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Presidents and Key Executives MBA Program

A Professionally and Personally Transformational World-Class Executive MBA

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

Throughout the 15-month experience, executives work alongside peers from diverse industries who make up a small cohort that acts as your personal advisory board. PKE MBA 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 developing broader business perspectives.

Program Highlights



Beautiful CA Campus


Meet In-Person Approximately Once a Month


Executive Peer Cohort


Boardroom Style Classroom


Global Alumni Network of 48,000+


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Global, Experiential Curriculum: The immersive PKE MBA program includes a four-day executive workshop, a two-day ethics and law session, and an eight-day international residential session.

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Strategic Management Project: Directly apply your research towards your current organization through an integrated Strategic Management Project that addresses fundamental learning, productivity, and quality of your corporate culture and overarching business strategy.

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Learn in the Boardroom: Cohort meets on a monthly basis in boardroom-style classes designed to cultivate collaborative learning and greater sharing of diverse industry perspectives.

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Executive Mentor: Assigned to each PKE MBA cohort is an executive mentor, who acts as chair and advisor to provide guidance to both the group and individuals throughout the entirety of the program.

Quick Facts


$40,375 per term*




15 months


Malibu, West LA, Irvine


**Use the Cost of Attendance Calculator to estimate the cost of your program of interest. This tool incorporates additional per term expenses such as living expenses (food and housing),  transportation, miscellaneous personal expenses, books, course materials, supplies, equipment, and fees.


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PKE MBA Admission


Program Deadlines



Fall 2024: Final Deadline

The Company You'll Keep

When you join the Graziadio community, you'll join a global network of over 48,000 alumni actively shaping the world of business at top organizations, including:

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Fall 2023 Student Profile



Average Age

20 Years

Avg. Work Experience





What Our Students Are Saying

"The PKE 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."   - Raymond Hall, PKE Alumnus

What Our Alumni Are Saying


Steven Milovich

"My experience was a major awakening for me personally and professionally. It was a transformative experience, a catalyst, for unlocking my potential and improving my personal life and career."

Steven Milovich | PKE ‘99

Kimber Maderazzo

"I came for an education and left with a purpose, my experience was lifechanging and I continue to experience the changes due to the benefits of my education at Pepperdine."

Kimber Maderazzo | PKE ’10

Lori Torres

"I was challenged, pushed and met amazing people. I have friends for life from my journey in the Presidents and Key Executives MBA program. I’m forever grateful for my experience!"

Lori Torres | PKE ’14

Steve Totzke

"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 | PKE ’15


Executive Student Experience

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Values-Based, Personalized Learning

The President and Key Executives MBA at Pepperdine Graziadio comes with small, collaborative classes led by our renowned faculty who are personally committed to your academic and professional success. With ethical, sustainable business woven into the core of our teachings and an emphasis on experiential learning, you'll experience a truly unique, transformational graduate degree within a global community of Purpose-Driven Leaders.

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Dedicated Executive Mentor

The Pepperdine Presidents and Key Executives MBA program is the first and only MBA for the C-suite to feature a dedicated executive mentor. An executive mentor is an experienced, accomplished alumnus with a comprehensive portfolio of academic accomplishments and executive-level success. They are an integral member of your class cohort throughout the duration of the program, serving as mentors to both individuals and the entire group. They review students’ papers, provide advice and counsel, mediate conflict, and maintain continuity throughout each program cohort. Our Executive Mentors are all “doctorally trained” as all mentors are required to have a doctoral degree or be pursuing one.

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Speak with Our Alumni

Alumni from the Presidents and Key Executive program are always happy to speak with prospective students. Whether you have questions about schedule, their experience or how it benefited their career, we’re happy to connect you with alumni of our program. Please reach out directly to Pearl Quintana, Associate Director of Recruitment at Pearl.Quintana@pepperdine.edu or by phone at 323.901.3109.

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We strive to facilitate an enriching student experience. The Princeton Review, and CEO Magazine have reported on our high-quality programs and faith-based education.


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Pearl Quintana

Pearl Quintana
Associate Director of Recruitment, Executive Program

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