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MA in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy: Daytime Format

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology: Daytime Format program will prepare students to serve individuals, couples, families, and groups as a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) or a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) in California.

This cohort-based MA in Clinical Psychology program provides students with a clinical and practice-based course of study, exploring the social and psychological implications of socioeconomics and how poverty and social stress affect the ability of individuals, couples, and families to thrive.

Classes are held on the Malibu campus in sunny California, which is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study.

Program Benefits

Top Program in the US

Consistently listed as a top choice for graduate clinical psychology programs by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Malibu Campus

The Clinical Psychology (Daytime) program is offered at Pepperdine University's beautiful main campus.

Quick Facts

Format: Daytime
Term: Fall
Location: Malibu
Length: 2 Years / 62 units
Tuition: $1,770 per unit

 

 

130+ Clinical Practicum Sites

With over 130+ high-quality site partners, CLP students experience hands-on clinical practice as a signature component of a comprehensive approach to preparing licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) or licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC).

 

Expedient Completion

Ability to complete program requirements in 2 years.

 

Dedicated Placement Team

to help find and secure practicum and internship placements.

 

Supervised Clinical Experience

beginning in the second term of the program.

 

Meets LMFT and LPCC Requirements

Upon graduation, psychology students will have met all educational requirements to sit for the LMFT or LPCC licensure exams in the state of California.

 

Housing

Access to graduate student housing and amenities at our scenic Malibu campus.


 #1 

Most Chosen CLP Masters Program in the US

130+

Clinical Practicum Sites

22-23

Cohort Size

12:1

GSEP Student:Faculty Ratio

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Malibu Campus Ranked One Of The Most Beautiful Places To Study

#2

For Most Beautiful Campus By CaliforniaCollegePrep.Com

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For Most Beautiful Campus By OnlineChristianColleges.Com

 

 

Take the Next Step

Reach out to us to learn more about Pepperdine's MA in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy: Daytime Format program.

Get In Touch

Fill out the Request Information form to learn more and get in contact with an Enrollment Officer.

Attend an Info Session

Experience an in-depth overview and meet program leaders.

Start Your Application

Submit the application form early to meet scholarship and enrollment deadlines. It takes less than 15 minutes.

 

partnership

Antiracism and Antidiscrimination Statement

The MACLPD and GSEP psychology division stand in solidarity against racial inequities and injustice and other forms of discrimination and oppression. We are committed to fostering an inclusive learning environment that is enriched and strengthened by diversity including but not limited to race, ethnicity and national origin, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class, age, ability status, and religion. GSEP also encourages all community members to engage in critical learning and reflection to strengthen our capacity for being effective, active, and outspoken against all forms of racism and intersectional oppression.

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Curriculum Overview

Employing the practitioner-scholar model of professional training, rigorous coursework is paired with in-depth clinical training, allowing students to develop key clinical skills and gain experience working directly with clients.

malibu campus overview

Location

Classes are held at the Malibu and Calabasas campuses in sunny California. The expansive Malibu campus sits on 830 acres and overlooks the Pacific Ocean with nearly every spot on campus featuring stunning views of the beaches. Pepperdine is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study.  Students also have access to graduate student housing and amenities like the library, gym, and swimming pool at our scenic Malibu campus.

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Student Experience

  • Build community and lifelong relationships with peers and colleagues through a cohort model and optional residential experience. This community extends beyond the program to the larger GSEP and Pepperdine family.
  • A dedicated Enrollment Services Officer will make your admissions process easy and comfortable with experience in supporting both international and domestic students.
  • Integration of domestic and international students across campuses. Dedicated support for international students is provided through the Office of International Student Services (OISS).
  • The Office of International Students Services (OISS) values our international students for what they bring to our campus—diversity, global perspective, cultural respect, determination, and a wonderful sense of adventure. We welcome students from all nationalities, faiths, and education systems, as they provide a diverse perspective in our classrooms.
  • Access to housing and amenities at our scenic Malibu campus.
  • Opportunities to participate in university social, sporting, cultural, and spiritual events.
  • Cohort model designed to build upon leadership skills, peer support, and lifelong relationships with colleagues.
  • Partnerships with professional networks and conferences and robust alumni network.

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Expand Your Career Possibilities

Therapists and counselors are needed in many clinical and professional settings, including hospitals, schools, government agencies, and private practice. After earning your degree, you may pursue professional licensure and employment in a variety of roles.

Alumni and Faculty Spotlight

"Our faculty members bring richness and depth to both their research and their teaching. Many of our faculty have private practices or work in practice actively, making a huge difference for our students." - Dr. Thema Bryant, Professor, APA President-Elect

 

Why Pepperdine

Passion and Purpose Driven

Since our founding in 1937, Pepperdine University has had one mission: to strengthen students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a learning environment where academic excellence is rooted in a Christian faith and values.

Our graduate programs empower students to transform into the best possible expression of themselves for meaningful work and purposeful lives. That legacy is alive today more than ever, as we help students all over the world gain the skills they need to achieve personal fulfillment, lead with purpose, and make a lasting impact in the lives and communities they serve.

Reputable University

GSEP offers prestigious programs at the #46-ranked university in the US* committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you're inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.

#29

Best-Value Schools
U.S. News & Report

#9

Best College Value in the West/SW
Kiplinger

#10

Most Entrepreneurial Universities
Forbes

* U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

Distinguished Faculty

  • GSEP faculty are nationally-recognized scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, industry expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
  • Professors are accomplished professionals who balance theory and real-world application in a practitioner-based curriculum informed by their desire to prepare students to make a difference.
  • Average class size of 14 students and a 12:1 faculty-student ratio provides a supportive educational setting, meaningful interactions, and long-term professional and personal connections.

Alumni Network

  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals. Our alumni network has 32 chapters and affinity programs in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Pepperdine alumni, faculty, staff, and parents make themselves available to offer the resources you need and help graduates build professional, personal, and purposeful relationships with Pepperdine people all over the world.
  • As a Pepperdine alumnus, you have exclusive access to the PeppConnect Mentoring Program, a global network of alumni who are willing to mentor and offer career or industry advice.

Student and Career Support

  • GSEP Student Services supports our rigorous curricula through academic advising, records, writing support, library, student groups, and much more.
  • Students are further supported through our Office of Student Accessibility, world-class facilities, and highly competitive programs, all of which contribute to our exceptional programs and rankings.
  • GSEP Career Services operates from an innovative model of career education and holistic career counseling for today's rapidly changing job market helping students and alumni construct their career narrative, build lifelong employability skills, and connect with alumni and industry leaders.
  • The Office of International Students Services (OISS) values our international students for what they bring to our campus—diversity, global perspective, cultural respect, determination, and a wonderful sense of adventure. We welcome students from all nationalities, faiths, and education systems, as they provide a diverse perspective in our classrooms.
  Passion and Purpose Driven

Passion and Purpose Driven

Since our founding in 1937, Pepperdine University has had one mission: to strengthen students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a learning environment where academic excellence is rooted in a Christian faith and values.

Our graduate programs empower students to transform into the best possible expression of themselves for meaningful work and purposeful lives. That legacy is alive today more than ever, as we help students all over the world gain the skills they need to achieve personal fulfillment, lead with purpose, and make a lasting impact in the lives and communities they serve.

  Reputable University

Reputable University

GSEP offers prestigious programs at the #46-ranked university in the US* committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you're inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.

#29

Best-Value Schools
U.S. News & Report

#9

Best College Value in the West/SW
Kiplinger

#10

Most Entrepreneurial Universities
Forbes

* U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

  Distinguished Faculty

Distinguished Faculty

  • GSEP faculty are nationally-recognized scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, industry expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
  • Professors are accomplished professionals who balance theory and real-world application in a practitioner-based curriculum informed by their desire to prepare students to make a difference.
  • Average class size of 14 students and a 12:1 faculty-student ratio provides a supportive educational setting, meaningful interactions, and long-term professional and personal connections.
  Alumni Network

Alumni Network

  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals. Our alumni network has 32 chapters and affinity programs in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Pepperdine alumni, faculty, staff, and parents make themselves available to offer the resources you need and help graduates build professional, personal, and purposeful relationships with Pepperdine people all over the world.
  • As a Pepperdine alumnus, you have exclusive access to the PeppConnect Mentoring Program, a global network of alumni who are willing to mentor and offer career or industry advice.
  Student and Career Support

Student and Career Support

  • GSEP Student Services supports our rigorous curricula through academic advising, records, writing support, library, student groups, and much more.
  • Students are further supported through our Office of Student Accessibility, world-class facilities, and highly competitive programs, all of which contribute to our exceptional programs and rankings.
  • GSEP Career Services operates from an innovative model of career education and holistic career counseling for today's rapidly changing job market helping students and alumni construct their career narrative, build lifelong employability skills, and connect with alumni and industry leaders.
  • The Office of International Students Services (OISS) values our international students for what they bring to our campus—diversity, global perspective, cultural respect, determination, and a wonderful sense of adventure. We welcome students from all nationalities, faiths, and education systems, as they provide a diverse perspective in our classrooms.