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Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: April 9, 2019.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $59,750

Acceptance Rate: 39%

Full-Time Enrollment: 118

Average GPA: 3.29

International: 27%

Minority: 18%

Average Age: 28

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $59,750

Median GMAT: 710

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 660-740

Median GRE: 315

Female: 31%

GPA Range (mid-80%): 2.78-3.85

Male: 69%

Application Deadlines: Round 1: October 15th, 2018 Round 2: January 5th, 2019 Round 3: April 5th, 2019

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.

Ranking Analysis:

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.


Contact Information

1900 Rice Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77005
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The Jones Graduate School of Business (Rice Business) at Rice University in Houston, Texas, is a forward-thinking business school for the next generation of global leaders. Through teaching, research and an atmosphere of discovery, this top program is committed to a business education focused on leadership, integrity and authenticity in the country’s most diverse city. Students have the opportunity to work with the bold ideas of our faculty, cut through the complexities of the business world and make breakthroughs, both personally and professionally.

Named in honor of the late Jesse H. Jones, a prominent Houston business and civic leader, the school’s degree programs include the Full-Time MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA and MBA@Rice, our online degree, as well as coordinated MBAs in engineering and professional science and an MD/MBA with Baylor College of Medicine. The Ph.D. in Business attracts candidates aspiring to become faculty in prestigious research universities internationally. The one-year MAcc program is designed for students with non-accounting undergraduate academic backgrounds and is committed to producing accounting professionals with critical thinking skills and integrity. The undergraduate business minor rounds out the programs offered.

A full schedule of non-degree executive education open-enrollment and customized courses for business and industry are also available, along with certificates in finance and accounting, health care management and leadership.

All Rice Business courses are taught by a team of dedicated, nationally-recognized professors who integrate insights from their own rigorous, peer-reviewed research to help students understand topics in accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior and management in the context of today’s ever-changing business landscape. Learn more at Rice Business Wisdom — clear, quick translations of faculty research from Rice Business that will change the way you think.