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Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change

Program Overview

School: Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Cost: $1,320 per unit
Units: 40
Terms: Fall
Length: 20 months
Location(s): West Los Angeles (classes are occasionally held on the Malibu campus)*
Format: 40% Online / 60% Onground
  • September 8th: Fall classes begin
*Please note that your campus of choice cannot be guaranteed. Campus offerings are contingent upon availability and subject to change.

Make a Difference as a Social Entrepreneur

The Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change program prepares students to make a lasting difference, solve global social issues, and drive change as leaders in a wide variety of entrepreneurial, organizational, and business settings.

Designed for both working professionals and full-time students alike, this online hybrid program equips students with the critical knowledge, skills, and resources to lead and affect change in their organizations, local communities, and across the globe. As social entrepreneurs, students learn to examine complex social problems and to create sustainable market-based solutions. As impactful leaders, students learn management practices such as formulating strategies, implementing programs, and creating marketing campaigns. In the second year of the program, students participate in a global exchange experience in a developing country. The program culminates in a two-term capstone project, during which each student researches and designs a social enterprise, writes a business plan, and presents their validated idea to social entrepreneur leaders in a Fast Pitch event.

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Quick Facts

  • 20moProgram Completion
  • $6,500Scholarships Available
  • GRENot Required
  • HybridProgram Format

Program Benefits

  • Prestigious program at the #46-ranked university in the US* committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values.
  • Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology generously offers $5,500,000 in scholarships every year, with the majority of students receiving some form of financial assistance.
  • No GRE or any other standardized tests required. We offer an equitable admission process that considers your ability and commitment to succeed rather than test scores.
  • Hybrid format with 60% face-to-face and 40% online instruction is ideal for working professionals and full-time students allowing you to take advantage of the best features of both face-to-face and online learning. The online portion provides flexibility, while the classroom component offers an enhanced experience, a personalized/hands-on approach, relational interaction with peers, and increased quality of learning.
  • Robust online modules feature engaging synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.
  • Global exchange experience creates a well-rounded global perspective of social, economic, and community issues.
  • Capstone project provides a firm professional next step after completion of the program.
  • Nationally-recognized faculty of scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, industry expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
  • Cohort model designed to build upon leadership skills, peer support, and lifelong relationships with colleagues.
  • Extensive networking opportunities through the SEC Advisory Board, unparalleled one on one expert mentorship program, and Pepperdine's alumni network with more than 110,000 professionals.
  • Small class sizes and a low faculty: student ratio provides a supportive learning environment, meaningful student-faculty interactions, as well as long-term professional and personal relationships.

* U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

Career Outcomes

A master's degree in Social Entrepreneurship and Change is valuable in many professional settings, including corporations, non-profit and governmental organizations, and higher education institutions. After earning your degree, you may pursue employment in a variety of mission-seeking roles, including:

  • Enterprise Director
  • Director of Education
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Program Director
  • Marketing Manager
  • Director of Development

Employment Potential

  • The average annual wage for Marketing Managers was $145,620 in 2017*
  • The average annual wage for General and Operations Managers was $123,460 in 2017*
  • The average annual wage for Human Resources Managers was $123,510 in 2017*

*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017


What is the required GPA?

We ask that candidates have a 3.0 cumulative GPA from their baccalaureate program; however, we review all applications holistically for individuals who show potential for success in our program. If you're concerned about your GPA, you may include a brief 'GPA Statement of Explanation' with your application.

When does the program start?

This program starts in the spring, summer, and fall semesters. We accept applications throughout the year.

What does rolling admission mean?

We begin reviewing applications at the start of each calendar year. Once an application is complete, it typically takes 4-5 weeks to receive an admissions decision. Applications received after the deadline are reviewed on a space-available basis. If the program is full, applicants will be considered for the following year.

How long is the program?

This program can be completed in 5 terms or 1.6 years (20 months).

I am an International Applicant. What additional admission requirements do I need to submit? 

Applicants who attended schools outside the United States are required to submit certified transcripts in English. Submitted transcripts must include a cumulative grade point average (GPA on a 4.0 scale, A = 4.0) that has been evaluated by a NACES member credential service (www.naces.org) such as the World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org) or the International Education Research Foundation (www.ierf.org)

If you have not completed your bachelor's degree at the time of application, submit a current transcript. Upon degree completion, you are required to provide official transcripts in a sealed envelope prior to enrollment.

Mailing Address:
Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology Admissions
6100 Center Drive 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a minimum passing score of 550 on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). The computer-based TOEFL test requires a minimum passing score of 80. 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. As an alternative to the TOEFL, you may submit a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS exam. You can find out more at www.ielts.org

What is the format of the program?

This is a 60/40 blended program. Sixty percent of your coursework is face-to-face and 40 percent is through synchronous and asynchronous online interactions. There are occasional asynchronous classes to provide additional information. The program will have two extended weekend face-to-
face meetings per term at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus and once per year these classes may be held at the Malibu campus. Weekly sessions will take place online usually at 6:00 PM or 7:00 PM PST.

When are classes held?

In addition to the New Student Orientation and Onboarding, the cohort meets face-to-face twice a semester for three days. There are weekly online synchronous classes usually at 6:00 PM or 7:00 PM PST. In between face-to-face meetings and online classes, students participate in online course work, both synchronously and asynchronously, individually and in teams.

What are typical career paths for graduates of this program?

Our graduates are prepared to address major social problems such as inadequate education, civic engagement, and health systems, entrenched poverty, environmental threats, and high crime rates through innovative ideas that advance solutions. Opportunities include, but are not limited to positions in non-profits, social enterprises, for-profit corporate social responsibility, and various foundations. Some students start their own social enterprises.

How can I learn more about this program?

You're welcome to attend one of our in-person or online information sessions. If you are unable to attend an information session, you can connect with the Admissions and Recruitment Team at gsep-recruitment@pepperdine.edu to schedule a personal consultation.

Contact Us

Kelley Hill

Enrollment Officer
Recruitment and Admissions
Pepperdine University
Graduate School of Education and Psychology