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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Part-Time MBA

Admission

What are your admission deadlines?

Please refer to this link for specific information regarding application deadlines.

Do I have to be a manager to be considered for the Part-Time MBA program?

A current or previous management position is not a requirement for the Part-Time MBA program. You do need to meet the minimum requirement of two years of full-time work experience.

How many years of full-time work experience do I need to qualify for the Part-Time MBA program?

A minimum of two years of professional full-time work experience is required. However, pre-experienced students from Westmont and University of California - Santa Barbara are given admission consideration.

Do you require prerequisite courses for the MBA program?

Pepperdine does not require prerequisite courses to qualify for the program. However, you do need to meet the admissions requirements to be considered for admission.

Does my degree have to be in business to be considered for the MBA program?

You do not need to have an undergraduate degree in business to be considered. More than half of our applicants are non-business majors.

Does Pepperdine require an interview as part of the admissions process?

There is no interview required for the program. Pepperdine does encourage an applicant to schedule an individual consultation with a preadmission advisor to discuss an applicant's qualifications.

Does Pepperdine require a minimum GMAT/GRE score?

Pepperdine recommends that applicants prepare for the exam and secure the highest possible score to be considered for the program. A minimum score is not required as all criteria are considered when evaluating an applicant. GMAT/GRE waivers may be granted to candidates who meet the qualifying undergraduate criteria. If you need further information, schedule an individual consultation with a pre-admission advisor to review your qualifications for admission.

What is your minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL exam (international students only)?

The minimum acceptable score on the computer version of the TOEFL exam is 95, with a minimum of 20 in each category. The minimum acceptable score for the written exam is 550.

Will you consider an applicant with a low cumulative GPA?

A student with a lower cumulative GPA can still be considered for the program. Taking more of a holistic approach in our admissions process, we look at things such as work experience, standardized test scores, and GPA. 

Is there a possibility to waive the application fee?

All prospective students who attend a class visit will receive an application fee waiver. For all veteran or active military applying, we appreciate your service and will automatically waive your application fee.

Where do I submit my transcripts?

You must provide an official transcript with your posted bachelor's degree. All transcripts reflecting in-progress and/or completed coursework toward your undergraduate degree(s) must be submitted to the Graziadio School Admissions Office. The official transcript(s) must be issued by the school registrar(s) and provided in a sealed envelope prior to enrollment. If you have not completed your bachelor's degree at the time of application, submit a current transcript.

Applicants who attended schools outside the United States are required to submit certified transcripts in English. Submitted transcripts must include a cumulative grade point average (GPA on a 4.0 scale, A = 4.0) that has been evaluated by a credentials service such as the World Education Services, Inc. at www.wes.org.

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

Part-Time MBA Program

How long is the Part-Time MBA program?

The program can be completed in 24 months of continuous study taking a minimum of 8 units of coursework per trimester plus additional workshops over 4 weekends. However, students have the flexibility of completing the program over a longer period (up to a maximum seven years) by taking fewer units per trimester according to their work commitments and personal circumstances.

How many classes are in the Part-Time MBA program?

The Fully Employed MBA program is a total of 52 units — nine core classes and three electives.

How much time outside of class do I need to spend on homework and team projects?

Generally, for every hour in class you should plan on two hours of outside time for homework and team projects. Each of our core classes is four hours, one night per week.

Are there any opportunities to study abroad?

Pepperdine offers optional study abroad trips in Europe, Asia, and South America. We offer trips from a week long to full trimesters (15 weeks abroad) and can be taken for 2 units of credit.

What is the average class size for the Part-Time MBA program?

The average class size is between 15 - 20 students with a maximum of 30 students.

What is the profile of your Part-Time MBA students?

Male: 56%, Female: 44%; Median age: 32; Average work experience: 8 years; Management positions: closer to 30%.

Does Pepperdine offer online or hybrid courses?

As a registered on-ground student, you can still take up to 12 units online. Hybrid or blended classes are offered as available.

What days and times are your classes offered?

The majority of classes are Monday through Thursday from 6-10 p.m. for 14 weeks. Some classes are scheduled on select Saturdays, and others are held in a weekend mode — from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday evenings and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Are there concentrations?

We offer nine different concentrations:

  • Applied Analytics
  • Digital Innovation and Information Systems
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Leadership and Managing Organizational Change
  • Marketing
  • General Management
  • Global Business

12 units can be allocated to your concentration. You can also opt to have a general MBA without a specific area of interest.

Once I’m admitted to the program, what is the next step?

You will be introduced to your program advisor who will enroll you in classes and guide you through the process.

Will my diploma say evening program or extension campus?

No, our degrees are full-fledged Master of Business Administration and Master of Science degrees from Pepperdine University in Business Management.

Pepperdine and the Graziadio School

Are Pepperdine University and the Graziadio School of Business ranked?

Yes, please visit our rankings and awards page here.

Where are your locations outside of the Malibu Campus?

Pepperdine offers the Part-Time MBA program at four accessible locations — West Los Angeles, Encino, Irvine, and Westlake Village.

Do I need to take classes at the Malibu Campus?

All program courses are offered at the four graduate locations; however, some elective courses in our Dispute Resolution concentration are taken at our Strauss Institute on our Malibu Campus. Our law school Dispute Resolution program has been ranked #1 in the country.

Does the Graziadio School have a strong alumni network?

The Graziadio School has over 40,000 alumni and over 3,600 are leading organizations as senior executives. The Graziadio School has the largest MBA alumni network in Southern California and is among the 10 largest AACSB-accredited business school in the nation.

Student Services

Do you offer career services to your Part-Time MBA students?

Pepperdine considers the success of its graduates a top priority and provides students and alumni with an exceptional range of career resources, including one-one-one coaching, workshops, networking events and online tools. In addition, Career Portal is a superior online tool that allows Graziadio students and alumni to create a profile, search for jobs, post a resume, network with professionals, register for special career events, and more.

Do you offer scholarships for the Part-Time MBA program?

Yes, we offer merit-based and need-based scholarships to qualified applicants. Please contact us to see if you may be eligible. In addition, we offer a "refer a student" scholarship to new students who are referred by a Graziadio alumnus or current student, or friend of the school. For more info, click here.

Does Pepperdine offer financial aid to its students?

Financial aid is available to Fully Employed MBA students. The Graziadio School administers the Federal Stafford Loan program. For information about financial aid, please visit the Financial Aid page. To contact the Financial Aid Office, please call (310) 568-5530 or e-mail gsbmfinancialaid@pepperdine.edu.

Does Pepperdine offer online courses?

Yes, we offer a fully Online MBA program and also a Flex MBA, which combines online and on campus learning.