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Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business & Management Part Time MBA

Founded on the core values of integrity, stewardship, courage, and compassion, Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management has been developing values-centered leaders who advance responsible business practice since 1969. Student-focused, experience-driven and globally oriented, the Graziadio School offers fully accredited MBA, Masters of Science, bachelor’s completion and non-degree executive business programs for business professionals, entrepreneurs, managers and senior executives at all stages of their professional and personal development.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time

Rankings

Rankings

Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#50 Businessweek Part Time MBA Programs

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)
#4 Greatest Opportunity for Women

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 64% accepted out of 391 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 27
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.212
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 541
  • Average Years Work Experience: 8
  • Application Fee: $100

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Information

Prospective Pepperdine students are evaluated on the strength of their undergraduate record, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and work experience. However, there are different admissions requirements for each graduate business program. For example, students applying to the one-year MBA must have a minimum of three years professi...Prospective Pepperdine students are evaluated on the strength of their undergraduate record, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and work experience. However, there are different admissions requirements for each graduate business program. For example, students applying to the one-year MBA must have a minimum of three years professional experience before entering the program. For the two-year program, only a year of work experience is required. To determine which program is right for you, Pepperdine recommends attending a pre-admission information session.

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 1,286
Percent International Students 24%
Total Full-Time Faculty 98
Full-Time Faculty 59%

Student Life

A congenial atmosphere permeates Pepperdine’s campus. And students happily report that there “aren’t many arrogant, cutthroat students.” Additionally, “friendliness” abounds. A second-year affirms this sharing, “Almost all students are willing to help if someone does not understand a particular subject or topic.” And considering these MBAs find their peers “intelligent and hardworking,” their helpful nature definitely comes in handy. Outside of academics and campus events, students also love to take advantage of Pepperdine’s amazing location. As a second year student brags, “Quality of life here is second to none. We live in Malibu. The beach is within walking distance. The nightlife in LA has everything from world champion sports to modern art. The mountains are near­by. The recreational opportunities outside of class are endless.”

Career

Students at Graziadio are decidedly mixed when it comes to the career services, oppor­tunities and insight available. On the one hand, professors certainly “bring valuable career experience into the classroom” which many find “extremely beneficial.” Additionally, the “E2B…is a great way to get hands-on experience consulting for compa­nies in the LA area.” Indeed, it’s a “great program that applies practical application to coursework.” However, some find the actual career services office to be a bit lacking. As one second year student laments, “I wish [they] would set up more on campus inter­views.” Another classmate agrees sharing, “Career services could use some work, but proactive approaches from the students alleviates most problems in that area.” Of course, that’s not to say that career services is without merit. MBA candidates can take advan­tage of one-on-one, short term coaching sessions. During these meetings, students receive guidance on salary negotiation, career planning, resumes and interviews. And the office hosts a number of industry panels, career panels, webinars and career work­shops throughout the year.Though you can definitely find Graziadio graduates scattered across the country and the globe, the majority of students find employment on the west coast. Typical companies that hire Pepperdine MBAs include Google, Starbucks, Herbalife, Countrywide, Merrill Lynch, AT&T, Citibank, Yahoo!, Technicolor, IBM, Northrop Grumman and RSM Equico.

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Students Say

Armed with a “gorgeous campus,” “great alumni network” and “relaxed” atmosphere, it’s obvious why MBA candidates are attracted to Pepperdine. The “small class sizes” vir­tually guarantee a lot of “personal attention from professors.” Additionally, many stu­dents are drawn to Graziadio for its “SEER Program (Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible Business Practices) and its focus on sustainability.” Students also love that the Pepperdine “provides multiple opportunities to get real-world consulting experiences within courses called E2B (education to business).” Further, Graziadio MBAs find that their professors certainly run the gamut. Indeed, there “are some absolutely fantastic professors in each department, plenty of just average pro­fessors, and a handful of professors who make you wonder how they are possibly still picking up a paycheck.” Overall, students definitely “appreciate that all of our professors are much more experienced in the professional world than the academic world.” A sec­ond year student speaks glowingly of his “excellent” professors sharing that they “chal­lenge(d) me and force me to think critically. They require team work and foster great environments for collaboration and strong work ethics.” And a pleased first year chimes in, “I do not feel like teaching is just an income generator for them, I feel like they actu­ally care and really want to see me succeed in the future.”Finally, Graziadio’s administration gets fairly high marks as well. Granted some students feel that “the administration doesn’t interact with us all that much.” However, the staff does appear to be comprised of “interesting, competent people” who are “more than willing to help you network if they get to know you.”

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Degrees Awarded

Presidential and Key Executive MBA - 20 months; Executive MBA - 20 months; Fully Employed MBA - 24 months or more (flexible); M.S. in Management & Leadership - 16 months; M.S. in Organization Development - 24 months; Bachelor of Science in Management - 20 months; Master of Business Administration - 20 months; Master of Business Administration - 15 months; Master of Business Administration - 20 months; International Master of Business Administration - 20 months; Master of Science in Global Business - 15 months; Master of Science in Applied Finance - 12 months; Master of Science in Entrepreneurship - 28 months.

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Center for Applied Research Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence

  • International Student Support Groups:

    Our SPLASH workshop provides resources for international students to assist in the adjustment phase of the program.

  • Minority Support Groups:

    The Black Alumni Council collaborates with the Office of Alumni Affairs and Career Services to seek solutions that will encourage African-American recruitment, support of African-American students, and the inclusion of African-American business graduations and their professional networks.

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    2nd year students nominated by faculty are available to tutor members of the incoming class

  • Research Facilities:

    Center for Applied Research Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence

  • Study Abroad:

    Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Romania, Japan, Mexico, People's Republic of China, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Spain Switzerland, Thailand

    ASIA: University of Science & Technology (HKUST) Renmin University of China Sun Yat-sen University Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) Business School Korea University Business School (KUBS) Assumption University Graduate School of Business Nagoya University of Commerce and Business

    EUROPE: University of Antwerp Management School (UAMS) Copenhagen Business School Audencia Nantes School of EUROMED Management ESSEC Business School Ecole de Management Strasbourg - Robert Schuman University Groupe SUP de Co Montpellier Rouen Business School EDHEC Business School European Business School (EBS) Instituto de Empresa Lund University Maastricht University Sabanci University University College Dublin University of Mannheim University of St. Gallen Warsaw School of Economics-SGH

    LATIN AMERICA: Fundacao Getulio Vargas - EAESP Monterrey TEC - EGADE INCAE Universidad Adolfo Ibanez Austral University, IAE Management and Business

    OCEANIA Griffith University Business School

  • Women Support Groups:

    We have a very active student organization, National Association of Women MBAs, that holds events throughout the academic year

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Pepperdine University The Graziadio School of Business and Management include:

Jason Nazar - Founder and CEO, Docstoc.com

Jose A. Collazo - Vice Chairman and President, Form I-9 Compliance, LLC

Christos M. Cotsakos - CEO and President, Mainstream Holdings

John Figueroa - President, McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical

Victor Tsao - Founder, Vice President and General Manager, Linksys

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $75,550

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Boeing, Amgen, Northrop Grumman, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, Wells Fargo, AT&T, Disney

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Marketing / Sales 13% $72,637
Finance / Accounting 10% $55,640
Financial Services 10% $78,126
General Management 9% $84,375
Other 6% $58,232
Operations / Logistics 5% $83,000
Consulting 5% $60,600
Human Resources 4% $68,500
Consulting 3% $75,000
Government 2% $62,000
Other 1% $45,000
Non Profit 1% $48,000
Manufacturing 1% $36,000

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 40%
Three Month Employment 23%
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