Jul 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Graziadio Academic Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graziadio Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Full-Time Programs



Full-Time Graduate Program Offerings

The full-time graduate programs feature a portfolio of degree options focusing on various aspects of business and management, both domestically and globally. Students gain conceptual and analytical skills while applying theoretical concepts to authentic management situations. Degree requirements and features vary by program, depending on intended audience, undergraduate background, and applicable business experience.

The fall trimester marks the standard start term for all full-time programs. Some Master of Science programs offer a second start term in the spring. Specific program information are provided in subsequent sections. Classes for full-time degree programs are generally held at the main University campus in Malibu.

The annual academic calendar consists of three terms - fall, spring, and summer. The academic terms primarily consist of courses that span 7 weeks, 11 weeks, and 14 weeks modules. A typical full-time course load per term entails 12-16 units, comprised of courses that range from 0 to 4 in unit value. Due to the intensive nature of the curricula, full-time degree programs require a minimum of three trimesters to be completed.

A typical class size of 25 students fosters an in-class atmosphere of seminar style 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 pre-arrival module that is completed asychronously and a virtual new student orientation. These elements are designed to prepare students for the start of their academic journey and introduce key resources and opportunities that are available during the course of the program. Additionally, all new students are enrolled in BSCI 650 Personal and Leadership Development Workshop (1) , which is designed to promote a cohesive learning environment and establish a strong foundation for interpersonal communication, personal ethics and values, and team development. This course is graded credit or no credit.

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 eligible to apply to the Full Time MBA program, a student must have an undergraduate degree from an 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, personal statement/essay, resume, and the nonrefundable application fee must be submitted electronically to the Graziadio Business School Admission Office. 
  2. An official transcript must be provided for each college or university previously attended. All transcripts reflecting in-progress and/or completed coursework must be submitted to the Graziadio Business School Admission Office. The official transcript(s) must be issued electronically by the Registrar’s secured transcript provider or issued by the Registrar 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. Waiver eligibility criteria is available in the Entrance/Diagnostic Test Scores section of the Admission website
  4. An interview by invitation
  5. 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 of 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).

20-Month Full-Time MBA 

Admission into the 20-month MBA is granted to applicants who don’t meet the qualifications for the 12-month program.

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

Admission to the Five-Year BS/MBA program 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. Effective academic year 2023-24, this program will be phased out and no longer accept applications. 

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 Finance (MSAF), MS in Business (MSB), MS in Business Analytics (MSBA), MS in Global Business (MSGB), 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, personal statement/essay, resume, and the nonrefundable application fee must be submitted electronically to the Graziadio Business School Admission Office.  
  2. An official transcript must be provided for each college or university previously attended. All transcripts reflecting in-progress and/or completed coursework must be submitted to the Graziadio Business School Admission Office. The official transcript(s) must be issued electronically by the Registrar’s secured transcript provider or issued by the Registrar 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 optional for MS 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 Decision 

Applicants will be officially notified of their application decision via e-mail by the Graziadio Business School Admission Office. All other communication a candidate may have regarding his/her admission status will be considered unofficial and be superseded by the official notification. Admitted applicants will be required to submit non-refundable enrollment deposit in the amount of $1000 to reserve a place in the program. The deposit will be applied toward tuition expenses in the first term of the program.

Details of the Notification of Admission Decision are provided in the  Admission Information  section of the catalog.

Course Waivers 

Seaver College Alumni Course Waiver

Alumni of Seaver College who are admitted to a full-time program are eligible to waive, upon the approval, up to three courses in the program. However, there may be certain course requirements for the degree that may not be waived as outlined below. 

To be considered for a course waiver:

  • Courses must have been taken within five years prior to the student’s start of enrollment in the program at the Graziadio School

  • Courses must be upper-division units and exceed the units of the graduate course under consideration. A general rule is two upper-division undergraduate courses equate to one graduate level course. For example, a minimum of two 3-units of upper-division, semester accounting courses at Seaver would equal one 3-unit graduate accounting course at PGBS. 

  • Courses in which grades of “B+” or better were earned will be accepted

The waiver of courses would not reduce the unit requirement of the program. Instead, these waived courses/units have to be replaced with elective courses/units.

Course waiver requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Requests for the consideration must be submitted in writing to the Program Office prior to the first trimester of enrollment and accompanied by the following:

  • Syllabus and catalog description of the previously completed course as the basis for requesting the waiver

  • Any additional information that may be required to evaluate the equivalency of the previously taken course

Decisions regarding course waiver requests will be communicated to students in writing by the Full-Time Program Office.

Courses not eligible for a waiver: 

Full-Time MBA 

Full-Time Master of Science in Business Analytics

Master of Science in Business

Master of Science in Global Business

Master of Science in Real Estate

For the Master of Science in Applied Finance program, the courses that can be waived are ACCT 652 Accounting Information and Control Systems (4)  and DESC 656 Quantitative Analysis for Business Operations (4) . All remaining courses in the program are not eligible for consideration. 

12-Month Full-Time MBA Course Waiver

Students who have completed an undergraduate business degree from a regionally accredited institution may, upon the approval of the Program Committee, waive up to two courses in the 12-Month MBA program. However, certain course requirements for the degree, specifically BSCI 622 Personal and Career Development for Leaders (3) , BSCI 650 Personal and Leadership Development Workshop (1) , LEGL 624 Legal, Political, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues of Management (3) , OTMT 626 Designing and Leading Organizations for Sustainable Effectiveness (3)  and STGY 628 Strategic Management (3) , may not be waived. 

To be considered for a course waiver:

  • Courses must have been taken within five years prior to the student’s start of enrollment in the program at the Graziadio School
  • Courses must be upper-division units and exceed the units of the graduate course under consideration. A general rule is two upper-division undergraduate courses equate to one graduate level course. For example, a minimum of two 3-units of upper-division, semester accounting courses would equal one 4-unit graduate accounting course at PGBS. 
  • Courses in which grades of “B+” or better were earned will be accepted

The waiver of courses would not reduce the unit requirement of the program. Instead, the waived courses/units have to be replaced with elective courses/units.

Course waiver requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Requests for the consideration must be submitted in writing to the Program Office prior to the first trimester of enrollment and accompanied by the following:

  • Syllabus and catalog description of the previously completed course as the basis for requesting the waiver
  • Official transcript from the institution at which the course was taken, indicating successful completion
  • Any additional information that may be required to evaluate the equivalency of the previously taken course

Decisions regarding course waiver requests will be communicated to students in writing by the Full-Time Program Office.

Transfer of Graduate Credit

Students who have completed equivalent graduate-level courses at other AACSB and regionally accredited institutions may, upon the approval, transfer up to two courses into a full-time program. However, there may be certain course requirements for the degree that may not be satisfied through transfer credit as outlined below. 

To be considered for a transfer:

  • Courses must have been taken within five years prior to the student’s start of enrollment in the full-time program at the Graziadio School
  • Courses in which grades of “B+” or better were earned will be accepted

Accepted transfer courses appear on the student’s Pepperdine transcript as “credit” only and are not factored into the cumulative grade point average.

Transfer credit requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Requests for the consideration must be submitted in writing to the Program Office prior to the first trimester of enrollment and accompanied by the following:

  • Syllabus and catalog description of the previously taken course as the basis for requesting the transfer
  • Official transcript from the institution at which the course was taken, indicating successful completion
  • Any other information that may be required to evaluate the equivalency of the previously taken course

Decisions regarding transfer credit requests will be communicated to students in writing by the Full-Time Program Office.

Courses not eligible for transfer credit:

Full-Time MBA 

Full-Time Master of Science in Business Analytics

Master of Science in Business

Master of Science in Global Business

Master of Science in Real Estate

For the Master of Science in Applied Finance program, the courses that can be transferred for credit ​are ACCT 652 Accounting Information and Control Systems (4)  and DESC 656 Quantitative Analysis for Business Operations (4) . All remaining courses in the program are not eligible for consideration. 

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence may be granted during a student’s course of study. A letter or email from the student’s Pepperdine email account must be submitted to the Program Office, indicating the reason for the intended leave and the expected re-enrollment term. The maximum allowance of a leave of absence is one year. Any requests that exceed this allowance will require an exception by the Program Office. Prior to requesting a leave of absence, students should consult with their designated academic advisor regarding the potential impact on their degree completion plan. International students in F-1 visa status must additionally obtain clearance from the Office of International Student Services.

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