About the Jones Graduate School of Business

The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business is committed to our mission of developing principled, innovative thought leaders in global communities. Named in honor of the late Jesse Holman Jones, a prominent Houston business and civic leader, the school received its initial funding in 1974 through a major gift from the Houston Endowment Inc., a philanthropic foundation established by Jones and his wife, Mary Gibbs Jones.

Upholding the prestigious academic traditions of Rice University, the Jones School offers the Full Time MBA, MBA for Executives, and MBA for Professionals degrees. Our students come to Houston from all over the world for the unique opportunities and resources that only we provide, such as the El Paso Corporation Finance Center, the Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Business Information Center, and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship.

Value to Stakeholders  


Knowledge Creation

  • Top 15 Faculty Research Rank, Executive MBA, (U.S.), Financial Times (2013)
  • Top 30 Intellectual Capital, Full-Time MBA (U.S.) Financial Times (2014)
  • Over 20 editorial positions in top research journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies and Business and Society

Value-Added Business Education 

  • No. 2 Salary Percentage increase, Executive MBA (U.S.), 3 years post-graduation, Financial Times (2013)
  • No. 6 Job Placement (refers to job offers 3 months out) Full-Time MBA, Businessweek (2012)
  • No. 6 in Percentage Earning Raises MBA for Professionals, Businessweek (2013)
  • No. 8 Most Satisfied MBA graduates, Forbes
  • No. 10 Salary Percentage Increase, Full Time MBA, (U.S.), Financial Times (2015)
  • No. 12 Post MBAP Outcomes, Businessweek (2013)

Stakeholder Assessment


Effectiveness of Learning Process

  • “A” in Teaching Quality, MBA for Professionals, Businessweek (2013) 
  • No. 3 Best Administered, Princeton Review (2014)
  • No. 1 Entrepreneurship (alumni ranking), Executive MBA, Financial Times (2013)
  • No. 3 Best in Finance (alumni ranking), Full-Time MBA, Financial Times (2014)
  • No. 8 Best Professors, Princeton Review (2014)
  • No. 8 Best Professors, Princeton Review (2014)
  • Prashant Kale, associate professor of strategic management, Top 10 most popular business school professors, Businessweek (2012)

Student Quality and Demand 

  • “A+” Caliber of classmates, MBA for Professionals, Businessweek (2013)
  • No. 22  Full-Time MBA Selectivity, Businessweek (2013)
  • 49% of the incoming class of Rice Executive MBA (class of 2015) have already earned advanced degrees

Philanthropic Support 

  • Completion of a $65 million Centennial capital campaign.

The Jones School also offers learning opportunities beyond the traditional MBA. A full schedule of non-degree, open enrollment Executive Education and customized business courses allow industry professionals to gain an advantage in their industry. The Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program develops leaders for Houston-area K-12 schools. Our Business Minor is open to any Rice undergraduate who meets enrollment requirements.

An active network of over 5000 Jones School alumni have made a global impact in all areas of business, including entrepreneurship, finance, and energy. Two-thirds of our alumni reside in Houston, with fifty-five percent holding executive-level positions or running their own companies.


The Rice MBA Program is accredited by AACSB International.