Pepperdine Graziadio Named Among World’s Best Universities for Doctor of Business Administration by CEOWORLD Magazine

Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s Executive Doctor of Business Administration Program (DBA) has been ranked number four among DBA programs in the world in CEOWORLD’s rankings.

In the newly released 2022 ranking of the world’s best universities for Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) by CEOWORLD Magazine, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s Executive Doctor of Business Administration Program (DBA) ranked number four out of the 92 schools that comprise the international list.

“For the Pepperdine Graziadio Executive DBA program to be named one of the top programs in the world is a fantastic honor and a testament to the quality of the purpose-driven learning and business application,” said Dr. Bernice Ledbetter, dean of students and alumni affairs at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. “Pepperdine Graziadio prides itself in developing Best for the World Leaders, and our DBA program is no exception; the program enables working executives to achieve high-level subject-matter expertise and research acumen to fill faculty positions at applied business schools across the globe.”

CEOWORLD surveyed 150,000 business executives, graduates, global business influencers, industry professionals, business school academics, employers, and recruiters in 156 countries and territories to determine the list of 92 schools.

CEOWORLD collected information and statistics from publicly available sources, research, and surveys. The 2022 Global Universities survey was carried out by CEOWORLD Magazine – the website for ​CEOs, COOs, CFOs, senior corporate executives, business leaders, private equity investors, investment bankers, and high net worth individuals worldwide. CEOWORLD Magazine evaluated 173 Doctor of Business Administration programs around the world.

The Pepperdine Graziadio Executive DBA program is a fully accredited three-year, 55-unit degree program, pursued in trimesters. DBA candidates learn contemporary theories, apply advanced analytical methods, and leverage executive experience to develop new evidence-based insights for improving and shaping the future of business and the world. The course progression is intentionally laid out with dissertation completion in mind. At the end of each year, students deliver a key element of their research project. Year one is a literature review. Year two is a formal research proposal. Year three is a completed study. Dedicated faculty advising teams guide students through the entire process and help students achieve personal and intellectual success within an academic environment.

To learn more about the Pepperdine Graziadio Executive DBA program, visit

About Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School

For more than 50 years, the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School has challenged individuals to think boldly and drive meaningful change within their industries and communities. Dedicated to developing Best for the World Leaders, the Graziadio School offers a comprehensive range of MBA, MS, executive, and doctoral degree programs grounded in integrity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Graziadio School advances experiential learning through small classes with distinguished faculty that stimulate critical thinking and meaningful connection, inspiring students and working professionals to realize their greatest potential as values-centered leaders. Follow Pepperdine Graziadio on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


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