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Why a Pepperdine DBA?


Executive Doctor of Business Administration

Founded with the mission to serve the educational needs of working professionals and executives, the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School builds upon its core strength of developing and inspiring executive leaders with the Doctor of Business Administration program. Known for its beautiful Malibu campus and entrepreneurial roots, Pepperdine Graziadio aims to cultivate a close-knit, caring learning community steeped in a Christian heritage, which manifests itself in purpose driven learning and business application. Our faculty hold years of experience educating executives while maintaining their own robust consulting and professional businesses, allowing them to be deeply attuned to the challenges facing businesses today and create curriculum that is not only rooted in theory, but in real-life experience.

Most Doctor of Business Administration programs are based in the South or Midwest, making the Pepperdine Graziadio program the only DBA awarded and taught by a highly ranked school in Southern California. The format of the program provides the opportunity for working executives to complete their degree in three years.

Designed as a cohort program, the Pepperdine Graziadio DBA program facilitates faculty and student interaction throughout the rigorous process of completing a terminal degree. Through program coursework and faculty advising, you will develop a solid set of research skills that will help you establish yourself as an expert in your field, advance or pivot your career, and contribute to the evolution of business knowledge.

Core Features of the DBA Program

Pepperdine Graziadio Accreditation


We offer the only DBA taught by a top ranked AACSB accredited US business school in Southern California. Our program is also recognized in CEO Magazine's Global DBA Listing.

Graziadio At a Glance

Pepperdine Graziadio School Faculty


Designed with independent research and knowledge creation in mind, the DBA also features highly accomplished classmates and Graziadio faculty debating business theory and practice, and collaborating on research to gain advanced insights into the state of business today.

Meet Our Faculty

Business Doctorate Curriculum


Receive one-on-one consultation with your dedicated team of faculty, who will guide your research and coach you from business success to personal significance. The research you pursue will build new applied knowledge that is Best for the World.

DBA Curriculum

DBA learning experience


Taking in best-in-class practices, the DBA learning experience includes intensive residential sessions, in-person and online advising, self-paced coursework, and independent research that fits an executive schedule.

DBA Courses

Graziadio Business Doctorate Students and Faculty


Build lifelong meaningful relationships with your peers, faculty, and other scholars in your field—your personal "think tank" for life.

Alumni Relations and External Engagement