Curriculum Overview

The MBA@Rice curriculum is designed to help you develop and apply foundational and advanced business skills in the context of modern business challenges. You will learn to apply functional knowledge like financial accounting and data analysis, as well as interpersonal skills such as managerial leadership and negotiations, to real-world scenarios.

In each 11-week term, you will take courses totaling up to 6 credits. The first year will consist of all core courses, and the second year will feature a combination of core and elective courses.

Exams will be held during the final week of each semester. You are required to complete 54 total credits including 36 core credits, 13.5 elective credits and 4.5 credits of Field Experiences (which includes one MBA@Rice Residential and one Global Field Experience). You may also attend an additional MBA@Rice Residential, or another GFE at a different location, which will be counted toward your required 13.5 elective credits.

10-Week Core Courses

Core courses for MBA@Rice include both full- and part-term courses. Below is a breakdown of all required 10-week, full-term, 3-credit courses.

3 Credits

3 Credits

3 Credits

3 Credits

Five-Week Core Courses

The following five-week, 1.5-credit core courses are also required and can be taken concurrently with full-term core courses:

1.5 Credits

1.5 Credits

1.5 Credits

1.5 Credits

1.5 Credits

1.5 Credits

1.5 Credits

Elective Courses

Starting in the second year of the program, students will choose from a range of elective courses that focus on building specialized skills in areas such as finance, marketing, strategy and entrepreneurship.

Some elective courses will span 10 weeks while others will be five weeks in length. Students are required to complete a total of at least 13.5 credits of electives during their time in the program.

Elective courses are subject to change by cohort. Select a course from the following to see a description and the date it is expected to be available.

1.5 Credits

1.5 Credits

1.5 Credits

Brand Strategy

1.5 Credits

Process Management and Quality Improvement

1.5 Credits

Field Experiences – MBA@Rice Residentials/GFEs

Throughout your time as a student, you are required to complete at least two Field Experience courses—one MBA@Rice Residential and one international Global Field Experience (GFE). MBA@Rice Residentials consist of Intensive Learning Experiences (ILE), which involve simulations, seminars, group projects and guided leadership exercises that bring you face to face with peers, faculty and industry leaders.

Students will attend the first available MBA@Rice Residential (3 credits) after starting the program. They are encouraged to attend additional 1.5-credit Residentials throughout their time as a student. MBA@Rice Residentials are frequently held on the Rice University campus in Houston, Texas.

GFEs are a part of our Jones Educational Global Experience (Jones EdGE) that includes optional seminars, intersessions and study abroad opportunities hosted throughout the program to diversify your perspective and enhance your business skill set.

Core Track

3 Credits

Global Field Experience (GFE)

1.5 Credits

Elective Track

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