At Rice University, graduate business students attend the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. It values excellence, innovative thought, integrity, forward-thinking, respect, diversity, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and professionalism. Being that it is located in the heart of the 4th largest and most diverse city in the U.S., this business school provides matchless academic, experiential learning, and networking opportunities for their graduate students. The small class size allows for an attentive, personalized, and beneficial relationship between the internationally recognized faculty and the students.
The graduate student can partake in several different degree programs. The Full-time Master in Business Administration degree offers nine concentrated areas of study, including Finance, Accounting, Operations Management, Energy, Health Care, Marketing, Real Estate, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management. There is also a Professional MBA, offered in the evenings or on weekends, and an Executive MBA. Graduate students can moreover pursue a Masters in Accounting or a Ph.D. in Business. The Executive Education programs involving leadership, effective strategies, advanced management, and marketing strategies, are great resources for professionals to develop further and increase their business performance. Graduate students can find financial assistance through scholarships like the Jones School Admission Scholarship, Jones Partners’ Leadership Scholarship, and the McNair Scholars Program. Many global educational opportunities exist, through Rice Business Global, for graduate students to enrich their lives and increase their international understanding and perspective. Students can travel to places like Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Vietnam, China, or Uganda to participate in the Global Field Experience or Global Offsite Electives. International Exchange and Offsite Seminars are held in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Germany.
Not only do students gain pertinent education inside the classroom, but there is plenty of leadership and management skills development to be had and only found outside of the classroom. Graduate business students can benefit from joining several campus groups including the Asian Business Student Association, Consulting Association, Black Business Student Association, Energy Association, Jones Student Association, Rice Business Marketing Association, Business Women’s Organization, Net Impact, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Real Estate Association, and the Jones Student Association for Professionals. Students can engage in Industry Treks, which are week-long exploratory trips to places like New York City, Austin, Seattle, and local business in Houston. These treks give insight into what types of internships and jobs are out there in the business, energy, health care, and technology industries. Other types of experiential learning opportunities are the MBA Case Competitions, the Student Managed Investment Funds, the Rice Business Board Fellows, the Rice Business Plan Competition, and Action Learning Projects. Also, Lilie (the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship), promotes entrepreneurship education and opportunity through classes, workshops, and events for students and the Houston community.
Jones offers the MBA@Rice hybrid degree. This program consists of virtual online courses combined with Intensive Learning Experiences that happen face-to-face on campus and in other physical locations. These students also have the opportunity for international travel through the Global Field Experience.