REEP MBA for School Leaders - FAQ

If I have a master's degree, can I still apply for the MBA?

Do I have to apply separately to the Jones Graduate School of Business Admissions and REEP?
No. You should only submit one application and it must be accepted by both the Jones Graduate School of Business Main Admissions Office and the REEP Admissions Team.

How much time per week are the REEP MBA for Professional classes?

The MBA for Professionals classes are: two evening classes per week, 3 hours each; approximately 19 Saturdays and 10 Thursday/ Fridays over the course of the program. Additionally, the REEP classes are: usually once per month on Thursday evenings, Friday all day and Saturday all day. Students must be able to attend all these classes in order to remain enrolled in the program and successfully graduate.

Can I work in Houston area public school or charter school while in the MBA Program?

Actually, you MUST be employed in a Houston-area public school or charter school, either as a teacher or administrator, in order to participate in the REEP program.

Can I work in a district-level position and be in the program?
REEP is a program for school leadership development. Applicants who are currently working in schools will receive preferential consideration in the admissions process. The Tuition Reimbursement is for REEP students tracking into school leadership and not district positions.

When do I qualify for a provisional principal certification?
Upon completion of the Spring business certificate training and by the spring of the first year of the MBA, students who are successfully tracking towards completion will be eligible for a provisional principal certificate.

I already have a Principal Certificate. Is REEP the right program for me?
Yes. REEP is focused on leadership development, business training and education reform. The approach to the training and the cohort will provide you with the skills and networks you need to be an effective school leader. By the end of the REEP MBA Program, graduates are ready to run schools like CEOs.

I don’t have a Principal Certificate. Is this an issue?
No problem. REEP is an approved Alternative Certificate Provider by TEA/SBEC. Our curriculum covers the domains and competencies covered in the TEXES test. All participants of the REEP program are required to take the Principal Certification Test as a part of the program if not currently certified.

Regarding the admissions process, what is the selection criteria?
The REEP selection process is holistic and takes into account several factors as evidenced by the application package. We recruit candidates who have demonstrated a history of superlative academic aptitude, through the 4-year undergraduate degree, GPAs, and test scores. Your leadership potential is assessed by your management experience, both on the job and through extracurricular activities. Your resume, evaluations from employers and/or professors, and your essay responses should indicate your level of leadership skill. Your personal goals, work experience, and reasons for choosing the Jones Graduate School of Business are critical elements of your application, and should illustrate intangible factors, such as: Why are you pursuing an MBA? How have you benefited from your academic, professional and personal opportunities? What qualities will you bring to the Jones Graduate School of Business, and what will you seek from us?