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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a master’s degree to apply to this program?

Yes. All applicants must have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. We do not require that applicants have a master’s degree in a specific field; we take a holistic approach to application review.

What is the required GPA?

We ask that candidates have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA from both their master’s and baccalaureate programs; however, we review all applications holistically for individuals who show potential for success in our program. If you are concerned about your GPA, you are welcome to include a brief "GPA Statement of Explanation" with your application.

Do I have to take a standardized test (ex. GRE, GMAT or MAT)?

Yes. All applicants must submit scores from the MAT, GRE, or GMAT. We are unable to waive this admission requirement regardless of an applicant’s academic or professional experience. We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications, including standardized test scores. We do not adhere to a strict minimum score for any exam. Admission decisions are based on an applicant’s potential for success in our program.

Our institutional codes for these tests are: 2729 (MAT), 4326 (GRE), and 37B-KT-28 (GMAT).

For more information on the tests and to register, please visit:

When is the application deadline?

Please see our Application Deadline webpage for current information.

When does the program start?

This program only begins in the summer of each year. Your first face-to-face session, entitled "Leadership and Technology Training for Educators" (LATTE), takes place in July at the Malibu campus.

What does rolling admission mean?

We begin reviewing applications at the start of each calendar year. Once an application is complete, it typically takes four to five weeks to receive an admissions decision. If an application is received after the deadline, it will be reviewed on a space-available basis. If the program is full, the applicant will be considered for the following year.

Is there an interview process?

Yes. Qualified applicants who have completed applications will be invited to participate in a phone interview with one of our faculty members.

How long does the program take to complete?

The first two years of the program are dedicated to completing coursework. Following coursework, all students are required to complete their dissertation in order to graduate. On average, students complete the program in 3 to 4 years, but students have up to 8 years to complete their entire program.



How much does the program cost?

Please visit our Financial Aid page for current information on program costs, financial aid, scholarships, and grants. Our financial aid award packages can consist of Colleagues grants, federal direct loans, and departmental scholarship.

To be eligible for the most amount of aid, we encourage all applicants to submit their FAFSA applications.

Are there travel requirements associated with this program?

Each cohort travels to an annual conference during their time in the program. Actual locations and dates vary by year.

Please contact our Recruitment and Admissions Team at gsep-recruitment@pepperdine.edu for the most up-to-date information.

What is the format of the program?

This is a 60/40 blended program:  60% of your coursework will be face-to-face and 40% will be online through synchronous and asynchronous interactions. Students meet in face-to-face weekend sessions nine times throughout the year and a few days each summer for two years. Online sessions meet once a week.


What’s the difference between an EdD and a PhD?

The PhD is research focused oriented and the EdD is oriented toward educational practice and the application of theory and research.

What kind of job opportunities will be available to me once I graduate from this program?

Graduates of this program are prepared to become leaders in the field of education. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, positions at school sites, district offices, county offices, higher education, and educational businesses in the public and private sectors.

How can I learn more about this doctoral program?

You are welcome to attend one of our formal in-person or online information sessions. To see the upcoming schedule and to RSVP, please visit our information meetings page.

If you are unable to attend an information session, you are welcome to contact the Admissions and Recruitment Team at gsep-recruitment@pepperdine.edu to schedule a personal consultation.