Graziadio School of Business and Management – Pepperdine University


The Pepperdine business school was founded in 1969 by Dr. Donald Sime. In 1971, George Pepperdine achieved university status and in 1972, Pepperdine opened a new campus in Malibu overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The school’s first full-time MBA launched in 1988. In 1996, the school was named after benefactor George L. Graziadio.


The main campus of the University is located at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Canyon Road. Full-time MBA, International MBA, Executive MBA, and Presidents and Key Executives MBA classes meet on the Malibu campus. Other campus locations include West Los Angeles, Irvine, Encino, Westlake Village, and Silicon Valley. The Graziadio School also offers its popular Fully Employed MBA program at two locations off-campus in Santa Barbara and Dallas, Texas.

The Graziadio School is located less than 15 minutes away from the Los Angeles International Airport.


The Graziadio School is located in the Beckman Management Center, located on Via Pacifica, in the Drescher Graduate Complex. Students have access to full-scale educational services — executive-style classrooms, faculty offices, computer lab, cafeteria, bookstore, and reference facilities.

The Executive Center is located on Pepperdine University Malibu campus. With over 45,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space, the Executive Center provides state-of-the-art audio visual, exceptional food service, and an environment conducive to learning.


There are 130 total faculty members at the Graziadio School of Business and Management. They teach across 11 fields of study, including: Accounting, Behavioral Science, Business Law, Decision Sciences, Economics, Emeriti, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Organizational Theory, Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

The world-class faculty are uniquely qualified both academically and professionally. Faculty members not only have distinguished academic credentials, but have proven themselves in the business world as executives, entrepreneurs, and consultants.

Student Body

The total enrollment at Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management MBA programs is around 370. The business school, in total, enrolls over 1,200 students.

MBA Degree Offerings

In addition to the traditional two-year full-time MBA, Graziadio offers a part-time, Executive, and Presidents and Key Executives MBA.