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.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tuesday,December 9, 2014
Wednesday,January 21, 2015
Tuesday,March 10, 2015
Wednesday,May 6, 2015

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.
Date Conference City
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Forte Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, August 28, 2014 Forte Houston, TX  
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Forte New York, NY
Thursday, September 11, 2014 QS World MBA Tour Chicago, IL  
Saturday, September 13, 2014 QS World MBA Tour New York, NY  
Thursday, September 18, 2014 QS World MBA Tour Washington, D.C.  
Saturday, September 27, 2014 QS World MBA Tour San Francisco, CA  
Sunday, September 28, 2014 QS World MBA Tour Los Angeles, CA  
Saturday, October 4, 2014 Reaching Out LGBT Conference San Francisco, CA  
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 Graduate and Professional School Day College Station, TX
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 QS World MBA Tour Miami, FL  
Thursday, October 16, 2014 QS World MBA Tour Atlanta, GA  
Saturday, October 18, 2014 QS World MBA Tour Houston, TX  
Monday, October 20, 2014 QS World MBA Tour Austin, TX  
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 QS World MBA Tour Dallas, TX  
Thursday, October 23, 2014 QS World MBA Tour Denver, CO  
Thurs/Fri, November 20-21, 2014 SACC (Military) San Antonio, TX

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 2017
6:15 pm — Class Begins
9:30 pm — Optional Social Outing (only on Wednesdays)

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Data Analysis: Professor Sharad Boyle
The ever-increasing capacity of computers to analyze data, and the explosion of the amount of data available have resulted in an increased role for data analysis as an aid to business decision-making. This course exposes the student to some of the most important ideas and methods relevant for data analysis in a business context. Emphasizing practical applications to real problems, the course covers the following topics: sampling, descriptive statistics, probability distributions and regression analysis.

Monday, October 6
Monday, October 20
Wednesday, November 5
Monday, November 17
Monday, December 1

Financial Accounting: Professor Ben Lansford
This course provides an introduction to the preparation, analysis, and use of corporate financial reports. Covers the basic techniques of financial reporting analysis from the perspective of managers as well as external users of information such as investors.

Wednesday, September 3
Monday, September 8
Wednesday, September 17
Monday, September 22
Monday, October 6
Monday, October 20

Managerial Economics: Professor David DeAngelis
We study production and pricing decisions under different assumptions about firm market power. Emphasis is placed on understanding the relevant costs in firm decision-making. Examples are used from marketing and accounting areas.

Wednesday, September 3
Monday, September 8
Wednesday, September 17
Monday, September 22

Organizational Behavior: Professor Erik Dane
Study of the many factors, which influence how individuals, groups, and teams behave and function in complex organizations and how they can be effectively managed.

Wednesday, November 5
Monday, November 17
Monday, December 1

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 2017
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 2017

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Leadership Communications: Professor David Tobin
The goal of the course is to ensure that students possess the communications knowledge and skills to perform effectively in a variety of roles in your organizations. By the end of the Rice MBA for Professionals program, students should be able to: Communicate on the basis of sound strategic thinking; Create and deliver both individual and team presentations confidently and persuasively; Write strategic, effective emails; Use PowerPoint® effectively as a tool to support content; Participate constructively in team activities and provide meaningful peer feedback.

Saturday, October 4
Saturday, November 15

Financial Accounting: Professor Brian Akins
Financial statements are a key source of information about the economic activities of a firm. This course addresses the construction and interpretation of financial statements. The goal of the course is not to train you to become an accountant. Rather, the course should equip you to become an informed user of financial statement information. Because annual reports are somewhat formidable, we will study how firms present the information for various accounts in their financial statements, including the footnotes. By the end of the course, you should have a basic understanding of financial statements and the ability to use them for decision making.

Saturday, September 13
Saturday, September 27
Friday, October 10
Friday, October 24

Data Analysis: Professor Ajay Kalra
The ever-increasing capacity of computers to analyze data, and the explosion of the amount of data available have resulted in an increased role for data analysis as an aid to business decision-making. This course exposes the student to some of the most important ideas and methods relevant for data analysis in a business context. Emphasizing practical applications to real problems, the course covers the following topics: sampling, descriptive statistics, probability distributions and regression analysis.

Friday, September 12

Strategic Operations & Supply Chain Management: Professor David Van Horn
This course explores strategic operations and supply chain management. It provides content and pragmatic executive perspectives on overall operations/supply chain strategies as well as delve into four major capabilities (supply & demand management, sourcing & procurement, manufacturing/service delivery, and performance improvement/quality). The concepts are applicable to manufacturing and service industries; and, they are applicable to large corporations and small businesses.

Friday, September 26

Corporate Investment Policy: Professor Alan Crane
This course examines the investment decisions faced by corporate managers. We begin by developing a general framework for corporate valuation, and then we use this framework to review and expand on the capital budgeting issues developed in the core finance course. For example, we review the foundations of option valuation, and then apply these tools to value real options. We also cover new material on estimating the cost of capital and the effects of leverage and taxes. In this course, you will learn the state of the art tools and techniques for the evaluation of corporate investment decisions.

Friday, October 10

Strategy & Managing International Strategic Alliances: Professor Anthea Zhang
This course seeks to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and sensitivity required to structure and manage strategic alliances/joint ventures within a global environment. In this course, we will discuss the following topics: motivations for joining strategic alliances/joint ventures, partner selection, structuring strategic alliances/joint ventures to meet firms’ strategic objectives, control and management of alliances/joint ventures, evaluation of performance of alliances/joint ventures, and exiting alliances/joint ventures.

Friday, November 21

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.

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.

*Please check back in the fall for new Admissions 101 sessions.  

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.