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Pepperdine Graziadio Launches Executive Doctorate of Business Administration Program


The Pepperdine Graziadio Business School announces the launch of its new
Executive Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program which will
provide experienced executives with high-level skills through rigorous
courses, research, projects and in-person learning.

The Executive DBA at Pepperdine Graziadio is the only AACSB accredited
executive doctorate business program in the Western U.S. region.
Welcoming its inaugural class this fall, the program is taught by
accomplished faculty at the top-ranked business school.

"A doctorate is the highest academic qualification a university can
grant. The addition of the Executive DBA demonstrates our commitment to
offer an advanced educational program that focuses on the unique needs
of intellectually curious and progressive senior executives," said
Deryck J. van Rensburg, dean, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.

The Executive DBA provides intellectually curious executives who are
seeking to reflect upon, verify, and deepen their professional knowledge
and personal wisdom with the opportunity to seek evidence-based insights
into challenging business issues through applied research.

The program, designed specifically with a senior executive's schedule in
mind, blends six intensive week-long residential sessions at the Malibu
campus with online learning directed instruction and self-paced
assignments. Students will present their research ideas, in-process
projects, and final papers to peers, faculty, and alumni at an annual
DBA conference. The progression of coursework builds toward completion
of the final research dissertation project.

In the first year, students select a business problem or opportunity and
conduct a literature review to identify the relevant theories and assess
current evidence-based knowledge about the topic. The second year of the
program provides instruction on applied research methods and research
design. These theoretical, empirical, and analytical foundations are
used to shape students' dissertation proposals, guide the applied
research process, inform the interpretation of results, and final
dissertation submissions.

Pepperdine Graziadio prepares DBA graduates to pursue a career from
multiple avenues. Some graduates may choose to leverage the specialized
knowledge and deep insights they acquire through their applied
dissertation project to continue on their professional career paths.
Others may choose to use the DBA credential to embark on a new career
journey that includes a combination of publishing, speaking, consulting,
and practitioner/clinical faculty appointments. The aim is to prepare
graduates, who are themselves "Best for the World Leaders," to
inspire others to pursue the aspiration to become change makers who
embody the core values of integrity, courageous compassion, pioneering
spirit, and action taken today, not tomorrow.

"The scope of globalization, complexity, and competitiveness in business
today opens multiple doors for senior executives with expertise and
deeper insights beyond those provided by masters-level business
programs," said Dr. John Mooney, associate professor for Information
Systems Technology Management at Pepperdine Graziadio and academic
director for the Executive DBA program. "The Graziadio Business School
Executive DBA program will guide executives through a rigorous,
research-based learning experience that will allow them to leverage
their many years of business experience. The program also enables
executives to develop new evidence-based knowledge and insights, share
these with the business community, and help shape future business
practices and societal impacts."

To apply, candidates need to have completed an undergraduate and
master's degree, and have accumulated 10+ years of executive-level
business experience.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

About the Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School

Anchored in the core values of integrity and innovation, the Pepperdine
Graziadio Business School
challenges individuals to think boldly and
drive meaningful change that positively impacts their organizations and
communities. With an entrepreneurial spirit, the Graziadio School
advances experiential learning in small classes that deepen connections
and stimulate critical thinking. Through our wide continuum of MBA, MS
and Executive degree programs offered across seven California campuses,
Graziadio faculty inspire full time students and working professionals
to realize their greatest potential as values-centered, Best for
the World Leaders. Follow Pepperdine Graziadio on Facebook,
and LinkedIn.

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