Rice University – Jones Graduate School of Business

Rice University Executive MBA Program Structure

The Rice University Executive MBA program emphasizes the development of individual leadership, strategy and decision-making skills. The program is designed for business leaders who have at least 10 years of management experience and want to complement their managerial experience with better executive-level business decisions. This is a 22-month program. Classes are held Fridays and Saturdays over alternating weekends. The program includes four one-week intensives, executive seminars, a first-year core curriculum, an elective block, a global curriculum feature, and pre-program online leveling preparation course.


The one-week intensives include forums on personal leadership foundations and principles of strategy formulation, applied strategic and critical decision-making, enterprise-level strategy formulation and execution. An international management off-site intensive caps the global core and the MBA for Executives program.

The executive seminars run throughout the Rice University Executive MBA program, providing a channel for integrating concepts across the disciplines as well as for executive skills development such as negotiations, communications, team dynamics, executive coaching, and career coaching. These seminars feature an executive speaker series to provide first-hand insights from a wide spectrum of business leaders.

The program features the same first-year core curriculum as the full-time and MBA for Professionals programs. The global core curriculum is taught in the final semester of the program. It focuses on creating the awareness and mindset to effectively lead in global financial, resource, and consumer markets. Students bring together the many facets of global business in the capstone international management off-site.

Class Profile

The Rice University Executive MBA class of 2015 had 45 students with 14 years of work experience. Students earned an average salary of $157,000. Forty-nine percent held advanced degrees. There were 39 different companies represented in this class.


Students in the Rice University Executive MBA program have access to the Career Management Center.  Most of the advising options for students, however, are geared towards middle-management jobs and resume-writing for students who have not yet begun their management careers.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The projected tuition for the Class of 2018 is $115,000. The tuition covers the complete 22-month schedule of coursework and is billed in 25% increments over four semesters. An enrollment deposit of $2,000 is due upon acceptance and will be applied toward your first semester bill. Tuition may be covered by the use of personal resources, Federal Student Loans, private student loans, or a Semester Payment Plan available through the Cashier’s Office. Many students in the MBA for Executives program cover their tuition needs through their company financial support. Rice encourages applicants to check with their company regarding education benefits and tuition reimbursement programs.

Admissions Procedures

In order to be considered for admission to the Rice University Executive MBA program, applicants must complete the following steps for application:

  • Complete an online application, three personal essays, a professional resume and official test scores submitted to the Jones School (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL or PTE Academic). GMAT, GRE, and English proficiency exam waivers are granted on a case by case basis for Rice’s EMBA program.
  • Applicants are also required to provide one confidential evaluation submitted to the admissions office provided that this one evaluation is from the applicant’s current, direct supervisor. If this one evaluation is not from a current supervisor, applicants are required to submit two confidential evaluations. Applicants also need to provide official transcripts of all degree-granting institutions.
  • There is a $125 application fee payable online or by check.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines for the EMBA program at Rice University are:

  • Target #1 – October 5, 2016
  • Target #2 – January 9, 2017
  • Target #3 – April 7, 2017
  • Final Deadline – June 5, 2017

Admissions decisions should take approximately four to six weeks upon completion of your application.