The Online Master of Science
in Management and Leadership from Pepperdine University

Learn to Lead and Manage Highly Effective Teams Across Industries

In times of change, growth, and disruption, businesses turn to leaders who understand how to unify teams and strategically solve problems. The online Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School empowers you to influence meaningful change across large-scale companies, not-for-profit institutions, and cutting-edge start-ups.

Complete in as Few as
12 Months

No GMAT/GRE Required for Admission


Accredited by AACSB International

The Graziadio Business School is accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Business Schools (AACSB International), the most recognized business accreditation in the world. Graziadio is dedicated to producing the next generation of values-centered leaders who are driven by personal integrity, compassion, and broad thinking.

Build the Specialized Skills Modern Leaders Need

Learn to empower your team, your organization and yourself to reach your highest potential with an online master’s in management from Pepperdine University.

A Curriculum Focused on Managing Teams in Times of Change

The 36-unit curriculum in our online leadership-focused master’s program is designed to help you manage change at all levels of your organization. You will build essential expertise in areas such as self-awareness, group dynamics, project management, organization and work design, and team and organizational culture.

At Graziadio, we believe that management is not static, and learning cannot be limited to the classroom. Our courses will push you to seek out and access mentorship opportunities and hone your skills in real-world business settings.







Course Sequence

The online MS in Management and Leadership can be completed in as little as one year on an accelerated schedule or up to 24 months part-time. As part of the program, you will also attend an immersion in Los Angeles during the first and last terms.

Curious to know what your schedule might look like? Check out our sample course sequence options.

Course Descriptions

Behavior in Organizations (BSCI 651) - 4 units

Learn to apply behavioral sciences to management issues through integration of conceptual and experiential approaches to self-awareness, perception, communication, motivation, productivity, group behavior processes, leadership, organizational change, diversity, ethical issues, career planning, and the management of personal and organizational stress.

Cross-Cultural and Virtual Teams (OTMT 681) - 4 units

Explore cultural influences on organizations and on the people working within them. In this course, you will learn about communication processes in virtual organizations and how to build, manage, and lead teams across cultures. You will examine issues relating to virtual management, such as team building, defusing conflict, and building networks and trust.

Managerial Creativity and Innovation for Leadership
(OTMT 678) - 4 units

This course focuses on imagination and invention (“creativity”) and on the productive results of such processes (“innovation”). To enhance business problem-solving and effective leadership, you will learn to integrate linear methods with nonlinear, imaginative tools.

Leadership and Self Workshop (OTMT 650) - 1 unit

This opening residential workshop takes place in the first trimester. During the module, you will design, present, and initiate an individual learning contract. The course includes conceptual and experiential approaches to self-awareness and self-assessment as the foundation for effective leadership.

Designing and Leading Organizations for Sustainable Success (OTMT 682) - 4 units

In this course, you will learn how the multiple elements of organizational design and management contribute to an organization’s sustainable performance outcomes and strategic alignment. You will examine multiple frameworks and models of organization, including mechanistic/bureaucratic, human relations, political, open systems, and contingency perspectives.

Talent Management (OTMT 676) - 4 units

Talent management can drive the management of human capital and create sustained competitive advantage for organizations. This course provides an in-depth analysis of the talent management functions of workforce planning, talent acquisition, learning and development, performance management, career planning, employee engagement, and retention.

Organizational Dynamics and Managing Change (OTMT 672) - 4 units

Students will examine how to manage change by looking at strategy, organization design and processes, and multi-organizational systems. Specific topics include traditional and contemporary approaches to change management, organization learning, consulting skills, and organization development.

Psychology of Conflict Communication (LAW 5404) - 2 units

This course explores the intersection of psychology, conflict, and dispute resolution with application to human communication. Insights from cognitive and social psychology, neuro-collaboration, and communication theory inform the use of frameworks for analyzing conflict and the development of communication skills.

Leadership: Great Leaders, Great Literature (OTMT 680) - 4 units

This course prepares you to understand and assume leadership roles in increasingly competitive, globalized, multicultural, multi-values organizations. You’ll learn significant theories and models of leadership; analyze your own unique leadership style; develop, refine, and articulate your individual leadership philosophy; and examine the values and ethical issues associated with leadership.

Responsible Business Practice Capstone (STGY 645) - 2 units

In this course, you will examine multidisciplinary values such as environmental stewardship, corporate citizenship, product/service excellence, and financial strength, and be challenged to integrate these four values in building a blueprint for business sustainability. The course is taught from a practitioner’s point of view, utilizing a combination of case studies, current media, and guest speakers. The capstone project requires students to work collaboratively in preparing a business plan that will be presented to a panel of distinguished business entrepreneurs.


During your time in the program, you will attend two immersions hosted on campus at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. During these immersions, you will meet fellow students and professors, network with industry leaders, and complete hands-on workshops.

Personal and Leadership Development Workshop (BSCI 650) - 1 unit

This workshop serves as an orientation to the experiential and team-based models of learning used at Graziadio. You will engage in exercises that enhance communication, ethical decision-making, career development, and other relevant skills for interpersonal effectiveness in business.

Management and Leadership Capstone (OTMT 679) - 2 units

In the Education to Community (E2C) Capstone Project, you will provide a summative reflection integrating and applying theories, frameworks, and learning across the MSML program, including understanding of organizations as complex systems. You will be tasked with presenting the completion of your individual learning contract and a personal and professional leadership development plan that articulates your core values, personal mission, and strategic action plans.

You are required to attend your first immersion during your first term in the program. These dates are tentative and may change:

Immersion Schedule
Term Start Immersion Dates
January 6 January 10, 2020–January 12, 2020
May 4 May 8, 2020–May 10, 2020

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter, Academic Director, MS in Management and Leadership

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter is an award-winning educator whose professional background includes serving as a vice president at Right Management Consultants, internationally known career transition and organizational consulting firm, and co-founding Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, dedicated to promoting values-based leadership.

Meet our acclaimed faculty.


At the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, we seek diverse and driven individuals who can help strengthen our community of caring professionals. Our online master’s in management and leadership is ideal for those who have some management experience and wish to sharpen their interpersonal and core leadership skills in order to improve their organization and the world around them.

You must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university to apply. A minimum of two years of work experience is recommended but not required.

No GRE or GMAT scores are required for admission.

No GRE or GMAT scores are required for admission.

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Application Requirements

You must submit the following to be considered for admission:

  • Online Application: A nonrefundable application fee of $150 is required, however, you can get your application fee waived if you finish your application by the priority deadlines. Contact an admissions counselor before submitting your application in order to receive the waiver.
  • Statement of Purpose: This statement should outline your motivation for obtaining this degree and your three most important accomplishments to date.
  • Resume: Your resume should include a summary of your academic background and professional experience.
  • Official Transcripts: Transcripts from all schools that you have attended are required. Transcripts may be delivered electronically to or mailed to:

    Application Processing Services
    Suite 501
    7900 Harkins Road
    Lanham, MD 20706

Letters of recommendation are not required to apply to the program.

Classes Start



Early Priority Deadline
September 13, 2019

Priority Deadline
October 11, 2019

Final Deadline
November 8, 2019

Classes Start



Early Priority Deadline
January 10, 2020

Priority Deadline
February 7, 2020

Final Deadline
March 6, 2020

Upcoming Admissions Events

Pepperdine Graziadio Business School prepares students to work together for a brighter future, and our admissions events reflect the sense of community we foster. Hosted on the same platform used to deliver classes, our online information sessions offer you an opportunity to explore the online learning experience, connect with faculty and the admissions team, and learn more about our programs. As an added benefit, all attendees will receive an application fee waiver.

Admissions Events
Date Time Event
Wednesday, October 2 12:00 PM PT Program Overview Webinar

Take the Next Step Toward Becoming a Better Leader

Learn how to become a more effective leader in a rapidly evolving business landscape with an MS in Management and Leadership.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year is $1,800 per credit unit. Our online Master of Science in Management and Leadership program is 36 units, so you can expect to pay at least $64,800 in tuition over the course of the program.

A small amount of additional fees each semester and a moderate tuition increase estimated at 4 percent to 6 percent per year can be expected. As a student in the program, you will also be required to attend two immersions on campus and are responsible for associated travel and lodging costs.

To help fund your graduate education, you may be eligible to apply for federal financial aid. For more information about tuition financing options for the MSML degree, visit our tuition and financial aid page.

The Online Student Experience

Learning online at the Graziadio Business School means engaging with fellow students, interacting with accomplished faculty, and being challenged to implement new skills in real-world settings immediately. Through innovative technology and human connection, our learning experience combines online flexibility with in-person impact.

If you want to find out about all of our program options that are offered online and on campus, visit the Graziadio Business School website.


Access to Course work


WeWork Locations

Learning Through Our Online Platform

Each week, you will attend live online classes via HD streaming video, bringing you face-to-face with your classmates and faculty in real time. The online classroom takes advantage of dynamic sharing and collaboration features that are designed to enhance each student’s learning experience. Tools and functionality include:

  • Small group break-out rooms.
  • Video-, document-, and screen-sharing capabilities.
  • Collaborative content annotation and full class recordings.
  • Live chats, surveys, and polls.

The entire suite of classroom features and functions is fully accessible from any desktop, tablet, or mobile device.

WeWork Membership

As a student in the online program, you will receive a Global Access membership to WeWork, a network of shared workspaces in hundreds of cities worldwide. With this membership, you will have access to:

  • Any WeWork location.
  • All WeWork amenities (work stations, Wi-Fi, power outlets, printing and copying, lounges and kitchens, private phone booths, refreshments, and on-site support staff).
  • WeWork events and meet-ups.
  • Workspaces that are available through the WeWork app or website.

Ann E. Feyerherm, PhD, Professor of Organizational Theory and Management

Dr. Ann Feyerherm's professional experience includes more than a decade as a manager of organization development at Procter & Gamble. She has also served as a consultant for Healthways, Honeywell, Monsanto, Frito-Lay, Two Chefs on a Roll, and Boeing on projects such as improving multifunctional teams, creating learning organizations, negotiating effectively, leadership development, and managing change.

Learn more about our accomplished faculty.

The Benefits of Earning a Master’s in Management and Leadership

Succeeding as a leader in today’s hyper-connected business world means being able to unify teams toward strategic goals and inspire others to make the most of their inherent talents. From organizational thinking to managing culture and teams, a specialized degree in management and leadership will prepare you to drive better outcomes for your organization.

Job Outlook for Specialized Leadership Master’s Graduates

In a recent recruitment survey from the Graduate Management Council, the majority of Fortune 100, Fortune 500, and publicly traded companies indicated an interest in hiring candidates with a master’s in management in 2018.1 That same report indicated increased demand for management master’s graduates in sectors such as consulting, finance, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, services, and government.

Career Paths for Management Master’s Graduates

A leadership-focused master’s degree can prepare you to advance within your organization as a manager of people, or take on new roles helping organizations better utilize their resources. MS in Management and Leadership graduates may be ideal for roles such as:

  • Leadership Positions — Directors, VPs, C-Suite Employees, Entrepreneurs
  • Management Positions — Team Managers, Department Managers, Project Managers
  • Supervisory Positions — Business Strategists, Consultants

Become a Leader Who Drives Real Results

Whether you are an experienced manager looking to hone new skills or an individual contributor ready to step into a role as a team leader, take the next step by requesting more information about the online MS in Management and Leadership program now.