Rice Business Dean Peter Rodriguez with Students

Now accepting applications for Class of 2023.  First application deadline is October 16.  Submit your application by September 16 to have your application fee waived. Please note you may be eligible for a GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment waiver, take the resume pre-assessment to find out.  

What is an Executive MBA?

Are you an experienced executive who wants to strengthen and even transform your leadership skills while remaining in your current job? Our Executive MBA program has an intentionally small class size to build a supportive community among students, faculty, and alumni. Come see why we’re top-ranked in the nation and the best place to earn an MBA in Houston. Learn what our students and alumni already know: you belong here. Complete our resume pre-assessment to see if the Executive MBA is right for you.

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Executive MBA vs. MBA

Our Executive MBA (EMBA) students have more work experience, an average of 17 years, than our other programs. The class size is also about half the size of our other MBA programs. The core curriculum is also offered every other Fridays and Saturdays to accommodate work schedules. Throughout the EMBA program, there are also leadership and strategy executive forums focused on building an executive mindset. We develop leaders with core courses in functional areas, enhanced by a network of like-minded classmates, and capped with an overseas trip focused on creating the mindset to lead the global firm. We are confident that earning an Executive MBA at Rice Business will help you be the leader you were meant to be.

Executive MBA Curriculum

Designed for leaders and experienced executives, our Executive MBA (EMBA) curriculum focuses on experiential, integrated learning. Our EMBA program open and close each academic year with 5-day intensives that target development of an executive mindset. Executive MBA students follow a core curriculum in their first year, then choose from 100+ electives in their second year. Learn more about the Executive MBA curriculum here.

Executive MBA Admissions

At Rice Business, we believe that you belong here — and we are dedicated to helping you get here. We encourage you to connect with our recruiting and admissions team for guidance on the application process and to get to know us better. Here is an application requirements checklist to guide you through the application. Please note you may be eligible for a GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment waiver, take the resume pre-assessment to find out. Still have questions? Please feel free to reach out to 713-348-4622 or ricemba@rice.edu. Learn more about tuition and fees here.

Why Rice

Below are just a few reasons why you belong at Rice. Learn more here.

Strong Rankings

Nationally and globally, the Rice Business MBA programs are consistently recognized for excellence by major media and have risen steadily in the rankings over the last decade. See why Poets & Quants says “Rice is on the rise.”


Graduate Entrepreneurship Program
Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine, 2020


MBA program in Texas for Women
Financial Times, 2018


Best MBA For Finance
Princeton Review, 2020


Best MBA For Human Resources
Princeton Review, 2020


Most Competitive Students
Princeton Review, 2020


Best Classroom Experience
Princeton Review, 2020


The Right Culture

Our tight-knit culture defines both your time as a student and your life as an alum — being part of our small family means making true and meaningful connections. In its 45 years, Rice Business has graduated just over 7,000 alumni. That makes for strong bonds and close ties.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

As an internationally recognized leader for educating and producing talented entrepreneurs, Rice Business is especially proud of its business plan competition, the world’s largest and richest graduate student startup competition, which celebrates 20 years in 2020. Learn more here.

Global Preparation

Rice Business offers international opportunities for all MBA students. A global field experience is built into the curriculum so you can take what you learn in the first year and apply it to short-term consulting projects for organizations and communities in diverse cultural settings. Learn more here.

On-Going Career Support

Our Career Development Office is available to students and alumni. 92% of our MBAs accepted jobs within three months of graduation last year. The talent and experience of our students draw a wide variety of employers and industries, led by consulting, financial services, energy and technology.

Positive ROI

Why is a Rice MBA worth the investment? Let our finance professor James Weston calculate the ROI of an MBA from Rice Business to help you make your decision.

Engaging Faculty

Rice MBA courses are taught by nationally-recognized faculty who emphasize real-world applications of their research to unlock your potential as a leader. You’ll work with professors who believe that case methodology and current industry knowledge are as critical to your education as textbooks.

Meet a Student

This is all great, right? But don’t take our word for it. Meet Rich Hoover EMBA '20 and learn about his transition to business school after he retired from the military ... and the special contribution he and his daughter are making to wounded veterans.

In short, Rice Business offers one of the top MBA programs in the country. You belong here.

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