Application Requirements

To apply for the online Master of Science in Education at Pepperdine University, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a preferred minimum 3.0 GPA.

The MS in Education offers three cohort start dates per year in September, January, and April. You can contact an admissions officer before submitting your priority application in order to receive an application fee waiver. The following materials are required to apply:

  • Online application
  • Résumé (optional) 
  • Transcripts: Ask your institution(s) to send official transcripts electronically via one of the approved companies listed on the GSEP website from the institution that awarded the baccalaureate degree to you. 
    • Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial admissions review; however, official transcripts must be received to complete an applicant’s file and enable an accepted candidate to enroll in the subsequent term / next semester.
  • Two letters of recommendation (LOR)
    • LORs should be submitted directly from individuals familiar with your academic or professional competencies, character, and potential to complete rigorous graduate studies. 
      • Academic recommendations: professors, instructors, or academic advisors.
      • Professional recommendations: supervisors for employment, volunteer work, internship, or related activities.  
    • If you are a recent college graduate, you should have at least one academic recommendation.
    • If you graduated from college more than three years ago, you should use professional recommendations.
  • Personal interview (may be required as a needed secondary review) 
  • Personal statement: Write a personal statement (2-3 pages) addressing the following prompts:
    • What are your motivations for applying to the online Master of Science in Education program?
    • How does the program align with your future aspirations?
    • What are important elements of your personal, cultural, academic, or professional background that provide insight into your potential to succeed in an intensive online graduate program and beyond?
    • How do your values align with the mission and vision of the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology?
  • Proof of English language proficiency 
    • If your first language is not English, you must meet one of the following test scores:
      • A minimum of 550 on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) 
      • A minimum score of 80 if you take the Internet-based TOEFL test
      • A minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS exam  
  • Application fee: A $55 application fee is required upon submission of your application.

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