Introducing the Saturday MBA
You want to earn an MBA. But leaving work in time to make a 6 p.m. evening class is not in the cards. Fighting rush-hour traffic during the work week on the 405 is a hassle.
The Graziadio School at Pepperdine University now offers an all-day Saturday solution that allows you to complete an MBA in general management in as little time as two years. Students attend one course in the morning and one in the afternoon over six 14-week trimesters. Classes for the Saturday MBA option are available at two Pepperdine locations: starting this August at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus near LAX and beginning January 2013 at the Irvine Graduate Campus near John Wayne Orange County Airport.
“The Graziadio School recognizes that the work, travel and life circumstances of Southern California professionals have changed. They seek a business school that still provides a superior learning experience in a manageable period of time, but also one that minimizes the impact on work and home life schedules,” says Dr. Gary Mangiofico, associate dean of Fully Employed and Executive Programs.
What is the Saturday MBA?
The Graziadio School’s flexible Fully Employed MBA program offers working professionals the option to earn its AACSB-accredited, internationally recognized MBA degree in general management meeting once a week on Saturdays at either the West Los Angeles or Irvine campuses. Courses are scheduled over six 14-week trimesters. Students attend one course in the morning and one in the afternoon. By taking two courses at a time, the entire 52-unit program of 15 courses may be completed in as few as 24 months.
Why should I consider the Saturday MBA?
Convenience, small classes for a more intimate experience and a rigorous evidence-based education that is relevant and practical are Pepperdine hallmarks. Meeting once a week on Saturdays will offer today’s busy professional flexibility and a practical alternative to the existing work week class structure. Professionals will also take advantage of some online-enabled instruction and course activities integrated into in-person face-to-face classes. This blend of technology-augmented and traditional learning further ensures that the Saturday MBA maximizes students’ time away from work and home life.
How does the Saturday MBA differ from existing evening and weekend programs?
The Saturday MBA is the same application-based flexible degree program delivered evenings during the work week. The option is taught by the same faculty. However, not all electives are available on Saturdays. Students may opt to take some courses on a weeknight in order to pursue an alternative concentration.
Like the evening part-time MBA program during the work week, enrollment in the Saturday MBA requires candidates to have an acceptable GMAT or GRE score, bachelor’s degree with an acceptable grade point average and at least two years of professional work experience.
Is the Saturday MBA available to students enrolled in existing evening and weekend programs?
Courses that meet once a week on Saturdays are available to all working professionals enrolled in the Fully Employed MBA program. The Saturday MBA is an option for current students whose work, travel and life circumstances require flexibility, convenience and course scheduling that accommodates today’s shifting professional demands. Saturday programming minimizes time away from work for degree-seeking professionals while maximizing the benefits of high academic achievement at a globally recognized, market-proven business school.
Are evening weekday classes in the Fully Employed MBA program available to students enrolled in Saturday MBA?
Saturday MBA students may opt to take available courses offered during the work week at any of Pepperdine’s graduate campuses.
What electives are available in the Saturday MBA?
The Saturday-only option in the Fully Employed MBA program is designed for the working professional who wishes to pursue general management. Courses for electives in other disciplines may only be available during the work week and may, in some instances, require travel to a graduate campus location other than West Los Angeles and Irvine.
How do I start the application process?
Pre-admission counselors are available to answer questions or schedule one-on-one consultations at (310)568-5555 or toll-free at (888) 339-0109. For more information, visit bschool.pepperdine.edu/saturdayMBA or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.