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 multiple MBA formats taught by the same faculty and curriculum foundation. Rice Business offers Full-Time, Professional, Executive, Hybrid and Online MBA program options as well as a deferred enrollment option to the Full-Time MBA for undergraduate seniors. There are also two dual degree options available: the MBA/PSM and MD/MBA. The Rice MBA program is accredited by AACSB International and STEM certified.
- U.S. News & World Report: 23 (tie)
- Bloomberg: 26 (U.S.); 30 (Global)
- Forbes: 32
- Financial Times: 45
- The Economist: 41
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.
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.
The faculty at Rice are highly accomplished, with professors in the business department being known for their numerous publications in scholarly journals. There are over 200+ faculty members working in the business program, with 63 tenure or tenure-track professors. Academic areas include accounting, communications, energy, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, operations management, organizational behavior and strategy and environment.
The 2022 graduating class from Rice Business featured 569 students. 160 students are enrolled in the Full-Time MBA class of 2024, and 174 are enrolled in the Professional MBA class of 2024.
MBA Degree Offerings
Rice offers multiple MBA formats taught by the same faculty and curriculum foundation. Rice Business offers a Full-Time, Professional, Executive, Hybrid and Online MBA as well as a deferred enrollment option to the Full-Time MBA for undergraduate seniors. There are also two dual degree options available: the MBA/PSM and MD/MBA.