Rice MBA for Professionals Admissions Events

Learning about the Rice MBA for Professionals program starts with immersing yourself in several of our Admissions events. These events are offered as a way for you to learn more about our programs, hear directly from our students, take a peek into our classrooms, catch a glimpse of student life, meet our world-class professors and most importantly, help determine where YOU fit into the Rice MBA.

The Admissions Team highly recommends that you participate in several Admissions events. This will not only help you better understand what we offer, but will also give you a hands-on look at the Rice MBA experience. All of this will provide you with special insight as you start to work on your Rice MBA for Professionals application.


On-Campus Information Sessions


On-Campus Information Sessions offer you the opportunity to visit with faculty, staff, current students, and alumni. On-campus sessions include a presentation and a reception, and will take place in McNair Hall, home of the Jones Graduate School of Business. This is a great way to see the campus and the building, and learn about the program in a large social setting.   
 

Houston and Domestic Events


We encourage you to come out to attend and event and meet our Admissions team and alumni representatives to ask questions and learn more about the program.

 

Discover Rice Series


Join the Rice MBA admissions staff for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and information about the fully-employed MBA program offerings at the Jones Graduate School of Business. Find out how the MBA for Professionals and MBA for Executives will work with your job and your life. Energy, entrepreneurship, and health care support a strong foundation of first year core business courses along with a second year of wide elective course offerings. Combining all of this with our academic rigor, world-class faculty, challenging classmates, and professional service offerings (like Career Management, Professional Development, Executive Coaching) make the Rice MBA the right investment in your future.

Come learn how to embark on the academic investment of a lifetime in the Number 1 city rated “Coolest City to Live” (Forbes).  

Class Visits


Come walk in the shoes of a Rice MBA for Professionals student. Have you wondered how you could possibly work full time AND be a part of one of the best MBA programs at the same time? How do you balance work, personal and school lives? Has it been a while since you’ve been back in the classroom?

Join us for a class visit to get a hands-on peek at life as a Rice MBA for Professionals student. Read about the available classes and professors who will be leading the classes. Then register for the one that interests you the most. We invite you to see the Rice MBA for Professionals program in action.

*** Please be considerate when signing up to attend a class since this is indeed a classroom setting. Due to limited space in the classroom, you are only allowed to register for one Class Visit per school year. There are a limited number of seats in the classroom for prospective students. If you need to cancel, please allow at least 1 week.

Evening Core Class Options:


A typical Evening Class Visit schedule will look like this:

5:30 pm — Meet your Class host on campus for dinner with Class of 2015
6:15 pm — Class Begins
9:30 pm — Optional Social Outing (only on Wednesdays)

Corporate Finance: Professor Sebastien Michenaud
The objective of this course is to introduce you to the theory and practice of corporate finance, and to provide you with a set of analytical tools necessary to answer the most important questions related to firms’ financing and investment policies. The theory of corporate finance consists of the following building blocks: valuation, investment decisions, risk and return, derivative securities and financing decisions.

  • Monday, February 24
  • Wednesday, March 5
  • Monday, March 10
Marketing: Professor Constance Porter
The objectives of this course are to introduce you to key marketing concepts, increase your familiarity with marketing practices, and develop an in-depth understanding of the steps involved in the marketing process. Other objectives include helping you understand how the marketing research process works, providing you with a set of tools to analyze the competitive and conduct STP Analysis and to familiarize you with the Four Ps.
  • Monday, February 24
  • Wednesday, March 5
  • Monday, March 10
Managerial Accounting: Professor Melissa Martin
The objectives of this course are to give you an understanding of: the importance difference between cost accounting (valuation) and managerial accounting (decision making); the internal accounting systems of the organization; planning and control techniques; the role of cash management, planning and capital budgeting; the nature of decision-making. After taking the course, you should be able to: develop a model of the organization using a cost-volume-profit perspective; prepare cash forecasts; structure data for intelligent decision-making; and analyze capital budgeting projects, including developing the cash forecasts and determining the appropriate discount rate (cost of capital).
  • Monday, April 7
  • Wednesday, April 9
  • Monday, April 21
  • Wednesday, April 23
  • Monday, May 5
Operations: Professor Thomas Hemmer
This course facilitates the development of skills needed to manage the effective integration of technology, people, and operations. Topics include the development and manufacture of products as well as the creation and delivery of services.
  • Monday, April 7
  • Wednesday, April 9
  • Monday, April 21
  • Wednesday, April 23
  • Monday, May 5
Strategy Formulation and Implementation: Professor Prashant Kale
This course provides you with guidance on how to implement strategies in the real world. It involves anticipating and reacting to future competitor responses and changes, to structuring an organization and its control systems in a manner that will allow for effective implementation of strategies, and working and competing with other firms to ensure the long term success of the firm.
  • Tuesday, May 20
  • Wednesday, May 21




Weekend Core Class Options:


A typical Weekend Friday Class Visit schedule will look like this:

3:45 pm — Meet your Class Host on campus 
4:00 pm — Class Begins
6:00 pm — Dinner with Class Host and the Class of 2015
6:45 pm — Class Resumes

A typical Weekend Saturday Class Visit schedule will look like this:

7:15 am — Meet your Class Host on campus 
7:30 am — Class Begins
NOON — Lunch with Class Host and the Class of 2015

Corporate Finance: Professor Sebastien Michenaud
The objective of this course is to introduce you to the theory and practice of corporate finance, and to provide you with a set of analytical tools necessary to answer the most important questions related to firms’ financing and investment policies. The theory of corporate finance consists of the following building blocks: valuation, investment decisions, risk and return, derivative securities and financing decisions.
  • Friday, April 4
Managerial Accounting: Professor Melissa Martin
The objectives of this course are to give you an understanding of: the importance difference between cost accounting (valuation) and managerial accounting (decision making); the internal accounting systems of the organization; planning and control techniques; the role of cash management, planning and capital budgeting; the nature of decision-making. After taking the course, you should be able to: develop a model of the organization using a cost-volume-profit perspective; prepare cash forecasts; structure data for intelligent decision-making; and analyze capital budgeting projects, including developing the cash forecasts and determining the appropriate discount rate (cost of capital).
  • Friday, March 7
  • Friday, March 21
Operations: Professor Thomas Hemmer
This course facilitates the development of skills needed to manage the effective integration of technology, people, and operations. Topics include the development and manufacture of products as well as the creation and delivery of services.

Strategy Formulation and Implementation: Professor Prashant Kale
This course provides you with guidance on how to implement strategies in the real world. It involves anticipating and reacting to future competitor responses and changes, to structuring an organization and its control systems in a manner that will allow for effective implementation of strategies, and working and competing with other firms to ensure the long term success of the firm.
  • Saturday, May 24
 

Breakfast or Lunch and Learn Information Sessions


The Admissions team invites you to one of our Breakfast or Lunch and Learn Information Sessions around town. We understand that for working professionals, the breakfast or lunch hour may be the easiest to slip away from the office. We invite you to learn about the MBA for Professionals program in a casual setting. Following a brief presentation, you will have the chance to meet the Admissions team and enjoy your meal while chatting with current students in the program.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:30am   Lunch and Learn
w/ Professor Dane
  Hotel Sorella CityCENTRE
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 11:30am   Lunch and Learn
w/ Professor Weston
  Hyatt Regency Houston

Other On-Campus Admissions Events


Admissions 101: Putting Together Your Best Application


For those prospective students who are further along in the application process, the Admissions Team is pleased to offer these on-campus seminars during the lunch hour. We will talk to invited prospective students about putting together the best business school application. We will provide valuable insight into what we are looking for in a Rice MBA for Professionals application and hopefully will allow you to put together your best application for this program!

So bring your lunch for this working lunch session here at the Jones School in McNair Hall. The presentation will be brief and we will leave plenty of time to answer your specific questions regarding your application.

You must apply ahead of time for this event. To be considered, you need to have a Rice MBA for Professionals application in progress in our system. To apply and be considered for this event, you must also include a copy of your current resume at the time of registration.

You will receive an email confirmation from Sue Oldham, Director of Admissions Development at sko2@rice.edu to confirm your place in the session.

All Admissions 101 events are from 11:30AM – 1PM in McNair Hall on the Rice University campus.

Upcoming session:  

Online Chat Sessions


For working professionals who just need to have some basic questions answered about the Rice MBA program, the Admissions team is happy to offer our online chat sessions. While we highly recommend that you make every effort to attend one of our Admissions events that allows us to meet you in person, we understand that sometimes a few quick questions can be answered in this format. Each session is on Wednesday at 11am CST.