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MBAJ Program

Graduates of the Graziadio School Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM) Program who meet other eligibility criteria have the unique opportunity to complete the MBA degree on an accelerated basis through the MBAJ Program. As compared to the standard 52-unit requirement for the MBA, the MBAJ Program may be completed in as few as 30 units. The exact unit requirement for each student will vary, according to the number of qualifying courses/units fulfilled in completing the BSM. In meeting the minimum 30-unit requirement for the MBAJ, students must complete the following:

  • 4 to 8 units of MBA core courses corresponding to the selected concentration
  • PGBS 670J
  • STGY 659
  • 12 units of MBA electives in a concentration area
  • 5 to 13 units of additional MBA electives 

Curriculum Worksheets

Admitted Fall 2018 & Current | Admitted Before Fall 2018


Students must complete 12 units from an emphasis of choice in order to declare a concentration. Below outlines where each concentration is offered.

Concentration Regional Campus
Business Analytics WLA, ONL
Dispute Resolution MAL, WLA
Digital Innovation WLA, ONL
Entrepreneurship WLA, ONL
Entertainment, Media and Sports WLA
Finance CAL, IGC, ONL, WLA
General Management CAL, IGC, ONL, WLA
Global Business WLA, ONL
Leadership and Managing Organizational Change CAL, IGC, ONL, WLA
Marketing CAL, IGC, ONL, WLA

Campus Key

CAL: Calabasas IGC: Irvine MAL: Malibu ONL: Online WLA: West Los Angeles

Program Information

A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required throughout the duration of the MBAJ Program.

  • Falling below the minimum GPA requirement will subject a student to academic probation. While on probation, students are limited to enrolling in a maximum of 4 units per trimester. The probationary status will not be removed until the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 is reached.

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.

A minimum of 2 units of global content coursework.

Courses that meet the global content requirement are designated within each concentration area. For more information about the specific courses that meet the requirement, please refer to the concentration section of the MBAJ curriculum worksheet.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Fulfillment of the Global Business requirement
  • Completion of 30 units of MBAJ coursework (or more, as individually determined), including 12 elective units within a chosen concentration area

As a member institution of Beta Gamma Sigma International, Pepperdine selects the top 20% of graduate-level students to join the prestigious honor society. Invitations will be sent to those who meet the criteria of a cumulative program GPA 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.

Dispute Resolution Certificate and Concentration

Students pursuing general management or dispute resolution concentration have the opportunity to enroll in courses within the dispute resolution discipline at the Straus Institute through a collaboration between the Graziadio School and the Caruso School of Law at Pepperdine. The courses are offered at the main Pepperdine campus in Malibu. In addition to the 12 unit elective requirement for the dispute resolution concentration, students may complete additional coursework leading to a formal Certificate in Dispute Resolution. Details about the concentration and certificate options are provided here.

MBA Plus

You've earned your MBA, but are hungry for more. Update your skills and knowledge through MBA Plus – a program that offers alumni the opportunity to take additional business classes in our Fully Employed MBA program at a substantial discount. For more information, click here.