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MA in Social Entrepreneurship and Change FAQS

 What is the required GPA?

We ask that program 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?

The Masters in Social Entrepreneurship and Change program starts in the fall semester. 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?

The MA in Social Entrepreneurship and Change 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 class 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?

Graduates of our Masters in Social Entrepreneurship and Change program 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.