Pepperdine MBAs Build Their Own Cohorts

A school created a crowdsourcing website to allow working professionals to create or join an MBA cohort at a location convenient to them.
MBA students often can customize many aspects of their programs—from their schedules to their course tracks. But they most often can’t choose who the other students in their cohorts will be. But enterprising individuals thinking of enrolling in the MBA program at the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management in Los Angeles, California, now also have the option to choose their own cohorts. The school recently launched MyMBA.pepperdine.edu, a crowdsourcing website that will allow working professionals to create or join an MBA cohort at a location convenient to them.

The new website is a way for professionals to further customize a program that works best for their circumstances by specifying meeting time, location, and format for their cohorts, explains John Paglia, associate dean and associate professor of finance. Individuals can invite friends and colleagues to join a cohort (each ranging from 15 to 25 students), and organizations can create cohorts exclusive to their own employees. MyMBA’s “share” feature also allows registered users to post information on their social media feeds.