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Executive MBA Program (EMBA)

Executive MBA

The Pepperdine University Executive MBA program delivers a full MBA experience in 19 months with a format and executive education curriculum that fits the needs and schedules of busy executives.

EMBA classes meet approximately every three weeks at our Southern California graduate campuses or our Bay Area campus.

Ranked Tier One EMBA program
CEO Magazine



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Quick Facts


Month Program

7 yrs

Work Experience


Starts: Fall, Spring, Summer*



2 day

Sessions; Every 3 Weeks**



*EMBA North offers Summer and Fall starts only.
**EMBA sessions take place approximately every three weeks.

Application Deadlines

Northern California: Fall 2017

Southern California: Fall 2017

Round 1 (early): May 31, 2017

Round 1 (early): June 30, 2017

Round 2 (regular): June 30, 2017

Round 2 (regular): July 28, 2017

Round 3 (wait list): August 3, 2017

Round 3 (wait list): August 18, 2017

Classes Begin: August 23-26, 2017

Classes Begin: September 6-9, 2017

Student Profile

The Executive MBA is designed for mid- to senior-level business leaders.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of work experience is required, plus two years at the management level.


Classes are held once every three weeks on Friday afternoons/evenings and Saturday mornings/afternoons.


Each cohort is assigned an executive coach.


19 months to program completion

Malibu Drescher Graduate Campus EMBA


West Los Angeles Graduate Campus EMBA

West L.A.

Irvine Graduate Campus EMBA


Silicon Valley EMBA

Silicon Valley

Institutes and Research at a Glance

Institutes and Research at a Glance

EMBA Degree Program Highlights

Get executive mentoring

Unique to the Pepperdine Executive MBA, each cohort is assigned a class executive coach. These entrepreneurs and business executives are graduates of our EMBA program and bring a wealth of valuable experience and connections to our students.

Learn from faculty experience

The Pepperdine executive programs faculty includes respected scholars, seasoned executives, consultants, and entrepreneurs. Our low student-to-faculty ratio ensures you have ample opportunity to ask questions, share ideas, and build relationships with leaders and peer executive cohorts.

Learn from your own experience

In the first trimester, Executive MBA students choose a company (often their own) as a "live case" study. Making your business part of the EMBA curriculum allows you to bring what you are learning directly into your firm to solve real challenges in real-time.

Develop a global perspective

An international research excursion gives keen insight into developing markets and a deeper understanding of global business. Students visit two countries and meet face-to-face with company executives to experience first-hand how global business is done.

Hear Directly From Our EMBA Students 

EMBA Testimonials

Why an Executive MBA?

Executive MBA Grads Rise to the Top

The Path Forward

38% of students receive promotions while still in the program.

The Art of Leadership

An EMBA executive education provides integrated and complete business skills fundamental to running an organization.

Life with Purpose

An EMBA is the degree that gets you beyond C suite success as well as personal prosperity.

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Pepperdine Business School Campus Locations

Executive MBA Campus Locations

Courses for our Executive MBA programs are offered at locations in Southern California and Silicon Valley.

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