Bring Your Global Perspective to Rice

Rice Business welcomes ambitious leaders from around the world into our tight-knit community of problem-solvers. Our international students play an important role in expanding our geographical footprint and embodying the diversity and innovation that MBA@Rice offers.

To be eligible for admission into the online MBA program from Rice Business, you must hold a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a four-year program or its international equivalent. We consider undergraduate, bachelor’s level degrees that were earned in three years of study to be a valid equivalent.

Please note that international applicants do not qualify to obtain a visa through MBA@Rice. You must already have a valid visa that allows you to study in the United States. Visit the U.S. Department of State website if you have any questions about obtaining a student visa.

How to Apply


Before submitting your online application, upload an unofficial (scanned) copy of your transcripts or mark sheets.


If your transcripts are not in English, upload an additional copy that has been translated into English by a certified translator. These translations must bear an original ink signature and seal, and the unofficial, untranslated copy must accompany the translated copy.


You also will need to manually enter your GPA into the “Education” section of your application. If your GPA is not scored on a 4.0 scale, manually convert your grades to a 4.0 scale using a tool such as the WES iGPA Calculator.

If the admissions committee notices issues with legibility or translation accuracy, or if you are unable to convert your grades to a 4.0 scale, they may ask you to send an official transcript or credential evaluation.

If you are admitted to MBA@Rice and choose to enroll, the admissions committee may ask that a third-party evaluation company verify your grades, curriculum and equivalency of your undergraduate degree to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. This is not required of all international students but may be requested by the committee.

English Proficiency Scores

If your most recent degree program was not taught primarily in English, you must submit an English proficiency test score. We accept the following tests:

All English proficiency test scores are valid for two years, and we will consider your highest score. To begin reviewing your application, we only require you to submit your unofficial score report.

If you are admitted to Rice Business and decide to enroll, we will require you to have your official scores sent to us using the codes below:

  • TOEFL Code: 7320
  • IELTS and PTE Academic: Scores are mailed directly to our office by the testing service.

Applicants may be eligible to waive the English proficiency exam requirement. Speak with an admissions counselor to learn more about TOEFL testing, or complete your waiver today.

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1This data is self-reported by alumni of Rice Business graduate programs. The data was pulled and calculated in July 2020.