Rice Business launches deferred enrollment program

Program to benefit graduating seniors seeking an MBA

Rice Business has launched a deferred enrollment program that enables undergraduates to gain admission to Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business’ MBA program and obtain career experience before they attend.

Deferred enrollment programs are increasingly popular at top universities. The deferment allows students to secure highly coveted spots in a decreased competition pool and gain experience in their careers — experience that can provide the opportunity to solidify or change individual career goals before attending graduate school.

With the MBA Early Admit Program, students apply to the Rice Business Full-Time MBA during their final year of college and reserve their spot two to five years after graduation. Eligible students must be employed during the interim years to hold onto their spaces.

McNair Hall, the home of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

The Jones School is adjusting some of the application requirements due to closed standardized testing sites during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants for the MBA Early Admit Program, which has a June 30 deadline, may provide ACT or SAT scores instead of the normally required GMAT or GRE. Those interested in applying can join one of the Jones School’s weekly online chats or connect with a recruiter today to learn more.

International students and all majors are welcome to apply; the program uses the same Rice MBA requirements and application but without the application fee. This new program is now available to Class of 2020 graduating seniors from Rice as well as other universities.

“With this program we’re doing all that we can to make it easier for those students to plan for the next phase of their careers and education while they’re still undergraduates,” says Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School and professor of strategic management at Rice. “It also frees them to pursue any job they want in the years between graduation and the start of their MBA program. It’s much easier for them to apply in their senior year than later and will deliver a fantastic career platform. They can take a great first job, earn a Rice MBA and launch a new career within four years of graduation.”

About Avery Ruxer Franklin

Avery is a media relations specialist in the Office of Public Affairs.