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Education Master's Programs

MA in Teaching (with preliminary teaching credential)

In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.

To apply for this program, please submit:

1. Your application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.

2. Official student transcripts from the regionally accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate degree via one of the following approved companies:

3. Please request all transcripts to be sent to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

Note: State Law prohibits Pepperdine from accepting a BA Degree in Education for the Teaching Credential Program.

4. Two professional recommendations using the Recommendation Section in our online application. While completing your online application, you will list your recommenders and an email requesting a letter will be sent to them. Recommendations should attest to your competencies, character, and potential to the program. Additionally, recommenders may also complete this form and email it directly to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

5. A 1-2 page Statement of Educational Purpose to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu if not included in your online application.

6. A signed Statement of Responsibility Form emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

7. Proof of passing the Basic Skills Requirement emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

8. Passing score report for the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) by the end of the first term*. The passing score report is required even if the applicant has asked Evaluation Systems, Pearson (ES) to send Pepperdine University the results.The CSET is valid for 10 years and must be current in order for a candidate to be eligible for student teaching. Applicants who have successfully completed a Commission-approved Subject Matter Equivalency program must obtain a Subject Matter Equivalency letter from the college or university. The original Subject Matter Equivalency letter will be accepted in lieu of the CSET.

9. Your California Certificate of Character Clearance (COC) must be completed prior to admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Note: State Law prohibits Pepperdine University from accepting a BA Degree in Education if a candidate pursues a Single Subject Teaching Credential in the MA in Teaching Program.

10. (Optional) If your baccalaureate or master's degree GPA is lower than 3.0 or you're seeking an exception to our GRE or TOEFL test requirements, please fill out this Exception Request Form and email it to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

*Graduate students will be admitted and allowed to enroll in the MA in Teaching program without the completion of the CSET, with an understanding that if they do not successfully complete the CSET by the end of their first term, they will no longer be allowed to continue in the MA in Teaching program until which time they have successfully completed the CSET.

MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.

To apply for this program, please submit:

1. Your application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.

2. Official student transcripts from the regionally accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate degree via one of the following approved companies:

3. Please request all transcripts to be sent to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

4. Two professional recommendations using the Recommendation Section in our online application. While completing your online application, you will list your recommenders and an email requesting a letter will be sent to them. Recommendations should attest to your competencies, character, and potential to the program. Additionally, recommenders may also complete this form and email it directly to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

5. A 1-2 page Statement of Educational Purpose emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu if not included in your online application.

6. (Optional) If your baccalaureate or master's degree GPA is lower than 3.0 or you're seeking an exception to our GRE or TOEFL test requirements, please fill out this Exception Request Form and email it to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

International Student Requirements:

7. Applicants who attended schools outside the United States are required to submit certified transcripts in English. Submitted transcripts must include a cumulative grade point average (GPA on a 4.0 scale, A = 4.0) that has been evaluated by a NACES member credential service (www.naces.org) such as the World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org) or the International Education Research Foundation (www.ierf.org)

8. If you have not completed your bachelor's degree at the time of application, submit a current transcript. Upon degree completion, you are required to provide official transcripts in a sealed envelope directly from the institution who awarded your degree prior to enrollment.

Mailing Address:
Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology Admissions
6100 Center Drive 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA

Note: 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 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. Our TOEFL code is 4630.

MA in Social Entrepreneurship and Change

In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.

To apply for this program, please submit:

1. Your application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee

2. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university

3. Official student transcripts safely and electronically via one of the following approved companies:

4. Please request all transcripts to be sent to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

5. Two professional recommendations using the Recommendation Section in our online application. While completing your online application, you will list your recommenders and an email requesting a letter will be sent to them. Recommendations should attest to your competencies, character, and potential to the program. Additionally, recommenders may also complete this form and email it directly to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

6. A 1-2 page Statement of Educational Purpose addressing previous involvement or interest in social change issues, professional goals and objectives,

7. and a social issue of personal importance, including reasons why the issue is a particular concern, emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu if not included in your online application.

8. (Optional) If your baccalaureate or master's degree GPA is lower than 3.0 or you're seeking an exception to our GRE or TOEFL test requirements, please fill out this Exception Request Form and email it to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

9. (Optional) Your professional CV or resume emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

Education Doctoral Programs

EdD in Learning Technologies

In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.

To apply for this program, please submit:

  1. Application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  3. A postgraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  4. Official transcripts sent electronically via one of the approved companies listed on the GSEP website from the institutions that awarded the baccalaureate and master's degrees to the applicant as well as all transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended.
  5. Two professional recommendations using the Recommendation Section in our online application. While completing your online application, you will list your recommenders and an email requesting a letter will be sent to them. Recommendations should attest to your competencies, character, and potential to the program. Additionally, recommenders may also complete this form and email it directly to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.
  6. A two-page proctored essay on a selected topic. Applicants who do not perform satisfactorily on this essay may be required to attend a writing workshop course at GSEP such as ED 692. Alternatively, applicants may submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE—verbal and quantitative sections) taken within the past five years.
  7. A three-part statement, at least 2,000 words in length, describing (1) vision for technology, (2) experience or background in technology, and (3) personal goals related to the pursuit of this degree.
  8. A personal interview is required for all qualified applicants who apply to the program.
  9. Resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is optional but recommended.

EdD in Organizational Leadership

In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.

To apply for this program, please submit:

1. Application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.

2. Official student transcripts from the regionally accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate and master's degrees via one of the following approved companies:

3. Please request all transcripts to be sent to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

4. Three professional recommendations using the Recommendation Section in our online application. While completing your online application, you will list your recommenders and an email requesting a letter will be sent to them. Recommendations should attest to your competencies, character, and potential to the program. Additionally, recommenders may also complete this form and email it directly to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

5. A Statement of Purpose (1,000-2,000 words) addressing such topics as your view of leadership, ability to create followers, propensity to take risks, evidence of a purposeful research agenda, perseverance and demonstrated achievements, future career and life objectives, and reasons for pursuing a PhD program, emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

6. A two-page proctored essay on a selected topic. Applicants who do not perform satisfactorily on this essay may be required to attend a writing workshop course at GSEP such as ED 692. Alternatively, applicants may submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE—verbal and quantitative sections) taken within the past five years.

7. Resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is optional but recommended.

8. A personal interview with a program director or designee for qualified applicants who apply to the program.

9. (Optional) If your baccalaureate or master's degree GPA is lower than 3.0 or you're seeking an exception to our GRE or TOEFL test requirements, please fill out this Exception Request Form and email it to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

A personal interview with the program director is required for all qualified applicants.

A writing sample and/or critical thinking assessment may be assigned to a candidate before potential admission at the discretion of the program director.

EdD in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy

In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.

To apply for this program, please submit:

1. Application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.

2. Official student transcripts from the regionally accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate and master's degrees via one of the following approved companies:

3. Please request all transcripts to be sent to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

4. Three professional recommendations using the Recommendation Section in our online application. While completing your online application, you will list your recommenders and an email requesting a letter will be sent to them. Recommendations should attest to your competencies, character, and potential to the program. Additionally, recommenders may also complete this form and email it directly to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

5. A Statement of Purpose (1,000-2,000 words) addressing such topics as your view of leadership, ability to create followers, propensity to take risks, evidence of a purposeful research agenda, perseverance and demonstrated achievements, future career and life objectives, and reasons for pursuing a PhD program, emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

6. A two-page proctored essay on a selected topic. Applicants who do not perform satisfactorily on this essay may be required to attend a writing workshop course at GSEP such as ED 692. Alternatively, applicants may submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE—verbal and quantitative sections) taken within the past five years.

7. Resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is optional but recommended.

8. A personal interview with a program director or designee for qualified applicants who apply to the program.

9. (Optional) If your baccalaureate or master's degree GPA is lower than 3.0 or you're seeking an exception to our GRE or TOEFL test requirements, please fill out this Exception Request Form and email it to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

A personal interview with the program director is required for all qualified applicants.

A writing sample and/or critical thinking assessment may be assigned to a candidate before potential admission at the discretion of the program director.

PhD in Global Leadership and Change

In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.

To apply for this program, please submit:

1. Your application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.

2. Official student transcripts from the regionally accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate and master's degrees via one of the following approved companies:

3. Please request all transcripts to be sent to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

4. A verified record of academic written and presented research: PhD Research Experience Form.

5. Three professional recommendations using the Recommendation Section in our online application. While completing your online application, you will list your recommenders and an email requesting a letter will be sent to them. Recommendations should attest to your competencies, character, and potential to the program. Additionally, recommenders may also complete this form and email it directly to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

6. A Statement of Purpose (1,000-2,000 words) addressing such topics as your view of leadership, ability to create followers, propensity to take risks, evidence of a purposeful research agenda, perseverance and demonstrated achievements, future career and life objectives, and reasons for pursuing a PhD program, emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

7. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (General Test: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing sections). The GRE must have been taken within the last five years. For more information about testing, please click here.

8. Your professional CV or resume emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

9. A personal interview with a program director or designee for qualified applicants who apply to the program.

10. (Optional) If your baccalaureate or master's degree GPA is lower than 3.0 or you're seeking an exception to our GRE or TOEFL test requirements, please fill out this Exception Request Form and email it to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

A personal interview with the program director is required for all qualified applicants.

A writing sample and/or critical thinking assessment may be assigned to a candidate before potential admission at the discretion of the program director

Current GSEP EdD students, and EdD alumni who have graduated in the last seven years, may transfer up to 39 EdD units to the PhD in Global Leadership and Change program. The final decision of transfer is recommended in conjunction with a committee appointed by the program director which includes committee members and the director of student success, or designee. This committee will make the final recommendation to the Admission Office based upon analysis of official transcripts, syllabi, and other relevant material submitted by the candidate.

Psychology Master's Programs

MA in Psychology

Applicants to the evening format may possess a bachelor's degree in any field, and there are no pre-requisite courses that must be completed prior to starting the program. Applicants without recent course work (within the last seven years) in psychology, however, will be required to complete foundation courses in preparation for the core curriculum. Foundation courses are offered as part of the master's program.

In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.

To apply for this program, please submit:

1. Your application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee, which includes a Clinical and Research Experience form.

2. Official student transcripts from the regionally accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate degree via one of the following approved companies:

Applicants who are pursuing their bachelors at the time of application should submit an in-progress (current) transcript and will be required to submit a final transcript showing the degree posted after completion of their undergraduate program. Please request all transcripts to be sent to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

3. Two professional recommendations using the Recommendation Section in our online application. While completing your online application, you will list your recommenders and an e-mail requesting a letter will be sent to them. If possible, one should be from a college professor familiar with your academic performance and one from a clinical supervisor familiar with your clinical skills. Additionally, recommenders may also complete this form and email it directly to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

4. A 2-5 page Statement of Purpose describing your previous training and experience, current interests, future professional goals, and reasons for applying to the program, emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu if not included in your online application.

5. (Optional) If your baccalaureate or master's degree GPA is lower than 3.0 or you're seeking an exception to our TOEFL test requirement, please fill out this Exception Request Form and email it to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy - Day Format

For the daytime format, a bachelor's degree in psychology is preferred. However, qualified applicants who possess a bachelor's degree in a related academic field (e.g. sociology, social work, child and family development) may also be considered.

In an effort to process your application quickly, we recommend you send your materials electronically.

If an institution does not offer electronic transcripts, hard copy transcripts are acceptable.

Mail these materials to:

GSEP Admissions
6100 Center Dr. 5th Fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

For questions, contact senior program administrator Andrea Lipnicki at 310.506.4608.

To apply for this program, please submit:

1. Your application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.

2. Official student transcripts from the regionally accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate degree via one of the following approved companies:

3. Please request all transcripts to be sent to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

4. If you have any questions regarding transcript processing please contact us at 310.258.2850 or gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

5. Two professional recommendations using the Recommendation Section in our online application. While completing your online application, you will list your recommenders and an email requesting a letter will be sent to them. Recommendations should attest to your competencies, character, and potential to the program. Additionally, recommenders may also complete this form and email it directly to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

6. A 2-5 page Statement of Purpose describing your previous training and experience, current interests, future professional goals, and reasons for applying to the program, emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu if not included in your online application.

7. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (General Test), taken within the last five years. For more information about testing, please click here.

8. BA or BS degree in psychology (or closely related field)

9. (Optional) If you're seeking an exception to our TOEFL test requirement, please fill out this Exception Request Form and email it to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

10. If you have any questions regarding the application requirements, please contact the Enrollment Services Office at gsep-recruitment@pepperdine.edu or 310.258.2850.

 

MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy - Evening Format

Applicants to the evening format may possess a bachelor's degree in any field, and there are no pre-requisite courses that must be completed prior to starting the program. Applicants without recent course work (within the last seven years) in psychology, however, will be required to complete foundation courses in preparation for the core curriculum. Foundation courses are offered as part of the master's program.

In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.

To apply for this program, please submit:

1. Your application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.

Official student transcripts from the regionally accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate degree via one of the following approved companies:

2. Applicants who are pursuing their bachelors at the time of application should submit an in-progress (current) transcript and will be required to submit a final transcript showing the degree posted after completion of their undergraduate program. Please request all transcripts to be sent to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

3. Two professional recommendations using the Recommendation Section in our online application. While completing your online application, you will list your recommenders and an email requesting a letter will be sent to them. Recommendations should attest to your competencies, character, and potential to the program. Additionally, recommenders may also complete this form and email it directly to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

4. A 2-5 page Statement of Purpose describing your previous training and experience, current interests, future professional goals, and reasons for applying to the program, emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu if not included in your online application.

5. (Optional) If your baccalaureate or master's degree GPA is lower than 3.0 or you're seeking an exception to our TOEFL test requirement, please fill out this Exception Request Form and email it to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy with Latinas/os

Applicants to the Latinas/os emphasis may possess a bachelor's degree in any field, and there are no prerequisite courses that must be completed prior to starting the program. Applicants without recent course work (within the last seven years) in psychology, however, will be required to complete foundational courses in preparation for the core curriculum. Foundational courses are offered as part of the master's program.

In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.

To apply for this program, please submit:

1. Your application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.

Official student transcripts from the regionally accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate degree via one of the following approved companies:

2. Applicants who are pursuing their bachelors at the time of application should submit an in-progress (current) transcript and will be required to submit a final transcript showing the degree posted after completion of their undergraduate program. Please request all transcripts to be sent to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

3. Two professional recommendations using the Recommendation Section in our online application. While completing your online application, you will list your recommenders and an email requesting a letter will be sent to them. Recommendations should attest to your competencies, character, and potential to the program. Additionally, recommenders may also complete this form and email it directly to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

4. A 2-5 page Statement of Purpose describing your previous training and experience, current interests, future professional goals, and reasons for applying to the program, emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu if not included in your online application.

5. (Optional) If your baccalaureate or master's degree GPA is lower than 3.0 or you're seeking an exception to our TOEFL test requirement, please fill out this Exception Request Form and email it to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

After the initial screening of the applications, the remaining candidates will be invited for interviews with the Program Director. Special arrangements for telephone interviews may be made for applicants who reside outside the Southern California area. Admission decisions are based on an entire mosaic of requirements rather than on any single factor.

MS in Behavioral Psychology

In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.

To apply for this program, please submit:

1. Your application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.

Official student transcripts from the regionally accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate degree via one of the following approved companies:

2. Applicants who are pursuing their bachelors at the time of application should submit an in-progress (current) transcript and will be required to submit a final transcript showing the degree posted after completion of their undergraduate program. Please request all transcripts to be sent to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

3. Two professional recommendations using the Recommendation Section in our online application. While completing your online application, you will list your recommenders and an email requesting a letter will be sent to them. Recommendations should attest to your competencies, character, and potential to the program. Additionally, recommenders may also complete this form and email it directly to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

4. A 2-5 page Statement of Purpose describing your previous training and experience, current interests, future professional goals, and reasons for applying to the program, emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu if not included in your online application.

5. (Optional) If your baccalaureate or master's degree GPA is lower than 3.0 or you're seeking an exception to our TOEFL test requirement, please fill out this Exception Request Form and email it to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

Psychology Doctoral Programs

PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Applicants for the PsyD program must possess a master's degree in psychology or a closely related field that reflects a graduate-level foundation of knowledge in the following domains: biological aspects of behavior, cognitive and effective aspects of behavior, social aspects of behavior; psychological measurement, research methodology, and techniques of data analysis.

The PsyD Admissions Committee takes into consideration the breadth and depth of an applicant's foundation of general knowledge of psychology, and clinical and research experience in granting admission. Scores of the GRE, in addition to a review of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, provide an assessment of an applicant's general knowledge. The average undergraduate grade point average for students in the 2008-2012 entering classes was 3.36 . The profession of clinical psychology requires individual and interpersonal competencies in addition to academic preparation. Interpersonal attributes and skills are therefore taken into consideration in assessing an individual's qualification for admission.

In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.

To apply for this program, please submit:

1. Your application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee, which includes a Clinical and Research Experience form.

2. Official student transcripts from the regionally accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate and master's degrees via one of the following approved companies: 

3. Please request all transcripts to be sent to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

4. Two professional recommendations using the Recommendation Section in our online application. While completing your online application, you will list your recommenders and an email requesting a letter will be sent to them. If possible, one should be from a college professor familiar with your academic performance and one from a clinical supervisor familiar with your clinical skills. Additionally, recommenders may also complete this form and email it directly to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

5. A 3-10 page Statement of Purpose describing your current interest in psychology, factors in your past that led to this interest, reasons for applying to this program, and professional plans ten years after graduating, emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

6. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (General Test only), taken within the last five years. Please note: beginning with Fall 2019 applicants, the GRE Psychology Subject Test is no longer required. Note that the GRE is given year-round in most locations, however not all test centers are open on all test dates. Further information can be found on the GRE website.

7. A brief résumé of professional experience both inside and outside the field of psychology (include current professional activities) emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

8. (Optional) If you're seeking an exception to our TOEFL test requirement, please fill out this Exception Request Form and email it to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

9. (Optional) Course descriptions of your master's degree courses to assist the PsyD Admissions Committee in assessing the breadth and depth of your academic preparation emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

After the initial screening of the applications, the remaining candidates will be invited for interviews by the PsyD Admissions Committee. Special arrangements for telephone interviews may be made for applicants who reside outside the Southern California area. The committee bases its decisions on an entire mosaic of requirements rather than on any single factor. Students completing their master's degree at Pepperdine University should not assume automatic admission into the doctoral program.