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EMBA - Executive Master of Business Administration



What will I learn?

Curated for the seasoned professional, Pepperdine's Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) is a 19-month program designed to challenge executives and high-level managers as they engage with peers from diverse industries to expand their leadership competencies and develop innovative strategies for their current or future organizations.

By collaborating with industry-experienced faculty and small, carefully composed cohorts, you will build upon your foundation of business and leadership skills to make informed, data-based decisions as you tackle the evolving challenges faced by today's executive-level leaders.

Our Executive MBA program is an AACSB accredited, 45-unit curriculum that concentrates on the development of strategic leadership competencies through a collaborative learning environment. This highly-acclaimed EMBA program includes a four-day effective executive residential workshop and an eight-day international residential held at locations of emerging importance in global business.

A major component of our executive MBA curriculum is providing students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and analytical skills acquired through each of the trimesters to a business problem or opportunity of their choice with the Applied Strategic Research Project (ASRP). We encourage our EMBA candidates to conduct a series of research projects on a single business entity, which provides the opportunity to create an integrated comprehensive analysis, strategy formulation, and strategic implementation plan that addresses the chosen business problem or opportunity. The ASRP culminates with the Strategic Management Capstone Project in which students create a comprehensive strategic plan for their firms, thereby creating value for themselves and their companies.

Which department am I in?

Pepperdine University, Graziadio Business School

Study options

Full Time (19 months)

Tuition fees
Approximately USD $29,300 per term

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June, October 2023

Start date

3 January 2023


Pepperdine University, Graziadio Business School

24255 Pacific Coast Highway,



90263, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have Undergraduate Degree.

For international students

Students must have Undergraduate Degree.

International first-year applicants must submit proof of English proficiency, which may be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Old SAT I Critical Reading of 450
  • New SAT I Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of 500
  • ACT Reading score of 24
  • Internet Based TOEFL score of 90
  • Paper Based TOEFL score of 550
  • An attested or watermarked copy of an IELTS exam of a score of 6.5 or higher
  • A "C" or better in a transferable English Composition course (not ESL) at an accredited US college or university
  • A "C" or better on the UK system AS or A-Level English Exams (not ESL), or Hong Kong system HKALE English Exam
  • The ELS Language Centers' Master level 112 class with a grade of "B" or higher
  • IB 1 English grade result of 5 or better (not ESL).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Pepperdine University

Graziadio Business School aims to produce innovative business professionals who will make a positive change to the community – locally and globally.

  • Part of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Los Angeles
  • Accredited business school recognized by Forbes
  • Accommodation with stunning ocean views
  • Graduate starting salary of up to $180,000

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