Pepperdine University Graziadio School Programs Achieve Multiple Top Rankings in The Financial Engineer

Finance, Management and Leadership, Accounting and MBA Programs
Receive National Recognition; Continue to Boost Momentum for Pepperdine
Graziadio School

MALIBU, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Building off several strong business school rankings in recent months,
Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management was
named a top program in four categories in new rankings released by
finance and education media outlet, The
Financial Engineer
. The rankings include a strong showing in applied
finance, management and leadership, and first-ever recognition for the
program in accounting from Pepperdine University Graziadio School.

Pepperdine Graziadio School Master of Science in Applied Finance program
ranked No. 41, improving four points over last year’s ranking at No. 45.
The Master of Science in Accounting program ranked No. 48, the first
time this program has been ranked. The Master of Science in Management
and Leadership program continues to be a top 15 ranked program, coming
in at No. 12. Finally, capping off recent broad recognition, the
publication ranked the MBA program No. 90.

“These rankings illustrate not only our positive trajectory, but also
reflect our vision to achieve global distinction in developing
value-centered leaders who positively impact business and society,” said
David M. Smith, dean, Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business
and Management. “To be recognized across multiple areas is also a
testament to our focus in creating high-caliber programs across the
business school and enhancing return on investment for all our

Pepperdine Graziadio Master
of Science in Applied Finance
program provides solid, real-world
skills with a foundation in economics, quantitative methods, accounting,
and finance. Pepperdine Graziadio students can choose from three
curricular tracks in capital markets, financial management and
investments. The program also benefits students from Brazil and other
countries with an F-1 visa who may be authorized for 29 months of
employment in the U.S. after graduation. [U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS) authorizes work permits based on the
recommendation of the Designated School Official (DSO) at Pepperdine

Pepperdine Graziadio Master
of Science in Management and Leadership
degree develops individual
leadership styles that are applied to managing teams and building
alliances. Learning experiences in the 16-month program, such as
consulting with nonprofit and community-based organizations with our
Capstone Education to Community Project (E2C), go beyond simulations and
company visits. The Graziadio Business School values-centered learning
model develops personal leadership as well as professional skills,
helping students advance to a higher managerial level with greater

Pepperdine Graziadio Master
of Science in Accounting
is designed for candidates with a degree in
accounting from a U.S. institution who seek the academic preparation and
credits required for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in
California and most states. The 12-month program prepares graduates for
careers in public accounting, industry, government, and nonprofit
organizations. Graduates also acquire leadership and critical thinking
skills that will set them apart and expand career opportunities.

Pepperdine Graziadio MBA
offers small, collaborative classes; accessible faculty; and tailored
curriculum options meet the lifestyle needs and unique ambitions of
working professionals, seasoned executives, and full-time students. Each
program emphasizes the application of theory into practice with classes
structured for team problem-solving around a curriculum that puts theory
into hands-on action.

Pepperdine Graziadio has enjoyed recognition in several recent rankings.

According to The Financial Engineer’s website, the 2016 Master Program
Rankings are the most comprehensive rankings in the United States. The
rankings are based on mean scores from: GMAT entrance exam scores,
starting salaries and bonuses, undergraduate GPA, acceptance rate,
full-time graduates employed at graduation and full-time graduates
employed three months after graduation.

About Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and

A leader in cultivating entrepreneurship and digital innovation, the
Graziadio School of Business and Management of Pepperdine University
focuses on the real-world application of MBA-level business concepts.
The Graziadio School provides student-focused, globally-oriented
education through part-time, full-time, and executive MBA programs at
our eight campuses, as well as through online and hybrid formats. In
addition, the Graziadio School offers a variety of Master of Science
programs, a Bachelor of Science in Management degree completion program,
the Presidents and Key Executives MBA, and executive education
certificate programs. Follow the Graziadio School on Facebook,
on Twitter at @GraziadioSchool and LinkedIn.


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