Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Graziadio Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Graziadio Academic Catalog

Part-Time Programs


Admission Requirements for the Part-Time Programs

Graduate Degree Programs

The admission process is designed to ensure consistency, equity, and integrity in the evaluation of each applicant.  Application requirements are established to provide the Admission Committee the pertinent information needed to make a thoughtful determination regarding candidates’ readiness and suitability for the program to which they have applied. The admission review process is holistic in nature, taking into consideration the full range of academic, personal, and professional backgrounds and attributes of each applicant. 

As a minimum eligibility requirement for Pepperdine Graziadio graduate degree programs, candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited  U.S. college or university or the foreign equivalent.  Non-U.S. academic institutions must be accredited by the ministry of education or accrediting bodies from their respective countries.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Admission Requirements

Part-Time MBA (Hybrid)
  1. A completed Application for Admission and a nonrefundable application fee must be submitted electronically to the Graziadio Business School Admission Office by the established deadline.
  2. The application must be accompanied by a professional resume and an essay/personal statement responding to a specified prompt.
  3. An official transcript 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.  
  4. Applicants are generally expected to have two or more years of full-time professional work experience. Other experiences such as military service, entrepreneurial ventures, or internships with substantial responsibility may be considered as comparable alternatives by the Admission Committee. 
  5. Applicants who completed academic work outside 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.


Supplemental Materials (Optional)

  1. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be submitted as additional evidence of intellectual aptitude and will be considered for enhanced scholarship consideration. Test scores are considered valid and acceptable for exams taken no more than 5 years prior to the application term.  
  2. Applicants are welcome to provide a letter of recommendation in support of their candidacy for the program. A letter of recommendation is especially encouraged for applicants with fewer than 2 years of full-time professional experience.

BSM-to-MBA Pathway Program

Eligibility Requirements for the Part-Time MBA (Hybrid) Pathway Program

Candidates must meet the following criteria to be deemed eligible for admission to the Part-Time MBA Pathway Program: 

  1. Graduated from the Graziadio School BSM Program within five years of intended start term


Current BSM student with a minimum of 40 units completed in the program

  1. Attained a minimum Program grade point average of 3.0 upon completion of the BSM degree
  2. Minimum of two years of professional work experience


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 $250 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.


Leave of Absence

A leave of absence (LOA) may be granted during a student’s course of study. A letter or e-mail from the student’s Pepperdine e-mail account must be submitted to the Part-Time Program Office, indicating the reason for the leave and the expected term in which the student will return. An LOA may be granted for no more than two consecutive trimesters. If the LOA is expected to exceed two consecutive trimesters, the student must submit a petition for review by the Program Committee. Inquiries pertaining to LOA’s may be directed to a program advisor in the Part-Time Program Office. International students in F-1 visa status must obtain clearance from the Office of International Student Services before taking a leave of absence.

Program Requirements

Each program has a differentiated curriculum design with a specific set of courses to meet its degree requirements. Students enrolled in a program that is billed per-unit tuition may not enroll in courses that do not meet or exceed the degree completion requirements as outlined in the catalog. Therefore, students are expected to complete their coursework in the program plan and modality they had chosen upon program entrance. Under compelling and verifiable circumstances, students may request to complete a course in a different program or modality that is deemed to be equivalent to a course in the student’s program requirement. Please note cross enrollment in a course offered for a different program may result in an increased tuition cost and permanent modification of a student’s program plan. Prior to the formal submission of the request, students should consult with their advisor to understand the potential impact of completing the requested course on their overall program cost and completion plan. The request should be directed to the Program Office and supporting documentation is required. Approval is not guaranteed. 


Master of Business Administration