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New Student Orientation

Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.

Welcome to the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Our new student orientation is designed to introduce you to the university and our program. 

The purpose of orientation is to ensure that new candidates have a successful transition and integration into the Master of Arts in Education program. Our orientation program provides expectations and promotes Pepperdine’s rich culture. By attending orientation, students will:

  • Gain an understanding of Pepperdine’s mission, as well as of GSEP’s culture
  • Begin to build relationships with cohorts, faculty, and program support
  • Learn about degree requirements and program policies
  • Understand their academic course schedules
  • Become familiar with the student support services available
  • Understand the importance of academic responsibility and ownership within the program
  • Learn about the technologies and online software programs used in the program coursework

Below, we provide important resources and links that will familiarize you with the program and connect you to the campus and university.  We look forward to meeting you at orientation

MAE 2016-2017 Student Handbook

MAT 2016-2017 Student Handbook

Our Graduate Campuses

We have four graduate campuses: West Los Angeles, Encino, Westlake and Irvine. We recognize that you will be spending time at our campuses during the face-to-face sessions. 


There are many restaurants located in close proximity to all of the campuses.  Please click here for more information on dining options around our campuses.  

Campus Parking Information

Parking procedures differ between campuses.  Parking instructions for all campuses are available here. On the first day of orientation at our West Los Angeles campus, parking tickets will be validated in suite 100 for a lower rate of $5.

Campus ID Instructions

During orientation, students may secure a Campus ID Card.  We recommend that students acquire ID cards prior to your face-to-face class meetings, to avoid last-minute crowds. Click here for more information on Pepperdine ID Cards.

Orientation Details

Orientation is mandatory for all students. Please bring your laptop, power cord, and headphones.

Location: West Los Angeles Campus

IT Resources

Technology plays an integral role in our programs.  Technology training is required for our program. Please click here to complete the technology training for courses, Adobe Connect, and Wavenet. Online learning tools are better than ever, and here at Pepperdine, we utilize many to create the best blended learning experience possible. Here you can find some helpful guides to blended learning, google hangouts, and distance education.


We seek to constantly improve our orientation program. There will be a specified time to complete the evaluations during orientation.


Textbooks may be purchased from the bookstore located on the 1st floor of the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus.  To visit the website, please click here.  

Student Resources

  • For questions about orientation, please contact Maria Marion, Assistant Program Director, at 310-568-2310, or maria.marion@pepperdine.edu
  • For registration and all other program information, please contact Ashley Rickard, Academic Advisor, at (310) 568-5770, or Andrew.Disney@pepperdine.edu
  • For questions about student accounts (billing, payments), please contact Tiffany Wright, Student Accounts Coordinator, at (310) 568-5588, or gsepsa@pepperdine.edu
  • For questions about financial aid, please contact Melissa Peters, Financial Aid Advisor, at (310) 568-5775, at gsepfaid@pepperdine.edu
  • For questions about credentialing, please contact Summer O’Neal, Credential Administrator, at (310) 568-5608, or soneal@pepperdine.edu