Learn About Our Executive MBA Curriculum
Strong leaders never stop learning. Our Rice Business Executive MBA (EMBA) program takes you out of your day-to-day, gets you thinking differently and prepares you to be the leader you are meant to be.
With our STEM certified curriculum, you’ll learn through the case method and integrated experiential experiences, enrich your critical thinking skills, make connections with your peers and bolster your leadership style. Open and intensify your perspective through relationships with faculty who have deep expertise in their fields and classmates from all different industries and backgrounds.
At Rice Business, we value our small size and close community, both in and out of the classroom. Consider this 22-month journey with the Rice Executive MBA program as the beginning of a much longer relationship and an open door to transform your career.
Review our EMBA course descriptions to get an idea of what your day could look like. Check out our sample academic calendar for a more in-depth look at the curriculum schedule. Please note dates are subject to change.
Curriculum is subject to change
Key Components of the Rice EMBA
Leadership and Strategy Executive Forums
These 5-day intensives target the development of an executive mindset. From personal leadership foundations to traveling abroad to meet the challenges of leading a global firm, students say these forums have changed their lives and their outlook. This powerful portion of the EMBA program opens and closes each academic year.
The core courses in your first year prepare you to lead across the organization, focusing on the analytical skills necessary for robust critical decision making and depth of functional knowledge. The Rice MBA for Executives program is well-grounded in economics, business analytics, accounting, finance, marketing and operations.
Executive seminars run throughout the program and provide a channel to integrate concepts across disciplines and practice executive skills development such as negotiations, communications, team dynamics, executive coaching and career coaching. The final seminar provides a C-suite perspective, focusing on corporate culture, business ethics, and corporate governance.
Customize your MBA program during your second year by choosing from electives that deepen your general management expertise or tilt the program towards advanced courses in specific areas. For instance, you can take electives such as Power and Influence in Organizations, Strategies for Growth and Blockchain: The Internet of Value. All 100+ MBA elective classes offered on campus, regardless of when offered, are available to you.
Custom Executive Coaching
Throughout the program, you’ll work with an experienced executive coach to fill identified gaps in your leadership portfolio and provide support in formalizing and executing a personal strategic development plan. You will also have access to custom communications coaching and career counseling to develop targeted career development tools. In addition, the Career Development Office (CDO) successfully partners with students and alumni to meet their professional development goals.
Executive Global Forum
The Executive Global Forum is a unique opportunity for our executive students in their final semester to engage with international businesses, immerse themselves in the local culture, and gain hands-on experience solving complex business challenges. Through a combination of lectures and seminars with industry leaders and collaboration on an international consulting project, our students will have the opportunity to hone their skills and apply their knowledge to support local businesses in emerging markets.
The Rice Executive MBA program is the perfect fit – a world-class institution right here in the city of Houston.
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A healthcare specialization track is offered as an enhancement to your degree. This healthcare track is aimed at healthcare professionals working full time who are seeking to advance themselves in the industry.
The healthcare courses are offered year round and supplement regular electives.
Executives can earn an MBA at Rice Business by attending classes just two weekends a month, with the option of a residency to stay near campus.
Rice Business is proud to offer a travel subsidy for students commuting to Houston for the MBA for Professionals and Executive MBA (EMBA) programs. This subsidy includes the hotel portion of a student’s stay for class weekends. Hotel accommodations are provided by The Westin Medical Center, located near campus:
The Westin Medical Center
1709 Dryden Road
Houston, TX 77030
Main Phone: (713) 730-2404
Please note that the Weekend Residency Program fee is not included in the MBA tuition. The fee for the program is $1,750/semester, which is added as a line item on a student’s tuition bill each semester.
What is/is not covered by the Weekend Residency program?
Rice Business covers payment for:
- Room/tax for class weekends
- MBAP program: Friday and Saturday nights
- EMBA program: Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
- Room/tax for non-weekend programming
- MBAP program: Immersions
- EMBA program: Non-Residency Executive Forums
Rice Business does not cover payment for:
- Incidentals (e.g. mini-bar tabs, late night meals at the hotel, room service, etc.)
- Airfare or transportation
For more information regarding the Weekend Residency program, please contact the Rice MBA Recruiting & Admissions Office at 713-348-4918 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Room/tax for class weekends