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We are working closely with Rice University to actively monitor local and global health concerns regarding COVID-19.  Please review our latest update and our detailed frequently asked questions. 

Here are the top five things you need to know about our current re-opening plans:

  1. Safety is our No. 1 priority.
  2. We are planning for three phases that are slightly different than Rice’s due to our academic calendar. Please note that these may change given the fluid nature of the pandemic.
  3. As of today, fall classes will start on time in dual-delivery mode, with physical distancing in classrooms.
  4. The building will be ready and clean when you return.
  5. Working closely with the Rice Crisis Management Team, we have developed safety guidelines, policies and a list of FAQs that will be posted on the Rice Business COVID website this week and will be updated frequently; Rice University policy and updates can be found here.

One of our most important missions is timely communication with you. We can’t know every answer in this fast-changing environment. But we commit to getting you the best information as quickly as possible. Please feel free to email us with any questions at reopening@rice.edu.

Steps We’ve Taken

  • In-person classes have been moved to a virtual format starting March 13 until further notice
  • The university has implemented travel restrictions and guidance.
  • Resources are available for remote instruction and remote work.
  • All in-person events have been suspended or moved virtual through May. We will continue to monitor and adjust events as needed.
  • We implemented rolling admissions processes for all on-campus programs.  Our final MBA application deadline is now June 15 for domestic applicants and June 1 for international applicants.

Learn More About Crisis Management

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