Master of Science in Administration and Preliminary Services Credential (ELA) | Pepperdine University | Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the required GPA?

We ask that candidates have a 3.0 cumulative GPA from their baccalaureate program; 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 you application.

What are the admission requirements?

For a complete list of the admission requirements, please visit our Admission Requirements page.  Standardized tests are not required.

 

Do I need to have professional experience in the field of education to apply?

ELA students are generally K-12 and adult classroom teachers with leadership responsibilities, teachers on special assignment, counselors, or district and county coordinators.

On average, students have 3-5 years of classroom experience in private, public, parochial, and/or charter schools prior to entering to our program.

If not pursuing the Administrative Services Credential, you may qualify to apply without any teaching experience.

To find out if you qualify, please connect with the Admissions and Recruitment Team at gsep-recruitment@pepperdine.edu to learn more.

Can I receive the master’s degree without the credential? Can I receive the credential without the master’s coursework?

Yes.  You can earn your master’s degree without the credential.

No.  The credential coursework is integrated into our master’s program coursework and cannot be taken separately.

When does the program start?

This program only begins in September. We accept applications throughout the year.

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 through synchronous and asynchronous online interactions.

The weekend face-to-face sessions will take place at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus and weekly sessions will take place online.

What does rolling admission mean?

We begin reviewing applications at the start of each calendar year. Once an application is complete, it typically takes 4-5 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.

How long does the program take to complete?

This program can be completed in one year.

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.

How can I learn more about this program?

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

If you are unable to attend an information session, you are welcome to connect with the Admissions and Recruitment Team at gsep-recruitment@pepperdine.edu to schedule a personal consultation or have your questions answered.