Rice University – Jones Graduate School of Business


Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business is one of the university’s seven academic units. The school was named after the late Jesse Holman Jones, a prominent Houstonian and world-renowned business and civic leader. The school received its initial funding in 1974 through a major gift from the Houston Endowment, a philanthropic foundation established by Jones and his wife, Mary Gibbs Jones. Rice offers three MBA programs: Full-Time MBA, MBA for Executives and MBA for Professionals. The Rice MBA Program is accredited by AACSB International.


Rice University’s main campus is located on a 295-acre campus in Central Houston, Texas. The university is situated near the Houston Museum District and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center.

The main campus is located less than 15 miles away from the Hobby Airport and around 25 miles away from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.


The Rice University MBA program is housed in McNair Hall. The 160,000 square foot building was constructed in 2002. It is located on a prominent central site near the western end of the Rice campus. The ground floor of the building features common amenities such as a 208 seat dining room, student, faculty and executive lounges and the 460-seat Shell Auditorium. The second and third floors house the School’s library, classrooms and faculty offices.

The El Paso Corporation Finance Center is one of the academic facilities available for Rice MBA students. The El Paso Corporation Finance Center (EPFC or Finance Center) is designed to bring the markets to the students – and the students to the markets. This is done through integration into the Rice MBA finance curriculum, ongoing training and extra-curricular activities such as trading simulations.

The EPFC holds 12 state-of-the-art Dell DXM610 Blade Workstations offering industry standard software across financial markets (currency, commodities, energy, equities, fixed income, foreign exchange, and real estate). Resources such as Bloomberg, Capital IQ, and FactSet provide students with access to a wealth of financial data and analytical tools necessary for a successful finance education.

The Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Business Information Center is also open to Jones students. The library occupies portions of the second and fourth floors on the southeast side of McNair Hall. It includes a room for reference materials and journals, a separate room for the circulating collection and a large reading room. The information center also features several group study rooms, carrels and online resource rooms.


The faculty in the Rice University MBA program strives to maintain an important balance between teaching and research. The school’s instructors are a blend of tenure-track academic researchers, academics with significant business or consulting experience and executives with significant classroom experience who teach specialized elective courses. Academic areas include accounting, communications, entrepreneurship and information technology, finance, marketing, organizational behavior and strategy and environment.

Student Body

Students enrolled at the Jones Graduate School of Business come in with an average GMAT score of 676 and over five years of professional work experience. Nearly 68% of students are male, while 32% identify as female. Around 17% of students represent international countries, and 10% are of minority status.

MBA Degree Offerings

Rice University features three MBA programs: full-time MBA, Executive MBA and Professional MBA.