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Frequently Asked Questions

 Do I need a master’s degree to apply to this program?

Yes. All applicants must have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.  We do not require that applicants have a master's degree in a specific field; we take a holistic approach to application review.

 What is the required GPA?

We ask that candidates have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA from both their master’s and baccalaureate programs; 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 your application.

 What professional experience is needed to apply for this program?

All applicants should have at least three years of work experience in a technology rich environment. Leadership experience is a plus.

 Do I have to take a standardized test (ex. MAT or GRE)?

Please refer to Admission Requirements.

 When is the application deadline?

Please see our Application Deadline webpage for current information.

 When does the program start?

This program starts in the spring and fall semesters. 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 four to five 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.


 Is there an interview process?

Yes. Qualified applicants who have completed applications will be invited to participate in an interview through a technology medium with one of our faculty members.

 How long does the program take to complete?

The first two years of the program cover three semesters each and are dedicated to completing coursework, including the Capstone Project. Following coursework, all students are required to complete their preliminary dissertation proposal and dissertation in order to graduate. On average, students complete the program in 3.5 years, but students have up to 8 years to complete their entire program.


 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 paper-based Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). If taking the Internet-based TOEFL test, you will need a minimum score of 79. 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:  60% of your coursework will be face-to-face and 40% will be through synchronous and asynchronous online interactions.

Fall and spring semesters have two face-to-face sessions each, beginning on a Thursday evening and running through Sunday late afternoon.  Summer semester has one face-to-face session. Students are expected to interact asynchronously each week. Chat sessions are held regularly, but not on a weekly basis.

 What are the travel requirements for the program?

Since the locations of the face-to-face sessions vary from year to year, please contact the Recruitment and Admissions Team at gsep-recruitment@pepperdine.edu for the most up-to-date information.

 What’s the difference between an EdD and a PhD?

The PhD is research-focused, and prepares students to work in the field of research. The EdD focuses on applied research and prepares practitioners. 

 What kind of job opportunities will be available to me once I graduate from this program?

Graduates of this program are committed to making a difference through effective use of technology in the workplace, whether that workplace is a K-12 school, college or university, corporate environment, or government agency.  Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, positions involving training and developing e-learning in corporations, instructing and heading online institutions, and using technology as an engine for community development.


 How can I learn more about this doctoral program?

You are welcome to attend one of our formal in-person or online information sessions. To see the upcoming schedule and to RSVP, please visit our page on upcoming information sessions[BROKEN LINK].

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.