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Rice University – Jones Graduate School of Business

History

The Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University is committed to developing global leaders in an intimate environment in a large, diverse city. Named in honor of the late Jesse H. Jones, a prominent Houston business and civic leader, the school has risen steadily in reputation to one of the top programs in the U.S. and is ranked the No. 1 graduate entrepreneurship program. Known for its tight-knit culture and rigorous academics, Rice Business fosters friendships for a lifetime. Degreed programs include Full-Time MBA; Executive MBA; Professional MBA; MBA@Rice, our online MBA; coordinated MBAs in engineering and professional science, and a dual MBA/MD with Baylor College of Medicine; a Master of Accounting; a Ph.D. in Business, and an undergraduate business minor. Rice Business Executive Education offers open enrollment, customized, and specialty programs.

School Rankings

  • # 1 Graduate Entrepreneurship – Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine, 2020 & 2021 (over 10 years in Top 10)
  • # 1 Full-Time MBA Program with the Most Minority Students in Top 25, Poets & Quants, 2020
  • # 2 Highest Gains in Women MBAs Over Past 5 Years, – Poets & Quants, 2020
  • # 3 Best MBA for Real Estate – Poets & Quants, 2020
  • # 5 Best MBA for Finance – Princeton Review, 2021
  • # 5 Most Competitive Students – Princeton Review, 2020 & 2021
  • # 5 Best MBA for Human Resources – Princeton Review, 2020
  • # 6 Best Online MBA Program for Veterans – U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • # 6 Top Online MBA Program – Princeton Review, 2021
  • # 6 Best MBA for Consulting – Princeton Review, 2021
  • # 9 Best Online MBA – U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • # 10 Best Classroom Experience – Princeton Review, 2021
  • # 11 Best Online MBA for Business Analytics – U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • # 17 Best Part-Time MBA Program – U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • # 25 U.S. MBA Program – Poets & Quants, 2019-2020
  • # 25 Best MBA Program – U.S. News & World Report, 2020 & 2021

Location

Rice University is in the heart of Houston, between downtown, the museum district and the Texas Medical Center. Steps from Hermann Park, the Houston Zoo and Rice Village, you’ll find yourself surrounded by art, culture and dining options. And you’re a short METRORail ride away from NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans and the world’s largest rodeo.

Facilities

McNair Hall, home to Rice Business, has everything you need in one place. All your classes and professors are here, and you’ll find places to relax after class as well, including Audrey’s coffee shop and the patio where we host happy hour “Partios.”

In response to the pandemic, Rice Business invested more than $1 million in technology, installing sophisticated microphone and video arrays allowing students to be easily seen and heard by their instructors and peers – wherever they are. Throughout most of the pandemic, students and faculty had the freedom to choose their classroom options, including fully remote mode or modified modes for specific needs, health concerns and risk calculations.

McNair Hall also houses the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lilie) Lab. The Lilie Lab is a flexible, modern learning center and workspace where students prepare to become innovators in whatever industry they choose. Entrepreneurship is more than a class at Rice Business — it’s a way of thinking that is central to all our teaching.

The Rice Business Finance Center’s hands-on training complements our finance, accounting, data analysis and entrepreneurship courses. All on-campus students have access to the training. The Finance Center is also home to the M.A. Wright Fund and Rice Fixed Income Fund, the business school’s coursework in which MBA students manage investment funds in equities and bonds.

Faculty

Learn from faculty who are known around the world for their academic and research achievements and for their open doors. With an average class size of about 40, your professors will know your name and be invested in you, your success and your future. There are over 60 full-time faculty members working in the business program, with over 50 either tenured or on the tenure track . Academic areas that they teach include accounting, communications, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, and strategy and environment.

Student Body

The Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business enrolls over 430 MBA students within its campus programs: 174 full-time, 192 professional, and 66 executive MBA students. The MBA@Rice online program has 59 students in its January ’21 cohort.

MBA Degree Offerings

Rice University features four MBA programs: Full-Time MBA, Executive MBA, Professional MBA, and MBA@Rice, an online MBA. There are also coordinated degree options available, such as the MBA/ME, MBA/PSM, and a dual degree MD/MBA.

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