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Rice Jones Online MBA Overview

September 14, 2023




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What is a good GMAT score for Rice Jones Online MBA?

Short Answer – The average GMAT score at Rice Jones Online MBA is 702 for the last entering class. If you score above 702, you have a fair shot and you will receive an encouraging response to your profile evaluation from the admission committee. 

Long Answer – There is no such thing as a safe score, higher is always better. In our years of consulting experience, we have seen our clients with 640 getting selected into top schools like INSEAD and on the other hand, someone with a 770 getting rejected too. A good benchmark that we advise all our clients to beat is the average GMAT score of the last entering class as mentioned in the Class profile published every year. Scoring above the average gets you a fair shot; 

“The higher your score, the better is it for your interview or admission chance.” 

If you plan to apply with a score that is below the average, then you are starting a fight with one hand tied behind your back or, let’s say, you are starting a few yards behind your competitors. You can definitely catch up in other sections of the application by writing outstanding essays or performing really well in an interview later. But it is always nice to start ahead of the competitor. A higher GMAT score helps one gain a competitive advantage.

“What if you are from the over represented Indian or Asian Pool?”

The over-represented candidate pool of Indian or Chinese applicants usually goes through a rigorous preparation process for GMAT, with a lot of Indian applicants scoring quite high. Hence, the overall competition and the Average score for this diaspora goes up by a few notches. That is why we recommend candidates within the most over-represented profiles to shoot at least 20 points higher than the school’s class profile average. 


Average Employment Salary after Rice Jones Online MBA?

The average salary at Rice Jones Online MBA for the last graduating class was $130,000. NA of the class was employed with 3 months of graduation.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarship at Rice Jones

The Tuition fees for Rice Jones Online MBA is $115,020 and an additional NA in living cost. 

Additionally, a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $1,000 (required only upon admission) will be applied to the first term’s tuition. Tuition costs are subject to increase each academic year, but each student’s tuition rate will be locked for the entirety of their time in the program at the rate paid in their first quadmester.

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Rice Jones Application Essays

  • Please choose one of the prompts below. You can submit a written essay (Word Limit: 500 words) or a video (Time Limit: 3 minutes).
  • Prompt #1: What movie, song, or book has most influenced your life and the way you view the world? Why?
  • Prompt #2: While we know a picture is worth 1000 words, in 500 words or less tell us the story of a photo of your choosing that has significant value in your life experiences. Please feel free to share your photo using the upload tool on the next page.
  • If you have any additional information for the admissions committee or if you wish to clarify any aspect of your application (including breaks in employment, your choice of recommendation providers, your past academic performance, etc.), you may submit an additional, optional essay. (750 word limit)
  • Short-Term Career Goal Text (Word Limit: 100 words)
  • Long-Term Career Goal Text (Word Limit: 100 words)

Rice Jones Recommendation Ques.

  • Please indicate to which group you are comparing this candidate (e.g., co-worker, MBA graduate, etc.) – 100 words
  • What characteristics or attributes best describe the applicant? – 150 words

  • In what area is the applicant most exceptional – 150 words?
  • In what area(s) does the applicant need improvement? Describe the applicant’s awareness of these areas and response to constructive feedback – 150 words 

  • How would you describe the applicant’s interpersonal skills and the impression they make in meetings, presentations, or other interactions? Is the applicant effective when working in a team? 150 words

Application Process & timeline

We strongly advise all our clients to have a proper excel sheet or a timetables mapped out.
Once you are done with GMAT the entire application process usually take 4-6 weeks

Step 1

GMAT / GRE Score

2-3 months.

If you are not sure about what score to target then look at the average score of the schools you want and shoot above the average. 

Step 2

Profile Evaluation

 1-2 weeks.

Get your profile evaluated from a professional consultant and figure out what schools you can target based on your profile

Step 3

Application Prep

3-4 weeks at least. 

Start writing at least 1 month in advance of their 1st deadline. First application usually takes the longest.

Step 4

Interview Prep

1 week

School will notify you and give you roughly 1 week to schedule your interview. Ideally, start your prep ASAP and Do some mock interviews.

FAQs about Rice Jones

Upon completion of the MBA@Rice program—which is part of the Rice Business suite of MBA offerings—you will receive certification that indicates just that: You are part of Rice Business and the Jones Graduate School of Business. Your courses are designed and taught by the same faculty who work on campus in Houston. Your diploma will not indicate that this degree is any different from the on-campus version.

We have seven focus areas: corporate finance, corporate strategy, investment management, marketing, entrepreneurship, energy and health care. However, with 12 credit hours dedicated toward elective studies, we encourage our students to work with their advisers to create a specialized degree plan based on their professional goals. Focus areas are merely designed to help students narrow their focus into different business topics that may be used to inform their postgraduate career aspirations.

Learn more about MBA@Rice focus areas.External link:

The program is almost fully online, with the exception of occasional in-person requirements like the Rice Core Residential—a four-day intensive learning opportunity where you will be able to immerse yourself in the culture of Rice and connect in person with peers, professors, other faculty and alumni.

  • Updated resume
  • One letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor or two letters from professional sources
  • Personal essay (two prompts to choose from, 500–800 words)
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • GMAT/GRE score not required for qualified MBA@Rice candidates (please reach out to your admission counselor to learn more.)
  • Interview (virtual)
  • $150 application fee (waiver options available, reach out to your Admissions Counselor to learn more)

Recommenders will submit their recommendations themselves through our online portal. All that is required of you is your recommender’s email address. You should still reach out to recommenders beforehand to ensure they are willing to engage in the process. Recommendations are due by the final application deadline. One letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor or two letters from professional sources are required.

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