Dec 10, 2023  
2019-2020 Graziadio Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Graziadio Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Master of Business Administration

This program is completed in five trimesters and consists of 55 units of coursework and 45 hours of co-curricular activities. The curriculum meets the needs of students without sufficient undergraduate business preparation or work experience (similar to the 20-Month MBA), while providing an intensive international focus. The fall and spring trimesters of the first year of study are completed at the Drescher Graduate Campus, Malibu. The following summer trimester consists of a required full-time Business Internship with a global firm dealing with international issues. The Business Internship is taken between the first and second year of the IMBA program.

During the second year of study, IMBA students spend their fall trimester abroad at a Graziadio partner school and then return to complete the final spring trimester with the full-time programs. In addition to a trimester abroad, students are required to complete a one-week, 2-unit IMBA Study Abroad session (PGBS 690 ). Tuition for the Study Abroad session is charged at the same rate as that of the full-time programs. Additionally, students are responsible for the program fee, transportation costs, and living expenses. Students in this program are not eligible to graduate with a concentration.

The co-curricular activities are designed to enhance student learning in the areas of communication skills; critical thinking; integration and application; values and ethics; job placement and career development. Students must complete 45 hours of co-curricular activities; activities scheduled as contemporary issues courses may carry 0-4 units and a maximum of 4 units of co-curricular activities may count towards the elective requirements of the program.

At select partner universities an optional IMBA Dual-Degree program is available for students who meet eligibility requirements. The IMBA Dual- Degree entails a modified curriculum involving an internship overseas and an additional term of study at the partner university for the completion of two degrees: the partner university’s degree as well as the IMBA degree from Pepperdine. The IMBA Dual-Degree extends the length of the IMBA by two trimesters and is approximately an additional trimester and a half of tuition payable to Pepperdine. Pepperdine academic scholarships do not cover the additional terms of study.

The IMBA program immerses students in all aspects of international business and provides an opportunity for students to develop and use foreign language and culture skills within the context of international business. Business, culture, and language studies as well as courses abroad prepare graduates for careers with firms that operate in the global marketplace. Currently, students may choose to study in Europe, Latin America, Africa, or Asia.

The curriculum for the International Master of Business Administration program consists of the following:

Core Courses 34 units  
Global Business Integration 0 units  
Career Seminar 0 units  
Study Abroad (Electives) 21 units  
Business Internship 0 units  
Total Units Required 55 units  

Program Sequence

Elective Concentrations

Students in this program are not eligible to graduate with a concentration. The SEER certificate  can be completed in this program but must be declared during the first session of the first trimester.