Rice University - Jones School of Business

Essay Questions for 2020-2021 / Class of 2023

Below are the application deadlines and essay questions for Rice University's MBA Program. 

Round 1

Application Deadline: October 16, 2020

Decision Notification: tbd

Round 2

Application Deadline: January 5, 2021

Decision Notification: tbd

Round 3

Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

Decision Notification: tbd

Int'l Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Decision Notification: tbd


BA Essay Requirements

Full-Time MBA & Professional MBA Required Essay #1 (choose one format):

"The Rice Business experience is designed to inspire our students to become future business leaders. How did your path, from both a professional and a personal perspective, guide you to where you are today, and how will Rice Business fit into where you would like to go next?"

Please choose only one method of communication that you would like to use for your response:

Write an essay (500 word limit)

Share a video (one to three minute time limit)


Full-Time MBA & Professional MBA Required Essay #2 (choose one topic):

Please choose to answer one of the following prompts (300 word limit):

Prompt #1: "Rice Business offers intentional and practical programming to help our graduates develop their leadership skills. Do you think you were born to lead or developed into a leader, and how have your experiences shaped your leadership style?"

Prompt #2: "Diverse and global perspective are pillars of the Jones School experience. Tell us about a time that your own views, attitudes or perspectives were challenged from this area, and what was the outcome of this experience?"

Prompt #3: "Rice Business students have passions in and outside of the classroom. What are you passionate about and how have you expressed/or plan to express your passion?"


Executive MBA Required Essay:

“As you evaluate where you are today, how have your educational, professional and personal endeavors brought you to this point? In addition, please explain how the Rice EMBA is part of your future plan.” (750 word limit)


Optional Essay:

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)



Visit the Rice Jones GSB admissions website for more application information.

Disclaimer: the information provided on this page is for reference only. Applicants are strongly advised to visit the admissions website link provided above to confirm essay prompts, deadlines, and other application information.