Pepperdine University

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At Pepperdine Graziadio, the mission is to develop students into Best for the World Leaders through experiential learning that is ethical in focus and global in orientation.

By making a positive impact on students, they will be equipped to go out into the world and do the same - turning small ripples into significant waves. The Pepperdine Graziadio Business School proudly offers a diverse range of full-time, part-time, executive, and C-level graduate degree programs. From their nationally recognized MBA and specialized master’s programs to their executive doctorate and a bachelor’s degree completion program, the school provides options tailored to any career stage, schedule, academic interest, and professional aspiration. Each of Pepperdine Graziadio’s programs offers an unparalleled experience through experiential learning with an emphasis on real-world application, small class sizes that allow for personalized mentorship from industry-renowned faculty, and access to a growing global alumni network of over 47,000.

In addition to their top-ranked business degrees, students have a wide range of networking and learning opportunities available. Graziadio’s events cover a comprehensive range of industry-relevant topics, bringing in leading executives and entrepreneurs to share their insights with the larger community. The Dean’s Executive Leadership event series is just one of the prominent events that features senior executive and thought-leader speakers from top organizations who share personal success stories that reflect ethical business models taught at the school. Alumni events include career development, networking, and lifelong learning opportunities.

Unique to Graziadio is the Center for Women in Leadership (CWL), which provides mentoring, networking, and skills development programs dedicated to empowering female students to reach their full potential and contribute to the overall conversation around women in leadership. Additionally, for those interested in corporate citizenship and sustainability, the Pepperdine Graziadio certificate in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) business strategy allows students to complement their MBA with courses and activities that will empower them to be more mindful leaders and entrepreneurs.

Founded in 1969, the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University is dedicated to shaping leaders who will contribute to the betterment of business practice. This intention is embodied in the school’s mission, its founder’s and benefactor’s points of view, and a daily commitment to the hallmarks of entrepreneurship, integrity, and academic excellence.

In 1996, the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School was endowed by, and takes its name from, George L. Graziadio, Jr. His core values continue to be reflected in the program offerings to this day, encouraging integrity, courage with compassion, a pioneering spirit, and action taken “today not tomorrow.” Anchored in integrity and innovation with an entrepreneurial spirit, the school advances applied learning in small classes that deepen connections and stimulate critical thinking. Pepperdine Graziadio’s faculty inspires students to think boldly and drive meaningful change, guiding them to realize their greatest potential as values-centered, Best for the World Leaders - professionals who apply educational, spiritual, and ethical approaches to positively impact the lives of their colleagues, customers and communities.

Programs are offered at campuses in Malibu, West Los Angeles, Irvine, Calabasas, and online. Learn more about becoming a Best for the World Leader by visiting

NAME OF INSTITUTION Pepperdine University

NAME OF BUSINESS SCHOOL OR PROGRAM Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

BUSINESS SCHOOL DEAN Dean Deryck Van Rensburg



TOTAL MBA ENROLLMENT Full-Time MBA: 187 Part-Time and Executive MBA programs: 629 • As of Fall 2021
MBA PLATFORMS OFFERED On-campus, online, hybrid, and fast-track

MBA AREAS OF EMPHASIS OFFERED Business Analytics, Digital Innovation and Information Systems, Dispute Resolution, Entertainment, Media, and Sports Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Leadership and Managing Organizational Change, Marketing, General Management, Global Business

LENGTH OF PROGRAMS Duration depends on the specific program a student selects. Some programs take as little as 12 months to complete, while others are more flexible, allowing students up to seven years to finish their degree.

PROGRAM CAMPUS OPTIONS Malibu, West Los Angeles, Irvine and Calabasas

PROGRAM ACCREDITATIONS Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC)

Full-Time MBA

  • Fortune: #48 MBA Nationwide
  • U.S. News & World Report: No. 68 Best Full-Time MBA Nationwide
  • Bloomberg: #51 Nationwide Part-Time MBA Fortune: #39
  • Best Part-Time MBA Nationwide
  • U.S. News & World Report: No. 12 Faith-Based School in the nation, No. 4 Private School in California, No. 15 Part-Time MBA West Coast Ranking.

Executive MBA

  • Fortune: #21 Best Executive MBA Program in the Nation
  • CEO Magazine: No. 30 Best MBA in the World, Tier One Executive MBA among North American Programs

Online MBA

  • Fortune: #13 Best Online MBA Nationwide
  • Princeton: #16 Online MBA Nationwide
  • U.S. News & World Report: No. 52 Best Online MBA Program Nationwide, No. 36 Best Online MBA for Veterans Nationwide, No. 9 Best MBA for General Management Nationwide

TOTAL COST OF MBA Cost varies by program and scholarships and financial aid is available.

REQUIRED TESTING Required testing varies by program. Please contact a recruitment advisor to learn more.

FALL 2022 APPLICATION DEADLINES Part-Time MBA Final Deadline: July 1, 2022 Full-Time MBA Final Deadline: June 1, 2022 Executive MBA and PKE MBA Final Deadline: July 15, 2022

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION Karen Jackson, Executive Director of Recruitment, 310.568.5731,