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A part-time MBA can inspire breakthrough change

An MBA for Orange County Professionals Who Want to Do Good for Themselves and for the World

For working professionals, earning an MBA at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s Orange County campus can inspire breakthrough change.

As more individuals expect organizations to make a public commitment to social responsibility, including good citizenship, accountability, and transparency, a growing number of companies have started to focus on the overall well-being of their people and the global community. Beyond a paycheck, more working professionals want to do meaningful work at a company with a strong sense of purpose.  In the words of Benjamin Franklin, they aim to “do well by doing good.”

At The Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, collaborative, values-centered learning is fundamental to helping students achieve their goals to do well and do good. Pepperdine Graziadio also knows that for many people, engaging in this type of learning may seem out of reach because of existing work and family obligations. However, for many working professionals, earning a part-time MBA is the best path to changing the world while honing business skills and growing both professionally and personally.  

Achieving Breakthrough Change

Pepperdine Graziadio is intent on helping working professionals gain the skills and experiences they need to create breakthrough change for themselves and their organizations. Pepperdine Graziadio helps professionals grow in their career with a current employer, change jobs and/or industries, or learn new skills. When professionals choose to earn an MBA at Pepperdine Graziadio they are making an important investment that pays off over a lifetime.

Pepperdine Graziadio helps students grow their careers and earning potential while achieving the change they want to see in themselves. Students at the Orange County campus (in Irvine and three other Southern California locations) build valuable skills in traditional business disciplines such as operations and finance. They also acquire analytical skills, planning and strategic thinking, and organizational leadership development that will help both the student and their respective organization succeed. Pepperdine Graziadio’s industry-leading faculty and advisors are knowledgeable and accessible, bringing the real world of business into sharper focus for students who love to learn.

Pepperdine Graziadio helps students develop leadership skills that encourage teamwork, cultivate creativity, and maintain focus on what is right (not who is right). In an in-person or hybrid setting, students establish lifelong relationships that often result in decades of collaboration, support, and career-accelerating opportunities. For many students, it might even be a ticket to starting an entrepreneurship with one or more classmates!

Pepperdine Graziadio also helps students achieve the change they want to see in the world. By interacting with faculty and students from diverse backgrounds, students gain a more expansive worldview. Students are drawn to the graduate programs at Pepperdine Graziadio because of the school’s global, values-centered focus on business. For more than 50 years, Pepperdine Graziadio has emphasized learning through as broad a lens as possible in order to achieve a positive worldwide impact. As global forces shift business in new directions, Pepperdine Graziadio strives to drive change, not react to it.

Best for the World Leaders

Many believe the world has reached a tipping point on issues such as racial justice, gender equality, and the environment. Increasingly, professionals are seeking to direct their talent toward meaningful action—increasing political involvement, aligning spending and career choices with personal values, and driving change on societal issues that matter most to them. In turn, they expect institutions such as businesses and governments to do more to help make their vision of a better future a reality. Pepperdine Graziadio is the program for those who desire to understand and implement this type of Best for the World Leader mentality.

Rising with the Local Economy

Now may be a good time for Orange County professionals to consider earning a graduate business degree at The Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Many large, growing companies are based in the area and the employment picture for professionals is positive. Countless alumni, faculty, and students also participate as advisors and mentors and are tied to many well-known, local companies in real estate, tourism, entertainment, financial services, food services, and much more. Pepperdine Graziadio, located in the Lake Shore Tower III building in The Orange County Center, is well-positioned for students to conveniently attend classes. The multiple part­-time and executive graduate program options at Pepperdine Graziadio are available for busy professionals who want to accelerate in their careers.

For Experienced Professionals Seeking a Challenge

Recently ranked #28 by U.S. News & World Report, Pepperdine Graziadio’s EMBA challenges students to stretch beyond their already acquired business knowledge to impact the world. Pepperdine Graziadio also offers a one-of-a-kind Presidents and Key Executives (PKE) MBA for senior executive leaders, a top-ranked Master of Science in Organization Development for  human enterprise specialists, and an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration for executives who want to explore and create new business knowledge. Pepperdine Graziadio’s Part-Time Hybrid MBA program is also an option for those seeking flexibility by blending in-person class sessions with online, live learning sessions.

Connections to a Community

Being part of the Pepperdine Graziadio community is an important source of professional and social connections. Orange County student Kori Williams summed up his community experience: “Attending Pepperdine Graziadio at the Irvine campus provides many unique opportunities.”

The geographical location is unmatched, positioning you in the nucleus of the Irvine Business Complex. A variety of enjoyable, lively restaurants on campus allow you to socialize and kick back with your peers after class. Additionally, Pepperdine has professors who truly care for their students and will take a day on a weekend to have a class about life skills, your future career, and the path to success, which is priceless.

For many, the first step toward committing to a part-time MBA program is the longest. The Pepperdine Graziadio Business School knows the decision to earn a part-time MBA is a big one. Pepperdine Graziadio’s advisors support students through the process and help them make the right decision regarding their individual circumstances. (More than 47,000 alumni have gone through the same decision-making process!). Now would be the time for more professionals to take the first step to do good by doing well at Pepperdine Graziadio.

For more information, visit:  https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/

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