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Full-Time MBA Concentrations

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MBA concentrations at Graziadio Business School

We encourage students to develop a 12-units elective study focus plus electives outside concentration to develop a broader trajectory.

Students may also opt to take electives from a variety of fields, depending on professional and personal interests.

Full-Time MBA Areas of Concentration

  Business Analytics

With Business Analytics concentration to your Full-Time MBA, you increase professional options and earning potential with technical and quantitative skills. A concentration in Business Analytics equips you with a solid foundation in statistical methods, data analysis, and modeling techniques.

This program enhances your degree and prepares you for industries that have grown increasingly reliant on data for decision-making. For this reason, our core curriculum is built around Decision Sciences and Information Systems and Technology Management. We also provide global business and elective course requirements to round out your education.

View the Business Analytics Course Catalog here

  Digital Innovation and Information Systems

Gain an advanced and in-demand understanding of technology innovation and position yourself for success within the growing area of organizational operation. As companies grow more reliant on new technologies, a critical need is emerging for professionals who bring competencies in both business management and technology. Enhance your MBA and increase your competitive edge with this area of study.

Surveys of IT management indicate a persistent concern for achieving alignment between business needs and technology resources. And CIOs affirm that significant improvement is needed for managers who possess the knowledge and skills to envision, manage, and lead initiatives that span the realms of business, IT, and innovation.

Our MBA concentration in Digital Innovation and Information Systems (DIIS) focuses on bridging the gap between business and technology, giving Graziadio graduates a distinct advantage in the marketplace.

All DIIS MBA electives are offered in a blended learning format with one elective course scheduled per 7-week period. Each elective  (with the exception of the DIIS Applied Research Project) requires two Saturdays of on-campus class sessions at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, with the remaining coursework offered online.

View the Digital Innovation and Information Systems Course Catalog here


Entrepreneurship is, at its core, a creative activity. It involves starting a new venture with an innovative idea — frequently for a market that currently does not exist. As a result, the entrepreneurship concentration at the Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School is built upon MBA courses designed to help you tap into your creativity, and then translate your vision into a real business that not only produces wealth, but allows you to express your personal values.

Your first step includes two MBA courses to assist you in discovering your own brainchild - a personally compelling venture idea with large market potential. These are followed by three MBA courses to help you flesh out a business model that will generate profits, build your organization, and make a connection with your market.

Your final step is a course that pulls it all together, resulting in a business plan that you present to a panel of angel and venture capital investors.

View the Entrepreneurship Course Catalog here


The faculty at the Graziadio School are committed to delivering cutting-edge courses to prepare students for careers in finance. These courses prepare students for careers in portfolio management, corporate finance, investment banking, financial institutions management, and financial risk management.

View the Finance Course Catalog here

  Leadership and Managing Organizational Change

In rapidly changing global environments, organizations are to remain competitive and economically viable. This includes innovative changes in their strategies, technologies, structures, work designs, and human resource systems. Our concentration in Leadership and Managing Organizational Change prepares you to spearhead change in a dynamic business environment.

View the Leadership and Managing Organizational Change Course Catalog here


A marketing concentration provides the basic concepts, techniques, and tools for developing marketing strategy and marketing programs. Focus your studies on this concentration to help organizations target specific consumer groups with intended products and services in mind. Learn to create appropriate promotional, pricing, and distribution arrangements central to generating profit and growth.

This preparation is relevant for a variety of career paths, including:

  • Brand/product management
  • Marketing research
  • New product development
  • Sales force management
  • Advertising
  • Management consulting

View the Marketing Course Catalog here