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Rice MBA ranks among top 20 business degrees in the US, according to Poets&Quants

by Avery Ruxer Franklin

The full-time on-campus Master of Business Administration program from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business ranks No. 18 in the country, according to new 2024 rankings from Poets&Quants. The school rose 11 spots since 2023. This latest ranking makes Rice Business the No. 1 business school in Texas, according to Poets&Quants.

“The full-time MBA program at Rice Business recorded significant gains across all three traditional rankings — U.S. News, the Financial Times and Businessweek —and scored well on the new LinkedIn metrics and on Princeton Review’s lists,” according to Poets&Quants. “In fact, Rice rose 11 places in the FT and 10 spots in Businessweek. That is real momentum under Dean Peter Rodriguez who will break ground on a new building in January.”

Rice Business prides itself in the challenging and supportive learning culture facilitated by faculty, staff and students on campus. Students also can personalize their education by choosing from more than 100 different electives for their MBA.

MBA courses are taught by globally recognized faculty who emphasize real-world applications of their research or business acumen, focusing on innovative and flexible mindsets to equip students with the tools to face any challenge in today’s ever-changing world of business.

“We have designed a curriculum and opportunities that allow our students to develop and practice skills recruiters want from MBA graduates: strategic thinking, problem solving and leadership,” Rodriguez said. “That includes a global field experience as a core course for all MBA students, where students tackle high-impact consulting opportunities to equip them with more of the skills they’ll need.”

In a recent interview with the Houston Innovators Podcast from Innovation Map, Rodriguez also discussed Rice Business’ role in helping the next generation of business leaders navigate the energy transition.

"One of the five pillars of our strategy is to be the leading business school in the country for the studying and advancement of the energy transition and decarbonization of the economy," he said. "We think that we can be the premiere school for training people in the rapidly evolving field of energy."

The school is already locally, nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in entrepreneurship studies. The Rice entrepreneurship ecosystem combines academic courses and co-curricular programs led by the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with regional and national programs and co-curricular programs led by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship.

Learn more about faculty as well as their expertise and research here.

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