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Executive Doctor of Business Administration Program

Create a Legacy And Move Your Organization Forward

Embark on a transformational journey to generate knowledge with impact, elevate evidence-based decision making in a global community of practitioner scholars.

Recognized in renowned business school rankings, including CEO Magazine's Global DBA Listing and the Executive DBA Council, the Executive Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree is an AACSB-accredited, academically rigorous program designed specifically for accomplished executives who would like to deepen their professional knowledge through applied research. Experienced executives enrolled in the program immerse themselves in a learning community conducive to identifying research-based insights that address some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities we face in business today.

Strongly committed to developing purpose-driven, Best for the World Leaders who seek to positively impact business and society, the program's core philosophy is consistent with the values and principles that shape Graziadio's approach to personal, student-centered learning. Working closely with our expert faculty, you will leverage contemporary theories, advanced analytical methods and your executive experience to develop new evidence-based insights for improving and shaping the future of business and the world.

Our DBA requires only six residential sessions in the first two years with your third year dedicated to conducting research and writing your doctoral dissertation, in the format of a monograph or two publishable articles.

Program Highlights



One-to-one Mentoring


Focused on Developing Relevant, High-Impact Research


Annual DBA Conference Featuring Expert Speakers


Diverse Cohort of Senior Executives


Beautiful CA Campus


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Values Centered: As a University committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, the DBA program incorporates our sustainable business principles to empower you to lead the next generation of organizations that operate with a higher purpose and positively impact business, society and the world.

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Experience-Driven: Our approach to doctoral-level business education focuses on equipping you to apply established theories and scientific research methods and leverage your executive experience to study real-world business and management problems and identify new insights that will transform business and management practice.

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One-On-One Coaching: Highly dedicated and accessible faculty mentors who are global experts in their fields will provide personalized advice and mentoring to develop your research. Our faculty combines a wealth of business industry expertise and distinguished academic credentials to facilitate a top-tier doctoral education experience. You will work closely with faculty who provide personal guidance and customized feedback to help you become a Practitioner Scholar.

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Cohort of Accomplished Top Executives: You will join a diverse cohort of accomplished executives from a variety of backgrounds and industries. The small, collaborative class sessions allow for rich sharing of diverse ideas and perspectives while creating close connections with your peers and faculty mentors.

Quick Facts






3 Years




*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.


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Executive DBA Admission

Program Deadlines


Priority Fall Deadline


Standard Fall Deadline


Final Fall Deadline

Tuition Information

Prospective students for the DBA program can expect to pay a tuition cost of $152,605* after merit awards. Without merit awards, the cost of tuition is $161,205.

Full program cost $161,205
Average merit award reduction -$8,600
*Total tuition with merit award $152,605

*Pepperdine welcomes federal and state aid eligibility and veteran benefits which may further reduce tuition cost. Estimated tuition is based on the average merit award. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 or above.

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What Our Students Are Saying

Learn how DBA candidate, Ana M. Brant, uses her Executive Doctor of Business Administration program to create new knowledge she directly applies to her role as global director of guest experience and innovation for Dorchester Collection.

Enroll in a Top Ranked Business School

We strive to facilitate an enriching student experience. Bloomberg Businessweek, The Princeton Review, Forbes, Fortune, and U.S. News & World Report have reported on our high-quality programs and faith-based education.


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