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Programs: Frequently Asked Questions
We are a small and selective business school with a challenging and supportive learning culture. Rigorous and relevant. Our world-renowned faculty and programs will feed your curiosity, nudge you to ask the right questions and provide you with the skills required to achieve your goals.
We are the #1 graduate entrepreneurship program for the past three years and have been in the top 10 for over 10 years. Here, entrepreneurship is more than a class— it’s a way of thinking that is central to all our teaching. Whether you’re starting a new enterprise or making something happen at the company where you work, the entrepreneurial mindset is a crucial part of your tool kit.
At Rice Business, our program is more than academics. We provide plenty of opportunities to grow outside the classroom. For instance, we provide international opportunities for all MBA students designed to broaden your global perspective and prepare you to change the world. Nationally and globally, the Rice Business MBA program continues to be recognized for excellence by major media and has risen consistently over the last decade, putting us in the company of the nation’s most distinguished business schools. Learn more here.
We offer multiple MBA formats to meet your goals and schedule. No matter what MBA program you choose you will receive the same Rice MBA degree, learn from the same top-notch faculty and be part of an amazing tight-knit alumni network. We offer:
- A Full-time MBA, included a Deferred MBA option for college seniors
- A Professional MBA with weekend and evening options for those who want to work while earning their MBA on campus
- A Hybrid MBA for working professionals within and outside of Houston who can only come to campus once a month
- An Online MBA, MBA@Rice, for those who need the flexibility of an online program
- An Executive MBA for experienced professionals
Yes, all students in our different MBA formats receive the same Rice MBA degree.
Yes. All our MBA programs are STEM certified. The STEM designation is a direct response to the data-driven business environment, employer needs and student interest. Our Rice MBA graduates are known in the marketplace for broad problem-solving skills, reflecting a curriculum grounded in quantitative and data-analytic methodologies across the disciplines.
This designation not only recognizes the quantitative orientation of our programs, but also provides F-1 visa students the opportunity to apply for the STEM OPT extension. The extension allows international graduates, who may now hold U.S. jobs for only 12 months after graduation, to remain in the U.S. for an additional 24 months and receive training through work experience. All current and incoming Rice Business international students who are on an F-1 visa will be eligible to apply for the extension under this new designation.
Our programs are designed to be completed in two years, but we also offer an extended evening Professional MBA program that can be completed in three to five years. Our online MBA is 54 total credits. You can finish the online MBA program in as few as 24 months or extend to fit the program within your schedule.
No matter which MBA program you select, you can customize your degree with the electives. Students of our Full-Time MBA program have the option to select from 10 concentrations.
Our programs’ curriculums are specifically designed to help you transform your career and equip you with problem-solving and critical-thinking skills that ensure your success. You can choose from 100+ electives in a variety of areas, including accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and more.
Among our top electives are exciting courses like Financing the Startup Venture, Entrepreneurship in Biotech, Blockchain: The Internet of Value, Power and Influence in Organizations, and Strategy in Technology Ecosystems.
Learn more about each program’s curriculum below:
The same MBA degree is awarded in both programs, but the profile of the students in each program will differ. Our Professional MBA class has on average 7.2 years of work experience while our Executive MBA class has 15.4 years of work experience. Our Executive MBA students are experienced professionals already at the top of organizations. Our Professional MBA students are still striving for significant career growth. You can submit your resume for a pre-assessment here to see which program is a better fit for you.
- Full-Time MBA: Tuition and Financial Aid
- Professional MBA: Tuition and Financial Aid
- Hybrid MBA: Tuition and Financial Aid
- Executive MBA: Tuition and Financial Aid
- Online MBA: Tuition and Financial Aid
An MBA from Rice is an investment that will pay dividends throughout your career. Our financial aid options, including scholarships, grants and loans, help make your goals attainable and ensure a strong return on your investment.
The class profiles for our MBA programs differ. You can view the class profiles for our Full-Time, Professional and Executive MBA programs below. As our first graduates for the Hybrid MBA program will not graduate until 2025, class profile information will be available then.
Career Outcomes: Frequently Asked Questions
Our graduates reach record-breaking success in the job market – the product of strong partnerships between hiring companies and our alumni, faculty, staff and students. We draw employers in a wide variety of industries, led by consulting, finance, energy, manufacturing and technology. Employers who recruit include Google, Amazon, EY, Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil, among many others.
When you graduate from Rice Business, you join a supportive, worldwide network of alumni. While many are based in the southwest and the west coast, our graduates span 50+ countries and every major industry, including consulting, technology, finance, investment banking, energy, manufacturing and healthcare. Employers who recruit at Rice Business include Google, Amazon, EY, Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil, among many others.
The top industries for our Full-Time MBA students are consulting, finance, investment banking, energy, technology, manufacturing and healthcare. Our students pursue many different types of roles within these industries and join industries outside of these. We invite you to visit the Career Development Office to learn more.
The Application: Frequently Asked Questions
Please check the Admissions Guide section of our site for the most up-to-date deadline information.
Below is a high-level overview of what is generally needed for our application. You can follow this link to view our detailed application guide.
- Completed online application
- Required essays
- Professional resume
- Unofficial copies of test scores
- Letters of recommendation
- Unofficial copies of your transcripts
- Application fee paid
Rice Business is selective about who we admit because we want to foster rewarding and meaningful connections for our students. But that doesn’t mean we’re looking for a long list of accomplishments. We’re looking for diverse perspectives, authentic voices and innovative thinkers.
We want the application process to be as smooth as possible. Our admissions guide will help you put your best foot forward. If you want to learn more about the application process, attend an admissions event, connect with our recruiting and admissions team, or reach out to a current student. We’re here to help you.
Our application process is holistic, meaning that the Admissions Committee does not assign weights or percentages to the various application components. Rather, we evaluate metrics (GPA and standardized test scores) in conjunction with the more qualitative elements such as work experience, admissions interviews and community involvement, to determine a candidate’s overall fit with the program.
Course work from other programs is not transferable.
We require either the GMAT, GRE or the Executive Assessment for our Full-Time MBA, Professional MBA, Hybrid MBA or Executive MBA programs. Without either a GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment score, your application will be considered incomplete. We require only the MCAT if you are applying to the joint MD/MBA program.
Full-Time MBA, Professional MBA and Hybrid MBA candidates may be eligible for a standardized test waiver. You will have to start an application before you can request a GMAT waiver. For more information, please complete the GMAT Waiver Request Form.
Executive MBA applicants may be eligible for a standardized test waiver. For more information, please complete a Resume Pre-Assessment.
Due to the sheer volume of applications we receive each year, we’re unable to provide feedback on each application.
We appreciate your interest in the Rice Executive MBA program. First, submit your resume for a pre-assessment here. Once we receive your resume we’ll provide feedback to help you figure out which MBA program is a good fit for you based on your experience and background. Learn more about the program.
We are proud to waive the $200 application fee for:
- United States military personnel (active duty or veteran)
- Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) MBA Prep Fellows
- Forté Foundation MBALaunch members
- MD/MBA dual degree program applicants
- Rice University alumni
- Prospective students referred to us by alumni through the Build the Class program
- Prospective students who attend an admissions event