FAQs- Evening Format
M.A. in Clinical Psychology
with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
Evening Format Admission Related Questions
I am interested in Pepperdine’s evening format Masters in Psychology programs. Where
should I begin?
Q2. What are the admission periods for the Master's programs in psychology? 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/MAT be waived?
Q10. Where should I send my application materials?
Q11. Are there additional requirements for international applicants?
Evening Format Program - Related Questions
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 evening 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?
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-psychology/information-meetings/
If you are unable to attend, please contact us at 310-568-2317 to set up a one-on-one appointment.
For the master’s programs in psychology, The Graduate School of Education and Psychology operates 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.
Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
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 application.
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 300 and the average MAT score is above 415.
Admission requirements can be found here.
The autobiographical personal statement is a 2-5 paged 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 chance to let the admissions committee get to know you and any information you believe is relevant to your admission into the program.
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.
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.
The GRE/MAT test may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following criteria:
1) Seven or more years of post-bachelor’s, full-time work experience (does not have
to be psychology related)*
2) Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.7 or higher
3) Completed master’s degree (in any field).
*Applicants with seven or more years of full-time work experience who wish to waive the GRE/MAT must submit an additional two-page typed and double-spaced statement summarizing their work experience and describing how that experience has helped to prepare them for graduate study in psychology at Pepperdine.
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 MAT code is 2729. The admission address is:
Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Office of Admissions
6100 Center Drive – 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045
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. 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.
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.
Both of Pepperdine’s evening-format masters in psychology 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 as many as 12, or more, units per term.
As a full-time student taking 6 units each semester, one can complete the M.A. in Psychology in as few as 1.5 – 2 years, or the M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in as few as 2.5 – 3 years.
Classes in the evening format program are offered in the late afternoon and evening. Each class meets once per week from 4:15p.m. - 7p.m. or 7:15p.m. - 10p.m. Classes are offered Monday–Thursday. During the summer term, classes meet twice per week.
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.
Yes. It is possible to change between the evening format MAP and MFT programs once enrolled in the program. Nine courses are common to both programs and eligible credit can be transferred.
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.
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. This directory can be found here.
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?
The average class size is 10 to 24 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.
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.