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Frequently Asked Questions

 I am interested in this program. 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 session. For a schedule of upcoming sessions and to RSVP to the session of your choice, see our Information Meetings page. If you're unable to attend, please contact us at 310.258.2850 to set up a one-on-one appointment with an Enrollment Officer.

 What is the admission period for this program? When will I know if I am accepted?

We operate on a rolling admissions basis. This means we review and accept applications once the complete application is received. Applicants are therefore encouraged to submit their applications in advance of the deadline. You will receive a decision via mail within three to four weeks after your complete application has been received.

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

No. You can send in different components of your application as they are completed. We will hold any materials that arrive under your name, but will only begin tracking your application and corresponding with you once we receive your full and complete application.

 What are my chances of being accepted into the program?

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.

 What are the minimum admission requirements?

Admission requirements can be found here.

 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?

Students 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 masters program.

 Are there additional requirements for international applicants?

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 Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). If taking the computer-based TOEFL test, you will need a minimum score of 220. If taking the Internet-based TOEFL test, you will need a minimum score of 80. 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.

 How long does this program take to complete?

This program offers great flexibility. Each student can progress at his or her own pace, taking more or fewer courses each term, depending on preference. Part-time students may take as few as 3 units per term and full-time students may take as many as 12 or more units per term. The average length of time to complete the program is 2-3 years.

 When are classes offered?

Classes are offered in the late afternoon and evening. Each class meets once per week from 4:15pm-7:00pm, or 7:15pm-10:00 pm. Classes are offered Monday-Thursday. Summer term classes meet twice per week.

 Where is the program offered? Do I have to take all of my classes at the same campus?

We offer 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.  However, all Latina/o-specific courses are available only at our Irvine Graduate Campus.

 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. 

 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 master's in psychology programs does not guarantee admission to the doctoral program.