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Presidents and Key Executives MBA

Program Overview

School: Graziadio Business School
Cost: $37,875 per term*
Units: 38 units
Terms: 4 terms, 15 months
Location(s): Malibu, West LA, Irvine
Accreditation: AACSB, WSCUC
  • Fall 2022 Deadlines
  • Priority: May 15, 2022
  • Final: July 15, 2022
  • Classes Begin: August 30, 2022
*Cost of tuition is in effect for the 2021-2022 academic year and is subject to change at the University's discretion.

A Professionally and Personally Transformational World-Class Executive MBA

Our Presidents and Key Executives (PKE) MBA program is a one-of-a-kind MBA strategically designed to challenge top-level executives charged with strategic decision-making and bottom line results. The PKE MBA is the only program in the world designed for senior, C-suite executives and entrepreneurial business owners – offering a truly unique, transformational degree that will facilitate critical thinking while introducing tenured professionals to new and emerging leadership trends and insights. 

Throughout the 15-month experience, executives work alongside peers from diverse industry backgrounds and meet monthly for boardroom-style classes that cultivate a collaborative learning environment paired with a stimulating academic curriculum fostered by our world-class faculty. Executives in the program will carry out a case study with their current organization as the subject, allowing them to directly apply their research and knowledge to corporate culture and business strategy that addresses fundamental learning, productivity, and quality. Cohorts will challenge, support, and learn from each other—encouraging an atmosphere in which every leader is present at the table, establishing lifelong relationships, and driving business forward.

What Our Grads Are Saying

“You not only leave with a wonderful education taught by world-class professors but with an individual board of advisors who you can call on for personal and professional guidance over a lifetime.”

- Steve Totzke (MBA ‘15, PKE 134)

100% Program Satisfaction

95% would recommend the PKE MBA to others


Program Benefits:

  • Ranked #21 Best Executive MBA Program in the Nation by Fortune
  • Transformation learning experience in a boardroom setting allowing you to build an exclusive network of peers
  • Classes meeting once a month in Malibu, West Los Angeles, and Irvine
  • Includes a four-day effective executive workshop, a two-day ethics and law session and an eight-day international session held outside the United States
  • Perform a live case study applicable to your current business
  • Outstanding faculty with a unique combination of academic accomplishments and industry experience
  • Each cohort is assigned an executive coach
  • Extensive networking opportunities with an alumni network of more than 40,000 professionals worldwide
  • No GMAT/GRE required
  • Offered in the Fall and Summer terms

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Quick Facts

  • 3Campus Locations
  • GMATor GRE Not Required
  • 3Day Sessions; 1 Time Per Month
  • 2Starts Per Year


Raymond Hall PKE alumnus

The Presidents and Key Executives MBA program at Pepperdine is unique. I don't believe that can be replicated in any other educational institution. The diversity of the cohort lends itself to a number of different perspectives that the experience you gain from the program is just an amazing transformation.

PKE MBA Alumnus


What does the Live Case Study entail?

Executives study their own businesses as case studies and leave with an actionable strategic plan. One of the key requirements for graduation from the PKE MBA program is completion of a series of written projects culminating in a strategy formulation and implementation document written for the participant's organization. 

The integrated series of projects is expected to demonstrate the participant's mastery of program content and reflects a capacity to craft and implement the strategy. A project team of one faculty member and a class advisor will be assigned to each student during the first trimester to ensure the quality of these projects as a learning experience.

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What is the global business experience?

Students experience global business first-hand through travel abroad and work directly with company executives in the host country. This session will involve eight days of travel to a foreign country and onsite company visits. It includes faculty-directed discussions and interactions with business, government, and community leaders. Following identification of the region to be visited, students will be assigned preparatory work.

The students will apply integrated concepts and tools from courses in completing a required, graded cross-cultural academic project embracing conditions, strategies, and practices for global business implementation.

How much work experience is required for admission?

At least 10 years of work experience is required.

Contact Us

Pearl Quintana
Pepperdine University
Graziadio Business School
6100 Center Drive, Ste 400
Los Angeles, CA 90045