Facebook pixel Application Guide | Pepperdine Graziadio Business School Skip to main content
Pepperdine | Graziadio Business School

Application Guide

We're committed to identifying individuals that match our passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, and responsible business practices.

Ensure you have met all admission requirements and deadline for your program by reviewing our application guide below. If you are a non-U.S. resident, please explore our application requirements for international students.

Application Basics

The Pepperdine Graziadio Online Application

  • Start your program-specific application and submit the nonrefundable application fee:

    • Bachelor of Science in Management: $75
    • All other programs: $150
  • Please use one email throughout the application process.
  • International applicants: @163.com and @126.com addresses often have difficulty receiving Pepperdine emails. The International Student Data (ISD) form and financial support documents are not required at the time of application. 

Essay

Applicants are required to provide an essay with submission of their online application. Essay topics vary by program and are available to view once an application has been started.

Resume

A current resume is required at time of application submission for several of our programs. For questions about your resume, please contact one of our recruitment advisors.

Work Experience

Some of our programs require a minimum amount of work experience to qualify for admission. Please review the admission requirements for your specific program to see if your experience qualifies.

Official Transcript(s)

Prior to enrollment, official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities you’ve attended must be provided to the Office of Admissions. All transcripts must:

  • Be issued by the registrar.
  • Be provided in English.
  • Arrive in a sealed envelope.
  • Include a grade point average (GPA) evaluated by a credentials service, such as the World Education Services.

Mailing Address:
Graziadio School Admission Office
Pepperdine University
6100 Center Drive, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation written by a peer or direct supervisor who can speak to your leadership, performance, and potential contributions to a business program may be required.

GMAT or GRE Test Score

A GMAT or GRE score received within the past five years is required for the following programs:

  • MS in Applied Analytics
  • MS in Applied Finance
  • Full-Time MBA
  • Part-Time MBA

GMAT/GRE test waivers may be awarded to candidates who meet qualifying undergraduate criteria.

Use the following codes for score reporting:
GMAT: 37B-BJ-91
GRE: 5996

TOEFL, PTE, IELTS Test Score

Applicants who earned their undergraduate/graduate degree(s) in a language other than English must submit the English Proficiency Test score taken within the last two years from one of the following agencies listed below:

Use the following codes for score reporting:

TOEFL: 7485
PTE: Not required
IELTS: Not required

Interview

Depending on the your program of interest, interviews may be required with the academic director, regional director, or faculty member.

Unique Application Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Management Degree Completion

How to Transfer into the BS in Management Program

  • An equivalent of two years of lower-division coursework is required: 60 lower level semester units at a regionally accredited college or university, including a minimum of 30 general education units at a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Required Upper Division Business Courses (BSM Program): 60 units
  • Lower Division Requirements: 60 units
  • Total Required for Graduation: 120 units
  • An Associates of Arts/Science degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 from a regionally accredited college or university is required and English Composition and Math (College Algebra or higher).
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP): A maximum of thirty‐two (32) units of CLEP credit will be accepted toward admission and graduation. Sixteen (16) units of CLEP credit taken will be accepted towards general education requirements, and sixteen (16) units of CLEP credit taken will be accepted towards elective requirements.
  • Our BSM program also offers $3,000 scholarship to admitted students who complete the transfer admission guarantee (TAG) requirements prior to the start of their program.

Lower Division Requirements

English Composition: 3 Semester Units
Online BSM students must complete a course in English composition with a grade of "C" or better.

Mathematics: 3 Semester Units
Online BSM students may meet this requirement by taking a college-level mathematics course with a grade of "C" or better. Examples of mathematics subjects include college algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or calculus.

Social Science: 6 Semester Units
Courses in subject areas such as economics, history, political science, psychology, or sociology with a grade of "C" or better fulfill this requirement. Lower-division courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics are strongly recommended as preparation for the Online Bachelor of Science in Management program.

Humanities and/or Fine Arts: 6 Semester Units
Courses in subject areas such as art, music, speech, English, religion, foreign language, or history with a grade of "C" or better fulfill this Pepperdine Online BSM requirement.

Natural Science: 3 Semester Units
A course in a subject area such as natural science, physical science, or life science with a grade of "C" or better fulfills this requirement.

Additional General Education Courses: 9 Units Minimum
Four units of physical education and up to 15 units of computer science with a grade of "C" or better may be applied toward this requirement.

Electives: 30 Semester Units
To complete the minimum of 120 units required for the bachelor of business degree, students may choose elective courses from any area of study from an accredited college or university. Courses taken at other colleges and universities by a student already enrolled at Pepperdine University must be approved in advance by the registrar if they are to be applied toward a degree from Pepperdine.

For more information, download our transfer requirements brochure.

Executive Doctor of Business Administration

The Executive Doctor of Business Administration program is designed for seasoned, top-tier executives looking to cultivate new ideas and solve complex business problems through rigorous, applied research. In order to create a strong program cohort of qualified individuals, candidates will be evaluated by a two-phase process:

Phase One

  • A current resume or CV
  • A one-two page reflection on the rationale for pursuing an executive doctorate at this time
  • A one-two page outline defining the research topic that will be investigated throughout the program.

Phase Two

Applicants invited to Phase Two receive a link to complete the online application and set up a phone or in-person interview with the program’s academic director and faculty member. Official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a research proposal and evidence of intellectual contributions are required to complete the second phase of the application process.

Research proposal

Write a double-spaced essay (2,000 word minimum) outlining a research project that you would like to pursue as a dissertation/research topic in the program, including references to Graziadio faculty who could serve as mentors. You may build on the research ideas you provided earlier in the admissions process.

Intellectual contributions

Examples of white papers, articles, or books authored by the applicant (if applicable) may be submitted.

Following the interview(s), the Graziadio School reserves the right to require an applicant to attain an acceptable score on one of the following tests:

  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The Executive DBA admissions committee and academic director review and accept candidates based on the strength of the application, quality, and merits of the research proposal, and an assessment of the candidate’s fit with the program’s goal.

Joint BSM/MBA (MBAJ)

Students must have earned a 3.4 or higher grade point average in the Pepperdine Graziadio BSM program in one of two situations:

Current Pepperdine BSM Students

Requirements

  • You must be currently admitted to and have completed 40 or more units of the Pepperdine Graziadio Bachelor of Science in Management program and have no outstanding lower-division course work.

  • You must apply to the MBAJ program during your fourth BSM term (or after 40 units).

  • You must sustain the 3.4 GPA between the time of admission to and during your initial enrollment in the MBAJ program.

Pepperdine BSM Alumni

Requirements

  • You must have graduated with a BSM degree from the Graziadio School no more than five years prior to the term of attendance.

  • If you meet the minimum eligibility requirements below, please contact the program office.

  • A minimum of three years of acceptable work experience is required.

  • A minimum grade of "B" is required in each BSM course for which the equivalent Fully Employed MBA core course is waived through the MBAJ program. Students who have not achieved this minimum "B" grade in the BSM course will be required to complete the equivalent MBA core course in addition to the standard course requirements of the MBAJ program.

  • A completed Employment Information form with essay, as specified, must be submitted with the application.

  • The GMAT is waived for applicants who meet all the above criteria.