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Executive Doctor of Business Administration

Program Overview

School: Graziadio Business School
Cost: $161,205*
Units: 55 units
Terms: 3 years
Location(s): Malibu
Accreditation: AACSB, WSCUC
  • Fall 2022 Phase 1 Deadlines
  • Priority: February 15, 2022
  • Regular: April 15, 2022
  • Final: June 15, 2022
  • Term Starts: August 30, 2021
*Tuition includes fees, all meals and lodging for the six week-long residential sessions, access to online course content and research resources, and software licenses. The cost of tuition is in effect for the 2021-2022 academic year and is subject to change at the University's discretion.

Create a Legacy of New Knowledge With a Pepperdine DBA

Recognized in CEO Magazine's Global DBA Listing, the Executive Doctor of Business Administration degree is an academically rigorous program designed specifically for the established executive who would like to deepen and sharpen their professional knowledge through applied research. Business executives enrolled in the program are equipped with the knowledge, competencies, and learning community needed to develop deep, research-based insights into important contemporary business challenges and opportunities.

Strongly committed to developing values-centered, "best for the world" leaders that seek to positively impact business practice and society, the program's core philosophy is consistent with the values and principles that shape Graziadio Business School's approach to high-touch, student-centered learning. Working closely with expert faculty, DBA candidates will leverage contemporary theories and analytical methods, combined with their many years of executive experience, to diagnose business and organizational problems and to develop new insights for improving and shaping future business practice.

This program will culminate in a dissertation and for you to have up to two publishable papers. Our DBA requires only six residential sessions in the first two years, this will free up your third year with option to focus your priorities on research.

Program Benefits:

  • Research based, hybrid curriculum culminating in a final research dissertation
  • Outstanding faculty with a unique combination of academic accomplishments and industry experience
  • Collaboration with seasoned, intellectually curious professionals
  • Exclusive annual DBA conference
  • Extensive networking opportunities with an alumni network of more than 40,000 professionals worldwide
  • Offered in the Fall term

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Quick Facts

  • 3Year Program
  • 6Residential Sessions
  • 12 yrsMin. Work Experience
  • 3DBA Conferences


Ana Brant DBA Candidate

What makes a difference is that Graziadio cares about the whole person, not about the student that is there for a specific amount of time. They know that in order to get the best out of the student they need to understand their lifestyles, their passions, their requirements.

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Is the Executive DBA accredited?

Our DBA is the only Doctor of Business Administration program taught by a top ranked AACSB accredited US business school in Southern California and is the only doctoral degree at Pepperdine University accredited by the AACSB - the most prestigious accrediting body for business schools.

Learn more about accreditation at the Graziadio Business School.

What do you look for in an Executive DBA applicant?

The Executive Doctor of Business Administration program is designed for highly accomplished executives. These are individuals with a substantial work experience, a graduate degree, they are seeking to understand and solve complex business problems through rigorous, applied research.

We carefully assemble each program cohort for maximum academic benefit. This means you will be surrounded by students with educational and work experience commensurate with your own and with diverse backgrounds to broaden your perspective.

For the Executive Doctor of Business Administration degree, we are specifically seeking accomplished business executives with strong intellectual curiosity, a motivation to make a significant contribution through practice-oriented research, and a global mindset.

Can international prospective students apply?

If you are an international prospective student interested in the Pepperdine Executive DBA program, please contact us prior to submitting your application as certain visa restrictions may apply.

What is the total cost of the DBA program?

The total cost of tuition for the three-year Executive DBA program is $161,205. Please be advised that, if accepted to our Executive Doctor of Business Administration program, a $5,000 nonrefundable fee is required to secure enrollment.

To help you align your education with your budget, we are available to guide you through funding and tuition assistance options to finance your Doctor of Business Administration degree. Contact our Financial Aid Office by phone at 310.568.5535 or by email at PGBS.FinancialAid@pepperdine.edu for more information on how you can make Pepperdine possible.

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Continuing dissertation completion fees after Year 3 (if needed)

$15,000 per trimester

What does the program cost include?

The total cost of tuition includes fees, all meals and lodging for the six week-long on-campus residential sessions, access to online course content and research resources, as well as licenses for data analysis software (excludes books and travel).

Scholarships and financial aid services are available through the Office of Financial Aid.

What distinguishes an Executive DBA from a PhD or a traditional MBA program?

An Executive DBA differs from our MBA programs through its focus on research: whereas our MBA programs aim to develop strong leaders through existing business knowledge, students in the DBA program will be creating new knowledge.

Additionally, while both programs develop research skills, an Executive Doctor of Business Administration is directed at research that advances business practice, while a PhD is directed at research that contributes first and foremost to theory.

Learn more about what makes a DBA program unique.

Why pursue a Pepperdine DBA?

At the Graziadio Business School, we continually look for ways to provide the most innovative and intellectually stimulating education possible for business executives. The DBA challenges top-tier executives to grow in new ways through rigorous applied research, mentorship with expert faculty, and collaboration with classmates at the peak of their careers.

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Executive DBA Program
Pepperdine University
Graziadio Business School
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263