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The Rice MBA for Executives Program

Designed for rising leaders and experienced executives, the Rice MBA for Executives focuses on experiential, integrated learning. The program emphasizes the development of individual leadership, strategy and decision-making skills. These pillars of executive success are built on a strong foundation of core knowledge in the functional areas and are capped with a deep-dive into leading the global firm.


These 5-day intensives, targeting development of an executive mindset, open and close each academic year for the EMBA student.

    Executive Forum I—personal leadership foundations and principles of strategy formulation
    Executive Forum II—applied strategic and critical decision making in the context of the functional skills acquired in the core
    Executive Forum III—enterprise-level strategy formulation and execution and leading the organization in change
    Executive Forum IV—an international management off-site intensive caps the global core and the MBA for Executives program


The executive seminars run throughout the program, providing a channel for integrating concepts across the disciplines as well as for executive skills development such as negotiations, communications, team dynamics, executive coaching, and career coaching. The final executive seminar provides a C-suite perspective, focusing on corporate culture, business ethics, and corporate governance. These seminars feature an executive speaker series to provide first-hand insights from a wide spectrum of business leaders.


The core curriculum focuses on providing the student with the analytical skills necessary for robust critical decision making and with the depth of functional knowledge necessary to lead across the organization. The Rice Executive MBA is well-grounded in economics, business analytics, accounting, finance, marketing and operations.

In the third semester of the program, students customize their MBA program by choosing from a set of electives. Each student can choose to focus on courses that deepen their general management expertise or choose to tilt their program towards advanced courses in specific areas.

The global core curriculum in the final semester of the program focuses on creating the awareness and mindset to effectively lead in global financial, resource, and consumer markets. The global management course incorporates cross-cultural leadership skills, managing an international labor pool, complexities of business government relations, and nuances of strategy for the multi-national enterprise. The global markets course covers the economic environment of business, marketing to a worldwide consumer base, and raising capital in global financial markets. Students bring together the many facets of global business in the capstone international management off-site.

Pre-program online leveling in quantitative and communications skills prepares each student to hit the ground running at the beginning of the program. Customized executive, career and communications coaching throughout the program allows each student to fill identified gaps in their leadership portfolio and to access targeted career development tools. Integration across functional areas through curricular and co-curricular activities facilitates an emphasis on strategic leadership skills throughout the program.

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