Rice MBA for Executives rises to top ten in the U.S.

Rice University's Master of Business Administration for Executives (EMBA) is still on top in the state and region, according to new rankings from the Financial Times. For the fourth year in a row, the Jones Graduate School of Business program designed for upper-level managers was ranked No. 1 in Texas and the Southwest. It was ranked No. 8 in the U.S. (up from No. 11 last year).

Globally, the Financial Times ranked the Rice EMBA 39th, up seven spots from 46th in 2012.

“The updated rankings from Financial Times once again recognize our successful improvements in the metrics that matter most to our stakeholders,” said Bill Glick, dean and the H. Joe Nelson III Professor of Management. “As 55 percent of the weight in this ranking comes from our alumni themselves, I am pleased that we are providing the academic leadership and education that yields a No. 1 ranking in entrepreneurship globally and a No. 2 ranking in the U.S. for average percent salary increase from matriculation to three-years postgraduation. This average percent salary increase for our EMBA graduates is consistent with our No. 1 U.S. ranking on percent salary increase for our full-time program graduates. Our alumni excel at performing on the job to create value and earn these rewards. The market clearly recognizes the value of the Rice MBA.”

Among U.S. EMBA programs, the faculty research rank was No. 15. In the specialty categories, the Rice EMBA program ranked No. 1 globally in entrepreneurship, as rated by 2010 graduates.

Rice’s EMBA program is designed for business leaders with 10 or more years of experience and allows students to focus on management, thought leadership and business strategy without interrupting their careers. The rigorous 22-month program features innovative classes, expert faculty and a diverse group of classmates who will become colleagues for a lifetime.

According to Glick, the most recent students entering the Rice EMBA program are employed in several industries, including energy, finance and health care, as well as the legal and military sectors.

The Jones Graduate School of Business is consistently recognized by several rankings publications for its programs, including the Rice MBA, Rice MBA for Executives and Rice MBA for Professionals. For more information about the Financial Times rankings, see http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/emba-ranking-2013.