Rice MBA part-time

I just can't see myself quiting or taking a leave of absence from work to pursue an MBA (unless its an M7).

What do you guys think of this option at Rice? I looked at their brochure and I remember reading that PT students are allowed access to OCR in their 2nd year.

I don't see myself doing an internship for obvious reasons but in the most extreme case I can probably take a leave of absence from work for 2-3 months and do an internship.

I work in finance for an oil major down in Htown but I most probably will not stay here after I complete my MBA. The company is just too damn big for my taste.

Are there any current or prospective Rice MBAs here that can offer me some solid advice? Any advice from current or prospective MBAs in general would suffice as well.

Also, my post-MBA career goal would be to land in an Associate postion at an IB/PE firm. I'm not a BB or bust type of person, I would actually prefer Simmons/TPH over some of the BBs only because its a smaller group of people.

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Mar 14, 2012 - 12:33pm
Part time to move up in your firm, full time of you want to switch or a high end job.

This is your answer. I'm sure other people will chime in and tell you how their sister's dog groomer's brother made it happen but those are outliers.
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Mar 14, 2012 - 3:17pm

If you're looking at TPH/Simmons/Scotia Waterous et. al. post-MBA, I would recommend looking at A&M, UT, and Rice instead of M7 for FT MBA programs - not sure if the "elite" energy boutiques recruit at M7 schools but I know for a fact that they recruit at the schools I mentioned.

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Mar 14, 2012 - 7:58pm

There have been people who have done the part-time MBA at Rice and landed in IB. It might be difficult if you can't find time to network. Also, if there are a lot of full times that are interested in IB, it might be a bit harder.

All of the elite boutiques and BB have Rice alumni working at them, except maybe Evercore (so even if the bank that you want to work at doesn't directly recruit through OCR, you can reach out to someone who might give you an interview). As far as OCR, all the BB recruit, along with some boutiques. It really comes down to how much you network and can craft your story about not going full time as most interviewers would have done a full time MBA.

Mar 16, 2012 - 10:03am
Okay well it sucks if that's not what you wanted to hear but it's the reality of the game. Just trying to show you the light so you don't spend 100k post tax income after two years and slit your wrists. Ps UT full time is going to secure
Most of the best positions followed by rice full time and then I'd imagine rice part time lags them

Yeah I see your point. I got some decisions to make, not sure if I can sacrifice this salary at this point....that could change though in a few years.

Mar 16, 2012 - 4:26pm
Ps UT full time is going to secure
Most of the best positions followed by rice full time and then I'd imagine rice part time lags them

I disagree that UT is going to secure the majority of the best positions over Rice. From what I have seen and experienced, if you want to do energy IB, Rice is just as good as UT. Now if you want to go to NY, then UT might be better, but UT wouldn't be the best school to attend if you want to be in NY.

Mar 16, 2012 - 3:09pm
How old will you be in a few years? And if you can't sacrifice it now you'll be sacrificing more money in the future

I'm 23 right now. Been working for 14 months. I'm aiming to start my MBA in the fall of 2014 so that will give me about 36 months of WE. I will have just turned 26 at that time.

I definitely understand that I need to have that "go BIG or go home" mentality when it comes to my MBA. I'm loving my lifestyle right now so it's hard to imagine that I gotta crank up my budgeting now.

A few years of hard work now will pay off big time hopefully post-MBA. I'll go check out the PT program and if it is what I think it is (and what people have been telling me it is) then I'll more likely than not do FT.

Mar 16, 2012 - 5:11pm

@tesh - out of curiosity what makes you think Rice is as good as UT for energy? I got the sense UT's energy concentration is considered far and away top notch, especially in the state of Texas. UT is also a solidly higher ranked program in general and scores better with recruiters. I'm not calling you out, just curious what your source is for what you've "seen and experienced" to support your claim as the information I have heard diverges from that.

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