The Online MBA Program
from Pepperdine University

Become a Values-Centered Leader for Your Organization

Today’s businesses need leaders who want to do good for the world and for their organization. The online MBA program from Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School combines education in strategy, technology, ethics, and leadership skills so that you can advance academically, professionally, and personally in a globalized marketplace.

The online MBA program provides ongoing leadership development for every business discipline. You can choose our general MBA track or one of four concentrations in marketing, finance, digital innovation, and leadership.

Complete in as Few as
20 Months

GMAT Waivers Available for Qualified Applicants

Four Concentrations and a General Track

AACSB International Accreditation

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) provides the most prestigious and recognized accreditation for institutions worldwide. AACSB has accredited the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, which teaches professionals to lead intelligently while demonstrating personal integrity, sound decision-making, and broad thinking.

Become a Best for the World Leader

Learn how to integrate solid strategy with unwavering ethics as a decision-maker in your organization.

A Values-Based Curriculum with Multiple Concentrations

The online MBA curriculum explores business fundamentals through the lens of 21st-century ethics. Our program is geared toward aspiring leaders who want to impact the world of business. You will learn about topics including leadership development, organizational behavior, profitability, financial management, processes and systems, regulatory issues, and strategic management.

The curriculum enables you to customize your education by choosing either a general concentration or one of four specific concentrations:

  • General: Develop expertise across business areas by choosing a combination of electives in finance, marketing, digital innovation, and leadership.
  • Finance: Explore topics related to corporate finance, investment banking, risk management, new venture financing, and real estate markets.
  • Marketing: Learn how to develop global marketing strategies, with a focus on areas such as pricing, consumer segmentation, and product development.
  • Digital Innovation and Information Systems: Discover how to build businesses using technologies including IT security and infrastructure management.
  • Leadership and Managing Organizational Change: Hone your skills as a leader who celebrates diversity while making strategic, ethically responsible decisions.






Course Sequence

The online MBA can be completed in as few as 20 months, giving you the flexibility to earn your degree while you work.

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

Course Descriptions

Accounting Information and Control Systems - 4 units

This course provides a structural model of business and its operation. Students examine financial accounting information and learn to gauge a firm's position of liquidity and profitability. Business operating cycles are explained. Pro forma and budgeted financial statements are constructed using Excel spreadsheets. Competitive management control systems are critiqued.

Behavior in Organizations - 4 units

This course teaches students 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.

Quantitative Analysis for Business Operations - 4 units

This course covers the application of quantitative analysis techniques to strategic business decision-making and provides an introduction to production and service operations. Specific business modeling applications are introduced. Software technologies, spreadsheets, and the Internet are used extensively throughout this course.

Prices, Profit, and the Market Economy - 4 units

This course examines the domestic global production and distribution of goods and services as guided by the market economy. Emphasis is on firms remaining competitive under changing economic conditions. The course examines competitive and changing industries in which firms operate, as well as the impact of external economic environment on the firm's microeconomic decision-making.

Financial Management of the Firm - 4 units

This course teaches students to define, comprehend, and apply a market-driven theory for ethically based, strategic financial decisions. Important issues include the return and risk of the activity in which to invest, the size of the investment, and the sources for financing the investment. Each decision is part of the overall financial strategy that adds value to the shareholder.

Information and Process Systems - 4 units

This course examines production and service delivery processes, the different information requirements, and the critical role of information systems in supporting them. It explores how businesses are applying different information technologies to improve the vital functions of information gathering, processing, and sharing.

Political, Regulatory, Ethical, and Legal Issues of Business - 4 units

This course examines the impact of the political and social forces upon business and the law. Students explore the foundations of the legal and social systems as they relate to the ethical and profit dimensions of the economic complex. Emphasis is directed to formulating, negotiating, and implementing within specific skill sets.

Business Analytics and Intelligence - 2 units

This course introduces techniques to transform data into business intelligence and to use analytics to create business value. Students acquire the knowledge required to develop solutions to real-world problems through a combinations of different learning mediums. Business analytics and intelligence (BA & I) empowers organizations to anticipate and shape business outcomes.

Enterprise Architecture and Infrastructure Management - 2 units

This course covers the areas of enterprise architecture and infrastructure management as essential approaches for the development of coherent, robust, efficient, and agile enterprise digital platforms. In a global business environment, managers must understand the alignment of technology and business functions, and how to manage enterprise architecture and infrastructure.

DIIS Portfolio and Project Management - 2 units

This course provides students with the techniques, tools, and managerial competencies to manage individual DIIS projects while gaining the requisite insights and the approaches to manage a portfolio of projects into a coherent program of innovation.

Managing DIIS Security, Privacy, and Ethics - 2 units

This course equips business managers with the tools to make informed decisions that reflect an understanding of the ethical and social issues surrounding the use of information systems. By the end of this course, business managers will also be able to effectively meet the security and ethical challenges of information systems.

Business Process Analysis and Innovation - 2 units

This course introduces students to key concepts and approaches to business process analysis and improvement. The main focus of this course is both understanding and designing business processes that accomplish specific desired outcomes. Students learn the ways in which information technology can be used to positively impact business processes.

Digital Innovation and Strategic Transformation - 2 units

This course provides students with a deep understanding of strategic issues surrounding IT innovations and how they shape IT investment decisions. In addition, this course examines ways in which IT managers can employ leading practices to integrate information systems and business strategy.

Global Capital Markets and Institutions - 4 units

This course examines the operations of financial markets and financial institutions in allocating capital in an international macroeconomic environment. A major focus is on debt contracts, securities, and innovations in credit and money markets. The functions of financial of intermediaries and regulation are also discussed.

Valuation and Corporate Combinations - 4 units

This course examines methods for measuring and managing the value of companies. Methods for creating takeover defenses also are developed. The influences of the legal and regulatory environment, as well as competition in input and product markets, are considered in developing a framework for understanding merger waves and industry consolidation.

Investments and Portfolio Management - 4 units

This course focuses on the foundations for analysis of optimal security selection. It examines procedures for constructing investment portfolios and strategies that investors can employ to meet various alternative investment objectives. Some core concepts include measures of risk, diversification and risk management, and expected returns and covariance of returns between securities.

Global Business Intensive - 2 units

This course consists of a series of seminars covering topics such as international economics, culture, marketing, finance, and political and legal context. Some programs include field visits to organizations in the region for a hands-on look at business opportunities and management strategies. Also included are study tours of important historical sites for a culture-filled experience.

Leadership Theory and Practice - 2 units

This course explores the major theories and approaches of leadership to prepare individuals to understand, develop, and accept complex leadership roles. The topic of leadership raises several questions that this course aims to examine. Students are able to bridge leadership concepts to leadership actions by applying leadership theory to case situations.

Advanced Principles of Organizations and Leadership - 4 units

This course examines the interactions among human resources, technologies, organization design, external forces, and management practices from a macro organization perspective. Study concentrates on organizations as systems and managerial, technical, structural, and cultural subsystems. This course examines different design practices and management theory. Prerequisite(s): BSCI 651

Organizational Dynamics and Managing Change - 4 units

This course examines 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.

Creativity and Innovation for Leadership - 2 units

This course focuses on the creativity and the ability to generate new ideas, innovation, and the ability to put new ideas to use. Starting with the premise that creativity can be managed, this course explores methods for managing personal creativity and organizational innovation.

Global Brand Management - 4 units

This course introduces students to the global brand dynamic and focuses on why a global brand is important, how to nurture and protect a global brand, global brand management, and the importance of brand authenticity in the formation of consumers' brand trust and commitment. Students develop oral and written presentations skills. Prerequisite(s): MKTG 658

Market Innovation and Commercialization - 4 units

This course helps students understand innovation in the context of the commercialization of a firm's market offering. Students are exposed to the strategic business imperatives for innovation, contemporary academic and practitioner theories of commercialization, adoption and diffusion, the criticality of differentiation, and the role of innovation in organizations. Prerequisite(s): MKTG 658

Marketing Communications in the Digital Age - 4 units

This course emphasizes the role of the integrated marketing communications (IMC) program in both building and maintaining the brand image and health of an organization. Students examine the process by which IMC programs are planned, developed, executed, and measured through exposure to the various IMC tools used in digital age marketing. Prerequisite(s): MKTG 658

Marketing Management - 4 units

This course analyzes the global, ethical, political, social, legal and regulatory issues relevant to the creation and distribution of goods and services. We will also examine buyer behavior, marketing research, and marketing information from a managerial perspective. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of marketing concepts to case problems and the student’s current employment experiences.

Strategic Management - 4 units

This capstone course examines the running of an enterprise from the chief executive officer’s point of view. It is designed to help students conduct external and internal assessments of an organization, identify its key strategic issues, identify and choose from alternative strategies, and defend those decisions.


While enrolled, you will attend one immersion experience in Los Angeles. The immersion will provide you with the opportunity to examine business ethics and develop your leadership skills. You will also collaborate with Pepperdine’s esteemed corporate partners, which include Boeing, AEG, Kaiser Permanente, and Farmer’s Insurance.

Immersion: Personal and Leadership Development Workshop - 1 unit

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

You are required to attend the 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

Charla Griffy-Brown, PhD, Professor of Information Systems and Technology

Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown has been recognized as a thought-leader for her published work and is distinguished as editor-in-chief of the international journal Technology in Society. She has lived and worked extensively in the Asia-Pacific region, bringing a unique global perspective on design strategy and mission-critical solutions.

Meet our acclaimed faculty.


The Pepperdine Graziadio Business School values diversity both in our applicants’ academic backgrounds and life experiences. Our online MBA program is designed for business professionals with two or more years of relevant career experience. To apply, you must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Application Requirements

The following items must be included in your application to the online MBA program.

  • 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: In your statement, outline the reasons you are pursuing your degree, and describe your three most significant accomplishments to date.
  • Resume: Ensure that your resume is current and includes a summary of your academic background and professional experience.
  • GMAT or GRE Scores: These scores help us determine whether you are prepared for graduate study in business. Already took one of these tests? GMAT or GRE scores are valid for five years. If you have yet to take either exam, a waiver is available for applicants who have three years of relevant professional experience and meet additional requirements.
  • Official Transcripts: You must provide official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you have attended. You may have your transcripts delivered electronically to or mailed to the following address:

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

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

Connect with Our Dynamic Business School Alumni Network

Build relationships with students, faculty, and alumni who share your dedication to strategic, ethical business practices.

Tuition and Financial Aid

MBA tuition for the 2019–2020 academic year is $1,815 per unit. The online MBA program comprises 52 units. Additional fees can be expected each semester, including travel and accommodations for two required on-campus immersions.

The cost per unit for the 2020–2021 academic year will increase up to 5 percent. You can also expect an estimated tuition increase of 4 percent to 6 percent each academic year you are enrolled.

You may be eligible to apply for federal student aid and private scholarship opportunities to help fund your graduate education. For more information about how to finance your online MBA degree, visit our tuition and financial aid page.

Who You’ll Be Learning With

Our online MBA program includes students with diverse backgrounds, professional experiences, and viewpoints. These various perspectives improve the classroom experience by creating more nuanced discussion and debate.


  • 37% White
  • 32% Unknown
  • 19% Asian
  • 11% Black
  • 1% Hispanic
  • 37% White
  • 32% Unknown
  • 19% Asian
  • 11% Black
  • 1% Hispanic


Average Age




Age Range


Average Years of
Work Experience

Circle graph shows the percentage breakdown of race. 37% White, 32% Unknown, 19% Asian, 11% Black, 1% Hispanic.

This information reflects data collected from online MBA students in the Fall 2016 to Summer 2019 cohorts with a 100% response rate.

The Online Student Experience

The online MBA program combines self-paced course work with live online classes to create an engaging student experience. Our online learning environment connects you to Pepperdine while giving you the flexibility to earn your degree while managing your professional and personal commitments.

To learn about other graduate programs offered both online and on campus, 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.

Dr. Stephen Rapier, Practitioner Faculty of Marketing

Dr. Stephen Rapier brings more than 25 years of marketing experience on both the agency and client sides. He has provided strategic insight related to marketing and communications for a range of organizations, including 3M Unitek, Burson-Marsteller (Universal Studios), IndyMac Federal Bank, and Power Lift (Caterpillar Lift Trucks).

Learn more about our accomplished faculty.

The Value of Earning an MBA Degree Online

An MBA remains a good investment for professionals in California and beyond seeking greater responsibility and a higher salary. According to the Graduate Management Admissions Council, the median salary for MBA graduates in 2017 was $105,000.¹

Through the online program, you will graduate with an MBA from Pepperdine University, which was ranked among the top 50 national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2018.²

How Our Online MBA Supports Your Career Growth

Pepperdine’s online MBA provides the same esteemed, customizable experience offered on campus so that you achieve your career goals, whether you want to continue advancing in your current role or transition to a new field.

Here are some of the careers you may be prepared to pursue after earning your master’s degree in business administration online:

  • Financial analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Human resources manager
  • Business operations manager
  • Sales manager
  • C-level executive (CEO, CFO, COO)

As a student, you will have access to one-on-one career coaching and related resources through the Graziadio Business School career portal.

An Online MBA with California Roots

Since 1937, Pepperdine University has been a driver in the region’s educational space and a beacon of ethical values in higher education. The Graziadio Business School has an alumni network of over 40,000 students from California and around the globe for decades. Whether you live in San Francisco, Sacramento, or beyond, you will be prepared to serve your community with 21st-century business strategies.

Ready to Apply?

Earn your MBA online from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School in as few as 20 months.

¹ Graduate Management Admissions Council, 2018 Corporate Recruiters Survey (visited January 25, 2019)

² U.S. News & World Report, 2018 National University Rankings (visited January 11, 2019)