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MS in Leadership in Higher Education

Pursue Your Purpose Online or In-Classroom

This Masters in Higher Education features a comprehensive and well-rounded curriculum focused on preparing future administrators in every relevant area of higher education with courses in subjects such as student support, leadership, policy, finance, virtual learning, and a capstone integration experience.

Prepare to make a difference for students and institutions, build equitable education systems, advance your career, and increase your earning potential with a reputable degree from one of the most respected and forward-thinking graduate schools in the nation.

Program Benefits

Online or Hybrid Format

A 100% online option is available every term. This unique format is designed for both working professionals and full-time students.

Values Centered

Students are empowered to make a lasting impact through GSEP's core values of academic excellence, social purpose, and meaningful service.

Quick Facts

Format: 100% Online or Hybrid
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Online, West LA
Length: 20 months / 32 units
Tuition: $1,365 per unit

 

 

Immersion Experiences and Cohort Model

Provide opportunities to engage in meaningful community-building with peers and program leaders.

 

No GRE, GMAT, or Other Standardized Tests Required

We offer an equitable admissions process that considers your experience and commitment to succeed.

 

Earn Credit Towards Your Choice of Multiple Doctoral Programs

As one of Pepperdine's progressive degree programs.

 

Take the Next Step in Your Career

Drive organizational change with a master's degree in higher education leadership from a top-ranked university.


$10,000+

Scholarships Available

20mo

Program Completion

Terms

Fall and Spring

 

Take the Next Step

Reach out to us to learn more about Pepperdine's MS in Leadership in Higher Education program.

Get In Touch

Fill out the Request Information form to learn more and get in contact with an Enrollment Officer.

Attend an Info Session

Experience an in-depth overview and meet program leaders.

Start Your Application

Submit the application form early to meet scholarship and enrollment deadlines. It takes less than 15 minutes.

 

Spring Term

NOV
09
Application Complete: Submit all supplemental application materials. You may be eligible to receive an additional $2,000 scholarship.
NOV
23
Early Enrollment Deadline: Submit deposit and Intent to Enroll form. You may be eligible to receive an additional $2,000 scholarship.

Fall Term

FEB
22

Early Application Form Submit: Submit the application form. Supplemental materials are not required. You may be eligible to receive a $4,000 scholarship.

APR
26

Priority Application Form Submit: Submit the application form. Supplemental materials are not required. You may be eligible to receive a $3,000 scholarship.

 

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Curriculum Overview

In this 32-unit MS program, you will experience a curriculum focused on preparing higher education leaders with well-rounded and unique courses in topics such as higher education student support, governance, politics, policy, economics, and finance, in addition to leadership, virtual learning, a capstone integration experience, and many others.

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Program Details

New cohorts begin every September and January. The cohort model is designed to build upon leadership skills, support, and lifelong relationships with colleagues.

Most courses are completed 100% online with synchronous and asynchronous sessions. One Saturday/Sunday weekend of classes is taken each term with the flexibility to participate online or in-person.

An initial welcome immersion experience occurs on Saturday and Sunday at the beginning of the first term on the West LA and/or Malibu campuses. It is highly recommended but not required.

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Expand Your Career Possibilities

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to realize your full potential in a variety of roles in colleges, universities, early childhood education, policy-making, nonprofits, and school systems in the public and private sectors.

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Tuition and Scholarships

Pepperdine GSEP generously offers $5,500,000 in scholarships every year, with the majority of students receiving some form of financial assistance. An incoming GSEP student is eligible to be awarded up to $10,000 in Pepperdine scholarships.*

Total tuition $43,680
GSEP scholarships available -$10,000
Total tuition after GSEP scholarships $33,680

*GSEP scholarship amount is based on data from the 2019-2020 academic year and only includes new incoming students who received aid from Pepperdine within GSEP programs. Does not include other external forms of financial aid.


Why Pepperdine

Passion and Purpose Driven

Since our founding in 1937, Pepperdine University has had one mission: to strengthen students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a learning environment where academic excellence is rooted in a Christian faith and values.

Our graduate programs empower students to transform into the best possible expression of themselves for meaningful work and purposeful lives. That legacy is alive today more than ever, as we help students all over the world gain the skills they need to achieve personal fulfillment, lead with purpose, and make a lasting impact in the lives and communities they serve.

Reputable University

GSEP offers prestigious programs at the #46-ranked university in the US* committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you're inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.

#29

Best-Value Schools
U.S. News & Report

#9

Best College Value in the West/SW
Kiplinger

#10

Most Entrepreneurial Universities
Forbes

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

Distinguished Faculty

  • GSEP faculty are nationally-recognized scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, industry expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
  • Professors are accomplished professionals who balance theory and real-world application in a practitioner-based curriculum informed by their desire to prepare students to make a difference.
  • Average class size of 14 students and a 12:1 faculty-student ratio provides a supportive educational setting, meaningful interactions, and long-term professional and personal connections.

Alumni Network

  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals. Our alumni network has 32 chapters and affinity programs in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Pepperdine alumni, faculty, staff, and parents make themselves available to offer the resources you need and help graduates build professional, personal, and purposeful relationships with Pepperdine people all over the world.
  • As a Pepperdine alumnus, you have exclusive access to the PeppConnect Mentoring Program, a global network of alumni who are willing to mentor and offer career or industry advice.

Student and Career Support

  • GSEP Student Services supports our rigorous curricula through academic advising, records, writing support, library, student groups, and much more.
  • Students are further supported through our Office of Student Accessibility, world-class facilities, and highly competitive programs, all of which contribute to our exceptional programs and rankings.
  • GSEP Career Services operates from an innovative model of career education and holistic career counseling for today's rapidly changing job market helping students and alumni construct their career narrative, build lifelong employability skills, and connect with alumni and industry leaders.
  Passion and Purpose Driven

Passion and Purpose Driven

Since our founding in 1937, Pepperdine University has had one mission: to strengthen students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a learning environment where academic excellence is rooted in a Christian faith and values.

Our graduate programs empower students to transform into the best possible expression of themselves for meaningful work and purposeful lives. That legacy is alive today more than ever, as we help students all over the world gain the skills they need to achieve personal fulfillment, lead with purpose, and make a lasting impact in the lives and communities they serve.

  Reputable University

Reputable University

GSEP offers prestigious programs at the #46-ranked university in the US* committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you're inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.

#29

Best-Value Schools
U.S. News & Report

#9

Best College Value in the West/SW
Kiplinger

#10

Most Entrepreneurial Universities
Forbes

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

  Distinguished Faculty

Distinguished Faculty

  • GSEP faculty are nationally-recognized scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, industry expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
  • Professors are accomplished professionals who balance theory and real-world application in a practitioner-based curriculum informed by their desire to prepare students to make a difference.
  • Average class size of 14 students and a 12:1 faculty-student ratio provides a supportive educational setting, meaningful interactions, and long-term professional and personal connections.
  Alumni Network

Alumni Network

  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals. Our alumni network has 32 chapters and affinity programs in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Pepperdine alumni, faculty, staff, and parents make themselves available to offer the resources you need and help graduates build professional, personal, and purposeful relationships with Pepperdine people all over the world.
  • As a Pepperdine alumnus, you have exclusive access to the PeppConnect Mentoring Program, a global network of alumni who are willing to mentor and offer career or industry advice.
  Student and Career Support

Student and Career Support

  • GSEP Student Services supports our rigorous curricula through academic advising, records, writing support, library, student groups, and much more.
  • Students are further supported through our Office of Student Accessibility, world-class facilities, and highly competitive programs, all of which contribute to our exceptional programs and rankings.
  • GSEP Career Services operates from an innovative model of career education and holistic career counseling for today's rapidly changing job market helping students and alumni construct their career narrative, build lifelong employability skills, and connect with alumni and industry leaders.

Contact Us

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Ernesto Santiago Elizondo
Enrollment Officer
6100 Center Drive, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045

310.568.5762

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