Rice University’s Jones School of Business

Rice University's Jones School of Business is ranked 27th among the best B-schools in the U.S. by Poets&Quants.

Rice University’s Jones School of Business is ranked 27th among the best B-schools in the U.S. by Poets&Quants.

27. Rice University

Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business

6100 Main Street

Houston, TX 77005

Admissions: 713-348-4918 or 888-844-4773

Email: ricemba@rice.edu

Website: http://business.rice.edu/default.aspx

The practical learning approach of the full-time MBA curriculum at Rice aims to transform students’ careers by blending three essential elements for maximizing strategy, leadership, and creative credentials: a comprehensive core, an action learning project, and specialized concentrations. Upon completion of the core curriculum, customization of the Rice MBA degree is possible by choosing electives that establish depth in a particular area, or demonstrate a well-rounded perspective of business principles that span several functions. Independent study is also available as an elective, in which students work with a faculty supervisor on an approved project relevant to the student’s career path.

MBA candidates have the option to complete a maximum of two concentrations within the general management curriculum. While concentrations are not required in order to graduate, students who choose a concentration will be able to demonstrate specialized knowledge. There are 10 concentration options, each consisting of 9 to 12 credit hours of coursework.

Latest Up-To-Date MBA Rankings:

Poets&Quants (2013): 27

BusinessWeek (2012): 34

Forbes (2013): 41

U.S. News & World Report (2014): 33

Financial Times (2014): 35 (Global), 19 (U.S.)

The Economist (2013): 43 (Global), 26 (U.S.)

Ranking Analysis:

Between 2011 and 2012, Jones dropped from 28th to 30th place in our ranking, but the school more than made up for it in 2013: At 27th, it landed between The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business at the top and the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business at the bottom. Jones’ biggest gain came from the Forbes ranking, where the school rose from 45th to 41st place. Its rank slipped in the U.S. News ranking (five spots) and the Economist ranking (two spots), but gains in the rest of the rankings offset both drops.

Tuition & Fees: $48,500 per year

Average GMAT: 676

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 614-740

Average GPA: 3.34

GPA Range (mid-80%): 2.9-3.78

Acceptance Rate: 29.5%

Full-Time MBA Enrollment: 223

International: 29.6%

Minority32.2%

Female: 32.7%

Average Age: 28

Average Base Salary: $101,229

Average Signing Bonus: $21,315

Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 79.2%

Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 93.8%

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.