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Mays Business School MBA Texas A&M University

Posted: June 2nd, 2012, 11:38 pm
by MBACrystalBall
Mays business school came up on tops as the Best value for money school in the US (4th in the world for the same category) in the Financial Times 2012 MBA rankings. It also ranked high on other parameters such as ‘Salary Percentage Increase’ (2nd in US), ‘Employment at Three Months’ (7th in US) and ‘Aims Achieved’ (6th in US).

[imgwrap=left]http://www.mbacrystalball.com/blog/wp-c ... as-mba.jpg[/imgwrap]Our homeboy Samim Riaz wrote about his Mays (TAMU) MBA application experience on our blog.

Another Mays MBA student and a friend of ours, Sayantan, has offered to be the MC (master of ceremonies) for this thread and coordinate with other Mays MBA students and alumni to answer any questions you might have about the program.

To begin with, we've requested him to get some of his friends to shed more light on various aspects of the program - academics, internships, careers, networking events and personal stories about what makes the program special.

Good way to go beyond the generic information that's generally available on websites.

If the Mays MBA program has been on your list, feel free to post your queries.

Not a business/engineering background? Not a problem

Posted: June 12th, 2012, 11:57 am
by designerMBA
Getting into the Mays Business school doesn't require you to have a 'typical' background. Differently put, a background which is different from the typical MBA applicant's will not preclude you from admission. If anything, it will help you.

Looking at the profile of most of the successful applicants at the Mays school I saw most of them having had experience at large well known brands and an average of 3-8 years work experience. They also had education/work backgrounds in business, consulting, finance, or engineering.

I had none of this.

I had a design degree and one year of work experience in a largely design based role. How was I going to compete with all these people? A guy I knew who had three years experience with Honeywell and then TCS and a better GMAT score applied, and was rejected in spite of having applied much before me. I was nervous. And very very Late.
Even so, I went ahead and applied.

Looking back at what I suspect helped my case was that I had started and run a successful business during college which coupled with my design centric background made me what the admission committee would consider 'diverse' and I got in. I brought in with me experience and industry knowledge which was different from what was 'conventional'.

So if you've got a background which is 'thoda hatke', don't fret. It might just work to your advantage if you package it correctly.

Re: Not a business/engineering background? Not a problem

Posted: June 12th, 2012, 11:37 pm
by MBACrystalBall
Hi designerMBA,

Thanks for sharing your perspectives and giving a great start to this thread.

Your profile must have really impressed the admissions committee. Congrats!

Do you think you'd be able to get some of your contacts from the current Mays MBA class to shed some light on what happens in the program?

For prospective applicants to the Mays MBA program, it'll be a good way to understand what the course has to offer.

Re: Mays Business School MBA Texas A&M University

Posted: September 8th, 2012, 9:36 pm
by MBAtrooper
Thanks for sharing your insights!

It would be great,as Sameer mentioned,if someone studying at MAYS could share some of their experiences during their MBA program and probably even their career goals.

Thanks!

Re: Mays Business School MBA Texas A&M University

Posted: September 12th, 2012, 1:09 pm
by sayantan1987
I am a current 1st year MBA student at Texas A&M. The journey so far has been hectic and enjoyable. Class size is very small which helps in connecting with each and every class member much more easily. I have experienced a lot in the last month and a half. From adapting to the high paced curriculum to enjoying a game of American college football here at Texas A&M. Being a 16 month program it is more challenging as the course is being compressed within 16 months whereas other schools complete the same credit hours in about 22 months. But the professors are really good one of the best in their fields. Overall I have enjoyed my experience till now thoroughly and hope to enjoy even more.

If any one is planning to apply for Mays this year and want to have any specific info can post here.

All the best for your application and the way Aggies say Gigem

Re: Mays Business School MBA Texas A&M University

Posted: September 12th, 2012, 10:27 pm
by MBAtrooper
Sayanthan87,
Thanks for your candid reply. You seem to having a great time there indeed.

Just for our knowledge,would you please share your profile with us.Also I wanted to ask you -I a 2 1/2 years work ex(with an International bank) with decent extra curriculars.Would my limited experience be fall short of MAYS expectations ? Also, What is the GMAT score expectation from the school for us Indian candidates-range would do :)

Thanks again!

Re: Mays Business School MBA Texas A&M University

Posted: September 13th, 2012, 7:17 am
by sayantan1987
MBAtrooper,

I have around 4 years of experience in Oil and Gas industry with one of the firms in India. Mays generally ask for a minimum of 2 years of work experience. But they may consider less if you an exceptional candidate and they think you can add a lot of value to the program.

About Mays the average score here is 650 but for Indians it will be a bit high maybe around 680-700. I have seen guys getting rejected with very high GMAT and guys with low GMAT getting accepted in Mays. They focus more on your profile than your GMAT. The whole idea is to differentiate yourself from the crowd. Your experience in an international bank seems to be a bit different from the typical engineer profile Indian's do have. Dont know much about your profile but you have something to differentiate yourself. And anyways a higher GMAT score won't hurt you.

All the best. Hope the information helps.

Sayantan

Re: Mays Business School MBA Texas A&M University

Posted: September 13th, 2012, 8:53 am
by MBAtrooper
Sayathan,
Thank you very much- that Info helps.

Also,I have planned to re take the GMAT mid next month(striving for the 700+ mark) and would require at least a few weeks to compile my application(would have to seek help from MBA crystal ball for this!)Thus leaving me with the option to apply only into round 3 :(
Would this be a significant disadvantage to my application for being accepted at MAYS ? - I really don't want to rush up with the applications after my GMAT. Would like to know your views.


Thank you once again.

Re: Mays Business School MBA Texas A&M University

Posted: September 15th, 2012, 7:18 am
by sayantan1987
MBAtrooper

ALl the best for your GMAT. The essays are the most important part of your application. I guess you can start generating ideas for your essays simultaneously from now on along with your GMAT preparations. I won't say that applying in the third round means you are too late. But at the same time applying early has its own benefits as the chances of a scholarship are higher. But at the same time one should apply when he has his essays prepared...don't rush it but at the same time start on your essays.

MBA crystal ball have some great resources who can help you with your application. So surely take help from them.

Re: Mays Business School MBA Texas A&M University

Posted: September 15th, 2012, 10:27 am
by MBAtrooper
Sayanthan,
Once again,Thank you very much.

Wish you all the best for your course and may you land your dream job there :)