Business-minded MBA candidates say you get a “great return on investment” at Texas A&M. While tuition at this public university is “relatively inexpensive,” the business school offers a “high-quality education,” spearheaded by an “unmatched teaching staff.” The “academically-challenging and quantitatively-focused” curriculum is incredibly intense, compressing the equivalent of a two-year fulltime MBA into just sixteen months. Students praise the efficiency of the school’s accelerated schedule, which reduces costs and career interruption while nonetheless providing “well-rounded” business training. In fact, “The ability of the professors and the program to crunch so much information into that time is outstanding.” On the flip side, some students feel the program’s speed isn’t necessarily an advantage, as “we never have to time to prepare sufficiently and then discuss it in depth.” Fortunately, those who’d like to extend their education may decide to stay at Texas A&M for an extra semester, during which time they can specialize in accounting, consulting, e-commerce, finance, marketing, and real estate, among others.Teaching is taken seriously Texas A&M, and the school’s “excellent” faculty are truly involved with the educational process. In class, “The teachers are engaging and concerned about student learning,” and “try hard to make sure everybody understands the course material.” Outside of class, “Professors and administration are extremely helpful. They have open-door policies and are easily accessible.” In addition, the school’s administration is friendly and student-oriented. From top to bottom, “Everybody in the MBA office goes out of their way to make sure we have great opportunities to learn outside the classroom, hear great speakers, and succeed in the program.” Every Texas A&M business school class is small, allowing plenty of individual attention while simultaneously encouraging interaction and discussion in (and outside) the classroom. Explains a student, “The classes are a perfect size to harness great discussions—a lot of opinions and viewpoints, but not so many that it’s difficult to be heard in a single class period.” At the same time, the intimate classroom environment means no one can slack off or slip through the cracks; “The classes are discussion-intensive, so every day requires a good bit of preparation.” On the whole, students admit that Mays is a “very, very competitive environment,” and, to keep up with the program’s demands, students “often spend weekends studying and preparing for the upcoming week.” If Mays students didn’t already have enough on their plate, the program includes a plethora of curricular and extracurricular activities that are designed to add depth and practical experience to the program. Of particular note, the MBA includes a required consulting project, which gives students the opportunity to apply classroom principals to a real-world business environment. Students can also sharpen their investment acumen through the Reliant Energy Securities & Commodities Trading Center, where Bloomberg terminals keep finance students in touch with the market. Beyond curricular offerings, the program incorporates enrichment features like the “MBA Venture Challenge” case competition, a “Dean’s Leadership Speaker Series” and opportunities for executive coaching and leadership development and training.
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