BSM Program

The Bachelor of Science in Business is a degree completion program comprising 60 units of upper-division courses, intended for students with professional experience who seek to further develop their knowledge and skills and advance their careers. The curriculum provides a rigorous and practical education that integrates theory with practice, offering leaning experiences that connect to students' own professional backgrounds and career goals. 


Standards of Academic Progress

To complete the BSM degree, students must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) or 2.0 in both BSM and overall undergraduate coursework. This minimum GPA must be maintained at all times throughout the program. 

• Students whose GPA falls below the 2.0 minimum are subject to academic probation. While on probation, a student is limited to enrolling in a maximum of 6 units per trimester. The probationary status will not be removed until the minimum GPA requirement is reached. 

• Any course in which a grade of "F" or "WF" is earned must be repeated.  For more information on repeating courses click here



Honors distinctions are awarded to graduates of the BSM Program who have achieved the requisite minimum grade point averages in their undergraduate coursework at Pepperdine as follows:

Students admitted prior to Fall 2015:

  • Cum Laude: minimum 3.50 BSM Program and Cumulative GPA
  • Magna Cum Laude: minimum 3.70 BSM Program and Cumulative GPA
  • Summa Cum Laude: minimum 3.90 BSM Program and Cumulative GPA

Students admitted on/after Fall 2015:

  • Cum Laude: minimum 3.50 BSM GPA
  • Magna Cum Laude: minimum 3.70 BSM GPA
  • Summa Cum Laude: minimum 3.90 BSM GPA

The Graziadio School bestows the additional designation of Dean's Honor Roll upon students completing all BSM Program coursework with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5. For the purposes of eligibility for these distinctions, GPAs are not rounded up.

As a member institution of Beta Gamma Sigma International, Pepperdine selects the top 10% of undergraduate-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 10% 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. The opportunity to join the honor society will be extended to any additional graduates who may become eligible for membership after all grades have posted.

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

Course Waivers

Students may be eligible for the waiver of up to 12 units of BSM course content, based on courses completed prior to entering the Program. BSCI 468 and STGY 479 may not be waived. Requests for waivers may be considered in the areas of accounting, economics, information systems, production and operations management, and statistical methods, if a student has previously taken coursework with the equivalent unit value and content comparable to the BSM course for which the waiver is sought. The previous coursework must have been completed with a grade of "B" or better within 7 years as of the time the waiver petition is submitted. 

The waiver request is initiated by the student (via e-mail to the Program Advisor) and must be accompanied by: (a) a catalog description, (b) syllabus, and (c) official university transcript indicating the successful completion of the course(s) relating to the BSM course to be waived. Other documentation may be requested, as necessary, to make an informed decision on the waiver request. 

For the purposes of accurately determining program requirements and establishing a degree completion plan, course waiver requests should be submitted and approved by the end of the student's first trimester in the BSM Program. 


Outstanding Lower Division Units

Applicants with lower-division units in progress may be admitted to the BSM Program, with the expectation that those units will be satisfactorily completed prior to matriculation. Official transcripts documenting the completion of these units must be provided to the Fully Employed Program Office in order to be allowed to begin BSM coursework. If, in extenuating circumstances, students are permitted to register in BSM courses without having completed all lower-division units, their enrollment will be restricted to 6 units.


Graduation Requirements

All lower-division and BSM Program completion requirements must be satisfied with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate. Students with outstanding lower-division or program completion requirements will not be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Information regarding graduation will be disseminated to eligible students mid-way through their final trimester. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their Program Advisors prior to the start of the final trimester to confirm graduation requirements and their eligibility status.