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Our intentionally small class sizes build a strong sense of community among students, faculty and alumni. Our top-ranked entrepreneurship program equips students to launch innovative ideas and connects them with collaborators, mentors and investors. And our Houston location offers endless opportunities for diverse experiences (think: food!) and a vast array of career options.

We’re the youngest, smallest, most selective MBA program in the top 25. Learn what our 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
  • Intern in the summer, allowing you to explore any career option
  • Focus on up to two of nine academic concentrations
  • Use your entire second year to prepare for your next dream job
  • Work with top employers after graduation, such as AmazonGoogle, ExxonMobilDeloitteEcolabPhillips 66EY, Dell, Capital One and Citi
  • Benefit from a worldwide family of alumni
  • Participate in global consulting projects

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.


Rice Business wants to help you succeed in whatever career direction you’re headed. The talent and experience of our students draws a wide variety of employers, industries and geographies. With a unique classroom experience and innovative curriculum (including a rich variety of electives), our programs produce graduates with deep analytical skills, broad business experience and a strong foundation in leadership. Our Career Development Office is available to students and graduates and provides extended evening hours during the week.


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.”


Graduate Entrepreneurship Program
Princeton Review


MBA program in Texas for Women
Financial Times, 2018


Alumni Satisfaction


Most Competitive Students - Full Time MBA
Princeton Review, 2019


Best MBA for Finance (only school in Texas)
Princeton Review, 2019


Best Classroom Experience
Princeton Review, 2019

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 what you learn in the first year of the Rice Business MBA program and apply it to short-term consulting and service projects for organizations and communities 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. You may also qualify as one of 87% of full-time students who earn a scholarship or grant.


Houston is the fourth-largest city in the U.S., home to 20 Fortune 500 headquarters, and it has one of the youngest, fastest-growing and most diverse populations in the world. At the same time, it feels accessible. You name it, we’ve got it. Tech. Oil. Gas. Healthcare. Banking. Startups. Food. Arts. Sports. (Did I mention the Astros?) And Texas charm. Whether you live here for two years and go off to a great new job in Seattle or New York or stay to make Texas your home, Houston is a great place to land for graduate school.


This is all great, right? But don’t take our word for it. Meet Sina Yilu FTMBA '19 as he discusses the value of his MBA and what made Rice Business the best fit for him.

Interested in speaking with more students? Connect with a student ambassador today.

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

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