MS in Management and Leadership Curriculum

The online MS in Management and Leadership (MSML) curriculum at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School is designed to help you manage change at all levels of your organization. The curriculum will prepare you to build essential expertise in areas including group dynamics, project management, organization and work design, and team and organizational culture.

36 Units

10 Courses

1 Immersion

Capstone Consulting Project, No Thesis

Management and Leadership Capstone (OTMT 679) — 2 units
In the Education to Community (E2C) Capstone Project, you will have the opportunity to work with a nonprofit organization, applying theories, frameworks, and learning from across the MSML program. Instead of writing a traditional master’s thesis, you will be tasked with developing a professional leadership development plan that showcases your ability to think strategically, consult on complex challenges, and implement recommendations while creating real change for an organization in need.

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 


During your time in the program, you will attend an immersion in Los Angeles.

Personal and Leadership Development Workshop (BSCI 650) — 1 unit
This workshop serves as an orientation to the experiential and team-based models of learning used at Graziadio. You will engage in exercises that enhance communication, ethical decision-making, career development, and the relevant soft skills for interpersonal effectiveness in business.

You are required to complete one immersion. The immersion will be held over a weekend within the first three weeks of the start of your term.

Global Learning Opportunities

The Pepperdine Graziadio Business School gives students the unique opportunity to expand their business savvy abroad. Students who choose to join us for a one-week global intensive can expect a combination of collaborative learning, immersive course work, and enriching cultural experiences.

The global intensive is optional and can be taken as an elective for academic credit. Students will need to pay for their flight, as well as a program fee that covers room and board, most meals, and all planned academic and cultural activities during the week.


Click each course name to view a course description.

Core Courses

Elective Courses