Excecutive MBA at Rice Business

Our intentionally small class sizes build a strong sense of community among students, faculty and alumni. If you’re a high-level professional in Houston looking to strengthen your experience and transform your leadership abilities, the Rice Business Executive MBA is the right fit for you.

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.

The EMBA program includes: 

  • 22-month program on alternating weekends (Friday and Saturday)
  • Four week-long executive forums
  • Built-in international forum with classmates
  • Lifelong camaraderie

We’re the youngest, smallest, most selective MBA program in the top 25. Learn what our EMBA students and alumni already know: you belong here.


Rice Business is proud of its close-knit programs. It means you know your classmates and professors — and they know you. It means your classmates’ diverse backgrounds, experiences and skills enrich your understanding of the material and the world. Rice Business values its academic rigor as much as it does the camaraderie, inspiration and sense of belonging you feel in the classroom. 

All students have the opportunity to:

  • Learn through a combination of case methods, simulation, and experiences across industries
  • Work closely with the faculty
  • Craft your focus through elective courses
  • Participate in global consulting projects
  • Benefit from a worldwide family of alumni

Engaging Faculty: All Rice MBA courses are taught by nationally-recognized faculty who emphasize the real-world applications of their groundbreaking research. Visit Rice Business Wisdom for examples of how our professors’ peer-reviewed publications are shaping the business landscape.

In every course, you’ll work with a professor who believes that case methodology and current industry knowledge are as critical to your education as textbooks. Above all, our faculty aim to unlock your potential as a leader.

Electives: In the second year of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to tailor the curriculum to your professional needs by enrolling in electives. See our elective offerings here.


The Career Development Office partners with students and graduates to meet their professional development goals, working on their various needs from resume revisions to strategizing the next 10 years of their career. Throughout the program, students have access to an experienced career advisor who assists with business correspondence, mock interviews, job search strategies and other career-related needs. 


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.

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, putting us in the company of the nation’s most distinguished business schools. See why Poets & Quants says “Rice is on the rise.”


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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

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. Find your entrepreneurial heart by starting your own business or bringing an innovative mindset to a major corporation.

Global Preparation: To broaden your perspective and prepare you to change the world, Rice Business offers international opportunities for all MBA students in the country of your choice. A global field experience is built into the curriculum so you can take a deep dive into consulting projects for organizations in diverse cultural settings.

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.


Are you a candidate for the Rice Business Executive MBA program? Submit your resume for a quick pre-assessment by our recruiting and admissions staff. We would be help you find a program the perfect fit.


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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