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Frequently Asked Questions

What education requirements do I need to have to apply to this program?

You need to have a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.

How long is the program?

The TESOL program is completed in one year.

What is the required GPA?

We ask that you have a 3.0 cumulative GPA from your bachelor's program; however, we review all applications holistically for individuals who show potential for success in our program. If you have concerns about your GPA, you're welcome to include a brief 'GPA Statement of Explanation' with your application.

When are classes held?

The program is 100% face-to-face at the Irvine Graduate Campus only.  For the current schedule, contact us at gsep-recruitment@pepperdine.edu.

What is the maximum amount of time allowed for program completion?

Seven years.

Where are classes held?

This program is only offered at the Irvine Graduate Campus.

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.