John Paglia Named Interim Associate Dean

Dr. John Paglia

Dr. John Paglia

John Paglia, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance and founder and past director of the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project, has been appointed Interim Associate Dean with responsibility for Fully Employed Programs at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, announced Dean Linda A. Livingstone.

“Dr. Paglia will oversee part-time evening programs for working professionals, including the Fully Employed MBA, Bachelor of Science in Management, M.S. in Management and Leadership, M.S. in Entrepreneurship and M.S. in Applied Finance degree offerings,” said Dean Livingstone. “He will also oversee student recruitment for these programs and the Graziadio School’s marketing, communications and public relations operations.”

Paglia succeeds Dr. Gary Mangiofico, who was appointed Associate Dean in 2010, responsible for Fully-Employed Programs and Executive Programs.  Mangiofico will continue as Associate Dean with oversight of the degree programs Executive MBA, M.S. in Organization Development and Presidents and Key Executives MBA (PKE); non-degree Executive Education programs, as well as Admission, Student Accounts, and Financial Aid. Continue reading

Pepperdine MBA Propels Into Businessweek Top 25 Ranking


In Bloomberg Businessweek’s biennial ranking of the best executive MBA programs, Executive Programs at the Graziadio School of Business and Management jumped from number 31st to place number 23rd internationally (Click here to Tweet this). The publication surveyed 2013 graduating Executive MBA and Presidents and Key Executives MBA program students concerning their school experience, from admission to graduation; helping the Graziadio School score #17 in the graduate poll rank category, as well as an A+ for curriculum, A for academic support and B grade for teaching. Continue reading

Pepperdine University Offers Flex MBA for Los Angeles Working Professionals



LOS ANGELES, Calif.  – Working professionals who desire the face-to-face interaction of a traditional on-campus program with the flexibility of an online MBA program now have the opportunity to enroll in Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management’s new Flex MBA. The Flex MBA is a hybrid option within the Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) program and is ideal for working adults who have families, travel often, or have otherwise demanding schedules that make it difficult to attend weekly evening classes on campus.

Classes begin in August at the West Los Angeles-Howard Hughes Center campus, near Los Angeles International Airport. Students meet four Saturdays per course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those who take the recommended two courses per trimester will have class on campus eight Saturdays per term.

Information about the program is available at online here or you can contact or (310) 568-5555.

“Pepperdine has been a pioneer in providing quality graduate business education in convenient and flexible ways,” said Dr. Gary Mangiofico, associate dean of Fully Employed and Executive Programs. “The Flex MBA is an excellent option for students whose work, travel and life circumstances require flexibility, convenience and course scheduling that accommodates today’s shifting professional demands.”

The Flex MBA combines technology-augmented and traditional on-the-ground learning with over half of the time spent in the classroom. During the first trimester, students will also attend a weekend-long (Friday evening through Sunday afternoon) Personal and Leadership Development Workshop on campus as an introduction to the coursework.

Like the evening part-time MBA program during the work week, enrollment in the Flex 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.

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Online MBA Program Off To A Smashing Start



Just three short months after the Graziadio School’s Online MBA program launched, students are giving it rave reviews.

According to David Smith, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, eleven women and eleven men are part of the inaugural class, which includes students from five states and a military officer stationed in Japan.  One weekend in January, seventeen members of the first cohort of students met in Malibu for the Fully Employed MBA program’s perennial Personal and Leadership Development Workshop.  The workshop allowed students to meet face-to-face with faculty and each other to find support and develop partnerships as they continue their MBA journey.

jennifer.phamJennifer Pham, a staff accountant with Gaikai, a Sony Computer Entertainment company and current Online MBA student, said the workshop was a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow students and professors.  “I feel more comfortable talking to my cohort members online now that I can put a face to their names.  There is more cohesion and trust after the workshop.” Continue reading

A New MBA Program Comes to Pasadena



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(PASADENA STAR NEWS) — For too long California has been ranked near the bottom of national surveys identifying the “best states to do business.” Whether it is Chief Executive Magazine that ranks California dead last at No. 50 or CNBC’s ranking that has California near the cellar at No. 40, California is not depicted as a positive place to do business.

While the reasons for California’s position are plausible, do such rankings as these tell a story about Pasadena? Hardly. Continue reading