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Pepperdine University International MBA Program Structure

The Pepperdine University International MBA (IMBA) program gives students the opportunity to experience the global marketplace firsthand in countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia. The IMBA program offers the standard MBA courses with international business electives integrated seamlessly into the curriculum, an internship with a global focus, and two study abroad opportunities.

During the summer between the first and second year, students may enjoy a hands-on experience through an internship with an international or multinational company.


The Pepperdine University International MBA is a 61 unit program. Core courses make up 45 units of the degree, while 16 units consist of study-abroad electives.

Core courses for the Pepperdine International MBA include: Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Economic Concepts, Applied Data Analysis, Managerial Economics, Information Resources and Technology, Finance, Marketing, Managing Within the Legal, Ethical and Governmental Environment, Personal Development for Leadership, Theories and Models of Organization, Macroeconomic Analysis, Technology and Operations Management, Quantitative Business Analysis, and Strategic Management.

In the fall of the second year, students begin one trimester studying at a partner university in a country of their choice. Courses may be taken in English or in the host country’s language. Students must complete this trimester abroad as well as a week-long study abroad session.

Class Profile

In a typical the Pepperdine University International MBA class features 41 percent of students that identify as male, and 59 percent of students that identify as female. Students in the class have an average GPA of 3.0 and an average GMAT score of 645, with an average of eight years of work experience. The average age of matriculating students is 29.


The school’s Career Portal allows students to search jobs, post resumes, register for career events, and more through this website exclusively for Pepperdine Graziadio students and alumni. Students can take advantage of one-on-one, short-term coaching sessions for guidance on resumes, interviews, career planning, as well as salary negotiation. Pepperdine offers career workshops, webinars, career fairs, industry panels, and networking events to help students and alumni further their careers.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Tuition for the four-term International MBA totals about $99,000. This breaks down to around $1,770 per unit.

Merit-based Scholarships: The Graziadio School offers a variety of scholarships based on academic achievements. The consideration for merit scholarships is determined by the applicant’s cumulative GPA, GMAT or GRE score, and professional work experience.

Endowed scholarships: The Graziadio School offers several specialized endowed scholarships. Both the recipients and the amounts of these awards are determined according to the requirements of the specific endowment.

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


Applicants to the Pepperdine University International MBA program must have a four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent. A minimum of one year full-time professional work experience is required for the International MBA.

To apply to the Pepperdine International MBA program, applicants must submit a completed application form, all college transcripts from degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions, and a current résumé. The school also requires applicants to complete one essay about their leadership experiences and goals; applicants may also submit an optional essay for any additional information they wish to convey to the Admissions Committee. Applicants must also send in their GMAT or GRE scores and a nonrefundable $150 application fee. Graduates who did not earn degrees in English must provide TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores.

Interviews are technically optional, but highly encouraged.

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