School and Ranking Information
Nine schools based directly in Houston, TX, offer finance studies through their MBA programs. Based on rankings and number of degrees awarded, the following three schools are considered the top Houston universities with MBA programs in finance:
- Winner: Rice University is the top Houston school based on its graduate business program ranking and program offerings. It also has the lowest student-to-faculty ratio among the schools.
- Runner Up #1: The University of Houston's main campus earns the first runner up spot due to its graduate business school and MBA program rankings. It is the largest of the schools in terms of enrollment offering an MBA in Finance program.
- Runner Up #2: Since it is not ranked, the University of Houston - Clear Lake comes in third. It does, however, offer its MBA program online and awards nearly the same number of degrees as the University of Houston.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Rice University||University of Houston||University of Houston - Clear Lake|
|Ranking|| #30 among top graduate business schools in 2013*,
#17 among top part-time MBA programs (out of top graduate business schools) in 2013*,
#17 among top national universities in 2013*
| #96 among top graduate business schools in 2013*,
#73 among top part-time MBA programs (out of top graduate business schools) in 2013*,
#184 among top national universities in 2013*
|Location||Houston, TX||Houston, TX||Houston, TX|
|School Type||4-year, private non-profit||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Tuition and Fees||$51,280 per year for full-time MBA program*** (2013)|| $34,000 (in-state),
$54,000 (international) for entire full-time MBA program**** (2013)
| $6,702 (in-state),
$13,380 (out-of-state) per year for graduate-level programs in general (2012-2013)**
|Finance Degrees Awarded (all types of master's-level programs) in 2011-2012||Not reported**||26**||24**|
|Noteworthy||Several joint MBA degree programs are available: Master of Science, Master of Engineering and Doctor of Medicine||Students can complete graduate certificate programs along with the MBA||The MBA program and finance concentration are offered online|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***Rice University, ****University of Houston
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Winner: Rice University
- The MBA is accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- 2012 graduates of the full-time MBA program had an average entry salary of $99,506
- MBA students have access to many career resources, like professional development workshops, school-hosted MBA conferences, career fairs and more
- Students can join the Finance Club, MBA Women International, Blades of Business Club and other business student organizations
Through its Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice offers a full-time MBA with a concentration in finance. Core MBA courses include finance, accounting, marketing and business data, and core finance courses cover topics like statement analysis, investments and corporate policy. Finance students can choose from electives in financial risk management, mergers, investments, real estate finance and international finance. Students may choose a second concentration among areas like entrepreneurship, real estate, global business and more. Full-time MBA students get experience through hands-on learning projects, fieldwork and internships.
The Jones Graduate School of Business also offers an MBA program for professionals, which can be completed with an evening or a weekend class schedule. While it doesn't offer a concentration in finance, the second-year curriculum is mostly open for electives, which could be filled with finance courses.
Runner Up #1: University of Houston
- The professional MBA is accredited by the AACSB
- MBA students can apply for over 100 scholarships, which range in value from $2,500-$10,000 and may also include tuition waivers, a laptop and free textbooks
- Through the MBA Ambassadors Program, current students discuss their experiences with potential future students
Through the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston - Main Campus, students can pursue an 18-month, full-time MBA or a 24-month, part-time professional MBA. Through electives, students may specialize in finance. MBA students may also complete graduate certificate programs, like the Certificate in Energy Finance or the Certificate in Financial Services Management, by taking a set of electives. For example, the financial services management program requires 13.5 credits in capital markets, financial analysis and equity portfolio management. The energy finance certificate program may include courses like oil and gas accounting, alternative energy investments, corporate finance and project finance.
Students may also complete the professional MBA program at the Northwest Campus (based at Lone Star College in Houston). Built into the curriculum at this campus is the coursework for the Certificate in Energy Finance and the Certificate in Energy Investment Analysis.
Runner Up #2: University of Houston - Clear Lake
- The MBA program is accredited through AACSB
- MBA students may apply for a scholarship designed for finance students
- The school of business has 24 faculty members, each holding a PhD
The University of Houston - Clear Lake offers an MBA with a finance concentration. Students are required to complete core courses that cover financial analysis, financial policy, financial markets, marketing management, economic policy, the global business environment, human behavior and executive decision-making. The finance concentration is achieved through 12 credits of electives and requires that students complete courses in financial administrative practice and financial statement structures. Finance students may complete additional finance electives or a thesis.