Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree, Online Program

Program Learning Outcomes for the MBA Degree Programs

Upon completing an MBA degree program students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding and application of the foundational frameworks and tools of all business disciplines, including accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, and strategic management.
  2. Develop, evaluate, and implement complex business strategies and operational solutions holistically, integrating management principles across the functional areas.
  3. Function effectively in a team setting both as a leader and a contributor.

Requirements for the MBA Degree Programs

The MBA degree is a non-thesis master's degree. For general university requirements, please see Non-Thesis Master's Degrees. For additional requirements, regulations, and procedures for all graduate programs, please see All Graduate Students. Students pursuing the MBA@Rice degree must complete:

  • A minimum of 54 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.00 in required coursework and with a minimum grade of C (2.00 grade points) in each course.   

MBA@Rice Program

The MBA@Rice program consists of a 24-month curriculum generally earned over eight consecutive terms (3-month quadmesters) over a two-year period. 

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this degree program. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the program's academic advisor, or where applicable, the department or program's Director of Graduate Studies. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the department or program's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Online MBA Degree Program54

Degree Requirements 

Core Requirements
MGMT 501FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING3
MGMT 502MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING1.5
MGMT 510ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR1.5
MGMT 511LEADERSHIP1.5
MGMT 521BUSINESS LAW1.5
MGMT 527INTRODUCTION TO ENTRPRENEURSHIP3
MGMT 540MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS1.5
MGMT 541ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS1.5
MGMT 543FINANCE3
MGMT 561BUSINESS-GOVERNMENT RELATIONS1.5
MGMT 562COPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY1.5
MGMT 570COMPETITIVE AND INDUSTRY ANALYSIS1.5
MGMT 571STRATEGY FORMULATION AND IMPLEMENTATION1.5
MGMT 574OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT1.5
MGMT 580MARKETING3
MGMT 592STRATEGIC BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS1.5
MGMT 593DATA ANALYSIS3
Residential Intensive Learning Experiences
MGMT 513NEGOTIATIONS ILE 11.5
MGMT 514ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE ILE 11.5
Global Field Experience
MGMT 789GLOBAL FIELD EXPERIENCE1.5
Capstone
MGMT 598CAPSTONE CONSULTING PROJECT3
Elective Requirements
Select an additional 13.5 credit hours from elective course offerings 213.5
Total Credit Hours54

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Proposed Plan-of-Study

The following plan-of-study represents the lockstep two-year sequence in which students pursuing the MBA@Rice degree complete the required coursework. In some instances students may follow a three-year or a four-year program. In those instances, students must agree to follow a specific course sequence as outlined by the Student Success Manager. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
1st QuadmesterCredit Hours
MGMT 501 FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
MGMT 510 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR 1.5
MGMT 570 COMPETITIVE AND INDUSTRY ANALYSIS 1.5
 Credit Hours6
2nd Quadmester
MGMT 574 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 1.5
MGMT 592 STRATEGIC BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS 1.5
MGMT 593 DATA ANALYSIS 3
MGMT 513
NEGOTIATIONS ILE 1
or ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE ILE
or GLOBAL FIELD EXPERIENCE
1.5
 Credit Hours7.5
3rd Quadmester
MGMT 502 MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING 1.5
MGMT 540 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS 1.5
MGMT 580 MARKETING 3
MGMT 514
ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE ILE 1
or NEGOTIATIONS ILE
or GLOBAL FIELD EXPERIENCE
1.5
 Credit Hours7.5
4th Quadmester
MGMT 541 ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS 1.5
MGMT 543 FINANCE 3
MGMT 561 BUSINESS-GOVERNMENT RELATIONS 1.5
MGMT 789
GLOBAL FIELD EXPERIENCE 1
or NEGOTIATIONS ILE
or ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE ILE
1.5
 Credit Hours7.5
Second Year
5th Quadmester
MGMT 511 LEADERSHIP 1.5
MGMT 571 STRATEGY FORMULATION AND IMPLEMENTATION 1.5
Elective one 2 Elective one1.5
Elective two 2 Elective two1.5
 Credit Hours6
6th Quadmester
MGMT 521 BUSINESS LAW 1.5
MGMT 562 COPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY 1.5
Elective three 2 Elective three1.5
Elective four 2 Elective four1.5
 Credit Hours6
7th Quadmester
MGMT 527 INTRODUCTION TO ENTRPRENEURSHIP 3
Elective five 2 Elective five1.5
Elective six 2 Elective six1.5
Elective seven 2 Elective seven1.5
 Credit Hours7.5
8th Quadmester
MGMT 598 CAPSTONE CONSULTING PROJECT 3
Elective eight 2 Elective eight1.5
Elective nine 2 Elective nine1.5
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours54

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Policies for the MBA Degree Programs

MBA Admission Requirements

Admission to the MBA degree program is open to students regardless of their undergraduate major, but the program is highly selective and access is limited to those who have performed with distinction across all areas of the application. A bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited undergraduate institution is required. Selected applicants will be interviewed by invitation only.  

All applicants to the MBA degree program must submit the following:

  • an online application and application fee
  • scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)*
  • transcripts from all previously-attended and/or degree-granting institutions
  • resume with complete work history
  • essays
  • letter(s) of recommendation

*Note: Scores from the TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS are also required for international applicants, whose undergraduate degree was from an institution where the primary language of instruction was not English.

The MBA@Rice Program

The MBA@Rice Program does not have specific prerequisite courses required for admission. 

Academic and Professional Standards

Students must meet both academic and professional standards to continue academic work and to graduate. In accepting admission to the MBA program, all students agree to be governed by the standards and procedures for dismissal or disciplinary action stated below.

Academic Standards

A minimum overall grade point average of 3.00 (B) is required for graduation. All courses taken for the MBA degree (including approved courses taken at the university, but outside the JGSB) are counted in the overall grade point average calculation.

Students with an overall grade point average lower than 3.00 at the end of any semester will be notified of academic standing. Students not meeting the 3.00 requirement will be provided specific instruction and guidance on the next steps specific to their academic situation. In some cases, students may submit an appeal to the JGSB Academic Standards Committee, requesting to be placed on academic probation. The committee reviews all academic cases, and may consult the dean's office for counsel and/or suggestions on proposed handling of the case. The committee will decide, based on the circumstances of the appeal, whether the student may resume studies on academic probation; is to be academically suspended for one semester or an academic year; or is to be dismissed from the MBA program.

Students proposing to return after a period of academic suspension must follow the appropriate procedures outlined in the General Announcements by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to receive permission to be readmitted. If permitted to return, the student will pay the current rate of tuition, based upon the class of students s/he is joining.

Only courses in which a grade of C or above is earned will be counted for credit toward graduation. If students receive a grade below C in a course required for graduation, they must repeat the course. If students receive a grade lower than C in an elective course, they need not repeat the specific course, but they must make up the credit hours. If the required course is not offered again prior to graduation, the student will be permitted to take the course the following academic year, but will be charged the current pro-rated tuition for the program in which the additional coursework is completed.

Students on academic probation must complete all future courses with a grade of C or above and may be considered candidates for student offices by permission only. Students are removed from probation only upon achieving an overall grade point average of at least 3.00.

JGSB students may not take courses pass/fail to count toward their degree requirements. JGSB students may audit courses with departmental and professor approval. The courses will not count toward the MBA, but will appear on the transcript.

Professional Standards

MBA students are held to the highest standards of professional conduct expected of managers—standards substantially exceeding those expected of them simply as students. Students may be dismissed or suspended for failure to meet professional standards, as defined in the University Code of Conduct. The dean may place a student on disciplinary probation for unacceptable conduct, giving oral and written notice that future misconduct will lead to filing specific charges. This probationary notice, however, is not required as a precondition for filing specific charges.

Guidelines for Appealing Academic Dismissal

The Process

A student who wishes to appeal a dismissal should address the following issues in a letter to the Academic Standards Committee. The student must send the letter to the chair of the Academic Standards Committee.

  1. What circumstances led to your academic performance last semester and to what degree were those circumstances beyond your control?
  2. If your performance in a particular course(s) last semester was below par, describe any circumstances specific to that course that explain your performance.
  3. Do you expect the circumstances that created the problems for you last semester to change next semester? If so, how?

Students may include any additional information they deem relevant in the appeal letter.

Timing

If the student intends to appeal, the letter to the committee must be filed within two weeks after receiving a dismissal letter. If a student plans to appeal, he/she should continue to attend classes. It is important to keep up with studies during the appeal process. If the appeal is accepted, the student may continue progress towards the completion of their degree.

Appeals

Appeals beyond the Academic Standards Committee must go to the dean of the Jones Graduate School of Business, who may seek guidance from other constituents of the school. All decisions rendered by the dean are final.

Confidentiality

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and amendments govern the records of actions related to appeals.

Grade Appeal Process

Once a course grade has been assigned by an instructor, it is generally considered final and is rarely changed for any reason other than calculation or transcription errors. The procedure below outlines the process by which a student may appeal a course grade.

  1. The student should first pursue any grading question with the instructor following the formal or informal process the instructor has outlined for the course.
  2. If the matter is not resolved in step 1 above, the student must file a written appeal to the instructor and send a copy to the senior associate dean of degree programs. This written appeal must be filed no later than two weeks after the final grade for a course was assigned.
  3. The instructor must schedule a meeting with the student within two weeks of receiving the written appeal to further discuss the appeal with the student. Notice of the appeal time and date will be provided by the instructor to the senior associate dean of degree programs.
  4. If step 3 does not resolve the issue to the satisfaction of both parties, the student may appeal to the Academic Standards Committee by sending a written notice describing the grounds for the appeal within two weeks of the date of the scheduled meeting in step 3.
  5. The Academic Standards Committee will seek out information on the appeal from the instructor and the student and, at its discretion, hold a hearing to further consider the matter. The decision of the Academic Standards Committee will be rendered within 4 weeks of receiving a written notice of appeal (step 4).
  6. Appeals beyond the Academic Standards Committee must go to the dean of the Jones Graduate School of Business, who may seek guidance from other constituents of the school. All decisions rendered by the dean are final.
  7. In the event that the protested grade is necessary for the student to graduate, an accelerated schedule will be followed.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and amendments govern records of these actions.

MBA Elective Course Add/Drop Policy and Procedures

Due to the unique term schedule followed by the Jones Graduate School of Business MBA programs, MBA students have special procedures they must follow to make schedule changes. The Jones Graduate School of Business Registrar Department administers an add/drop policy which allows students to add/drop elective courses at various times throughout the semester.  For all elective courses, student may not add/drop a course after the deadline for the appropriate term.

Withdrawal Policy

A Jones Graduate School of Business student, participating in any offered program, may voluntarily withdraw from school at any time. Upon withdrawal, Rice University applies a sliding scale to tuition, which is noted in the university's Academic Calendar posted on the Rice Office of the Registrar website.

Jones Graduate School of Business Student Handbook

Generally, the Jones Graduate School of Business adheres to the academic regulations of Rice University. However, the Jones Graduate School of Business MBA program has unique policies and procedures that vary from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regarding, but not limited to, leave of absence, withdrawals and readmission, add/drop, and academic dismissal. A copy of the handbook is available on Campus Groups.

Financial Aid

Jones Graduate School of Business scholarships are awarded at the point of admission and are based on the merit of the application. Financial assistance is generally awarded one academic year at a time. Continuation of assistance depends on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in accordance with Academic and Professional Standards of performance, professional behavior, and is subject to the availability of funds. Academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or general failure to maintain academic pace will result in the removal of all forms of financial assistance (i.e. scholarship, employment, Federal/State student loans, etc.). Students have the right to appeal the suspension. All appeals will be reviewed by a committee.

Additional Information  

For additional information, please see the Jones Graduate School of Business website: https://business.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the MBA Degree Programs

Additional Information  

For additional information, please see the Jones Graduate School of Business website: https://business.rice.edu/