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Admission Deadlines:

  • We are no longer accepting applications for our Ph.D. 2018 Cohort. Please contact Earl Hardy, Enrollment Services Officer at 310-568-5772 to discuss alternative routes to enroll in our 2019 Cohort.
  • The program kicks off with a Community Building Workshop and Orientation at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus in August. Classes begin in September.
  • Once an application is complete, it is reviewed for admission. We do not wait for the deadline to review your application. For applications which are received after the deadline, students will be accepted on a space-available basis. This program is capped at 18 students.

Admission Requirements:

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 accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate and master's degrees via one of the following approved companies:
    3. A verified record of academic written and presented research: PhD Research Experience Form.
    4. Three recommendations using this Recommendation Form. The recommendations should attest to your academic and professional character, and your leadership experience and potential. Your recommenders should email the completed forms 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. 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.
    7. Your professional CV or resume emailed to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.
    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


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.