MBA for Military Service Members

An MBA could be the key to advancement, whether you are looking to strengthen your credentials in your military career or transition into civilian life. With the online MBA program from Rice Business, you can leverage the leadership and management skills you have already gained through your military service to advance in the global business world.

At Rice Business, we honor your service and value the unique experience you will bring to our program. It is important to us that we are able to support you throughout your academic journey to ensure your success. Through a number of dedicated services for military MBA applicants and students, we welcome you to the Rice Business community and are here to help you navigate the benefits available to you.

“Rice Business wants to attract veterans to our school and our program because they’re a very deep and talented pool of individuals. They’re trained in specific skills, they’ve worked in teams, they’re leadership-ready. But I think even beyond that, they want to have an impact on the world. I can’t think of a better school for a veteran to attend than Rice University and the Jones School.” “Rice Business wants to attract veterans to our school and our program because they’re a very deep and talented pool of individuals. They’re trained in specific skills, they’ve worked in teams, they’re leadership-ready. But I think even beyond that, they want to have an impact on the world. I can’t think of a better school for a veteran to attend than Rice University and the Jones School.”

Peter Rodriguez
Dean, Jones Graduate School of Business

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Military and Veterans Benefits

Whether you are an active-duty service member, veteran, or military spouse or family member, you may be eligible for benefits that can help make earning your MBA more affordable. While your benefits may vary based on your individual circumstances, the Post-9/11 GI Bill is the most common option.

Post 9/11 GI Bill

If you are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you can receive funding that includes tuition and fee coverage for up to 36 months, a monthly housing allowance while you are enrolled, and as much as $1,000 a year for books and supplies. The majority of students who are eligible to receive veterans benefits utilize the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Eligibility

You may be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill if

  • you have at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, and are still on active duty;
  • you are an honorably discharged veteran; or
  • you were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days of active-duty service.

The percentage of eligibility ranges from 40 percent to 100 percent. To determine your percentage of eligibility, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a component of the Post 9/11 GI Bill that allows institutions to enter into a voluntary agreement with the VA. It is designed to help you fund the tuition and fee expenses that exceed the tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill annual allotment. In addition, you may also receive funding toward a monthly housing allowance, books and supplies.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, you must

  • be 100 percent eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill and
  • not be on active duty or a spouse of an active-duty member.

Additional Considerations

As you research the education benefits that may be available to you, it’s important to keep the following in mind:

  • Funding cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.
  • To determine your eligibility and get started, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.
  • To apply for benefits, you will need the following documentation: Certificate of (Honorable) Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214), if discharged from active service; Certificate of Eligibility (COE); and your military transcript. To request your COE, you will need to complete the Education Benefits Application.
“What I think that Rice Business really prides itself on is not just admitting veterans but admitting the right veterans and admitting the people of caliber and character who are going to go on and build this program.” “What I think that Rice Business really prides itself on is not just admitting veterans but admitting the right veterans and admitting the people of caliber and character who are going to go on and build this program.”

Winston Elliott ’17
U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Div.

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Rice Veterans in Business Association

The Rice Veterans in Business Association is dedicated to supporting and providing assistance to our veterans who are transitioning from military service to student life. We offer a range of benefits to our military MBA students, including transition support, leadership guidance, job search advice and networking opportunities.

We also give all Rice Business students an opportunity to contribute toward and participate in fundraising efforts that support veteran and military service organizations in our community. It is our goal to create a strong academic, professional and personal network among alumni and the military community at Rice Business.

Career Development Office

Our Career Development Office is here to help you every step of the way and provide you with assistance throughout your academic journey and professional career. As a student, you will have the opportunity to participate in group workshops and receive one-on-one career advising to develop the strategy, job search skills and networking opportunities to succeed in today’s MBA job market.

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