Earn Your Master’s in Management and Leadership (MSML) Online from Pepperdine University

Lead Highly Effective Teams Across Industries

In times of change, growth, and disruption, businesses turn to leaders who understand how to unify teams and strategically solve problems.

The online Master of Science in Management and Leadership program from Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School empowers you to influence meaningful change across large-scale companies, not-for-profit institutions, and cutting-edge start-ups.

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Accredited by the prestigious AACSB International

Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), has a long-standing legacy of teaching professionals to lead intelligently while demonstrating personal integrity, sound decision-making, and broad thinking.

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At Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, we seek diverse and driven individuals who can help strengthen our community of caring professionals. Our online master’s in management and leadership program is ideal for those who have some management experience and wish to sharpen their interpersonal and core leadership skills in order to improve their organization and the world around them.

You must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university to apply. A minimum of two years of work experience is recommended but not required.

No GRE or GMAT scores are required for admission.

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Application Deadlines

Applications are now being accepted for the following start dates:

Fall 2021 Cohort

Classes StartEarly Priority DeadlinePriority DeadlineFinal Deadline
Monday, August 30, 2021Friday, May 14, 2021Friday, June 4, 2021Friday, July 2, 2021

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2021–2022 academic year is $1,900 per credit unit. The online Master of Science in Management and Leadership program is 36 units. Additional fees can be expected each semester, including travel and accommodations for two required on-campus immersions.

To help fund your graduate education, you may be eligible for federal financial aid. For more information about tuition financing options for the MS in Management and Leadership program, visit our tuition and financial aid page.

Build the Specialized Skills Modern Leaders Need

Learn to empower your team, your organization, and yourself to reach your highest potential with an online master’s in management from Pepperdine University.

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A Curriculum Focused on Managing in Times of Change

The 36-unit curriculum in our online leadership-focused master’s program is designed to help you manage change at all levels of your organization. You will build essential expertise in areas such as self-awareness, group dynamics, project management, organization and work design, and team and organizational culture.

At Graziadio, we believe that management is not static and learning cannot be limited to the classroom. Our courses will push you to seek out and access mentorship opportunities and hone your soft skills in real-world business settings.

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Course Sequence

The MS in Management and Leadership program gives you the flexibility







to earn your degree at a pace that aligns with your personal and professional commitments. The program can be completed in as little as one year on an accelerated schedule or 24 months part time. As part of the program, you will also attend an immersion on Pepperdine’s campus during the first and last terms.

Curious to know what your schedule might look like? Check out our sample course sequence options (PDF).


During your time in the program, you will attend two immersions in Los Angeles. The first immersion takes place during your first term, allowing you to meet fellow students and professors, and network with industry leaders early on in the program. In addition to networking, immersions feature hands-on workshops, individual coaching, and live case learning.

Community-Focused Capstone

Nonprofit organizations are looking for experienced talent that can provide fresh thinking and insight to address complex organizational issues. The Education to Community (E2C) capstone gives you the opportunity to fill that need. Working in small teams under the supervision of program faculty, you will gain experience addressing real organizational opportunities and challenges, while helping a nonprofit organization achieve its mission-driven goals.

Distinguished Faculty

Pepperdine faculty are accomplished, award-winning leaders who have experience managing and improving multifunctional teams for companies like Boeing and Procter & Gamble. Our 13:1 student-faculty ratio means your professors can take the time to truly get to know you, mentor you, and support your professional and personal growth.

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Become a Leader Who Drives Real Results

Whether you are an experienced manager looking to hone new skills or an individual contributor ready to step into a role as a team leader, take the next step by requesting more information about the online MS in Management and Leadership program now.

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The Benefits of Earning a Master’s in Management and Leadership

Succeeding as a leader in today’s hyper-connected business world means being able to unify teams toward strategic goals and inspire others to make the most of their inherent talents. From organizational thinking to managing culture and teams, a specialized degree in management and leadership will prepare you to drive better outcomes for your organization.

Job Outlook for Specialized Leadership Master’s Graduates

In a recent recruitment survey from the Graduate Management Council, the majority of Fortune 100, Fortune 500, and publicly traded companies indicated an interest in hiring candidates with a master’s in management in 2018.1 That same report indicated increased demand for management master’s graduates in sectors such as consulting, finance, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, services, and government.

Career Paths for Management Master’s Graduates

A leadership-focused master’s degree can prepare you to advance within your organization as a manager of people, or take on new roles helping organizations better utilize their resources. In as little as one year, MS in Management and Leadership graduates may be ready for roles such as:

  • Leadership positions—Directors, VPs, C-suite employees, entrepreneurs
  • Management positions—Team managers, department managers, project managers
  • Supervisory positions—Business strategists, consultants

California Roots. Global Reach.

The network you gain is as important as the skills you learn. When you choose Pepperdine, you join a diverse community of 40,000 students, faculty, and alumni around the globe who are thinking boldly about business while leading with purpose.

Take the next step today toward earning a specialized business master’s degree from Pepperdine University—named a top-50 national university in 2020.2

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Become a more effective leader in a rapidly evolving business landscape with an MS in Management and Leadership.