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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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Information for Prospective Students

Below you will find responses to the common questions our recruitment advisors receive about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Prospective students can find additional information about Pepperdine's response to the virus on our central University website. If you need any clarification regarding our admission or application processes, we enourage you to contact your recruitment advisor.

Note: At this time, we are proceeding with plans to launch our Fall '20 degree programs as scheduled, and applications remain open. Any modifications to program dates and/or delivery mode will be communicated prior to the start of the Fall '20 term.

Executive Programs

  How will the kickoff event for the Executive MBA program be structured?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on gatherings, the Executive MBA kickoff will be delivered through a virtual modality. Visit our Executive MBA page to get the latest information on our kickoff dates.

  How will the COVID-19 outbreak impact my ability to start my degree program?

Initially, your program will begin as a remote learning modality. When it’s safe to do so, your program will resume to an on-ground learning format.

  Will the tuition be the same for classes that may need to be temporarily offered remotely?

Yes. Whether we offer classes in-person or remotely, you will have the benefit of working with the same distinguished faculty at Pepperdine Graziadio Business Schooland engaging in a dynamic learning experience. The Graziadio School has been offering online/remote learning options for students since 2012, and many of our faculty are adept at using various instructional technology tools to create effective learning experiences.

Through the use of our learning management system (LMS) and video-conferencing software (Zoom), professors combine both real-time interaction and self-paced activities to ensure that all key learning outcomes are met.

 

Full-Time Programs

  How will the COVID-19 outbreak impact my ability to start my degree program?

As we continue to monitor the situation and develop contingency plans, we remain committed to enabling admitted students to start their programs this fall. This may include temporary arrangements to provide students with remote learning alternatives until it is deemed suitable for us to resume face-to-face classes.

Of course, the health and well-being of our students, staff, and faculty are of chief priority, and the University will make these determinations in accordance with the guidance of state and local public health officials.

  Will the tuition be the same for classes that may need to be temporarily offered remotely?

Yes, whether we offer classes in-person or remotely, you will have the benefit of working with the same distinguished faculty at Pepperdine Graziadio and engaging in a dynamic learning experience. Yes, tuition and deposit rates remain the same, regardless of program delivery mode.

The Graziadio Business School has been offering online/remote learning options for students since 2012, and many of our faculty are adept at using various instructional technology tools to create effective learning experiences. Through the use of our learning management system (LMS) and video-conferencing software (Zoom), professors combine both real-time interaction and self-paced activities to ensure that all key learning outcomes are met.

  How will my class schedules be impacted?

In the event that we need to temporarily use the online/remote learning option, your real-time class session will be scheduled within the same timeframe as those that would have taken place on campus. Because the remote learning option also incorporates self-paced activities, the duration of real-time sessions may not be as long as a typical on-campus class.

  Will full-time programs New Student Orientation still take place on August 12, 2021?

Do to the uncertainty around COVID-19, exact dates and schedules are not yet available. Please visit the website for the most up-to-date information. Newly admitted students will receive more details about NSO from our Full-Time Programs Office shortly.

  What do I do if I'm unable to complete my application requirements due to COVID-19?

We still encourage you to submit your main application by our final deadline of April 1. However, you will have until May 1 to provide any additional materials (e.g. transcripts, test scores) that may be needed to complete your file. Visit our admission requirements page for more information.

  Will my application be considered if I'm unable to have my foreign transcript evaluated?

All transcripts from non-English based universities that do not conform to the U.S. grading standard (based on a 4.0 scale) must be evaluated by WES or another agency approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). However, you have until the extended deadline of May 1 to provide supporting materials.

  Can my application be evaluated without the GMAT/GRE due to testing center closures?

You may be eligible to receive a test waiver. For additional information, follow up with your recruitment advisor.

  Can I defer my start if I’m unable to get my student visa in time?

Yes, you can defer your start if you are unable to secure your student visa in time.

  Will my program be offered in Spring 2021?

Currently, the MS in Applied Finance and MS in Global Business programs are offered in the spring term. We will notify you if any additional programs open for spring enrollment.

  Many TOEFL and IELTS test centers are closed, what should I do?

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced that an online version of the GRE and TOEFL will be available starting in the United States, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong (China) and Macau (China), and will likely be extended to other areas soon.

  Should I still apply for the I-20 even though there are no U.S. visa appointments available?

Our Office of International Student Services (OISS) is still processing I-20s. For further information, please visit their webpage or contact them directly at oiss@pepperdine.edu.

 

Part-Time Programs

  How will the COVID-19 outbreak impact my ability to start my degree program?

As we continue to monitor the situation and develop contingency plans, we remain committed to enabling admitted students to start their programs this summer in some form or fashion. This may include temporary arrangements to provide students with remote learning alternatives until it is deemed suitable for us to resume face-to-face classes.

Of course, the health and well-being of our students, staff, and faculty are of chief priority, and the University will make these determinations in accordance with the guidance of state and local public health officials.

  Will the tuition be the same for classes that may need to be temporarily offered remotely?

Whether we offer classes in-person or remotely, you will have the benefit of working with the same distinguished faculty at Pepperdine Graziadio and engaging in a dynamic learning experience. As such, our tuition rates are the same, regardless of program delivery mode.

Students enrolling in our Part-Time MBA program this summer are eligible for a scholarship that will cover their first course in the program (up to 4 units). For those who qualify, merit-based awards will be disbursed in Trimesters 2 - 6 in the  F2F, on-ground format.

  Can I start the program with one course only?

Given the special scholarship offer we've rolled out for the summer campaign (which covers up to 4 units of coursework), our Summer Fully Employed MBA incoming students can opt to take just one course. For example, they can take the DESC 656 Quant class in their first term. However, upon doing this, they will be required to take the Behavior course and workshop in their 2nd trimester.

  What will remote learning look like?

The Graziadio Business School has been offering online/remote learning options for students since 2012, and many of our faculty are adept at using various instructional technology tools to create effective learning experiences. Through the use of our learning management system (LMS) and video-conferencing software (Zoom), professors combine both real-time interaction and self-paced activities to ensure that all key learning outcomes are met. 

For Summer '20 intake, the decision was made to (temporarily) leverage on our online platform to enable new students to start the program. We will be offering BSCI 650, BSCI 651, and DESC 656 online. Our intention is to transition back to face to face classes upon receiving clearance to do so.

  Will course schedules remain the same?

Your real-time class session will be scheduled within the same time frame as those that would have taken place on campus. Because the remote learning option also incorporates self-paced activities, the duration of real-time sessions may not be as long as a typical on-campus class.  

  Will part-time programs New Student Orientation (NSO) still take place?

Yes, but it will be delivered remotely via video conferencing. Newly admitted students will receive more details about NSO from our Part-Time Programs Office. You can get more information on our community site here.

  Can my application be evaluated without the transcript evaluation due to WES closure?

No, all required documents will need to be submitted by the due date for your file to be reviewed. Should you experience delays in receiving your transcript evaluation documents, please follow up with WES or other NACES approved members directly regarding the status of your transcript evaluation.

We would be able to consider exceptions for the students that have WES transcripts in progress, on hold, or pending English proficiency waiver. An exception is considered if WES can produce an evaluation within a reasonable time.

  Can my application be evaluated without the GMAT/GRE due to testing center closings?

You may be eligible to receive a test waiver. For additional information, follow up with your recruiting advisor. The Educational Testing Service announced that an online version of the GRE and TOEFL will be available in the United States, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong (China) and Macau (China), and will likely be extended to other areas soon.

The Graduate Management Admissions Council has also announced that an online version of the GMAT exam will be available in mid-April. Please contact your recruitment advisor for additional information.