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Executive Doctor of Business Administration

Challenge Yourself with a Pepperdine DBA

Pepperdine Graziadio is adding to its robust portfolio of executive programs with an Executive Doctor of Business Administration degree. This program is designed specifically for the established executive who would like to deepen and sharpen their professional knowledge through applied research.

Our DBA is an academically rigorous program that will help you build new knowledge in your field of business that culminates in a dissertation and/or two publishable papers. Designed with an executive's schedule in mind, the program requires only six residential sessions in the first two years, freeing up the third year for you to focus on your research.

  • 3 Year Program
  • 6 Malibu Residential Sessions
  • September 2018 Start

Application Deadlines

Round One: June 1, 2018
Round Two: July 15, 2018
Classes Begin: Sept. 2018

First Residential Session:
Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2018

Is an Executive Doctorate or PhD Right for Me?

Is a Business Doctorate Right for Me?

The Executive DBA is ideally suited for business professionals who have served as executives for at least 10 years, and that cultivate an intellectual interest in solving real world problems. Our students are poised to create new possibilities for their organization and discover innovative solutions for their industry.

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Why Pursue a Pepperdine DBA?

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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How the DBA Program Works

How the DBA Program Works

The DBA is a rigorous program built on a blend of week-long residential sessions and online coursework to provide flexibility for busy executives. The learning experience includes three one-week residential sessions at our stunning Malibu campus in the first and second years, as well as additional virtual class sessions, self-paced coursework, in-person and online advising, and mentored individual research all designed to fit an executive schedule.

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DBA Core Design Principles

DBA Core Design Principles

The DBA curriculum emphasizes innovation, ethics, and global perspectives to create purpose-driven scholars and Best for the World leaders who actively create positive change in their communities. These core principles are aligned with the overall mission of the Graziadio Business School to promote transformational learning, create applied knowledge, and equip our students to become Best for the World Leaders.

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