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Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy: Evening Format

Program Overview

Cost: $1,365 per unit
Units: 60-66
Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
Length: 2-3 years
Location(s): West Los Angeles, Encino, Irvine
Format: Evening

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology 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.

Designed for both working professionals and full-time students alike, this program provides 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. Employing the practitioner-scholar model of professional training, rigorous coursework is paired with in-depth clinical training, where students observe professional counselors, develop key clinical skills, and gain experience working directly with clients. Upon graduation, students will have met all educational requirements to sit for the LMFT or LPCC licensure exams in the state of California.

This program is offered both on-ground and online.

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Quick Facts

  • $10,000+Scholarships Available
  • 3Campus Locations
  • 130+Clinical Practicum Sites
  • GRENot Required

Program Benefits

  • Access to major-university resources at the #46-ranked university in the US*
  • Outstanding faculty, recognized experts, scholars and clinicians
  • Convenient class schedules offered on weeknights and occasional weekends
  • Three accessible campus locations throughout Southern California
  • Supervised clinical experience beginning in the second term of the program
  • Clinical Training Staff provides resources and assists students in applying to practicum sites
  • Small class sizes providing a supportive learning environment and meaningful student-faculty interactions
  • Extensive networking opportunities through our alumni network with more than 20,000 professionals

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

Tuition and Scholarships

Pepperdine GSEP generously offers $5,500,000 in scholarships every year, with the majority of students receiving some form of financial assistance. An incoming GSEP student is eligible to be awarded up to $10,000 in Pepperdine scholarships.*

Total tuition $81,900 - 90,090
GSEP scholarships available -$10,000
Total tuition after GSEP scholarships $71,900 - 80,090

*GSEP scholarship amount is based on data from the 2019-2020 academic year and only includes new incoming students who received aid from Pepperdine within GSEP programs. Does not include other external forms of financial aid.

Career Outcomes

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, including:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Clinical Director
  • Executive Coach

Employment Potential

  • The number of jobs in Individual and Family Services is expected to grow 23%*
  • Average annual income earned in private practice is $50,948 for a licensed California LMFT**
  • California has the nation's highest employment demand for graduates of Clinical Psychology master's programs***

*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017
** CAMFT "The Therapist", September/October 2015
***2017-2018 Burning Glass Report on Employment Potential for Selected Programs


I am interested in the evening 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, visit here. If you're unable to attend, contact us at 310.258.2850 to set up an appointment.

What are the admission periods for the master's programs in psychology? When will I know if I am accepted?

We operate on a "rolling admissions" basis. This means we review and accept applicants as the complete application file is received. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications well in advance of the deadline. You will receive a decision via mail within three to four weeks after the submission of your completed application.

Priority and Scholarship Application Deadlines:

Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1

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 and corresponding with you as an applicant when we receive your completed application.

What are my chances of being accepted into the program?

At GSEP, 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.

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.

Can foundation classes be waived?

Foundation courses are waived for applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree in psychology or a closely-related field. Applicants who have taken undergraduate or graduate-level courses judged to be equivalent in content to foundation level courses may petition to waive such courses.

Previously taken courses will qualify for waiver consideration if they were taken no earlier than seven years prior to admission and a grade of "B" or better was earned. 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.

I am an International Applicant. What additional admission requirements do I need to submit?

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)

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 prior to enrollment.

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

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a minimum passing score of 550 on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). The computer-based TOEFL test requires a minimum passing 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. As an alternative to the TOEFL, you may submit a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS exam. You can find out more at www.ielts.org

What is the difference between the two master's programs in psychology?

The MA 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 MA 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 licenses as a Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) 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.

How long do the master's programs in psychology take to complete?

As a full-time student taking 6 units each semester, one can complete the MA in Psychology in as few as 1.5-2 years, or the MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in as few as 2.5-3 years.

Both programs offer great flexibility. Each student can progress at his or her own pace, taking fewer or more courses each term, depending on each individual's preference. Part-time students may take as few as 3 units per term and full-time students may take 12 or more units per term.

When are the classes offered?

Classes in the evening format program are offered in the late afternoon and evening. Each class meets once per week from 4:15-7 PM, or from 7:15 -10 PM. Classes are offered Monday-Thursday. During the summer term, classes meet twice per week.

While the courses are offered in the evening, near the end of the program, students begin clinical training. Many of our clinical practicum sites only offer supervision and clinical counseling hours during weekdays. Students will need to adjust their daytime schedules to meet the practicum site schedule requirements.

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

At Pepperdine, we offer evening format psychology courses at our Irvine, Encino, and West Los Angeles Graduate Campuses. Once enrolled, students can take courses at any and all of our three campuses.

Can I change programs if my interests change?

Yes. With approval from the MA in Clinical Psychology program director, it is possible to change between the evening format MA in Psychology and MA in Clinical Psychology programs once enrolled in the program. Nine courses are common to both programs and eligible credit can be transferred.

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. Call 310.568.2317 to confirm.

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, online practicum site directory (Handshake), which lists sites approved by Pepperdine.

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 must have a completed master's degree, or will have completed a master's degree prior to starting the program. Acceptance to one of the master's in psychology programs does not guarantee admission to our doctoral program.

What are the requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)? 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 MFT or LPCC licensure exams in the state of California. An overview of licensure requirements can be found here.

Overall, our graduates have been quite successful in pursuing licensure in other states; however, because licensing requirements vary across states, we strongly recommend that you contact the licensing board in the state in which you are interested in working prior to starting the Pepperdine MA in Clinical Psychology program.

What is your antiracism and antidiscrimination statement?

The evening format MACLP program 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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Graduate School of Education and Psychology