Earn Your Master’s in Management and Leadership (MSML) Online from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

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.

Complete in 16 Months

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Accredited by the prestigious AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—the Graziadio Business School has a long-standing tradition of producing values-centered leaders driven by personal integrity, compassion, and holistic thinking.


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.

  • A bachelor’s degree is required to apply.
  • GRE or GMAT scores are not required.
  • A minimum of two years of work experience is recommended.

Learn more on the Online Application Requirements page.

Tuition and Financial Aid

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 one required on-campus immersion.

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.

Upcoming Deadline

The final deadline for the May 2024 cohort is March 1, 2024.

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 Graziadio Business School.

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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 Sequences

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 few as:

  • 16 months full time

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

Curriculum Requirements








As a student, you will attend one immersion in Los Angeles during the first term of the program, and one online immersion during the last term. Immersions allow you to meet fellow students, professors, and industry leaders. In addition to networking, immersions feature hands-on workshops, individual coaching, and live case learning.

Community-Focused Capstone

The Education to Community (E2C) capstone partners with nonprofit organizations that are looking for experienced talent that can provide fresh thinking to address their complex, organizational challenges. Instead of writing a thesis, you will work in small teams under faculty supervision, you will gain consulting skills and experience by implementing recommendations in the areas of:

  • Sustainable organizational structure and design
  • Talent management
  • Team building
  • Leadership development
  • Leading effective change

Students are currently aiding these nonprofit clients achieve their mission-driven goals:

  • Inland SoCal United Way San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, CA 
  • Walk with Sally El Segundo, CA 
  • Habitat for Humanity LA Bellflower, CA 
  • TXT: Teens Exploring Technology Los Angeles, CA 

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.

Learn more about Graziadio Business School faculty on the Meet Our Faculty page.

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 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 2022.1 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 Graziadio, you join a diverse community of 48,000 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 the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School—nationally ranked within the top-50 Best Online MS Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2023.2

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Now is the time. Advance your career with Pepperdine. Take the next step today.