Classes 101

The Basics

Classes are offered in 4-hour blocks throughout the day. Typically, first-year students will have classes from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and/or 1 p.m. to  5.p.m. There are evening classes that start at 6 p.m. However, most core first-year courses are either in the morning or afternoon. May professors will take a break at the midpoint 2 hours into class. Some will do shorter breaks every hour.

One of the best features of Graziadio is the small class sizes. Typically classes will have about 20 to 25 students in them. This allows you great opportunities to get to know your professors and classmates right away. So take advantage of this!


Full-time students will attend the majority of their classes on the Malibu campus. Occasionally, electives will be offered at one of the other Pepperdine campuses (Irvine, Encino, West LA, Westlake Village). We highly encourage full-time students to take classes in these other locations. It is a great way to meet Fully Employed MBA students who are currently working at some really reputable firms. When registering for classes, make sure to speak with your academic advisor about enrolling in classes at other locations. Priority is given to fully-employed students for these classes. Full-time students have priority for classes in Malibu.

7-week Session Format

Buckle up, life is about to move at warp speed. The 7-week session format is both a blessing and a curse. As a result of the format, you'll be exposed to a lot of great classes. The downside, however, is that things move extremely quickly. Before you know it, midterms arrive (usually in week 4). Therefore, do not expect to be able to attend classes at random. If you miss one class, you miss 1/7 of your course. Most faculty will allow you to miss one class with advance notice. However, this may affect the participation portion of your grade. Some professors will drop you from the course if you miss two sessions.

Another impact of the short sessions is that you have to stay on top of your course readings and assignments. All classes will have readings (and possibly assignments) due the first day of class. While this day is more relaxed than other days, we can't emphasize enough how quickly work piles up as the weeks go by. So make sure to stay up on your readings. And where possible, knock out assignments early.