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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.

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Information for Current and Newly Admitted Students - Fall 2021

  Full-Time Programs

New students:

  • Online Pre-arrival Orientation will launch in mid-July.
  • Program-specific orientations with faculty and staff will be held the week of August 16. Refer to the New Student Orientation Community website for your program’s specific dates, location, and information.
  • The Personal and Leadership Development workshops will be offered during the week of August 23.

All students:

  • Academic courses will be offered starting Monday, August 30 and ending on Friday, December 10.
  • Most classes will be held in-person at the Malibu campus. Students can anticipate the possibility of a limited number of classes, up to four units, to be taken in the online modality.
  • Classes will be offered during the following time blocks: 8 AM to 12 noon, 1 PM to 5 PM, and 6 PM to 10 PM.
  • In cases where multiple sections of the same course are offered, students may have the option of taking an online section. This option is primarily intended for students who anticipate challenges with attending on-campus classes. Online sections will be taught by combining weekly synchronous Zoom sessions with asynchronous (self-paced) instructional activities.

Please take a moment to review the modality offering guide outlining additional details for each full-time program.

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

New students:

  • Program-specific orientations with faculty and staff via Zoom will be held the week of August 23.
  • The Personal and Leadership Development workshops will be offered starting Friday, September 3.

All students:

  • Academic courses will be offered starting Monday, August 30 and ending on Friday, December 10.

Online BSM

  • There are no changes with our online program offerings.

BSM

  • The four-unit courses will be offered in the hybrid modality. It will consist of in-person instruction from 6 PM to 10 PM and synchronous Zoom sessions on alternating weeks (e.g. week 1: in-person, week 2: Zoom session, week 3: in-person, etc). Students are expected to attend the in-person instruction and Zoom sessions. Students who are unable to enroll in the hybrid modality will have access to courses in the online modality through a request process with the program office.
  • The two-unit courses will be offered exclusively in the online modality. Online courses will be taught by combining weekly synchronous Zoom sessions with asynchronous (self-paced) instructional activities.

Fully Employed MBA

  • Students will have the option to choose the hybrid or online modality for core courses. The hybrid modality consists of in-person instruction from 6 PM to 10 PM and synchronous Zoom sessions on alternating weeks (e.g. week 1: in-person, week 2: Zoom session, week 3: in-person, etc). Students are expected to attend the in-person instruction and Zoom sessions.
  • The elective courses will be offered exclusively in the online modality. Online courses will be taught by combining weekly synchronous Zoom sessions with asynchronous (self-paced) instructional activities.

ONLINE GRADUATE PROGRAMS (MBA, MSML, MSHR, MSBA)

New students:

Program-specific onboarding and welcome social will be held the week of August 23.
The Personal and Leadership Development workshops will be offered starting Friday, September 3.

All students:

Academic courses will be offered starting Monday, August 30 and ending on Friday, December 10.
There are no changes with our online program offerings.

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

Executive MBA/Presidents & Key Executive MBA

  • Program kickoff for new students will be held in-person.
  • Weekend intensive sessions for new and continuing students will also be held in-person.

MS in Organization Development

  • Program kickoff for new students will be held virtually on August 28.
  • The foundation courses will resume online as planned with intensive residential sessions taking place in-person at various domestic and international destinations.

Doctor of Business Administration

  • Program kickoff for new students will be held virtually on August 28 and August 29.
  • Week-long intensive sessions for new and continuing students will be held in-person.

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 my class schedules be impacted?

As we transition back to campus, classes will be in-person at the Malibu campus. In cases where multiple sections of the same course are offered, students may have the option of taking an online section. This option is primarily intended for students who anticipate challenges with attending on-campus classes. Online sections will be taught by combining weekly synchronous Zoom sessions with asynchronous (self-paced) instructional activities.

We encourage you to contact your academic advisor with any further questions about the fall course schedule.

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.

What date is the full-time orientation for Fall?

The full-time program orientations will be held the week of August 16. Dates vary by program. Please refer to the New Student Orientation Community page for specific dates and information regarding your orientation.

Check the welcome page for information regarding the admitted student reception and other updates for incoming students.

 

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 July 15, 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 U.S. visa appointments are challenging to obtain?

We are seeing promising developments in the processing times by US embassies. To be eligible for a visa appointment, you will need an I-20 Form issued by the Pepperdine University Office of International Student Services (OISS). In order to obtain your I-20, you will need to submit the Intent to Enroll Form and enrollment deposit, as instructed in your notification of admission. These items must be submitted by no later than June 25, 2021. In addition, you must submit the International Student Data (ISD) Form through the OISS portal no later than July 15, 2021. Your prompt action is essential in ensuring your timely acquisition of a visa and arrival to the US.For further information, please visit OISS webpage or contact them directly at oiss@pepperdine.edu.

  Part-Time Programs

How will my class schedules be impacted?

For the fall term, courses will be offered in the hybrid or online modality. Students who are unable to enroll in the hybrid modality will have access to courses in the online modality. 

The hybrid modality will consist of in-person instruction from 6 PM to 10 PM and synchronous Zoom sessions on alternating weeks (e.g. week 1: in-person, week 2: Zoom session, week 3: in-person, etc). Students are expected to attend the in-person instruction and Zoom sessions. Online courses will be taught by combining weekly synchronous Zoom sessions with asynchronous (self-paced) instructional activities.

Will the tuition be the same for classes that may need to be temporarily offered in the hybrid modality?

Whether we offer classes in-person or in a hybrid format, 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.

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

Program-specific orientations with faculty and staff via Zoom will be held the week of August 23. Please visit the Incoming Student Community webpage for further details.

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 my class schedules be impacted?

Classes in executive programs (EMBA, PKE, MSOD, and DBA) will be offered in-person for the fall term. The program residential kick-off workshop for new students in EMBA and PKE will also be held in-person. For MSOD and DBA, the program kick-off for new students will be held virtually. More information will be provided by the respective program offices.

 

FAQs

  COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

What vaccines are available?

The University strongly encourages students who are able to be fully vaccinated with a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized or World Health Organization (WHO)-authorized vaccine.

The Student Health Center on the Malibu campus has been approved as a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site by the California COVID-19 Vaccination Program and vaccinations are being offered at on-campus clinics as the University receives additional supply of the vaccine. Community members, however, who wish to be vaccinated and meet current eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to receive the vaccine elsewhere if possible and not wait for the vaccine to become available at the University. Learn more about the Student Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic.

What does being vaccinated mean?

According to the Center for Disease Control, you are considered vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

If I am planning to come to campus for a brief period of time, am I still required to follow the COVID-19 vaccine policy?

Yes, students from all programs (full-time, part-time, online, and executive programs) who will be accessing any of the campuses, including the graduate regional campuses, regardless of duration and/or frequency, will need to comply with the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy either by submitting proof of vaccination or the exemption form.

Where can I find more information about how Pepperdine is preparing for in-person instruction?

Pepperdine has created a COVID-19 Planning and Preparation website outlining available resources and policies, including the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

  International Students

What travel restrictions are in place?

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

Travelers Arriving in Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the State of California advise that you follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) travel guidance:

  • If you’re fully vaccinated, follow the CDC domestic and international travel guidance for fully vaccinated people.
  • If you’re not fully vaccinated, but choose to travel, follow the CDC domestic and international travel guidance for unvaccinated people.

Please note that all travelers coming from other countries or U.S. states are required to complete the online City of Los Angeles Traveler Form prior to or upon arrival in Los Angeles.

When making your travel plans, you should first carefully review and follow the most updated COVID-19 requirements and guidance at the following websites:

Can I stay in the US and take classes fully online?

Based on  the school’s plan to resume in-person instruction for most courses in the fall term, students will need to enroll in in-person courses.

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

Please contact your academic advisor to explore options that may be available to you depending on your program of study. It is also recommended that you contact OISS to understand potential implications on your visa status and eligibility for OPT.

What if I cannot come back to the US?

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

What if I cannot come back to resume OPT?

Please get in touch with your assigned Designated School Office (DSO) or OISS for consultation on the latest guidance from the Student and Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP).

How do I get in touch with the Office of International Student Services (OISS)?

You may contact OISS at oiss@pepperdine.edu or 310.506.4246.

  Campus Resources

When will graduate campuses be open?

The graduate campuses will be fully reopened at the start of the fall term, which commences on August 21, 2021.

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

Will my accommodations differ depending on the modality of the course I am enrolled in?

You will receive the same accommodations regardless of the course modality.
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?

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

Wyzant Online Tutoring
Faculty/staff can refer students to receive free online content and writing 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.

Pepperdine Libraries Online Support
The Graduate Campus Libraries (Drescher/West LA/Encino/Irvine) will reopen for the fall 2021 term. 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.

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 Fall 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.