MBA Early Admit Program

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Our application deadline for our next cycle for the MBA Deferred Enrollment program is June 30, 2021.  There is no application fee.  Please join one of our online chats or connect with a recruiter today to learn more.

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About the Rice MBA Deferred Enrollment Program

This program is intended for future leaders in business, government and nonprofit endeavors who are currently undergraduates.

As a deferred enrollment program, students apply to the Rice Business Full-Time MBA during their final year of college and reserve their spot two to five years after graduation. Eligible students must be employed during the interim years to hold onto their space. Students are encouraged to explore all sorts of career options ‚ÄĒ from traditional companies to startups ‚ÄĒ to help develop their professional and leadership skills during the required pre-MBA work.

International students and all majors are welcome to apply.  

Please note that the program was formerly known as Rice MBA Early Admit.

Key Benefits

Here are just a few benefits of our program:

  • A secured spot in a top MBA program before you begin your career
  • Individual career advising from our career development office
  • Invitations to networking events
  • Automatically¬†considered for scholarships
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Apply by June 30, 2021 and submit test scores by July 31, 2021. There is no application fee. The decision date is August 3, 2021.

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Applying to the Program

Applicants to the Rice MBA Deferred Enrollment Program complete the same online application as the full-time MBA program. Please select the Deferred Enrollment Program option from our program selection.

To be considered, students will need the following:

  • GMAT or GRE test score
  • Most recent transcript
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendations:
    • 1 can be from an academic source
    • 1 must be from a supervisor from work or extracurricular activity
  • 2 Essays
  • Interview

International applicants who are attending a non-English speaking undergraduate university will need to submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score.

Learn more about the application here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We look for seniors with clearly defined career goals. Well-rounded students who place equal importance on intelligence, curiosity, common sense, extracurricular activities, internships and volunteer work.

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The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA program.

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools in the U.S. and Canada. Much like the SAT and ACT, the GRE is a broad assessment of critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning skills. 

There is no preference for which test you take.

There are no costs to apply.   


Once accepted, there is only a $1,000 non-refundable deposit. Once enrolled, there is an additional $1,500 deposit that must be paid in January of your year of enrollment. Both deposits would be applied towards the tuition. 


You pay the Full-Time MBA tuition starting the year you enroll. The current academic year Full-Time MBA tuition is $60,940.  

Financial aid and scholarships are available. In our most recent class, 87% of full-time students earned a scholarship, with the average award covering 70% of their total tuition. An MBA from Rice Business is an investment that will pay dividends throughout your career. See Rice Business Professor James Weston explain why.

You may choose to enroll in the Full-Time MBA program as little as two years after graduation or up to five years after graduation. Admitted students will need to maintain full-time employment after graduation. Our recruiting and admissions team will connect with you to learn about your employment and discuss when you would like to enroll. 

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