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Pepperdine Graziadio Business School - Executive MBA

Pepperdine University Executive MBA Program Structure

The Pepperdine University Executive MBA at Graziadio School of Business is an MBA designed for managers with a focus on experience-driven learning and collaboration among peers. The program is offered over a 19-month, five trimester period, and operates on a cohort structure to ensure personal attention, a supportive community, and a high level of collaboration between faculty and peers. Classes meet once every three weeks on the weekend to accommodate the full-time professional’s schedule. The Executive MBA (EMBA) program is offered in Irvine, Malibu, and West Los Angeles campuses. Students experience global business firsthand by traveling abroad and working directly with company executives in the host country.


The Pepperdine University Executive MBA program is a 45-unit curriculum that concentrates on honing strategic leadership skills. The program involves a four-day effective executive residential workshop as well as a week-long international residential.

The Applied Strategic Plan is essential to the EMBA curriculum. During their first trimester, students choose a company to follow and study. Most students will select their own business, so that they can directly apply the knowledge they gain through the project in the workplace. As the trimesters progress, students will identify goals for their company, and develop a strategy and plan of implementation that will allow them to achieve these goals. The project concludes with a written capstone summary and reflection, which will require students to integrate their classroom education with their real-world business experience.

Class Profile

About 40 percent of the typical Pepperdine University Executive MBA class identified as male, while 60 percent identified as female. Students in the EMBA program will have a minimum of seven years’ work experience, as well as two years of management experience.

Career Statistics

The Career Portal allows students to search jobs, post resumes, and register for career events through this website exclusively for Pepperdine Graziadio students and alumni. Though most students in the EMBA program will be well into their careers, the curriculum is geared to catapult professionals from middle management to the upper echelon of their companies. In fact, on average, 38 percent of students pursuing their EMBA at Graziadio receive a promotion at some point during the program. The average annual salary after the program is $159,963.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Tuition costs for the Pepperdine University Executive MBA fluctuate annually. The approximate cost of tuition per term is $27,650. An estimated total cost of tuition for the EMBA is $138,250.

Merit-Based Scholarships: The Graziadio School gives motivated students the opportunity to earn scholarships based on their academic achievements. Merit scholarships for Executive MBA students are awarded based on cumulative GPA, work experience and achievements, and leadership potential.

Endowed scholarships: The Graziadio School offers a variety of endowed scholarships for students who meet the specialized requirements of each award.

There are three main types of financial aid: Federal Direct Stafford loans, the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan, and Alternative Educational Loans.

In addition to the scholarship options, Graziadio offers per-semester payment plans for students who may not be able to pay tuition in one lump sum.

EMBA students should consult their company’s Human Resources Departments to learn whether their company is willing to reimburse full or partial tuition. If students without financial aid are receiving compensation from their employers, the University may allow a deferral of payment.


Applicants to the Pepperdine Graziadio Executive MBA program must have a four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent. A minimum of seven years full-time professional work experience is required for the Executive MBA. No GMAT scores are required to qualify.

To apply to the Executive MBA program, applicants must submit a completed application form, all college transcripts from degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions, a current résumé, an organization chart that clarifies the employee’s place within the company structure, Candidate letter to Admissions Committee, and two letters of recommendation.

The applicant will have an interview with an executive director, deputy director, regional director, and/or faculty member. The university may ask for a second interview.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Spring 2022 Deadlines
  • Priority: October 1, 2021
  • Final: December 1, 2021
  • Term Starts: January 3, 2022

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