Put Rice MBA Students to Work On Your Toughest Management Challenges


The Capstone Course at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business brings together teams of Rice MBA students to develop recommendations that help community organizations solve critical strategic challenges, such as major growth or expansion plans, organization turnaround strategies, and new ventures by the organization in need of a business plan. The course is offered during the spring semester.



Capstone Professors Work with You during the Fall to Frame the Problem for the Student Teams
An 8-12 page written "case" that provides details about the business challenge and your organization is developed collaboratively with you by the professors before the spring semester as a starting point for the student teams.

Student Teams Develop Comprehensive Strategic Solutions during the Spring Semester
From January to early May, student teams work through a series of assignments focused on your organization that build from initial assessments of your situation to strategy development to detailed strategic designs and implementation plans. A Capstone Course professor supervises and guides the student teams and is in regular contact with your organization throughout the spring semester to help facilitate a satisfactory experience and outcome for your organization.

Capstone is Highly-Collaborative between Students, Organizations and Professors
Student teams will interact with your organization throughout the spring semester. Your initial interaction with the student teams working on your project will be a 2-hour, on-campus session in which you and other leaders from your organization will interactively discuss your situation in detail with the teams. Then, students conduct in site visits, interviews with the leadership team, Board members and staff and request additional data as they develop their recommendations. The investment of your organization’s time is critical to the students’ ability to develop rich, detailed strategic recommendations that you may adopt and implement.

Community Organizations Receive Multiple Near-Term and Long-Term Benefits
Participating community organizations realize many benefits from their Capstone experience:

  • Provides you with fresh ideas and multiple solutions for your strategic challenges
  • Taps both student and Capstone professor expertise for the strategic recommendations
  • Exposes your organization to current and up-and-coming Houston executives
  • Builds and strengthens your organization’s long-term relationship with Rice University