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.
Small and intimate classes are a signature of the program – with a student-to-faculty ratio of nine to one, students can expect plenty of attention and close relationships with their peers. The campus’ location in Houston, Texas, one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing cities, makes it a top destination for MBAs interested in energy, manufacturing, technology, biomedical research, and financial services. Rice graduates rank Jones third in the country for current job satisfaction, according to a 2014 survey by Forbes.
The university also hosts the largest and richest graduate student startup contest. In 2014, the Rice Business Plan Competition awarded nearly $3 million and drew 42 teams from around the world.
Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business jumped three spots on Poets&Quants’ annual ranking of the best B-schools in the U.S., rising from 30th in 2012 to 27th in 2013. This move reflects the school’s improved standing across several of the major rankings.
Significantly, Jones rose four spots – from 41st in 2011 to 45th in 2013 – in Forbes’ biennial ranking, which evaluates B-schools by return on investment. The school also gained ground in the Financial Times’ survey, moving from 39th in 2013 to 35th globally this year.
The school slipped slightly in U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 survey, dropping from No. 33 in 2014 to No. 34. Jones also fell in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s biennial listing. The publication ranked the B-school 34th in 2012, down from 29th in 2010. The Economist‘s 2013 ranking brought more disappointing results, moving the school from 39th globally in 2012 to 43 in 2013.