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Master of Arts in Psychology

Masters in psychology and MA in psychology - Pepperdine GSEP

Social Understanding. Scientific Analysis.

The Master of Arts in Psychology program will prepare students for application to doctoral programs, to pursue a profession in the field of psychology, or to become better leaders in their industry.

Program Overview

Program Length / Units

1.5-2 years / 36-48 units

Unit Cost


Start Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

Campus Locations

West Los Angeles, Irvine, Encino (Please note that your campus of choice cannot be guaranteed. Campus offerings are contingent upon availability and subject to change.)


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This program is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles of psychology in an intimate and supportive learning environment. With a strong clinical emphasis, courses are focused on how the art and science of psychology can be applied to further our understanding of human behavior and the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders.


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Program Benefits

  • Nationally regarded graduate school of psychology with the #6-ranked Psy.D. program in the US*
  • Access to major-university resources at the #46-ranked university in the US**
  • Outstanding faculty, recognized experts, scholars and clinicians
  • Values-based curriculum focused on personal and professional growth
  • Small class sizes providing a supportive learning environment and meaningful student-faculty interactions
  • Convenient class schedules offered on weeknights and occasional weekends
  • Extensive networking opportunities through our alumni network with more than 20,000 professionals

*U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad School Rankings, Clinical Psychology
** U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

Career Outcomes

A master's degree in psychology is valuable in many professional settings, including mental healthcare facilities, and marketing and advertising agencies. After earning your degree, you may pursue employment in a variety of roles, including:

  • Behavioral Counselor
  • Developmental Specialist
  • Human Resources Director
  • Advertising Agent
  • Market Researcher

For many careers in the field of psychology, a doctoral degree is necessary, and your master's degree can be a stepping stone to a Ph.D. or Psy.D. program. With a doctoral degree, you may pursue a variety of roles in clinical, academic, and professional settings, including: 

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counseling Psychologist
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologist
  • University Professor
  • Psychology Researcher

Employment Potential

  • The number of jobs in Psychology is expected to grow 15% in California*
  • The average salary for Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists in California is $94,910**
  • California¬†has the nation's highest employment demand for graduates of Psychology master's programs*
*2017-2018 Burning Glass Report on Employment Potential for Selected Programs
**U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017

Academic Merit Scholarship

GSEP is excited to announce a new scholarship opportunity for qualifying Master of Arts in Psychology applicants, effective Spring 2019. This $7,500 merit-based scholarship is for first-time full-time students enrolling in the GSEP MA in Psychology program. Applicants must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher to qualify. The scholarship is awarded over the course of three academic terms and a 3.0 GPA or higher must be maintained during that time. This scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarships. Please note this scholarship is only available for new MAP applicants. Current MAP students are not eligible. For more information, contact Deanna Schwartz at Deanna.Schwartz@pepperdine.edu or call 310.568.2357.