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Rice Business rises in MBA rankings

by Avery Ruxer Franklin

Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business jumped ten spots to No. 19 on Bloomberg Businessweek’s full-time MBA ranking for 2023-24.

The ranking places the Rice Business program as the top in Texas and among the nation’s most distinguished, including those at universities such as Yale, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bloomberg Businessweek surveyed students, alumni and recruiters and gathered data provided by the universities to rank schools based on five indexes: compensation after graduation, diversity, learning, networking and entrepreneurship.

The Jones School rose in multiple categories: learning, networking, diversity and entrepreneurship. Rice Business has consistently been ranked among the top graduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation, reflecting the depth and breadth of resources for entrepreneurs during their time at Rice and beyond, school leaders said.

“Rising in the rankings for networking and diversity shows how Rice’s faculty and staff are dedicated to creating an entire environment and ecosystem that benefits our students, not just what happens inside the classroom,” Rice Business Dean Peter Rodriguez said. “I am especially proud of these metrics that highlight Rice’s ability to bring people together.”

The Rice MBA full-time program, which also was recently ranked in the top 20 full-time MBA programs in the U.S. by the Financial Times, provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that combines specialized coursework and real-world experience to improve and amplify their strategy, leadership and critical decision-making credentials. The program features innovative classes, expert faculty and a diverse group of students from all walks of life.

Rice Business is recognized by several publications' rankings for its programs, including the MBA, MBA for Executives and MBA for Professionals. The school is internationally known for the research and thought leadership of its faculty.

To view the complete Bloomberg Businessweek rankings and methodology information, see

For more information on Rice MBA programs, visit For insights from Jones School faculty and their research, visit the school’s Rice Business Wisdom website,

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