Here in the heart of America’s most diverse city, the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice seeks, values and champions students from a range of backgrounds.
Earn a Part-Time MBA from Rice On Campus in Houston
Rice has the reputation, curriculum and campus experience you're looking for in a Professional MBA program. Study alongside fellow Houston professionals, expand your perspective and build your network. Take what you learn in the classroom and apply it to work the next day to advance your career.
We're not what you think of when people say "part-time MBA." The Rice PMBA program has the same world-class professors and resources as our top-ranked Full-Time MBA program. Choose the evening or alternating weekend classes that fit your schedule. Join our program, as diverse as Houston, the city we call home.
- Average work experience: 8 years
- Work experience range: 3 to 12 years
- Program length: 2 years
- Evening class schedule: 2 or 3 evenings a week
- Weekend class schedule: Every other Friday and Saturday
- Location: On campus
- Your degree: Master of Business Administration
When you apply to the Professional MBA program by the priority deadline, you'll have a better chance of securing a seat. You’ll also have more time to prepare for the program and gain access to networking events months before the program begins.
Application for Fall 2023 is open. GMAT waivers available.
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Interested in Rice Business?
At Rice Business, we believe that you belong here — and we are dedicated to helping you get here. Please use the application requirements checklist to guide you through the application. We accept the GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment test scores and we have no preference for which test you take. In addition, you may qualify for a test waiver. Many of our events walk you through the application process. Sign up for an event today! Connect with our recruiting and admissions team for guidance on the application process and get to know us better. Feel free to reach out directly to Steve Summers.
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Find Your MBA
We offer multiple program formats for working professionals who all graduate with the same top-ranked Rice MBA. If the evening or twice-a-month program options don’t fit your schedule best, consider the fully online or hybrid program, which meets on campus one weekend a month.
See if you're eligible for a GMAT/GRE Waiver.
The Best MBA in Houston
Our Professional MBA is for you. With part-time options, evening or alternating weekends, we’ll work with you to accommodate your busy life. In addition, we offer an extended format to accommodate those who want the option of completing the program in three (or up to five) years, instead of the traditional two years. The curriculum and faculty are the same as in our full-time program, and you have the flexibility to choose from 100+ electives in your second year. Come see what our students and alumni already know: you belong here.
Nationally and globally, the Rice Business MBA programs are consistently recognized for excellence by major media and have risen steadily in the rankings over the last decade. U.S. News and World Report ranks Rice Professional MBA #11.
We recognize the importance of co-curricular programming. We designed opportunities for all our students to develop and practice skills corporate recruiters seek from MBA students: Strategic thinking, problem solving, leadership and more. Find the right place to practice your leadership while here: whether at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders, at one of our many clubs or during a Global Field Experience.
The value of a Rice MBA is evident, guaranteeing an ROI that far surpasses the cost of the program by dramatically increasing your earning potential and career opportunities. Our part-time MBA equips you with the skills to masterfully navigate the business world. You can earn your salary uninterrupted while positioning yourself for career advancement. Limited scholarships are available for Professional MBA students. Invest in a Houston MBA. The reward lasts a lifetime.
Our Career Development Office is available to students and alumni, and is composed of a career advising team and an employer relations team. The talent and experience of our students draw a wide variety of employers and industries, led by consulting, financial services, energy and technology.
Our Class of 2022 PMBA graduates successfully secured new roles, earned promotions and transitioned to new industries. Many of them made significant career changes, leveraging the skills and knowledge gained from our program. If you're looking to pivot your career or advance in your current role, our Professional MBA program can help. Check out our Professional MBA employment report to learn more about our graduates' career success.
|Average Base Salary: $152,195|
|Industry Change: 35% of students|
|Company Change: 42% of students|
|Position Level Change: 31% of students|
|Energy: 23% of students|
|Consulting: 20% of students|
|Financial Services: 20% of students|
|Technology: 10% of students|
Note: Only includes data for outcomes collected within 5 months of the student's graduation year.
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We’re living in extraordinary times right now — times that demand thoughtfulness, strength, and maybe above all, preparedness. An MBA can be a powerful way to meet this demand.
Thinking about a career change or want to accelerate your current career? The Rice Business Career Development Office (CDO) will give you momentum, with top-quality personal guidance and carefully developed contacts with key employers and alumni.
Below are just a few additional reasons why you belong at Rice.
As an internationally recognized leader for educating and producing talented entrepreneurs, Rice Business is especially proud of its business plan competition, the world’s largest and richest graduate student startup competition, which celebrated 20 years in 2020. Learn more here.
Rice Business offers international opportunities for all MBA students. A global field experience is built into the curriculum so you can take what you learn in the first year and apply it to short-term consulting projects for organizations and communities in diverse cultural settings. Learn more here.
Rice MBA courses are taught by nationally recognized faculty who emphasize real-world applications of their research to unlock your potential as a leader. You’ll work with professors who believe that case methodology and current industry knowledge are as critical to your education as textbooks.
Rice Business is proud to offer a travel subsidy for students commuting to Houston for the Weekend Professional MBA program. 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 $1750/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
- Room/tax for non-weekend programming
- MBAP program: Immersions
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
Our tight-knit culture defines both your time as a student and your life as an alum — being part of our small family on the Rice campus in the heart of Houston means making true and meaningful connections. With all of our students in one building, you will network with other working professionals, as well as students from our other MBA programs and the greater Rice University community. In its 45 years, Rice Business has graduated just over 7,000 alumni. That makes for strong bonds and close ties.
My favorite part of the program is learning things that I use immediately at work. Being a student has made me a better manager almost from day one.
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