the constituents we serve.
- Serve the broader global community through the exchange of new ideas and best practices.
- Practice ethical leadership by managing our resources effectively, efficiently and responsibly.
- Foster a culture of excellence, collaboration, inclusion and respect for diverse backgrounds and ideas.
- Assess and reflect upon the attainment of our goals, resulting in continuous improvement of our practices.
Mays Business School at Texas A&M University ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its programs and for faculty research.
With an enrollment of 6,400 students in Fall 2017, Mays is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), one of the most prestigious credentials for schools of business.
|Entrepreneurship Research Productivity (5-year)|
|2019 Global Entrepreneurship Research Productivity||#11 (tied)||2014 – 2018|
|Financial Times||#25 U.S. public (#32 U.S. overall)||2019|
|U.S. News & World Report||#19 public (tied #30 overall)||2019|
|The Princeton Review||#23 for Entrepreneurship Studies||2019|
|MBA – Full-Time Program|
|Financial Times||#1 in Texas, #4 in U.S., #12 globally for Value for Money
#1 in Texas for Salary Percentage Increase
#21 U.S. public
#50 in U.S. overall
|Forbes||#7 U.S. public||2017|
|Expansión||#8 U.S. public (#50 in world)
Best Global MBAs for Mexicans
|QS Global MBA Ranking||#12 U.S. public (#31 U.S. overall)||2019|
|U.S. News & World Report||#19 U.S. public (#40 U.S. overall)||2020|
|Bloomberg Businessweek||#22 U.S. public (#49 overall)||2018|
|MBA – Executive Program|
|Financial Times||#1 in work experience among U.S. public schools
#1 in Corporate Social Responsibility in Texas
#11 U.S. public
#23 in U.S. overall
|Expansión||#9 U.S. public (#46 in world)
Best Global MBAs for Mexicans
|MBA – Professional Program|
|U.S. News & World Report||#27 U.S. public (tied #48 overall)||2020|
|Military Times||#9 U.S. overall, Best for Vets||2016|
The business school is subdivided into six academic departments: accounting, finance, information & operations management, management, and marketing.
- Information And Operations Management
- Business Administration
We utilize a rolling admissions model. Applications received by the priority deadline will be in the first batch to be evaluated. Subsequent applications will be evaluated in later batches, based on receipt date, and applicants will be considered for the remaining seats in the program at that time.
Thus, meeting the priority deadline is advantageous, as more seats in the class are available at the beginning of the admissions cycle.
We continue to evaluate applications until the final application deadline or until the number of seats in the program have been filled. In order for an application to be reviewed, it must be complete. A complete application includes:
- Application submitted in AY
- Application fee paid in AY
- Essay responses
- Three letters of recommendation
- Self-reported GRE or GMAT scores (official reports will be required if admitted)
- WES evaluation (international students only; see below)
At the time applications are evaluated, an applicant will be admitted, denied, or placed on our wait list. All wait-listed applications will be reevaluated in subsequent batches. An applicant will receive notification from our office via email when a final decision has been made on his/her application.
Students who enrolled at Texas A&M through the Freshman admission process may apply for change of major to Mays Business School once all of the following minimum requirements are met.
- cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater in a minimum of 30 graded hours at Texas A&M, and
- total college credit hours do not exceed 60 (including transfer credit), and
- completion of qualifying course requirements (shown below).
All academic information included on the application must appear in the student’s official record at Texas A&M. Occasionally students who do not meet minimum requirements may be granted an exception. The information to file an appeal for exception to the minimum requirements is noted at the end of this document.
Transfer applicants who accepted admission to a non-business major at Texas A&M will be considered for on-campus change-of-major to Mays by appeal only.
(Note that prospective transfer applicants were instructed not to accept admission to a non-business major with the expectation of later applying for change of major to Mays.).
- Center for Executive Development (CED)
- Center for Human Resource Management (CHRM)
- Center for International Business Studies (CIBS)
- Center for the Management of Information Systems (CMIS)
- Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE)
- Center for Retailing Studies (CRS)
- Real Estate Center (REC)
- Reliant Energy Trading Center (RTC)
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