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    Pepperdine University
   
 
  Nov 25, 2017
 
2017-2018 Graziadio Academic Catalog 
  
2017-2018 Graziadio Academic Catalog

Full-Time Programs



The full-time graduate programs offer a comprehensive exploration of the principles and functions of management. Students gain conceptual and analytical skills while applying theoretical concepts to authentic management situations. Program focus and length is a function of undergraduate degree, applicable business experience, and desired program emphasis.

Full-Time Graduate Program Options

All programs, except the Joint Five-Year BS/MBA, BS/IMBA, and MS programs (fall and spring trimester start), begin in the fall trimester. Extensive descriptions of each alternative and the associated curriculum are provided in later sections.

Classes are held on the Malibu campus.

Students in eligible programs may choose concentrations in Digital Innovation and Information Systems, Dispute Resolution, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Leadership and Managing Organizational Change, and Marketing through an extensive offering of electives in these specific areas. In addition, a certificate in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Business Practice may also be earned by students in eligible programs. For more information, view the specific curriculums.

Offered on the Drescher Graduate Campus in Malibu, the full-time graduate programs foster an understanding of all aspects of management in a multicultural learning community with a focus on values-centered leadership. The curriculum emphasizes international business, ethics, teamwork, and written and oral communication skills. With a student body that, in the fall of 2012, included representatives from 30 countries on six continents, the dynamics of the real-world workplace are emulated in team methods, innovative problem solving, case study methods, field trips, and internships.

To educate future managers to become effective business leaders, these programs have set the following objectives:

  • To cultivate personal values, integrity, and ethical behavior and to develop a values-centered leadership perspective and philosophy.
  • To create effective team players through understanding of team dynamics, development, and applications to enhance success as leaders and managers.
  • To improve and enhance students’ understanding of business fundamentals through the application of theories in practical business settings.
  • To advance and enrich students’ ability to communicate successfully by refining their ability to communicate orally and effectively create professional written documents.

A typical class size of 27 students fosters an in-class atmosphere of seminarstyle group dynamics. The community environment encourages collaborative learning. Team assignments are used extensively in most classes to expand the collaborative learning environment, train individuals to function in today’s environment, and encourage student contribution and participation in each other’s education. The academic experience begins with a required orientation at the Drescher Graduate Campus, Malibu. This orientation, designed specifically for full-time students, provides program information and introduces business challenges that will be faced during the course of study.

Entering students are enrolled in BSCI 650 Personal and Leadership Development Workshop , which is designed to provide the skill and experience base for the formation and management of teams in the full-time programs. The workshop is a residential experience, and participants are required to stay at the facility for two nights. This course is graded credit or no credit.

The academic calendar contains three 15-week trimesters (fall, spring, and summer), each divided into two equal sessions. Students typically enroll in 16 units per trimester using a combination of 2- and 4-unit courses in each session. Class format is a four-hour weekly meeting throughout each session. The intensive curriculum requires a minimum of three trimesters depending on applicable business experience and undergraduate course work.

All students in the full-time programs are members of the Malibu Graduate Business Society. This student organization provides a collective voice in program affairs, works closely with school administration and faculty, and increases student exposure to the practical business environment. Officers are elected at the end of the spring trimester and serve the ensuing three trimesters. An activity fee of $40 per trimester, applied to each student’s account, provides funding for this student-run organization.

Global Business Requirement

All FTMBA students must complete at least 2 units of global business course work by satisfying one of the following options:

  1. A one-week, 2-unit Global Business Intensive course hosted by partner schools abroad, led by a Graziadio School faculty member.
  2. One trimester Study Abroad at a global partner business school.
  3. Summer school opportunities at a global partner business school.
  4. GSBM 694A Going Global with Graziadio (G3): Global Business Development Practicum I (1)  and  GSBM 694B Going Global with Graziadio (G3): Global Business Development Practicum II (1) .
  5. An appropriately scoped Global Business Directed Instruction project.
  6. Complete one of the following courses with a grade of at least a “B- 
    1. FINC 667 Global Capital Markets and Institutions (4)  
    2. ISTM 664 Business Process Analysis and Innovation (2)  
    3. ISTM 665 Digital Innovation and Strategic Transformation (2)  
    4. MKTG 671 Global Marketing (2)  
    5. MKTG 680 Global Brand Management (4)  
    6. OTMT 671 Cross-Cultural Management (2)  

Admission Requirements for the Full-Time Graduate Programs

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Admission Requirements

The Full-Time MBA application process is intended to ensure a good fit between the program’s objectives and the applicant’s experience, qualifications, and potential. Admission decisions consider previous grade point average, work experience, and test scores, among other factors. Each applicant is assessed in a holistic way; no single criterion controls the admission decision.

To be considered eligible for admission to the Full Time MBA program, a student must have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college/university or foreign institution. International academic institutions must be accredited by the ministry of education or accrediting bodies from their respective countries.

  1. A completed online Application for Admission with a specified essay, resume and the nonrefundable application fee must be submitted electronically to the Graziadio School Admission Office. The application fee is waived for Five-Year BS/MBA or BS/IMBA applicants.
  2. An official transcript with your posted baccalaureate degree must be provided.  All transcripts reflecting in-progress and/or completed coursework toward your undergraduate degree(s) must be submitted to the Graziadio School Admission Office. The official transcript(s) must be issued by the school Registrar(s) and provided in a sealed envelope.  If you have not completed your baccalaureate degree at the time of application, submit a current transcript.
  3. A Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years is required. The GMAT is waived for Five-Year BS/MBA or BS/IMBA students.
  4. Applicants who completed coursework outside of the United States or are not United States citizens/permanent residents must also meet the international student admission requirements listed in the Admission Information section of the catalog.  
12-Month Full-Time MBA

Admission into the 12-month MBA is granted to applicants with at least three years’ work experience plus college credit in the following prerequisite courses: financial accounting, managerial accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistical methods, finance (upper division), and marketing (upper division).

15-Month Full-Time MBA

Admission into the 15-month MBA is granted to applicants with at least three years’ work experience who lack the prerequisite course work to qualify for the 12-month program

20-Month Full-Time MBA 

Admission into the 20-month MBA is granted to applicants who lack sufficient work experience and/or the prerequisite course work to qualify for the 12-month or 15-month program.

IMBA

Admission into the IMBA is granted to applicants with qualifications similar to those of the 20-month MBA applicant.

JD/MBA

Admission into the JD/MBA is granted to applicants with identical qualifications as the 20-month Full-Time MBA requirement and concurrent admission to or enrollment in the School of Law.

MBA/MPP

Admission into the MBA/MPP is granted to applicants with identical qualifications as the 20-month Full-Time MBA requirement and concurrent admission to or enrollment in the School of Public Policy.

Five-Year BS/MBA or BS/IMBA

Admission to the Five-Year BS/MBA or BS/IMBA is granted to students in their junior year at the Seaver College Business Division, Pepperdine University. All Five-Year applicants are required to receive approval from Seaver College prior to applying to the Graziadio School. They must also show intention to complete Seaver College requirements prior to admission.

Master of Science (MS) Programs Admission Requirements

The Full-Time MS application process is intended to ensure a good fit between the program’s objectives and the applicant’s experience, qualifications, and potential. Admission decisions consider previous grade point average, work experience, and test scores, among other factors as required. Each applicant is assessed in a holistic way; no single criterion controls the admission decision.

To be considered eligible for admission to the Full Time MS program, an applicant must have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college/university or foreign institution. International academic institutions must be accredited by the ministry of education or accrediting bodies from their respective countries.

Admission into the MS in Applied Analytics (MSAA), MS in Applied Finance (MSAF), MS in Global Business (MSGB), MS in Human Resources (MSHR), or MS in Real Estate (MSRE) programs is granted to students with recent undergraduate degrees and limited or no work experience.

  1. A completed online Application for Admission with a specified essay, resume and the nonrefundable application fee must be submitted electronically to the Graziadio School Admission Office.  
  2. An official transcript with your posted baccalaureate degree must be provided.  All transcripts reflecting in-progress and/or completed coursework toward your undergraduate degree(s) must be submitted to the Graziadio School Admission Office. The official transcript(s) must be issued by the school Registrar(s) and provided in a sealed envelope.  If you have not completed your baccalaureate degree at the time of application, submit a current transcript.
  3. A Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years is required. The GMAT or GRE score requirement is waived for the MSGB, MSHR and MSRE programs.
  4. Applicants who completed coursework outside of the United States or are not United States citizens/permanent residents must also meet the international student admission requirements listed in the Admission Information section of the catalog.

Notification of Admission

The Admission Office will inform the applicant of the status of the application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide all required admission documents by published deadlines.

Admission to Pepperdine University will not be considered final until the admission file is complete even when acceptance to the program may allow a 45 day enrollment as an unclassified student.  Students will not be allowed to continue beyond the first term until all official documents have been received.  Credits earned while on unclassified status do not guarantee student’s admission. Admission will be confirmed by a letter from the associate dean.

Financial Aid Policies

Financial aid is available to qualified students enrolled in the Full-Time Program. Students may apply for scholarships and loans administered by the Graziadio School by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Awarded scholarships and approved loans are applied only to the trimester for which they are granted; students must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for most of the financial aid programs. Scholarships are program-specific and not automatically applied if a student changes programs after enrollment. Scholarship recipients are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average for the award to be continued in future trimesters. Additional information regarding the policies governing awards and loans may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Information regarding all financial aid programs administered by the University may be found in the section of this catalog entitled “Financial Aid .”

Course Loads, Transfer of Graduate Credit, and Waiver of Courses

The full-time graduate programs are designed for full-time students only. Each student enrolls for a full course load (16 units) each trimester. A student may move ahead in the curriculum based upon one or both of the following options:

  • Successful transfer of courses from other graduate programs.
  • Waiver of core courses through prior accepted course work and passing placement exam.

For more information about waiver exams, please visit community.pepperdine.edu/graziadio/fulltime/incoming/academicprep/coursewaivers.

Students who satisfy one or both of these options may enroll in additional electives during their last two trimesters or may elect to take a lighter load during their last trimester only. In instances where schedule conflicts prevent the student’s enrolling for a full load, the program director may elect to grant an exception to this policy. Overloads in excess of 18 units per trimester must be approved by the program director.

At the time of application to the program, students may petition to transfer up to two graduate-level courses taken at AACSB and regionally accredited colleges or universities into the full-time graduate programs. The petition must include course descriptions, syllabi, and other material to assist the Graziadio School’s Program Committee in determining whether the proposed transfer is an appropriate substitution for the course. With the approval of the appropriate faculty and department chairperson, the director of full-time program administration will present the petition to the Graziadio School’s Program Committee for review.

Transferred courses must have been taken within the past five years. Only courses in which grades of “B” or better were earned will be accepted. Accepted transfer courses are shown on the transcript as “credit” only and are not counted in the cumulative grade point average.

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence may be granted during a student’s course of study. A letter or an e-mail from the student’s Pepperdine e-mail account must be submitted to the Program Office indicating the reason for the leave and the projected time of return. Students may be granted a leave of absence for up to one year. If a student requires a leave of absence longer than one year, the student must petition the Program Committee. For information regarding the submission of this petition, contact an academic advisor. International students in F-1 visa status must obtain clearance from the Office of International Student Services before taking a leave of absence.

Standards and Measurements of Achievement for Full-Time Graduate Students

The set of achievement measures appropriate for the type of content and course objectives varies by course in the curriculum. Each course syllabus outlines the expected standards of achievement and method of measurement for that course. To graduate, students must, as defined below, satisfactorily complete the curriculum and attend all workshops.

Ordinarily, the maximum time for completion of the degree is five trimesters. If additional time is needed, students must submit a written request to the Full-Time Graduate Program Committee.

A student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 throughout the program. All the course grades assigned in the program are entered on the student’s official transcript and count toward the cumulative grade point average.

A required course in which a grade lower than “C-” is earned must be repeated. Upon approval of the Full-Time Graduate Program Committee, courses with grades lower than “B” may be repeated. However, a course may be repeated only once. In cases where a course has been repeated, both course grades earned remain on the transcript and count toward the cumulative grade point average.

Students’ academic records are reviewed at the end of each grading period. If a student’s grade point average falls below 3.0, the student is placed on academic probation. Students placed on academic probation shall be informed of any conditions for removing the probationary status. The Program Committee reviews the status of students who are on academic probation on a case-by-case basis.

Students planning to study abroad for a term must maintain a 3.0 grade point average throughout the program. Students on academic probation are ineligible to study abroad. Students in the study abroad, IMBA, or MSGB programs enrolled at partner schools must achieve a “B” or better in all courses to receive credit for the course. Should a student earn a grade below “B,” the student must complete additional electives on campus upon returning from the assignment abroad.

Because students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to graduate from the full-time programs, attention to the grade point average is of concern throughout the student’s enrollment.

A student is subject to academic discipline and/or dismissal for any of the following deficiencies:

  • Failure to earn at least a 3.0 grade point average in the first trimester of enrollment.
  • Failure to achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Failure to earn at least a 3.0 grade point average during a trimester in which the student is on probation.
  • Failure to earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in more than one trimester.
  • Failure to raise a deficit grade point average to a 3.0 overall average within the time period specified by the University.
  • Failure to earn grades higher than “C+” in two or more courses.
  • Making a grade lower than a “C.”

Program Requirements

Programs

Certificate

Graduate Degree Program

Joint Degree Program