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Rice MBA program scores top 5 ranking for entrepreneurship

by Avery Ruxer Franklin

The Master of Business Administration program at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is No. 22 in the United States in Bloomberg Businessweek’s Best Business Schools MBA ranking for 2021 — and No. 5 for entrepreneurship.

The ranking places the Jones School among the nation’s most distinguished, including those at universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Georgetown and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Bloomberg Businessweek team 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.

“This recognition in entrepreneurship has consistently told the story that we care about and support the entrepreneurial mindset, business plans and dreams of our students, alumni and the undergraduate and graduate community at large,” wrote Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School. “I’m very proud of our standing.”

Rice Business has consistently been ranked among the top 10 graduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation, reflecting the depth and breadth of resources for entrepreneurs during their time at Rice and beyond. The school’s entrepreneurship classes emphasize a combination of mindset and skill set and focus on multiple stages of the entrepreneurial process.

The Rice MBA full-time program 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.

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, visit


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