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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the required GPA?

We ask that you have a 3.0 cumulative GPA from your baccalaureate program; however, we review all applications holistically for individuals who show potential for success in our program.  You're welcome to include a brief 'GPA Statement of Explanation' with your application, if this is an area of concern.

Do I have to take a standardized test (ex. GRE, GMAT or MAT)?

No, standardized tests are not required. For a complete list of the admission requirements, visit the Admission Requirements page.

When does the program start?

This program begins during the summer. We accept applications throughout the year. Your first face-to-face session is in July.

How long does the program take to complete?

This program can be completed in 12 months. It starts in July and ends in June.

I am an international applicant. What additional admission requirements do I need to submit?

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 79. 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.

Where is the program offered?

While in this program, you'll participate in the CadreCamp at the Malibu campus, a national conference at any number of locations, and in Action Research project presentations at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus. In between face-to-face meetings, you'll participate in the course work online, both synchronously and asynchronously.

Is this an online program?

This is an online hybrid program, with only three face-to-face meetings in total.
(Please note that your transcript and diploma will not indicate whether it was a traditional or online program.)

How can I learn more about this program?

You're welcome at any of our in-person or online information meetings. To see the upcoming schedule and to RSVP for a meeting, visit the Information Sessions page.
Unable to attend an information meeting? Connect with the Admissions and Recruitment Team at gsep-recruitment@pepperdine.edu to schedule a personal consultation.