Pepperdine University Review

By - April 17, 2017
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Pepperdine University is a private university that was established in 1937. Its total undergraduate population is 3,533. It currently is ranked as the 50th best national university according to US News and World Report.

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Graziadio School of Business and Management is AACSB accredited

One of the best indicators of the quality of a business school and its MBA program is whether it has been accredited by a major business school accreditation body.

In the realm of business school accreditation, there really is only one accreditation body that is widely held in the highest regard: AACSB International. This organization is the gold standard for business school accreditation in the world. Just 5% of the world’s business programs are accredited by the AACSB.

The AACSB accreditation stamp on Pepperdine’s website tells you and potential employers that your MBA is of high value and that you have learned essential business management tools and knowledge.

Online MBA is ranked in the top 15 by US News and World Report for 2016

The online MBA program is highly regarded in major ranking organizations, including in the top 15 in US News’ rankings in 2016, and in the top 18 by Princeton Review in 2017. Princeton Review in 2016 also ranked the school of business among its best business schools.

High level of work experience among MBA students

US News and World Report states that the university’s MBA students online have an average 85 months of work experience. This is more than seven years.

One of the most important parts of MBA programs that is often overlooked is level of work experience among one’s peers. The MBA learning process is usually enhanced by learning from other students who have very different work and personal experiences than you may have.

The more that the students have worked in the real world, the more you have the chance to learn from them.

Universities who have students with more work experience in their graduate programs generally will provide their students with a better learning experience.

Work on a live case study in MBA program

One of the assignments in your MBA program at Pepperdine will be to work with current, real world company executives on a live case study that is taken directly from the corporate business world. This gives you an opportunity to practice your developing business management skills with real world professionals on a live business scenario.

Low overall acceptance rate

The acceptance rate for the entire Pepperdine University is only 38%. This generally indicates that the school may be of better quality because it is relatively selective in who it admits.

Schools that admit a high percentage of applicants are generally thought to have a lower level of educational quality.

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GRE or GMAT scores required

Pepperdine University still requires its graduate school applicants to submit GRE or GMAT standardized test scores to be considered for admission. However, there is a possibility of getting a GMAT or GRE waiver if you have at least five years of relevant, full time work experience, AND a bachelor’s degree in a quantitative field.

There is growing evidence that having high standardized test scores do not always predict one’s level of success in graduate school and in one’s career.

Pepperdine’s average GMAT score for admitted applicants is 565; the average GRE score breakdown is 153 verbal, 151 quantitative, and 4 analytical writing.

Average US News peer assessment score

US News and World Report has a peer assessment score ranking from 1-5. This number indicates the level of esteem that peers in the business school field hold the program. The peer assessment score for Pepperdine’s online MBA is 3.5, which is average.

Low student services and technology score by US News

US News and World Report has a student services and technology rank and score that tells readers the level of financial, academic and vocational support that the school offers distance learners. Pepperdine’s score is only 56 out of 100. This could suggest that online learners may not be able to expect the same level of support and service that on campus students receive.

The Details

General Information

  • Founded in 1937
  • Application deadline: Jan 5 overall; rolling for MBA
  • Application fee: $565
  • School type: Private
  • Term Schedule: Semester
  • Location: Malibu, California
  • Student-faculty ratio: 13:1

Tuition Rates

  • Graduate: Online MBA – $1,667 per credit hour in state and out of state
  • Undergraduate: Online Bachelor’s – $1,235 per credit hour in state and out of state

Business Degrees

  • Graduate: Master of Business Administration
  • Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Management

Concentrations – MBA

Class Profile

  • 296 total students in online MBA program
  • 258 online MBA applicants, 183 accepted
  • 71% MBA acceptance rate
  • 38% acceptance rate overall
  • 59% female, 41% male
  • 85 months average work experience for MBA students
  • 2% of classes have fewer than 20 students

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 93% average freshman retention rate, which is far above the 71% national average
  • 4 year graduation rate is 76%, which is excellent

US News Rankings

  • National universities: 50
  • Best colleges for veterans: 29
  • Best value schools: 29
  • High school counselor rankings: 28
  • Business programs: 48
  • Online MBA programs: 21
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