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Masters Degree Programs in Psychology

FAQS- DAYTIME FORMAT


M.A. in Clinical Psychology
with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

Daytime Format - Admission Related Questions

Q1. I am interested in Pepperdine’s daytime format Masters in Psychology programs. Where should I begin?
Q2. What is the admission periods for the Master's program in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (day program)? When will I know if I am accepted?
Q3. Do I have to send in all application materials at once?
Q4. What are my chances of being accepted into the program?
Q5. What are the minimum admission requirements?
Q6. What is the autobiographical personal statement?
Q7. Will professional references be accepted?
Q8. Can foundation classes be waived?
Q9. Can the GRE be waived?
Q10. Where should I send my application materials?
Q11. Are there additional requirements for international applicants?


Daytime Format - Program Related Questions

Q12. What is the difference between the two master’s programs in psychology?
Q13. How long do the Master's programs in psychology take to complete?
Q14. When are the classes offered?
Q15. Where is Pepperdine’s daytime format master’s program in psychology offered? Do I have to take all of my classes at the same campus?
Q16. Can I change programs if my interests change?
Q17. Is funding available?
Q18. Does Pepperdine assist with clinical practicum experience?
Q19. What are the requirements for MFT licensure?
Q20. What is the average class size? Who are the faculty?
Q21. Can I go straight to the doctoral program from the masters program?
Q22. What is a cohort?


Q1. I am interested in Pepperdine’s daytime format Masters in Psychology programs. Where should I begin?


The first step in the process, and the best way to get all of your questions answered, is to attend an information meeting. For a schedule of upcoming meetings and to RSVP to the meeting of your choice, please visit: http://gsep.pepperdine.edu/masters-clinical-psychology-mft-day/information-meetings/
If you are unable to attend, please contact us at 310-506-4608 to set up a one-on-one appointment.

Q2. What is the admission period for the Master's program in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy – day program? When will I know if I am accepted?

For the daytime Master’s program in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (day program), The Graduate School of Education and Psychology operates on a “Competitive Entry” process. This means we review and accept applicants after the application deadline and all applications are compared to each other.  Our goal is to send out letters by the end of March. 

Application Deadlines:
Fall: February 1

Q3. Do I have to send in all application materials at once?

No. You can send in different pieces of your application as they are completed. We will hold any materials that arrive under your name, but will only begin tracking you as an applicant when we receive your actual application and fee.

Q4. What are my chances of being accepted into the program?

At Pepperdine, we utilize a holistic approach in our thorough review of each and every application. This means that we do not disqualify any applicant based on any one part of their application. However, our priority is always to accept applicants of quality.

The average cumulative undergraduate GPA is above 3.0. The average GRE verbal and quantitative combined score is above 1000.  The daytime program utilizes the GRE in order to maintain equitability in comparing applications.

Q5. What are the minimum admission requirements?

Admission requirements can be found here.

Q6. What is the autobiographical personal statement?

The autobiographical personal statement is a 2-5 page typed (double-spaced) essay that should discuss your interest in the program, your professional and personal goals, and why you have chosen to apply to Pepperdine. Since we use a paper-based application process, this is a chance to let the admissions committee get to know you and any information you believe is relevant to your admission into the program.

Q7. Will professional references be accepted?

References should come from individuals who are familiar with your professional and academic abilities. Recent college graduates should have at least one academic recommendation, while applicants who have been out of college more than three years may use either academic or professional recommendations. Letters can be sent in lieu of the forms provided in the application booklet and online, though ideally a letter accompanying the form is best.

Q8. Can foundation classes be waived?

Due to the fact that students are expected to have an excellent foundation in psychology with a degree in psychology or closely related field, there are no foundation classes in the day program.  The program is a lock-step cohort based program, where all students attend all classes together with their cohort.

Q9. Can the GRE be waived?

In the day program, GRE scores are needed to adequately compare and rank applicants.  The scores cannot be waived and the MAT is not accepted in lieu of the GRE.  However, we do encourage you to take the test again prior to the deadline, if you are worried about the scores.

Q10. Where should I send my application materials?

All application materials, including GRE scores, should be sent to our West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, regardless of which campus an applicant plans to attend. The GRE institutional code is R4326, department 2001.
The admission address is:

Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Office of Admissions
6100 Center Drive – 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Q11. Are there additional requirements for international applicants?

1) The first step is to 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) Please also be sure to submit all original certified transcripts in English to Pepperdine directly.

3) All international applicants must complete the International Student Data Form as part of their online application.

4) International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). The computer-based TOEFL test should have a minimum score of 220. The Internet based TOEFL test should have a minimum score of 80.  Information concerning the availability of this test in foreign countries can be obtained by contacting TOEFL, Educational Testing Services, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA or online at www.toefl.org.

Q12. What is the difference between the two master’s programs in psychology?

The M.A. in Psychology program provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the principles of psychology within the framework of a strong clinical emphasis. This program prepares individuals for doctoral study in psychology or positions in human services, vocational counseling or marketing.

The M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy provides the knowledge and experience needed to work as a clinician, in private practice or with an agency, by preparing students for the Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) License in the state of California. As part of the curriculum, students are required to gain supervised counseling experience in approved clinical settings. This program is designed for students who wish to gain knowledge and develop skills necessary for providing high quality psychotherapeutic services in a variety of settings.
The program is also an excellent preparation for doctoral programs.

Q13. How long does the daytime Master's programs in psychology take to complete?

The day program is a two Academic year, 22 Calendar month program.  The program begins in the Fall of one year and ends approximately 20 months later. The first year includes one summer session. 

Q14. When are the classes offered?

Classes in the day program are held from 9-12 and 1-4.  In the first semester, students attend class two half days and one full day per week.  In the second semester they attend classes two full days per week in order to allow time for going to practicum sites.  Classes are offered Monday–Thursday. During the summer term, classes meet twice per week.  The program is lock-step and the schedule is predetermined.

Q15. Where is Pepperdine’s day format master’s program in psychology offered? Do I have to take all of my classes at the same campus?

At Pepperdine we offer the full-time, day program only at the Malibu campus.  All classes for this program only are taken at the Malibu campus.

Q16. Can I change programs if my interests change?

Yes and No. It is possible to change from the day program to one of the evening programs.  It is not possible to transfer into the day program from an evening program. 

Q17. Is funding available?

Yes. The best way to learn about opportunities for grants, loans, scholarships and assistantship positions is to attend one of our Information Meetings, as most meetings include a Financial Aid presentation. To find out the schedule of Financial Aid presentations, please call 310-568-2317 or look here.

Q18. Does Pepperdine assist with clinical practicum experience?

Yes. MFT Clinical Training and Professional Development staff assist students in locating Pepperdine-approved clinical practicum sites. The clinical training staff visit and evaluate established and potential sites, while maintaining the Field Placement Directory, which lists sites approved by Pepperdine.

Q19. What are the requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist? Can I become licensed in other states?

The Pepperdine MFT program is designed to ensure that our graduates will have met all academic requirements to sit for the licensure exam in the state of California . An overview of licensure requirements can be found here. The Pepperdine MFT Handbook provides detailed information on preparation for licensure and can be found here.

Overall, our graduates have been quite successful in pursuing licensure in other states; however, we recommend that you contact the licensing board in the state in which you are interested in working prior to starting the Pepperdine MFT program.

Q20. What is the average class size? Who are the faculty?

In the day program, students go through the entire program with their cohort attending all classes together.  The average class size is 10 to 22 students, and the overall student to faculty ratio is 14:1. Professors with graduate degrees and many years of clinical experience teach courses at GSEP; TA's do not teach classes. Click here to meet the faculty.

Q21. Can I go straight on to the doctoral program from the masters program?

There is a separate application process for admission into the doctoral program. Applicants to the doctoral program have a completed master's degree, or will have completed a master's degree prior to starting the program. Acceptance to one of the masters in psychology programs does not guarantee admission to the doctoral program.  However, the program is an excellent preparation for various doctoral programs.

Q22. What is a cohort?

In the daytime program, the entering class is divided into two sets of students called cohorts. These two sets of students go through the entire program with their cohort. The cohort assignment is random. Students do not need to register for classes as the cohort is placed in the appropriate classes each semester.


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