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Master of Science in Leadership Pre-K to 12 Education

Program Overview

Cost: $1,365 per unit
Units: 32 units
Terms: Fall, Spring
Length: 20 months
Location(s): Online, West LA
Format: 100% Online or Hybrid

Pursue Your Purpose Online or In-Classroom

Designed for individuals who wish to advance their skills and career in Pre K-12 education, our MS in Leadership program provides knowledge, skills, and support needed to make a difference and reach your potential in a variety of positions such as administrators, principals deans, teachers, teachers on special assignment, counselors, district and/or county coordinators, and instructional coaches.

Prepare to Make a Difference with a Well-Rounded Curriculum

Comprehensive curriculum is focused on preparing K-12 leaders with well-rounded and unique courses in topics such as leadership, critical thinking, communication, virtual/online/transmedia, program design, policy management, values, learning culture, and a capstone integration experience. As a graduate, you will be prepared to increase your earning potential, drive organizational change, and help make a lasting difference for students and educational institutions.

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Program Details

  • New cohorts begin every September and January.

  • Most courses completed 100% online with synchronous and asynchronous sessions.
  • One Saturday/Sunday weekend of classes each term with flexibility to participate online or in-person, in addition to synchronous course meetings throughout the term.

  • Initial Welcome Immersion Experience Saturday/Sunday, on-campus in West LA and Malibu at the beginning of the first term is strongly recommended but not required.

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Quick Facts

  • 100%Online and Hybrid Format Options
  • No GRERequired
  • 20moProgram Completion
  • $5.5Million GSEP Scholarships Available Every Year

Program Benefits

  • Online format is convenient for working professionals and full-time students featuring robust online modules and engaging synchronous and asynchronous learning.

  • Weekend Immersion experience is an opportunity to engage in meaningful community-building with peers and program leaders on the West Los Angeles campus at the beginning of the first term. Although it is optional, this in-person component is highly recommended as it adds a personalized/hands-on approach, relational interaction with your cohort, and increased learning quality.

  • Cohort model designed to build upon leadership skills, support, and lifelong relationships with colleagues.

  • As one of Pepperdine's progressive degree programs, students may earn credit towards a doctorate while concurrently completing this master's degree. Up to 9 hours of credit may be applied to a doctoral degree within the School of Education, enabling candidates to reduce costs and save time to complete both degrees.

  • Shared foundational courses provide the option to change your course of study to one of three other MS programs in Organizational Leadership and Learning, Learning Design and Technology, or Leadership in Higher Education.


Tuition and Scholarship 

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.


What is the next step?

The enrollment process for our Master of Science in Leadership Pre-K to 12 Education program is quick and easy. The first step is to fill out and submit a short online application for admission, which usually takes less than 15 minutes. We encourage prospective apply as soon as possible to save your seat in the cohort and campus of your choice.

What education requirements do I need to have to apply to this program?

Applicants to the pre-K to 12 leadership program are required to have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Please visit our Admissions page for a full list of admission requirements.

How long is the program?

The program is designed to be completed in 5 terms, which is equivalent to 20 months.

What is the required GPA?

There is no minimum GPA requirement. A GPA of 3.0 or above is preferred.

When are classes held?

A combination of synchronous (live, real-time) and asynchronous (your own time) coursework occurs each week, supported with one Saturday/Sunday weekend class session each term.

What is the maximum amount of time allowed for program completion?

Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology allows a maximum of seven years for completion of a master's degree program should you need to take a leave of absence during any time in your program and are not able to complete within the standard 20 months for this program.

I am an International Applicant. How can I submit my transcript?

A transcript evaluation is required for all coursework done outside of the U.S. Please note: The certified transcript evaluation must be in English, with a 4.0 scale, and evaluated by a NACES member credential service, such as the World Education Services, Inc or the International Education Research Foundation.

Transcripts can be submitted directly to Pepperdine by the NACES member credential service. Please request all transcripts to be sent to gsep-admissions@pepperdine.edu.

Please also note: If you have not completed your bachelor's degree at the time of application or transcript evaluation, you will also be required to provide an official degree-bearing transcript in a sealed envelope directly from the institution who awarded your degree, following completion of your degree.

Is this program authorized in my state?

GSEP continually monitors developments in state laws in each state in which we enroll online students and, if authorization is or becomes necessary, will seek to obtain such approvals. For these reasons, prospective students are encouraged to apply and contact their Enrollment Officer to discuss state authorizations.

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Sabrina Delgado

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