Rice MBA for Executives ranked No. 5 in the US

Rises to No. 1 in both percentage salary increase and aims achieved


Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business continues to climb in the annual Financial Times rankings for Master of Business Administration for Executives (EMBA) programs.

The Financial Times 2014 rankings placed the Rice EMBA program at a record high of No. 5 nationally. This placement is up from No. 8 in 2013 and No. 11 in 2012. The Rice EMBA program continues to be ranked No. 1 in Texas and the Southwest, a distinction it has held for the past five years.

The school also rose in the global Financial Times rankings, where the Rice EMBA program is No. 31, up from 39th in 2013 and 46th in 2012.

The Financial Times rankings are based on surveys of alumni three years after graduation (Class of 2011). Criteria include average salary after graduation and return on investment.

The Financial Times rankings also place the Jones School nationally at:

  • No. 1 for “Percent Salary Increase.” Jones School graduates saw a 60 percent salary increase pre-MBA to three years postgraduation. 
  • No. 1 for “Aims Achieved,” which tracks the goals of alumni in the workforce. 
  • No. 4 for “Salary Today,” with an average income at $218,340. 

The Financial Times also ranked the Jones School high globally with alumni in “Entrepreneurship” (No. 4) and “Corporate Strategy” (No. 7).

The EMBA program is designed for business leaders with 10 or more years of experience and allows students to focus on enhancing their management, thought leadership and business strategy skills without interrupting their careers. The 22-month program features expert faculty, a diverse group of top-talent classmates and innovative classes that include executive forums and seminars. The EMBA program provides an educational experience that not only delivers foundational business knowledge and discipline skills but also facilitates transformation as a leader, a strategist and a critical thinker.

For more information about the Financial Times rankings, see http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/executive-mba-ranking-2014.

— Jeff Falk, Rice News