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Graziadio Business School COVID-19 Updates

The Graziadio Business School is implementing plans to address COVID-19 in coordination with the Pepperdine Restoration Plan. Additional information will be shared by the school as it becomes available.

Latest Updates

Information for Current and Newly Admitted Students - Summer 2021

  Full-Time Programs


All students:

  • Academic courses will be offered online for full-time program students starting Monday, May 3 and ending Friday, August 13.

Contact: Dr. Abraham Park, Associate Dean, Full-Time Programs
abraham.park@pepperdine.edu

Stan Woo, Director, Full-Time Programs
stan.woo@pepperdine.edu

  Part-Time/Online Programs

BSM (On-campus/Online), MBAJ, and FEMBA

New students:

  • Program-specific orientations with faculty and staff will be held in late April via Zoom.
  • The personal and leadership development workshops will be offered virtually on the weekend beginning May 7.

All part-time program students:

  • Academic courses will be offered online starting Monday, May 3 and ending Friday, August 13.

Online Graduate Programs (MBA, MSML, MSHR, and MSBA)
There is no disruption of our online course offering.

Contact: Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown, Associate Dean, Executive and Part-Time Programs
charla.brown@pepperdine.edu

Tasha Bruner, Director, Part-Time Programs
tasha.bruner@pepperdine.edu

  Executive Programs

EMBA: For select cohorts, courses will be offered a hyflex modality that allows for students to attend class sessions in-person or remotely via Zoom. Priority will be given to cohorts who are nearing completion of the program while other cohorts will remain online with the intention of returning to in-person instruction in the fall term. The program kick-off for new students will be held in mid-May via Zoom.

PKE: Program kick-off for new students and class sessions for new/continuing students will be held in-person at an alternative out-of-state location with fewer restrictions permitted by public health guidelines.

MSOD: Hybrid foundation courses will continue as planned with the intensive residential sessions taking place at various domestic destinations. 

DBA: Academic courses will be offered online. The annual DBA conference will be held virtually in late-June.

 

Contact: Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown, Associate Dean, Executive and Part-Time Programs
charla.brown@pepperdine.edu

Bobby Patsios, Director, EMBA/PKE Program Administration
bobby.patsios@pepperdine.edu

Sue Funkhouser, Director, MSOD Program Administration
sue.funkhouser@pepperdine.edu

Sangeetha Rao, Director, DBA Program Administration
sangeetha.rao@pepperdine.edu

 

Information for Prospective Students - Fall 2021

Below you will find responses to the common questions our recruitment advisors receive about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. If you need any clarification regarding our admission or application processes, we encourage you to contact your recruitment advisor.

  Full-Time Programs

How will the COVID-19 outbreak impact my ability to start my degree program?

As we continue to monitor the situation and develop contingency plans, we remain committed to enabling admitted students to start their programs. This will include arrangements to provide students with remote learning alternatives to the extent possible until it is deemed suitable for us to resume face-to-face classes.

Of course, the health and well-being of our students, staff, and faculty are of chief priority, and the University will make these determinations in accordance with the guidance of state and local public health officials.

Will the tuition be the same for classes that may need to be temporarily offered remotely?

Yes, whether we offer classes in-person or remotely, you will have the benefit of working with the same distinguished faculty at Pepperdine Graziadio and engaging in a dynamic learning experience. Yes, tuition and deposit rates remain the same, regardless of program delivery mode.

How will my class schedules be impacted?

We have adapted to a  online/remote learning option, some of your real-time class sessions will be scheduled within the regular time slots throughout the day (8:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM PDT). Because the remote learning option also incorporates self-paced activities, the duration of real-time sessions may not be as long as a typical on-campus class. Your academic advisor will provide you with your specific class schedule upon enrollment.

What do I do if I'm unable to complete my application requirements due to COVID-19?

Every effort should be made to submit your application and required materials by our final deadline of May 17, 2021 It is important to keep the Admission Office abreast of any concerns with meeting the application deadline.  Visit our admission requirements page for more information.

Will my application be considered if I'm unable to have my foreign transcript evaluated?

All transcripts from non-English based universities that do not conform to the U.S. grading standard (based on a 4.0 scale) must be evaluated by WES or another agency approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). All application materials, including the evaluated transcripts are due May 17, 2021.

Can my application be evaluated without the GMAT/GRE due to testing center closures?

Depending on the location, approximately 80% of the testing centers have reopened. Additionally, the GMAT Online and GRE at Home exams can be taken online. If there are continued concerns about access to the GMAT/GRE exams, please contact a recruitment advisor or the Admission Office.

Can I defer my start if I’m unable to get my student visa in time?

Yes, you can defer your start if you are unable to secure your student visa in time. You must submit your intent to enroll and pay your $1000 deposit to secure your space.

Many TOEFL and IELTS test centers are closed, what should I do?

IELTS and Educational Testing Service (ETS) have reopened most testing centers. Additionally, ETS has instituted an online version of  the TOEFL. Visit ETS Testing Updates by Region for the most up to date information.

Should I still apply for the I-20 even though there are no U.S. visa appointments available?

Our Office of International Student Services (OISS) is still processing I-20s. For further information, please visit their webpage or contact them directly at oiss@pepperdine.edu.

What will remote learning look like?

The Graziadio Business School has been offering online/remote learning options for students since 2012, and many of our faculty are adept at using various instructional technology tools to create effective learning experiences. Through the use of our learning management system (LMS) and video-conferencing software (Zoom), professors combine both real-time interaction and self-paced activities to ensure that all key learning outcomes are met. 

  Part-Time Programs

Will the tuition be the same for classes that may need to be temporarily offered remotely?

Whether we offer classes in-person or remotely, you will have the benefit of working with the same distinguished faculty at Pepperdine Graziadio and engaging in a dynamic learning experience. As such, our tuition rates are the same, regardless of program delivery mode.

 

What will remote learning look like?

The Graziadio Business School has been offering online/remote learning options for students since 2012, and our faculty are adept at using various instructional technology tools to create effective learning experiences. Through the use of our learning management system (LMS) and video-conferencing software (Zoom), professors combine both real-time interaction and self-paced activities to ensure that all key learning outcomes are met. 

For Summer '21 intake, the decision was made to continue leveraging on our online platform to enable new students to start the program. We will be offering BSCI 650, BSCI 651, and DESC 656 online. Our intention is to transition back to face to face classes upon receiving clearance to do so.

Will course schedules remain the same?

Your real-time class session will be scheduled within the same time frame as those that would have taken place on campus. Because the remote learning option also incorporates self-paced activities, the duration of real-time sessions may not be as long as a typical on-campus class. 

Will part-time programs New Student Orientation (NSO) still take place?

Yes, but it will be delivered remotely via video conferencing (Zoom). Newly admitted students will receive more details about New Student Orientation from our Part-Time Programs Office. Additional information is available on the Part-Time Programs Community site.

Can my application be evaluated without the transcript evaluation due to WES closure?

No, all required documents will need to be submitted by the due date for your file to be reviewed. Should you experience delays in receiving your transcript evaluation documents, please follow up with WES or other NACES approved members directly regarding the status of your transcript evaluation.

We would be able to consider exceptions for the students that have WES transcripts in progress, on hold, or pending English proficiency waiver. An exception is considered if WES can produce an evaluation within a reasonable time.

Can my application be evaluated without the GMAT/GRE due to testing center closings?

GMAT/GRE scores are not required for Fall 2021 applicants.

  Executive Programs

How will the kickoff event for the Executive MBA program be structured?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on gatherings, the Executive Programs including MSOD, EMBA, PKE, and DBA will offer hybrid course offerings with in-person meetings as often as possible considering restrictions. . Visit our various Executive Program pages to get the latest information on our kickoff dates.

MSOD – MSOD will resume normal programming starting in the Fall 2021-2022 academic year. Our virtual kickoff is scheduled for August 28, 2021.

How will the COVID-19 outbreak impact my ability to start my degree program?

When it’s safe to do so, your program will resume to an on-ground learning format.

MSOD will resume normal programming starting in the Fall 2021-2022 academic year.


Will the tuition be the same for classes that may need to be temporarily offered remotely?

Yes. Whether we offer classes in-person or remotely, you will have the benefit of working with the same distinguished faculty at Pepperdine Graziadio Business Schooland engaging in a dynamic learning experience. The Graziadio School has been offering online/remote learning options for students since 2012, and many of our faculty are adept at using various instructional technology tools to create effective learning experiences.

Through the use of our learning management system (LMS) and video-conferencing software (Zoom), professors combine both real-time interaction and self-paced activities to ensure that all key learning outcomes are met.

MSOD: All courses will be delivered as normally scheduled.

 

FAQs

  Remote Instruction

What should I be doing to prepare for online class sessions?

Due to the need to rely on virtual instruction, you will need a computer equipped with a microphone and camera (either built in or externally added) and as well as access to a disruption-free environment during virtual class sessions. You should also familiarize yourself with Zoom, our video conferencing platform, and Sakai, our University-adopted learning management system. Find resources that you may find helpful in your preparations for online learning, including netiquette expectations, academic and student policies, and links to tech support and tutorials for tools used in each course, on the Getting Started with Online Courses for Students Google Doc.

How do I access Courses (Sakai)?

Think of Sakai as your virtual classroom space. You will access the course syllabus, submit deliverables electronically, and complete quizzes/exams through the platform. It is accessible via the Courses website or through Wavenet through the "Courses" module.

Additional information, including where to locate individual courses with Sakai and how to navigate the platform, is available on this guide.

How will assignments and tests be managed for my classes now that we are meeting online?

This will vary depending on the nature of the course and the types of assignments/exams involved. Your professor will make the determination and inform the class accordingly.

Can students meet with faculty and/or staff face to face at one of our campuses?

In keeping with the practice of social distancing for the sake of our community health and safety, students are currently not allowed to meet with faculty on any of our Pepperdine campuses. Students are encouraged to meet with faculty virtually.

Does this transition impact school processes, procedures, or policies?

No. All academic policies and timelines, the Code of Academic Ethics, and Student Code of Conduct remain in effect.

I was scheduled to participate in an international study trip, which has now been canceled or postponed. How can I find out about alternatives for completing my program requirements and graduating on time?

Please contact your academic advisor to explore options for completing your program requirements.

When will an in-person commencement ceremony be held?

Given the COVID-19 pandemic and safer-at-home orders, we have postponed all in-person 2020 commencement activities to a later date that has not been determined as of yet. Graduates will receive updates via the commencement website and their Pepperdine email accounts as soon as a future date for the in person commencement ceremony is determined.

Your degree will still be conferred upon verification the requirements of your degree have been completed. Your diploma will be mailed approximately 90 days following the end of the term to the address you provided on the Intent to Graduate form.

 

If I have questions about my program, who do I contact?

  • Full-time MBA and MS programs: contact your academic advisor 
  • FEMBA, BSM, MSML, and online programs: contact either your academic advisor 
  • Executive programs: contact program office (EMBA/PKE) or academic director (MSOD/DBA)

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

Please contact Bernice Ledbetter, dean of students and alumni affairs, or Annie Carr, senior director of student academic services.

  International Students

What travel restrictions have been imposed by the University for students?

All student travel, domestic or international, has been suspended until further notice.

Will my F-1 visa in my passport be canceled if I return to my home country?

No. Your visa (in your passport) will not be canceled by the US government unless there has been a violation of status. The current situation due to the COVID-19 outbreak does not affect the validity of your visa whether or not you are in the US or return to your home country.

My F-1 visa will expire soon. Do I need to leave the US and obtain a new visa?

No. You may remain in the US for the duration of your F-1 status (in other words, while you are attending school or engaging in OPT) even after your visa has expired. If you leave the US, however, you cannot re-enter on an expired visa. Therefore, you are required to renew your visa outside the US.

What should I do if my passport is expiring?

You must maintain your passport's validity (at least 6 months) at all times. If you need to renew your passport, please contact the consulate of the country that issued your passport at least one year before it expires.

Am I still required to maintain full-time enrollment status if I am completing my courses from my home country?

Yes, you must maintain your full-time enrollment status as defined by the academic catalog, even if you are not in the US, unless you are in your last term of enrollment in the program. Submit a Travel Permission or I-20 Update Request in the OISS Portal so that you can return to the US to continue your studies when the school resumes on-ground instruction. If Spring 2021 is your last term, contact the OISS prior to your departure and complete the Exit or Transfer Request form.

 

Can I stay in the US and take classes fully online based on what the school is offering for my program of study?

Yes, based on the "Frequently Asked Questions for SEVP Stakeholders about COVID-19" posted on www.ice.gov/coronavirus, continuing students may remain in the US even if the school switches to a hybrid or fully online modality.

Can I continue to live in the dorm?

While we are not presently permitted to reopen our Malibu campus for normal residential life, we have received permission to house students who demonstrate a compelling hardship which necessitates residing in on-campus housing. All graduate students who want to seek an exception to live on campus for their Spring 2021 semester may do so by completing this form. A rolling acceptance process will be used when considering exception applications for on-campus housing.

Alternatively, please find a list of off-campus housing options on the Pepperdine Graziadio Housing Guide.

Can I return to my home country to finish my degree?

Yes, you can finish your degree from your home country. Submit the Exit or Transfer Request form through the OISS Portal. If you wish to apply for OPT and return to the US upon completion of your program to seek employment, be sure to contact the OISS prior to your departure for special instructions.

How can I extend my stay upon graduating from the program?

If you are graduating in Summer 2021, apply for OPT within 90 days from the end of your progam.Visit the OISS website or contact your assigned DSO: Judy Lee for last names (A-M) or Stacey Chen for last names (N-Z) for instructions. If you do not plan to apply for OPT but need additional time to prepare for departure or are applying to another school, contact the OISS for further guidance as soon as possible.

What if I cannot come back to the US?

If for any reason you can not return to the US, please notify OISS for further instructions.

What if I cannot come back to resume OPT?

As long as you have not exceeded 90 days of unemployment, you are eligible to apply for admission to the US to continue OPT. However, if you have been employed but were working remotely from outside the US, your DSO should be consulted for the latest guidance from the SEVP regarding students on OPT who are working remotely.

Will I be able to conduct business with the Office of International Student Services (OISS) while instruction is offered online?

Yes. OISS will remain operational remotely Monday to Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM PDT.

  Campus Resources

Will graduate campuses be open?

Beginning Monday, April 13, the Calabasas, Encino, Irvine, and West L.A. campuses will be closed, with no graduate campus staffing. However, critical support faculty and staff may continue to access these campuses to do essential work that must be completed on-site.

How do I go about accessing University or satellite campus resources?

The University remains open, and the full range of student services (e.g., Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Programs Offices, Career and Professional Development, etc.) continue to operate. Departmental contact information is available on the Pepperdine Community Faculty/Staff Directory.

How can I access library resources?

Pepperdine Libraries is excited to support students, faculty, and staff as we adapt to this online semester. Although the library buildings are closed, there are numerous online services available for teaching and learning remotely. If you need further assistance, don't hesitate to contact a librarian through online chat or email.

Where can I find counseling support?

Students may contact the Counseling Center via email or by phone at 310.506.4210. The Counseling Center provides free, confidential emotional/psychological support to all Pepperdine students.

Will I have access to tech support

Yes, tech support is available at our Pepperdine campuses and through Tech Central 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 310.506.HELP (4357). IT is also providing live, online group training on Zoom and Courses (Sakai). Please review the student online training schedule.

  Academic Support and Accessibility

How will I receive my accommodations during remote classes and assessments?

You will receive the same accommodations as when you were taking classes face to face.

  • Notes: Please check your Note-taker Network. Notify the note-taking services coordinator immediately if you are not receiving notes.
  • Exams: You will still receive exam accommodations. Please work with your professor(s) as assessment information is discussed. If you would like OSA to resend a copy of your accommodation letter to your professor(s), please send the names of your instructor(s) and classes to the Office of Student Accessibility.

What academic support resources are available to me in the online learning environment?

Student Engagement and Success is available to provide academic support to all students. We have a variety of online academic resources to help support your success:

Wyzant Online Content Tutoring
Faculty/staff can refer students to receive free online content tutoring with experienced tutors who have been pre-screened to have the appropriate academic/professional credentials. Please connect with your academic advisors with further questions about the online tutoring service.

Writing Tutoring and Presentation Support
Book an online appointment for free, one-on-one support with a writing consultant. If you cannot find an appointment time that works for you, please email the Student Engagement and Success office to arrange evening or weekend tutoring hours as needed.

Or, just drop in via Zoom (no appointment needed) during online "drop-in" hours. The online drop-in hours and Zoom link are posted on the student success section of the website.

Pepperdine Libraries Online Support
The Graduate Campus Libraries (Drescher/West LA/Encino/Irvine) are closed until further notice. In the meantime, online support is available through Pepperdine Libraries.

Website Resources
There are many additional writing, communication, and academic resources available to you on the Student Success section of our website.

Questions?
Should you have any questions about the online academic support available, please contact Student Engagement and Success

  Financial Aid and Housing

What are my options to obtain additional funding due to changes in my financial circumstances?

You can seek loan options as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. Please visit the Financial Aid website to learn more about your options. You can also contact the Financial Aid office via email or by phone at 310.568.5530.

What are the implications of the U.S. bill S. 3503 signed into law on March 21st for student veterans?

The law enables VA to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This is based on the original modality, residence seeking students, of the respective program.

The law gives VA temporary authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies. This allows for continued payment of benefits even if the program has changed from resident training to online training.

Thanks to the law, GI Bill students will continue receiving the same monthly housing allowance (MHA) payments they received for resident training until Dec. 21, or until school resumes in-person classes.

Students receiving GI Bill benefits are not required to take any action. Benefits will continue automatically. VA will work closely with schools to ensure accurately certified enrollments and timely processing. Updates will be provided to students via direct email campaigns and social media regarding VA's effort to implement these new changes.

Will there be an impact on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) that I receive as part of my veteran benefits?

Pepperdine University is approved by the State Approving Agency for delivery through an online modality. This means as of now, your BAH benefit payments will remain the same for the Spring 2021 term. If you were certified under distance learning or residence, BAH payments will be paid accordingly based on your enrollment certification.

Does PGBS have a list of recommended off-campus housing options?

Yes. Please find a list of off-campus housing options on the Pepperdine Graziadio Housing Guide.

  Video Conferencing

How do I access Zoom?

All students have a Zoom Pro account allowing you to host virtual study groups and meetings with fellow classmates. You can access your account through the Pepperdine Zoom web portal. Additional information about the features and utilizing the tool is available on the IT Zoom webpage.

Can I share a Zoom session link with others?

Treat the Zoom session as a private event and share the Zoom meeting link only with the intended participants. Participants should not share the link publicly or with others who do not need to be in the meeting. Participants are also advised to not post the meeting link in social public forums. Faculty are encouraged to post the meeting link in their institutional learning management system for students to access.

How can I prevent "Zoombombing" during a Zoom session?

Some universities and school districts are reporting inappropriate and offensive activities known as Zoombombing, where unwanted participants enter the Zoom meeting room and screen-share and/or proceed to say or write very offensive things. Zoombombing can usually be prevented by following these best practices:

  • Assign screen sharing ability only to the host. In Zoom, click the upward arrowhead (^) next to Share | Advanced Sharing Options | Only Host.
  • Mute participants upon entry and disable their ability to unmute themselves. In Zoom, click Manage Participants | the "More" button and check both "Mute Participants On Entry" and "Allow participants to unmute themselves."
  • Allow participants to chat with the host only. In Zoom, click Chat | the "ellipsis" button and check "Host only."

What do I do if I experience offensive or disruptive activity during a Zoom session?

Zoombombing can happen in Zoom or any other video conferencing solution. If you experience such activities, please report the incident as soon as possible to a member of the University IT staff.