Local Roots/Global Connections

Local Roots
Rice University and the City of Houston have been creating a community of learning and discovery together for almost 100 years. The Jones School benefits from this partnership and has built strong relationships with Houston businesses. The Rice MBA has grow in reputation and rankings, including the full-time program being ranked 25th in the U.S., according to the Financial Times 2009 Global MBA ranking.

  • As home to more Fortune 500 company headquarters than any other U.S. city except New York, Houston businesses need to attract talent to the region and there’s no better place to fill that need than the Jones School—where 51% of our MBAs come from Texas and over 75% of the last two graduating classes have remained in Texas for employment.

  • The professional program, both weeknight and weekend, appeals to high potential individuals from top companies in the Houston area. Building on their expertise at work and in the classroom, they graduate better equipped to contribute to a business’ bottom line.

  • The Rice Alliance hosts the largest and wealthiest student business plan competition in the world and promotes entrepreneurship as a key focus of Rice University. The school also has a strong partnership with the Houston Angel Network, a non-profit organization that provides its members a forum in which to efficiently evaluate promising early-stage investment opportunities.

  • The Office of Technology Transfer at Rice facilitates the relationship between academia and industry to make the benefits of new discoveries available to the public with a strong focus on environmental, energy, information and biomedical technologies.

Global Connections
In the course, Tech Commercialization, Rice MBA students collaborated with Rice engineering undergrads to create a sustainable commerce model for delivering life-saving technologies in developing countries.

Measuring success in terms of their impact on a global community, 20 Rice MBA students from the class helped Rwandan entrepreneurs launch businesses using bio-medical products, such as the low-cost incubator and lab-in-a-backpack. The products were introduced to and then created by Rwandans for Rwandans, helping a country governed mostly by women move away from receiving aid to commercializing technology as a means of building a sustainable economy and addressing global health issues.
International Trips

Every year students from all three Rice MBA programs may choose to study abroad. Arranged during breaks, the different options do not conflict with class schedules.


In keeping with the Jones School’s mission of developing principled, innovative thought leaders in global communities, trips to China, Latin America, and India remain strategic destinations for our students with global business concentrations and for those taking courses on emerging markets.

Itineraries include visits to corporate offices, U.S. embassies, and plant sites, as well as alumni and prospective student events. On the China trip, students take mini-courses at Rice’s partner universities, Tongji University and Tsinghua University. Students make business contacts and learn firsthand about the economic situations in the host country.

Past trips have included Mexico City, Beijing, Shanghai and Dubai.