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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're concerned about your GPA, you may include a brief 'GPA Statement of Explanation' with your application.

When does the program start?

This program begins in the fall each year. We accept applications throughout the year.

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. Applications received after the deadline are reviewed on a space-available basis. If the program is full, applicants will be considered for the following year.

How long is the program?

This program can be completed in 5 terms or 1.6 years (20 months).

I am an International Applicant. What additional admission requirements do I need to submit?

You'll need to:

1.  Send all international transcripts to be evaluated by either the International Education Research Foundation (www.ierf.org) or World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org) for a comprehensive report that they will send directly to Pepperdine. This process can take a few weeks.
2.  Submit all original certified transcripts in English to Pepperdine directly.
3.  If your first language is not English, you must submit a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). If taking the computer-based TOEFL test, you will need a minimum score of 220. If taking the Internet-based TOEFL test, you will need a minimum score of 80. Information concerning the availability of this test outside of the US can be obtained by contacting TOEFL, Educational Testing Services, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA or online at www.toefl.org. As an alternative to the TOEFL, you may submit a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS exam.

What is the format of the program?

This is a 60/40 blended program.  Sixty percent of your coursework is face-to-face and 40 percent is through synchronous and asynchronous online interactions. The program will have two extended weekend face-to-face meetings per term at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus and weekly sessions will take place online.

When are classes held?

In addition to the New Student Orientation, the cohort meets face-to-face twice a semester for three days. In between face-to-face meetings, students participate in online course work, both synchronously and asynchronously.

What are typical career paths for graduates of this program?

Our graduates are prepared to address major social problems such as inadequate education, civic engagement, and health systems, entrenched poverty, environmental threats, and high crime rates through innovative ideas that advance solutions. Opportunities include, but are not limited to positions in non-profits, social enterprises, for-profit corporate social responsibility, and various foundations.  Some students start their own social enterprises.

How can I learn more about this program?

You're welcome to attend one of our in-person or online information sessions. To see the upcoming schedule and to RSVP for a one of our sessions, click here. If you are unable to attend an information session, you can connect with the Admissions and Recruitment Team at gsep-recruitment@pepperdine.edu to schedule a personal consultation.