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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
  • Phase 1 Deadlines
  • Priority: February 15, 2020
  • Regular: April 15, 2020
  • Final: June 1, 2020
  • Phase 2 Deadlines
  • Priority: March 15, 2020
  • Regular: May 15, 2020
  • Final: July 2, 2020
  • Classes Begin: September 9, 2020
*Cost of tuition is in effect for the 2019-2020 academic year and is subject to change at the University's discretion.

Challenge Yourself with a Pepperdine DBA

Recognized in CEO Magazine's Global DBA Listing, our 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.

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Quick Facts

  • 3Year Program
  • 6Residential Sessions
  • 10 yrsMin. Work Experience
  • 1DBA Conference


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. 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 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.

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