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MBA Pathways

Online MBA Pathways Program

The MBA Pathways Program is designed for BSM graduates with a cumulative BSM program GPA between 3.0 and 3.39. The number of units waived toward the completion of the MBA degree will vary based on the cumulative BSM GPA earned, in accordance with the following scale:

  • Up to 16 units waived for GPA ranging from 3.30 – 3.39
  • Up to 12 units waived for GPA ranging from 3.20 – 3.29
  • Up to 8 units waived for GPA ranging from 3.10 – 3.19
  • 0 units waived for GPA ranging from 3.00 – 3.09

Curriculum Worksheet

If you started the program prior to Fall 2019, please contact your Student Success Advisor for a curriculum worksheet reflecting your program start term.


Students must complete 12 units from an emphasis of choice in order to declare a concentration. The following concentrations are available online:

  • Business Analytics
  • Digital Innovation and Information Systems
  • Entrepreneurship (Spring 2022)
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Global Business (Spring 2022)
  • Leadership and Managing Organizational Change
  • Marketing

Through the duration of a graduate program, a minimum overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 is required to maintain satisfactory academic standing. Student academic performance is monitored by the Program Office at the end of each term, and students falling below the 3.0 CGPA minimum are subject to Academic Monitoring. Graduate students that fall below a 2.7 CGPA will be placed on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Warning. Students will be notified in writing of the change in status and potential adjustments to the academic success plan. Students who fail to regain good standing within the time frame specified in the SAP policy will be subject to dismissal from the Business School. Please refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for more details.

The minimum passing grade for individual courses is a "C-." A core course in which a non-passing grade is earned must be repeated. For elective courses in which a non-passing grade is earned, students have the option of repeating the course or taking a different elective of an equivalent unit value.

As a member institution of Beta Gamma Sigma International, Pepperdine selects the top 20% of graduate-level students to join the prestigious honor society. For expected graduates of Fall 2017 and beyond, invitations will be sent to those whose cumulative program GPA falls within the 20% threshold. The GPA review takes place during the final trimester of enrollment, encompassing grades that have officially posted on a student's record to date. Courses that are "in progress" at the time of the GPA review will not be considered for the purposes of determining the list of invitees to the Beta Gamma Sigma induction ceremony.

Please click here for more information regarding the Beta Gamma Honor Society.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

  • Completion of 30 units (or more, as individually determined) of MBA coursework, including 12 elective units required for a concentration