We have obtained STEM designation for all our MBA programs. 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 is now reflected in the STEM designation.
The Executive MBA (EMBA) curriculum also focuses on experiential, integrated learning.
Leadership and Strategy Executive Forum
These 5-day intensives, targeting development of an executive mindset, open and close each academic year.
Executive Forum I—personal leadership foundations and principles of strategy formulation, a Houston residency program.
Executive Forum II—applied strategic and critical decision making in the context of the functional skills acquired in the core.
Executive Forum III—enterprise-level strategy formulation and execution and leading the organization in change.
Executive Forum IV—an international management off-site intensive caps the global core and the MBA for Executives program.
The executive seminars run throughout the program, providing a channel for integrating concepts across the disciplines as well as for executive skills development such as negotiations, communications, team dynamics, executive coaching and career coaching. The final executive seminar provides a C-suite perspective, focusing on corporate culture, business ethics, and corporate governance. These seminars feature an executive speaker series to provide first-hand insights from a wide spectrum of business leaders.
First Year Core
The core curriculum focuses on providing you with the analytical skills necessary for robust critical decision making and with the depth of functional knowledge necessary to lead across the organization. The Rice MBA for Executives program is well-grounded in economics, business analytics, accounting, finance, marketing and operations.
In the third semester of the program, you are able to customize your MBA program by choosing from a set of electives that deepen your general management expertise or tilt the program towards advanced courses in specific areas.
Global Core: Leading the Global Firm
The global core curriculum in the final semester of the program focuses on creating the awareness and mindset to effectively lead in global financial, resource, and consumer markets. The global management course incorporates cross-cultural leadership skills, managing an international labor pool, complexities of business government relations and nuances of strategy for the multi-national enterprise. The global markets course covers the economic environment of business, marketing to a worldwide consumer base, and raising capital in global financial markets. You and your classmates will bring together the many facets of global business in the Executive Forum IV, an off-site capstone that takes place internationally.
Custom Executive Coaching
Throughout the program you will work with an experienced executive coach to fill identified gaps in your leadership portfolio. Each executive coach provides support in formalizing a personal strategic development plan and executing on that plan. The coaching program complements the leadership development curriculum, providing a safe environment for challenging assumptions and promoting new thinking. You will also have access to custom communications coaching and to career counseling to develop targeted career development tools. In addition, the business school’s Career Development Office (CDO) successfully partners with students and alumni to meet their professional development goals.
Healthcare Specialization Track
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.
The Rice Executive MBA program is the perfect fit – a world-class institution right here in the city of Houston.
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Weekend Residency Program
Executives can earn an MBA at Rice Business by attending classes just two weekends a month in our residency program.
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 Houston Marriott Medical Center, located one mile from campus:
Houston Marriott Medical Center
6580 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
Main Phone: (713) 796-0080
Please note that the Weekend Residency Program fee is not included in the MBA tuition. The fee for the program is $1,500/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 email@example.com.