Applying to Rice MBA

Full-Time MBA Application Deadlines, Class of 2020

Decision Round Application Deadline Decision Date
Round 1 Thursday, October 5, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017
Round 2 Friday, January 5, 2018 Friday, March 30, 2018
Round 3 Thursday, April 5, 2018* Thursday, May 10, 2018

*For Full-Time MBA applications, we will accept re-takes of standardized tests until April 16, 2018.


Executive MBA and MBA for Professionals Application Deadlines, Class of 2020

Decision Round Application Deadline Decision Date
Round 1 Thursday, October 5, 2017 Rolling Decisions
Round 2 Friday, January 5, 2018
Round 3 Thursday, April 5, 2018
Final Deadline Monday, May 28, 2018*

*For MBA for Professionals and Executives applications, we will accept re-takes of standardized tests until May 26, 2018.


Consortium Application Deadlines, Class of 2020

Decision Round Application Deadline Decision Date
Round 1 Sunday, October 15, 2017* Friday, December 15, 2017
Round 2 Friday, January 5, 2018 Friday, March 23, 2018**

*The Round 1 deadline is extended for applicants applying through The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.

**Round 2 Consortium applicants will receive their admissions decisions by March 23, 2018.


Building Your Application

Requirement: Unofficial transcripts from all degree-granting institutions and institutions at which you earned nine (9) or more credit hours.

When You Apply:

To submit your application, you must upload unofficial (scanned) copies of transcripts* for each degree that you have earned. We will also require transcripts from each institution at which you completed nine (9) or more credits, unless those courses and grades are reflected on the final transcript from your degree-granting institution.


When You Enroll:

If you are admitted and decide to enroll with us, you will be required to send us official (physical or electronic) transcripts for each degree or institution that you included within your application.


Note: If the Admissions Committee notices issues with the accuracy or legibility of your unofficial transcripts, we also reserve the right to request that you send us an official transcript.

Requirement: GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment.

We require a standardized test for admission to each of our MBA programs.Please note that the date of your first test attempt must fall before the deadline date of the round to which you are applying. You may reference the chart below for the types of tests we accept for each MBA program:

Test Option Full-Time MBA MBA for Professionals Executive MBA
GMAT
GRE
Executive Assessment (EA)    

 

When You Apply:

As you work on your application, you will be required to upload the unofficial, “test-taker” copy of your test scores. This unofficial copy is usually delivered to you in a PDF or paper format following your test.


When You Enroll:

If you are admitted to the Rice MBA program and decide to enroll with us, we will require that you have your official scores sent to us using the codes below:

GMAT Codes:

  • Full-Time MBA Program: 3WS-WD-92
  • MBA for Professionals Program: 3WS-WD-68
  • Executive MBA Program: 3WS-WD-58

GRE Code: 7502

Executive Assessment Code: “Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business”*

*Executive MBA applicants taking the EA must choose to have their scores sent to the Jones School at the time of testing.


Application Tip: We encourage you to take your standardized tests early in the admissions process. If you are unhappy with your test score, we also encourage you to consider retaking the test. We do not look upon retakes negatively, and we will consider only your highest score when reviewing your application for admission.

If you do decide to retake a test after you have submitted your application, please let us know and we will be happy to consider your application with the updated score (although your application may be pushed to the next application round).

Requirement: Professional resume

In order to assess your work experience, we require you to submit a professional resume. Spend some time before submitting your application to make sure that your resume is up-to-date and appropriate to use in an application to a business school.

We also want to learn about who you are outside of your job duties, so our application includes an entire section dedicated to your extracurricular activities. Use this space to list the groups you are a member of, the activities you lead, and the impact you have on your community. You will also have a chance to talk about any awards or special recognition that you have received.

Application Tip: In general, your professional resume should be no longer than one page (as opposed to an academic curriculum vitae, or CV). Rather than serve as an exhaustive list of all of your job duties, your resume should highlight your employment history, education, and extracurricular involvement.

Requirement: One professional recommendation from current direct supervisor; two recommendations if first is not from current direct supervisor

Each applicant is required to collect one recommendation from their current direct supervisor. If you are not in a position to ask for a recommendation from your current direct supervisor, we will require that you collect two professional recommendations.

At least one recommendation needs to be from someone highlighting your professional abilities, but altogether applicants are allowed to provide us up to three recommendations.

Rice MBA programs use the GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation, which allows recommenders to answer the same set of questions for multiple business school applications.

After entering your recommender’s contact information into your application, the application system will immediately send an electronic Common Recommendation form to that individual.

Application Tip: In addition to the official recommendations, if you know a current Rice MBA student or alumni you may ask them to write you a Build the Class referral, which will qualify you for an application fee waiver.

Requirement: Two essays for Full-Time MBA and MBA for Professionals applicants; one essay for Executive MBA applicants

Full-Time MBA & MBA for Professionals Required Video Essay:

"Everyone has a unique story and path that have led them to this point. What is your story from both a professional and personal standpoint? How does the Rice Business experience fit into your story?" (Three minute limit)

We encourage you to be creative with your video! However, please note that the video essay must include you speaking on camera so that the admissions committee and can not only hear you, but can also see you share your story. 

Full-Time MBA & MBA for Professionals Required Written Essay (choose one topic):

“Describe a defining moment or event that changed your life.” (300 word limit)

"What are the top 10 items on your bucket list?” (One-page limit, bullet points allowed)

"Tell us something, different, quirky, and/or interesting about yourself that the admissions committee wouldn't glean from the rest of your application or interview." (250 word limit)

Executive MBA Required Written Essay:

“As you evaluate where you are today, how have your educational, professional and personal endeavors brought you to this point? In addition, please explain how the Rice EMBA is part of your future plan.” (750 word limit)

Optional Essay:

If you have any additional information for the admissions committee or if you wish to clarify any aspect of your application (including breaks in employment, your choice of recommendation providers, your past academic performance, etc.), you may submit an additional, optional essay. (One-page limit, bullet points allowed)

Requirement: Application fee (US$200.00)

Once your application has been submitted and the application fee of US$200.00 has been paid*, our Admissions Committee will begin reviewing your materials.

We review applications holistically, which means that no one piece of the application is viewed as more important than the others. Rather, we evaluate the quantitative (years of work, GMAT score, GPA, etc.) and qualitative (leadership, community involvement, career progression, etc.) elements of your application together to determine your overall fit with the program.

Once the initial review of your application is complete, the Admissions Committee may ask you to participate in a formal admissions interview. We believe that on-campus, face-to-face interviews offer the most value to prospective students, since they are then able to attend class visits, tour our campus, and meet current students and the admissions team. However, candidates from outside of Houston may also choose to conduct their interviews via an internet video chat, with no penalty to their application.

Please note that due to the number of applications we receive every year, we are not able to interview every applicant (although every admitted applicant will have received an interview invitation), so we also invite you to get to know us throughout the application process. Through frequent communication and follow-up, this will help us to better understand your personality and aspirations!

*We are proud to offer application fee waivers to:

  • United States military personnel (active duty or veteran)
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Fellows
  • Forté MBALaunch members
  • MD/MBA applicants
  • Rice University alumni
  • Applicants whom we met at an MBA fair or event outside of Houston

Application Tip: Since our most important admissions criteria is fit, we hope that you will view the admissions interview as an opportunity to showcase not just your personal accomplishments, but your personality as well!

Throughout the review process, we will check to make sure that we have all of the information we need to properly review your application. If we require additional clarification regarding a piece of your application or notice that you are missing an important material, we will reach out to you via email or telephone.

While we do not give feedback on individual applications after an admissions decision has been made, we are more than happy to work with you any time during the application process to help you put forward your best application.

Each member of the Rice MBA Recruiting and Admissions team works with all of our MBA programs, so please do not hesitate to email, call, or stop in to our office and visit with us. We look forward to getting to know you!

Requirement: Transcripts translated to English and grade point average (GPA) converted to a 4.0 scale

To be eligible to apply to the Rice MBA program, we require applicants to hold a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree, or its international equivalent. This does include undergraduate, bachelor-level degrees that were earned in three years of study.

When you Apply:

  • Before submitting your application, you will be required to upload an unofficial (scanned) copy of your transcripts or mark sheets.
  • If your transcripts are not written in English, you must also upload an additional copy that has been translated into English by a certified translator. Please note that these translations must bear an original ink signature and seal, and that the unofficial, untranslated copy must accompany the translated copy.
  • If we notice issues with legibility or translation accuracy, the Admissions Committee may ask you to send us a full transcript/credential evaluation.
  • You will also need to manually enter your GPA into the "Education" section of your application. If your GPA is not already on a 4.0 scale, please manually convert your grades to a 4.0 scale using a tool such as the WES iGPA Calculator.
  • If you are unable to convert your grades to a 4.0 scale, we may require that you have a full transcript/credential evaluation sent to us.

When you Enroll:

  • If you are admitted and choose to enroll with us, you may be asked to have your transcript evaluated by a third-party evaluation company to verify grades, curriculum and that your undergraduate degree is indeed the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree. Please note that a student may be asked for this, but it is not required of all enrolled international students.

Requirement: TOEFL/IELTS/PTE unofficial score report if most recent degree was not taught in English

International applicants whose most recent degree was not taught primarily in English must submit an unofficial copy of an English proficiency test score. We accept the following tests:

All English proficiency test scores are valid for 2 years, and we will consider your highest score. To begin reviewing your application, we only require you to submit your unofficial score report. If you are admitted to the Rice MBA and decide to enroll with us, we will require you to have your official scores sent to us using the codes below:

  • TOEFL Code: 7320
  • IELTS & PTE: Scores are mailed directly to our office by the testing service

Requirement: New application and application fee; new essays and re-applicant essay

The Rice MBA programs have an extremely competitive pool of talented candidates, so while we may not have been able to offer you admission in a previous admissions year, we invite you to consider reapplying to the program in the future. Since prospective students cannot apply more than once during an admissions cycle, we suggest using the time between your decision and the opening of a future admissions cycle to self-assess your last application and think of ways that you could improve it.  

To reapply, you will need to submit a new application. This will require new essays, new letters of recommendation, and another application fee of US$200.00.

If you decide to apply again, you will also need to complete an additional, required re-applicant essay:

“Think about the time that has elapsed since you last applied to a Rice Business program. What actions have you taken to improve your candidacy?” (750 word limit)

Unless your test scores have expired (five years for the GMAT and GRE, two years for English proficiency tests), you will not need to worry about re-sending your score reports to us; we will still have access to your scores and will be able to add them to your application. We will also still have your official transcripts on file, if you chose to send your transcripts to us previously.