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Pepperdine’s Top-Ranked Online Clinical Psychology Master’s Program1

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology is proud to deliver a top-tier online clinical psychology master’s program to students all over the nation through a research-backed, student-first approach to online learning.

In as few as 27 months, you can complete the program ready to pursue licensure as a licensed clinical counselor (LPC) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT)—without having to relocate or put your commitments on hold.

Licensure requirements vary by state. GRE scores are not required to apply.

Pepperdine University was ranked #3 for online counseling master’s programs by OnlineU in 2020.1

Why Online?

  • Train with faculty who are passionate and purpose-driven—just like you. Learn from celebrated faculty members, like Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, who are doing meaningful work both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Stay connected to all things Pepperdine, anywhere, anytime. Our online campus is available on mobile, desktop, or tablet, so you can attend live classes, complete course work, catch up with classmates, or get in touch with faculty at any time.
  • Work with real clients in your own community. A placement specialist will help you secure in-person clinical training opportunities located close to home and tailored to your personal and professional goals.
  • Join a global network of more than 20,000 alumni. Our community is making waves and driving real change all over the world—one client, initiative, or project at a time.
  • Feel supported at every step of your journey. Get answers to your questions in real time, from the moment you request information until graduation.


Our 62-unit curriculum focuses on current applied methods of psychotherapy, offering a practice-based course of study with clinical training in or near your community. Core courses cover key topics, including substance abuse treatment, multicultural counseling, and the social and psychological implications of socioeconomics.

Regardless of the licensure path you wish to pursue, our foundation courses are the same. You will have the opportunity to customize your degree through electives.

Career Outcomes

Pepperdine’s online clinical psychology master’s program prepares you to pursue licensure as an LPC or LMFT.

The LPC path will prepare you to help with:

  • A broader scope of mental health issues.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional, and addictive disorders.
  • Providing service to a larger audience—from individuals, to families, to larger organizations.

The LMFT path will prepare you to help with:

  • Issues that stem from marriage and family dynamics and parent-child conflicts.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional, and addictive disorders.
  • Depression, substance abuse, and trauma, and how they affect couples and families.

In as few as 27 months, you will be prepared to positively affect the health and well-being of those in need.


Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology values diversity both in our applicants’ academic backgrounds and life experiences. Values-driven individuals who want to transform into the best possible expression of themselves—and help others do the same—are encouraged to apply.

Classes begin in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed by the admissions committee on a rolling basis. To apply, you must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Questions? We’re Here to Help.

Our admissions team is readily available to speak with you and offer support at every step of your application. Request more information and an admissions counselor will contact you.

1 2020 Best Online Master's in Counseling Degrees (March 9, 2020). Retrieved from OnlineU November 9, 2020, from Return to footnote reference