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2014-2015 Graziadio Academic Catalog 
2014-2015 Graziadio Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Mission and Affirmation Statements

Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.

As a Christian university, Pepperdine affirms:

That God is

That God is revealed uniquely in Christ

That the educational process may not, with impunity, be divorced from the divine process

That the student, as a person of infinite dignity, is the heart of the educational enterprise

That the quality of student life is a valid concern of the University

That truth, having nothing to fear from investigation, should be pursued relentlessly in every discipline

That spiritual commitment, tolerating no excuse for mediocrity, demands the highest standards of academic excellence

That freedom, whether spiritual, intellectual, or economic, is indivisible

That knowledge calls, ultimately, for a life of service

President’s Message

I would venture that the benefits of an excellent education are among the few constants in this century of change and challenge. And at Pepperdine University, I feel confident in asserting that the benefit of a faith-inspired education, one which affirms the importance of quality, student-centered teaching and the value of your own spiritual journey, will prepare you abundantly for the career and life to which you aspire.

Pepperdine has a glorious history and a founder who believed not just in the young people who arrived and enrolled in 1937 in South Los Angeles, but in you. Beyond our nearly 7,300 students in five colleges, our community embraces more than 100,000 alumni around the globe, international campuses that will transform your life and worldview in the course of a semester or academic year, national-championship athletics, and a heart for service that beats devotedly on six continents through selfless acts and outstretched hands.

As you consider the part you will play in society and the career you hope to pursue, weigh carefully your college choice and the investment a university like Pepperdine is determined to make in you. It is our responsibility to afford you every opportunity to master the skills of critical thinking and discover your calling, with access to faculty-distinguished in their disciplines and professions-in an environment that is equipped for learning; indeed, one that is enabling, nurturing, and safe.

Welcome to Pepperdine, a distinctively different university. We pledge to prepare you well for a life of purpose, service, and leadership, if you will let us.

Andrew K. Benton

Dean’s Message

Congratulations on your decision to return to school to earn your business degree. In choosing Pepperdine University, we believe you’ve made the smart business decision.

We believe your success begins with a degree that fosters both responsible leaders and responsible business practices. We affirm a higher purpose for business practice than the exclusive pursuit of shareholder wealth. Our curriculum gives you a deeper understanding of your own values, so that you in turn may make decisions that better reflect your unique leadership style. By helping you to successfully anchor those decisions in the core values of integrity, stewardship, courage, and compassion, we prepare you for the challenges of life and business as a values-centered leader.

What’s more, our programs are practical and relevant, so that you may see immediate results in yourself and your organization. Through faculty well versed in business issues, as well as colleagues who share similar work experience, you will leave the program better prepared to anticipate and lead change at all levels.

Also, you will have the opportunity to build a lifelong network with the colleagues you meet in class. Pepperdine students come from a variety of professional, cultural, and educational backgrounds. They are employed in more than 300 companies representing virtually every industry-companies such as Bank of America, Boeing, Cisco, Kaiser Permanente, Mattel, Neutrogena, Toyota, and Warner Bros., to name a few. All students have been selected based on their accomplishments and their ability to contribute to the learning of their fellow classmates.

As a Graziadio School student, you will be joining a prestigious institution that has been serving the needs of the working business professional for four decades. We understand the challenges you face, and we are dedicated to helping you reach this important milestone in your career through education that is entrepreneurial in spirit, ethical in focus, and global in orientation.

Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.

History of the University

Pepperdine University is an independent, medium-sized university enrolling approximately 7,300 students in five colleges and schools. Seaver College, the School of Law, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, the Graziadio School of Business and Management, and the School of Public Policy are located on the University’s 830-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu. Courses are taught in Malibu, at four graduate campuses in Southern California, and at international campuses in Germany, England, Italy, Argentina, Switzerland, and China.

The University was founded in 1937 by Mr. George Pepperdine, a Christian businessman who started the Western Auto Supply Company. For the first 30 years of its life, the institution was a small, mostly undergraduate college.
University status was achieved in 1970 as the institution added graduate and professional schools. In 1972 the University opened its new campus at Malibu.

Pepperdine University is religiously affiliated with Churches of Christ, of which Mr. Pepperdine was a lifelong member. Faculty, administrators, and members of the Board of Regents represent many religious backgrounds, and
students of all races and faiths are welcomed. It is the purpose of Pepperdine University to pursue the very highest academic standards within a context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith.

Colleges and Schools of the University

Seaver College is the University’s residential college of letters, arts, and sciences, enrolling approximately 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students who are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic excellence and personal conduct. An interdisciplinary curriculum requires each student to develop as a broadly educated person. Seaver College offers 43 bachelor’s degrees and eight master’s degrees in diverse fields of study.

The Graziadio School of Business and Management is one of the nation’s largest graduate business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and enrolls approximately 1,600 students in its full- and part-time programs. Founded in 1969, the school is named for its benefactor, the late cofounder, chair, and chief executive officer of Imperial Bancorp, George L. Graziadio. Its mission is to develop values-centered leaders and advance responsible business practice. Degrees granted by the Graziadio School include the Master of Business Administration (MBA) for full-time students, working professionals, and high-level executives; the International Master of Business Administration (IMBA); the Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD); the Master of Science in Management and Leadership (MSML); the Master of Science in Global Business (MSGB); the Master of Science in Applied Finance (MSAF); the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship (MSEN); and the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM). Special programs include a joint BSM and MBA program; joint degrees with Pepperdine University’s School of Law (JD/MBA), School of Public Policy (MBA/MPP), and Seaver College (BS/MBA, BS/IMBA, or MS in Accounting); and certificate executive education programs that can be customized to meet an organization’s specific learning needs. Degree programs are offered at the Graziadio School’s headquarters located at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus; the Drescher Graduate Campus in Malibu; and additional graduate campuses located throughout Southern California including Encino, Irvine, and Westlake Village. The Executive MBA program also is available in Northern California.

The School of Public Policy (SPP) enrolls approximately 100 students and offers the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree built on a distinctive philosophy of nurturing leaders to use the tools of analysis and policy design to effect successful implementation and real change. This requires critical insights balanced with personal moral certainties that only a broad exposure to great ideas, courageous thinkers, and extraordinary leaders can encourage. It prepares graduates for careers as leaders and seeks also to strengthen the institutions that lie between the federal government and the individual, including the family, religious organizations, volunteer associations, local and regional government, and nonprofit organizations. Joint degree programs include the MPP/JD degree and the MPP/MDR degree in conjunction with the School of Law and the MPP/MBA degree in conjunction with the Graziadio School of Business and Management. The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership educates, researches, and promotes to current and future public leaders the engagement of the greater public in making crucial local policy decisions. Along with current students, the institute works outside the classroom, training current municipal and civic leaders through regional seminars in skills development on issues ranging from participatory budgeting to planning.

The School of Law provides an excellent legal education within a values-centered context. It has an enrollment of approximately 700 full-time students. Special programs include international law study semesters in London and Copenhagen, the Pepperdine-Union Rescue Mission Legal Clinic, the Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law, and the internationally-acclaimed Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. The Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics and the Special Education Advocacy Clinic contribute to the law school’s distinctive approach to legal education. Approved by the American Bar Association and holding membership in the Association of American Law Schools and the Order of the Coif, the School of Law attracts students from throughout the nation. The Graduate School of Education and Psychology enrolls approximately 1,600 students. With its main headquarters located at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, the Graduate School also offers select programs at graduate campuses in Malibu, Irvine, Encino, and Westlake Village, as well as online.

The Graduate School of Education and Psychology enrolls approximately 1,600 students. With its main headquarters located at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, the Graduate School also offers select programs at graduate campuses in Malibu, Irvine, Encino, and Westlake Village as well as online. The Graduate School of Education and Psychology offers master’s and doctoral programs in education and psychology which are founded on the scholar-practitioner model. The education programs prepare leaders in technological innovation and collaborative learning environments as well as those who create vision and manage change in business, health, and other social service professions. Students in the psychology programs are educated in current and emerging human-service fields, including clinical psychology and marriage and family therapy. Emphasis is placed on the practitioner-scholar model of learning, with emphasis on discovery, scholarship, research, and clinical application. In conjunction with an excellent professional education, students are provided with personal attention in a Christian, values-centered context.

University Code of Ethics


Pepperdine University is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values. Members of the Pepperdine University community-faculty, staff, students, administrators, members of the Board of Regents, members of the University’s advisory boards, and volunteers-are responsible for maintaining the standards of the institution and of the various communities in which they live. We value integrity, honesty, and fairness and strive to integrate these values into our daily practices.

Our ethical expectations are found in Holy Scripture, the University Mission Statement, the founding vision of George Pepperdine, and the University Affirmation Statement. Holy Scripture provides the ultimate source for our ethical standards, including the two great commands taught by Jesus: the duty to love God and love one’s neighbor as one’s self (Matthew 22:37-40).

In this spirit, we commit ourselves to the highest standards of ethical conduct. We act with integrity, we treat others with respect and dignity, we carefully steward the University’s resources, we avoid conflicts of interest or commitment, we maintain confidentiality, and we comply with legal and professional obligations. We are individually accountable for our own actions, and we are collectively accountable for upholding these standards of behavior and complying with all applicable laws, policies, standards, and regulations. While human and therefore fallible, we constantly strive to meet our ethical expectations. Moreover, because the Pepperdine community is composed of many distinct constituencies, we understand that, beyond the general ethical principles outlined in this document, we may be subject to additional rules of conduct specific to our respective roles within the community.

Acting with Integrity

We seek to be people who are honorable, forthright, and upright at all times. Our commitment to integrity demands more than mere satisfaction of legal and ethical obligations, although we comply with the law and conform to the highest standards of ethical conduct. Our commitment to integrity means that we actively discern what is right from what is wrong, that what we do flows directly from who we are, that we seek consistency between our inner self and our outward conduct. We value people, we speak the truth, we have the courage of our convictions, and we keep our commitments. We do not condone any form of dishonesty-such as fraud, theft, cheating, or plagiarism-as described more specifically in student, faculty, and staff handbooks and policies.

Treating Others with Respect and Dignity

Members of the community are committed to principles of equality and fairness. We follow the profound truth found in the Golden Rule, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12).

We do not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. Consistent with our affiliation with Churches of Christ and our faith heritage, we do seek to hire and promote persons who support the goals and mission of the University, including, but not limited to, those who are members of Churches of Christ.

We respect the inherent worth of each member of the community. We do not engage in any forms of harassment of others. Those in positions of authority, including administrators, supervisors, faculty members, and student leaders, exercise their authority fairly and appropriately.

Other expectations about how we treat others with respect and dignity can be found in University policies and in each school’s faculty and student handbooks.

Stewarding the University’s Resources

We are good stewards of the University resources entrusted to us, and we prepare accurate and clear reports about those resources. University resources are reserved for business purposes on behalf of the University. We exercise reasonable judgment in the use of University resources, acting with care and prudence. We do not use University resources for personal gain.

We prepare correct and clear financial records and research reports. All entries in University books and accounts accurately reflect each transaction. In reporting on the University’s resources, we do not hide, conceal, or mislead; and we promptly report such misconduct when it is discovered.

Avoiding Conflicts of Interest and Commitment

We do not have direct or indirect interests or commitments, financial or otherwise, which conflict with the proper discharge of our duties to the University. The primary professional allegiance of all full-time employees lies with Pepperdine University and the advancement of its mission. We do not solicit or accept any gift, service, or favor that might reasonably influence the discharge of our duties or that we know or should know is being offered with the intent to influence our official conduct. We do not accept other employment or engage in business or professional activities outside of the University when such work might reasonably cause real or apparent conflicts of interest or conflicts of commitment. We do not transact business in our official capacity with any business entity of which we are an officer, agent, or member or in which we own a substantial interest without the explicit prior knowledge and approval of the appropriate senior University officer. We disclose potential conflicts of interest to the appropriate supervisor or officer as soon as possible after we realize that a conflict may have arisen. Additional information is located in the University conflicts of interest policy.

Maintaining Confidentiality

We observe and respect the confidentiality rights of all other members of the community, and this duty continues even after we are no longer affiliated with the University. This right of confidentiality applies to all academic, financial, health-related, personnel, or other non-public information protected either by law or by University policy. However, the right does not preclude the consensual release of information or the disclosure of information within the University when there is a legitimate need for its disclosure. E-mail or other uses of the University’s computers or computer network are for business purposes and are not presumed confidential. Additional information is located in the University’s Computer and Network Responsible Usage Policy.

Complying with Legal and Professional Obligations

We comply with all state and federal laws and conform to the highest standards of professional conduct. We transact University business in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and University policies and procedures. We do not misrepresent our status or authority in our dealings with others. To the extent that we belong to professions that are governed by standards specific to the profession (such as attorneys, psychologists, or certified public accountants), we adhere to such professional standards. We conduct ourselves in accordance with professional principles for scholarly work, including upholding academic codes of conduct and professional standards for research.

Reporting Violations of the Code

In order to maintain the integrity of the community, we report observed or suspected violations of this code of ethics with a spirit of fairness, honesty, and respect for the rights of others. Those who report alleged misconduct and those against whom allegations are reported are afforded all rights provided by University policies as well as all applicable state and federal laws. Those who are found to have violated this code will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion, termination of employment, or termination of relationship. Information about reporting violations of this code may be found in the University policy “How to Report a Violation of the Code of Ethics.”


We are governed by an ethos of care and respect, virtues that transcend the provisions of this code. We are called to something greater and nobler than mere compliance with the law or a written code of ethics. We are called “to live a life worthy of the calling [we] have received … , bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:1-2). We are called to “dedicate ourselves anew to the great cause of beautiful Christian living” (George Pepperdine’s Dedicatory Address). We are called, ultimately, to lives of service (University Affirmation Statement). As the University motto instructs us: “Freely ye received, freely give.”

The Graziadio School of Business and Management Mission Statement

The mission of the Graziadio School of Business and Management is to develop values-centered leaders and advance responsible business practice through education that is entrepreneurial in spirit, ethical in focus, and global in orientation.

As a professional school growing out of the tradition of a Christian university, we seek to positively impact both the society at large and the organizations and communities in which our students and graduates are members. Therefore, we affirm a higher purpose for business practice than the exclusive pursuit of shareholder wealth. We believe that successful management seeks collective good along with individual profit and is anchored in core values such as integrity, stewardship, courage, and compassion.

History of the Graziadio School of Business and Management

Established in 1969, the Pepperdine University School of Business and Management was one of the first schools in the nation, and the only one in Southern California, to design business programs specifically to meet the education needs of mid-career professionals and executives. Pepperdine’s innovative model focuses on practical business application in small interactive classes offered in face-to-face, blended, and online formats.

Over the course of its 44-year history, the business school has been shaped by its entrepreneurial heritage. George Pepperdine, who established the University, was a successful businessman who founded Western Auto Supply. In 1996 Pepperdine’s business school was named the Graziadio School of Business and Management in honor of a generous endowment by entrepreneur and philanthropist George L. Graziadio, Jr., and his wife, Reva. The late Mr. Graziadio was the cofounder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Imperial Bancorp.

Today the Graziadio School is one of the nation’s largest AACSB-accredited business schools and boasts an alumni network of almost 35,000 business professionals worldwide. It has expanded its programs to provide education customized for individuals at every stage of professional development. The school offers five Master of Business Administration curricula designed to complement the business experience of full-time students, fully employed professionals, and executives. Additional degree programs include the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA); the Master of Science in Applied Finance (MSAF); the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship (MSEN); the Master of Science in Global Business (MSGB); the Master of Science in Management and Leadership (MSML); the Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD); and the Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM), which provides the upper-division courses to complete an undergraduate degree. Joint degree programs are offered with the School of Law, the School of Public Policy, and Seaver College; and certificate executive education programs also are available.


The Graziadio School is accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602-5730, (813) 769-6500. Additionally, Pepperdine University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, California 94501, (510) 748-9001.

Learning Objectives and Teaching Philosophy

The Graziadio School focuses on the professional and personal development of business professionals, managers, and senior executives. The school’s programs prepare individuals for leadership positions in a wide variety of industrial, educational, nonprofit, and other service organizations. The school views leadership as being applicable at all levels of the organization that require management and stewardship of resources toward the accomplishment of stated objectives.

Programs are organized from an integrated, interdisciplinary perspective. Individual courses emphasize themes of leadership, ethics, stewardship, entrepreneurship, globalization, and innovation. Teaching and learning methodologies include lectures, case analyses, group discussion and debate, simulation exercises, student presentations, role playing, guest speakers, applied research/consulting projects, critical analyses, and team projects. A high degree of active student participation is required. Success is contingent upon students’ competency in developing and practicing effective team skills.

Objectives include (1) familiarizing students with fundamental principles drawn from relevant theories that offer practical insights and solutions for solving business and managerial problems; (2) developing proficiency in identifying and analyzing problems and relating appropriate theory to practical situations; (3) promoting attitudes and competencies of intellectual curiosity and encouraging lifelong learning beyond completion of the degree program; and (4) aiding students in recognizing and developing the initiative, imagination, creativity, ethics, values, and judgment needed to function effectively as leaders and managers in complex organizational and business situations.

The fundamental teaching philosophy of the Graziadio School is to help students grow their knowledge base and learning abilities to become economically, socially, and environmentally responsible business leaders. In summary, the school’s objective is to provide the student with enhanced competencies and values in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of contemporary business theory and practice; management roles and responsibilities; legal, social, political, economic, technological, and other environmental systems; ethics in business; and organizations, information, behavior, and other subordinate systems.
  • Personal and professional self-awareness and attitudes toward peers, team members, subordinates, associates, and superiors.
  • Skills in problem solving, planning, decision making, and other management functions; initiating, implementing, and adapting to change; communicating, both orally and in writing; improving interpersonal relations; and achieving results.

Student and Academic Services

Academic and Administrative Counseling

The Program Office serves as a main contact for students. From acceptance through graduation, Program Office personnel are available to provide counseling and assistance in all administrative and academic matters. Students on academic probation or restricted admission status may request, through their Program Office, special counseling by faculty members.

In keeping with Pepperdine’s long-standing concern for students, Program Office representatives and faculty members make a concerted effort to be available at times convenient to students and to assist in answering questions and resolving problems connected with their course of study. Students are encouraged to call their Program Office or request a personal appointment whenever they have administrative or academic questions. Program Office telephone numbers are listed in the “Graziadio School of Business and Management Administration” section of this catalog.

Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Confidential counseling and treatment are available to students who have problems related to alcohol or drugs. Details are included in the “Student Assistance ” section of the “Substance Abuse Policy .”

Alumni Relations

All graduates of Pepperdine University automatically become members of the Pepperdine University Alumni Association and Graziadio Alumni Network (GAN). Both groups promote communication and interaction among the University community of alumni, students, faculty, and staff. Benefits include access to the alumni online directory, e-mail forwarding, professional development, events, and various discount programs. Library benefits include access to particular online research databases, borrowing privileges, and in-person consulting. Volunteer opportunities are available to alumni through the Graziadio Alumni Relations Office in the areas of Alumni Council leadership, student and alumni job/internship identification, student recruitment, advancement, and engagement. In addition, the Graziadio Alumni Relations Office hosts several networking, professional, and career-related forums around the world throughout the year. These events help to advance alumni and the school and connect alumni with each other, faculty, and their local business community members and leaders. The Graziadio Alumni Network promotes networking, lifelong learning, and engagement with the University. For more information, visit bschool.pepperdine.edu/alumni.

Assistance for Students with Disabilities

It is the policy of Pepperdine University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local regulations regarding students and applicants with disabilities. Pursuant to these laws, no qualified individual with a disability shall unlawfully be denied access to or participation in any services, programs, or activities of Pepperdine University.

In carrying out this policy, the University recognizes that disabilities include mobility, sensory, health, psychological, and learning disabilities. It is the intent to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities, to the extent it is readily achievable to do so. In determining what appropriate accommodations are to be provided, the Disability Services Office (DSO) will engage in a conscientious and diligent process with the student. The University is unable, however, to make accommodations that are unduly burdensome or that fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity.

  1. Disability Defined
    A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual.
    1. Major Life Activities: The phrase “major life activities” refers to normal functions such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
    2. Physical Impairment: A physical impairment includes any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory and speech organs, cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, hemic and lymphatic, skin, and endocrine.
    3. Mental Impairment: A mental impairment includes any mental or psychological disorder such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.
    4. Learning Disabilities: A learning disability is a generic term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities. These disorders occur in persons of average to very superior intelligence and are presumed to be due to central nervous system dysfunction.
  1. Admission of Students with Disabilities
    The University will make admission decisions using criteria which do not consider an individual’s disability. Thus, the University will not impose or apply admission or eligibility criteria that screen out or tend to screen out individuals on the basis of their disability, unless such criteria are necessary for the provision of the program, service, or activity being offered. The University believes that this carries out the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

    Students with disabilities desiring to enroll in any program, service, or activity of Pepperdine University must be able to meet the minimal standards of both the University and the particular school, program, service, or activity to which admission is sought.

    The University does not engage in any affirmative action programs for students with disabilities nor does it consider a student’s disability in evaluating admission criteria. It is, of course, within the students’ discretion to inform the respective school’s Admission Committee of a disability if they wish. If this choice is made, the University will not discriminate against the student on the basis of the disability and will make reasonable accommodations, when necessary.
  1. Students Requesting Accommodations
    Students with disabilities have the responsibility of contacting the DSO as soon as possible after they have filed their intent to enroll with the University. A staff member will assist students in putting together a disability-related documentation packet for review and will set up an intake interview for students with the director in order to assess their needs. Students’ documentation should be sent to the DSO either by fax or by regular mail as soon as possible before the first semester of enrollment at Pepperdine. Accommodations will not be granted until the DSO director has reviewed the documentation and approved reasonable and appropriate accommodations. Students should not assume that the University knows any information about their disability because it was included in the Application for Admission. If students do not have documentation or if the documentation is insufficient, a DSO staff member can refer students to an appropriate professional for evaluation.
  1. Disability Verification
    Students requesting accommodations must provide documentation from a qualified professional verifying their disability. The opinions and recommendations of a qualified professional will be considered in developing a suitable accommodation plan. Temporary impairments are not commonly regarded as disabilities, and only in rare circumstances will the degree of limitation rendered by a temporary impairment be substantial enough to qualify as a disability pursuant to this policy.

    Physical and Mental Disabilities: A student with a physical disability must provide verification certified by a licensed physician, audiologist, speech pathologist, physical therapist, rehabilitation counselor, or other professional healthcare provider who is qualified in the diagnosis of the disability. The verification must reflect the student’s present level of functioning of the major life activity affected by the impairment. The cost of obtaining the professional verification shall be borne by the student.

    If the initial verification is incomplete or inadequate to determine the present extent of the disability and necessary accommodations, the University shall have the discretion to require a supplemental assessment of the disability. The cost of the supplemental assessment shall be borne by the student. If the University requires an additional assessment for purposes of obtaining a second opinion, then the University shall bear any costs not covered by any third-party payer.

    Learning Disabilities: A student with a learning disability must provide professional testing and evaluation results which reflect the individual’s present level of processing information and present achievement level. Documentation verifying the learning disability must be prepared by a professional qualified to diagnose a learning disability, including, but not limited to, a licensed physician or learning disability specialist. This documentation should be no more than three years old.
  1. Implementation of Approved Accommodations
    When the director has completed the student’s documentation review and has determined that the student’s disability has a current functional impact on the student’s academic work or the student’s participation in Pepperdine’s programs, he or she will work with the student to determine what accommodations are reasonable and appropriate for the student. The DSO staff will also assist the student with the necessary paperwork required to request services.

    Absent a significant health or safety concern, instructors are required to provide all approved accommodations. If an instructor has questions about the approved accommodations, the instructor should immediately contact the DSO. Instructors may not unilaterally make a determination as to whether the student has a disability, the extent of the student’s disability, or the appropriateness of an approved accommodation.

    If an instructor believes that the approved accommodation is unduly burdensome or would result in a fundamental alteration to an essential component of the course, the instructor may present the issue to the DSO in writing. While the issue is being considered, the instructor will continue to provide the approved accommodation, unless the DSO notifies the instructor that an alternative accommodation should be provided. A meeting with the DSO, the instructor, the student, and any other relevant individual (such as the department chair) will take place within a reasonable time period following the instructor’s notice to the DSO. The final decision regarding any changes to the approved accommodation will be achieved through an interactive process among the DSO, the instructor, the student, and any other relevant individual.

    A student may challenge any determination via the appeals process as outlined below.
  1. Appeals Procedure
    If a student is dissatisfied with the outcome of the evaluation or accommodation provided, the student may file an appeal through the current “Nonacademic Student Grievance Procedure ” found in the “Legal Notices ” section of this catalog.
  1. Students Desiring Additional Information
    Students and applicants who desire information beyond what is written in University publications may contact the Disability Services Office. If after contacting the Disability Services Office there remains a desire for additional information, students may contact the University’s equal opportunity officer.
  1. Authority
    This policy was adopted from Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C.A. § 12181 et seq. (1993), 28 C.F.R. § 36.101 et seq.; The National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, Journal of Learning Disabilities, Volume 22, Number 2, February 1987, pages 109-112; and The University of Houston Law Center Handbook for Students And Applicants With Disabilities, August, 1993.

Athletic Facilities

Students possessing valid Pepperdine student ID cards may use the fully equipped athletic facilities at the Malibu campus during specified times. These facilities include tennis courts, pool, track and field, and the gym, which contains an exercise room.

Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

The Pepperdine University chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma encourages and honors academic achievement in the study of business and personal and professional excellence in the practice of business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, the only business honor society recognized by AACSB International- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, is the highest recognition a business student can receive in an undergraduate or master’s business program accredited by AACSB. Students achieving high academic excellence will be invited to join. The first national honor society in business, founded in 1913, Beta Gamma Sigma currently has more than 650,000 members worldwide. Information on membership is available through the Program Office.


Students enrolled in the Graziadio School of Business and Management may purchase all class textbooks and materials from the bookstores located at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus or the Drescher Graduate Campus for students attending classes in Malibu. The West Los Angeles Graduate Campus bookstore provides a variety of services to ensure optimum convenience for students. Textbook orders can be placed online at www.efollett.com. The bookstores also offer a selection of office supplies, reference books, and other convenience items.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services is designed to help fully employed students in advancing their careers. It provides students with the skills and resources necessary to conduct job searches and effectively manage their careers. Services include access to online career videos, resource libraries, databases, career assessment, job postings, and career coaching. Students are encouraged to participate in networking events and professional development webinars that are offered throughout the year. To utilize resources students must register on Graziadio Talent Online (GTO) at bschool.pepperdine.edu/gto.

E-Learning and Online Resources

At the Graziadio School, e-learning and online resources are used to complement the rich, interactive, and personal classroom environment. Communication and media technologies enable students to collaborate with each other, their instructors, and industry leaders in a learning community uninhibited by distance or time just as occurs in real-world business communities. Using the Courses (powered by Sakai) learning management system, students and faculty share and track electronic documents, engage in synchronous and asynchronous online discussions and collaborations, take practice exams and quizzes, post and view grades, and more.

Using industry standard and emerging Web 2.0 desktop and application sharing with voice and video over IP (VOIP) technologies, students, faculty, and invited guests use their laptops to collaborate in “virtual teams” from class, home, and across the globe. Using classroom-based and high-quality video conferencing systems, students and faculty interactively participate in the same class session while being physically located at different campuses. Faculty also incorporate additional interactive and multimedia case studies, tutorials, and other learning modules from Harvard Business School and other top-tier developers of business content. With an unaltered goal to enhance, engage, and provide real-world experience, e-learning at the Graziadio School increasingly provides students with new learning and networking opportunities beyond the benefits reaped from traditional classroom settings.

Financial Aid Office

The Graziadio School of Business and Management Financial Aid Office is located at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus. The Financial Aid Office provides Graziadio School students with information on available financial aid and the appropriate type of aid for individual circumstances. The Financial Aid Office assists students with the required paperwork and processes financial aid applications for scholarships and grants as well as federal and private credit-based loans. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office or request a personal appointment whenever they have financial assistance questions. Financial aid information also is available online at bschool.pepperdine.edu/financialaid.

Student Health Insurance

All Pepperdine University students are required to carry health insurance. All international students are required to purchase insurance with U.S. coverage and are eligible to purchase the University Student Health Plan (SHIP). Students registered on the Malibu campus must submit an electronic waiver as proof of other coverage by the deadline date, or they will automatically be enrolled in SHIP and the student account will be charged for the premium.

Exchange students and students registered on other campuses are not required to submit the electronic waiver, and they will not be automatically enrolled in SHIP. Students who are not enrolled on the Malibu campus are not eligible for SHIP. International Exchange students are eligible to purchase SHIP.

The University requires health care coverage for the purpose of limiting undue financial and academic stress related to illnesses during the academic year. A health policy will assist in meeting the financial burden of not only common illnesses treated at the Student Health Center or at a private physician’s office, but also illnesses and accidents involving more extensive care.

Pepperdine has contracted with an insurance broker, Wells Fargo Insurance Services (WFIS), who works closely with the University Insurance Committee. This group researched insurance options and presented Anthem Blue Cross as the optimal coverage for the student body. Anthem has been contracted to include the lowest premium for the student’s benefit; however, students may purchase any policy that has comparable coverage to SHIP. Wells Fargo facilitates the group policy with Anthem and provides customer service to students for all insurance matters related to SHIP.

Questions regarding SHIP should be directed to Wells Fargo Insurance Services at (800) 853-5899. Student may also access SHIP information online by visiting https://wfis.wellsfargo.com/pepperdinestudents.

Information Technology Services

The Information Technology department provides a full range of technology services for Pepperdine University students. Each of the University’s campuses features modern classrooms with digital projection and wireless Internet access as well as general-use computer labs that provide wired and wireless connectivity, fee-based black-and-white and color printing, and photocopying.

Information Technology staff are available at each of the labs to provide technology assistance. In addition, students can call the Pepperdine Help Desk for technology support at (310) 506-HELP (4357) or (866) 767-8623 (toll free in the USA), 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Students are required to abide by the “Computer and Network Responsible Usage Policy .” Details are included in the “Legal Notices ” section of this catalog and are published on the Information Technology website. Information about all Information Technology services is available at community.pepperdine.edu/it.


The Pepperdine University libraries provide a global gateway to knowledge for GSBM graduate students and faculty though well-appointed facilities located at each of Pepperdine’s graduate campuses and online. These locations include the Drescher Campus Graduate Library in Malibu, the West Los Angeles Campus Graduate Library, the Irvine Campus Graduate Library, and the newly renovated Encino Graduate Campus Library. Highly skilled research librarians are available at each of the graduate campus library locations and online to assist with students’ information needs.

Pepperdine’s graduate campus libraries provide students with access to a rich array of scholarly materials, including more than 180 electronic databases, 90 percent of which are full text, extensive collections of print monographs, government documents, e-books, and e-journals. All circulating items in the Pepperdine libraries are available to students, faculty, and alumni and may be requested through the libraries’ website for pickup at Malibu or at graduate campuses. To access these resources and for more information, please visit the Pepperdine University Libraries at library.pepperdine.edu.

Office of International Student Services

The Office of International Student Services (OISS) is located on the Malibu campus. The OISS issues the Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status, to international students who have been granted admission to Pepperdine University. International students registering at Pepperdine University for the first time must report to the OISS in Malibu and consult with the designated school official to ensure compliance with government regulations. The OISS provides information seminars, publications, and counseling on immigration, employment authorization, tax requirements, and all other matters related to the students’ nonimmigrant status in the United States. Health and accident insurance coverage is mandatory for international students. For more information, call the OISS at (310) 506-4246.

Psychological and Educational Clinic

The Pepperdine University Psychological and Educational Clinic is located at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus. The clinic provides comprehensive psychological services to the general community as well as to Pepperdine University students and staff. Psychological services offered include psychological assessment and individual, couple, and family therapy. Services are provided by clinical psychology doctoral students, under the supervision of licensed psychologists, or other doctoral-level licensed therapists. Fees for services are based upon a sliding scale determined by yearly income and number of dependents. A special discounted fee of $15 per therapy session is available for Pepperdine students. All services are confidential, with extra measures taken to protect the privacy of Pepperdine students and staff members. For further information about clinic services or to make an initial appointment, call (310) 568-5752.

Student Health Center

The Pepperdine Student Health Center is committed to providing high-quality, multi-specialty, and low-cost healthcare to the diverse community of students. The primary focus is to keep students healthy by providing preventive care, treating illness and injury in a timely manner, and making appropriate referrals when necessary. Health education is emphasized, with an aim to provide care in a confidential, respectful, and safe environment. Honest, open communication is encouraged. The Health Center staff is dedicated to perpetuating the wellness of the whole being-body, mind, and spirit.

The Health Center functions similar to a family practice office and provides a wide variety of services which include care for illness and injury, women’s and men’s health, dermatology, sports medicine, immunizations, labs, in-house testing, nutrition, and administering medications. In addition, the Health Center offers specialized clinics such as flu vaccination, travel medicine, allergy, and STI/HIV testing. All information reported at the Health Center is confidential and is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which protects the disclosure of health information.

Students seeking medical care at the Health Center will be charged an initial fee, and follow-up visits are charged based on the complexity of the services provided. All charges are kept at a minimal cost, and insurance companies will often reimburse for costs incurred. Ancillary services such as medications, injections, lab work, and minor surgical and/or elective procedures carry additional charges. Because students are required to carry health insurance, all Health Center fees can be charged to a student’s account and a super bill can be provided to submit to the insurance company for reimbursement. Students wishing to see an off-campus medical provider, such as physician, dentist, or optometrist, are encouraged to contact the Health Center for referral information.

All registered students have access to the off-site PEP-RN Nurse Advice Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by dialing (800) 413-0848. The nurse line is staffed with registered nurses who can help students determine if they need to seek medical care and learn ways to stay healthy.

The Health Center sees patients by appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, with priority given to scheduled appointments, except in an emergency. The center is located on the Malibu campus at the northwest corner of Rho parking lot at Towers Road. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling (310) 506-4316, option 3. Visit community.pepperdine.edu/healthcenter for more information.

Tech Central/The Computer Store

Tech Central is Pepperdine University’s student support center, offering total technology support for students. Tech Central is located on the second floor of Payson Library, Malibu campus. Visit Tech Central online at community.pepperdine.edu/techcentral. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tech Central may be contacted at (310) 506-4811 or by e-mail at Tech.Central@pepperdine.edu.

The Computer Store serves as a discount computer store for University faculty, students, and staff. Through established partnerships with selected vendors, the Computer Store offers special pricing on laptops, software, and discounted cellular phone service subscriptions. Visit the Computer Store online at community.pepperdine.edu/computerstore.

Travel Agency

The University has a full-service travel agency located at the Malibu campus. Any registered student may use the service and make travel arrangements in person or by telephone. The travel agency may be reached at (310) 506-4562, or e-mail corniche@pepperdine.edu for further information.

Veterans Services

Veterans are advised to consult the “Academic Policies ” section of this catalog under “Information for Veterans .”

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