Application Requirements

The online psychology master’s programs have the same admissions requirements as the on-campus programs.

To apply, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. You must reside within the United States upon application and throughout the duration of the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis programs.

Your OnlinePsychology@Pepperdine application must include the following items:

  • Official transcripts: You must provide official transcripts from the accredited colleges or universities that awarded your post-secondary degrees either electronically or by mail.

    OnlinePsychology@Pepperdine accepts official transcripts electronically through the following:
    • Parchment
    • eScrip-Safe
    • Email at applicationservices@onlinepsych.pepperdine.edu
      If you are a veteran or active-duty military service member, you can also submit your transcripts electronically through the Joint Services Transcript (JST) database. Log in to the JST website and select “Pepperdine University – Master’s in Psychology Online” to submit your military transcripts directly.

      If you are unable to submit electronic transcripts, we will make an exception and accept hard-copy transcripts mailed to the following address:

      Pepperdine University
      Application Processing Center
      Psychology@Pepperdine
      PO Box 30096 012-002
      College Station, TX 77842
  • Two letters of recommendation: Your application must include two professional recommendations from individuals familiar with your academic and professional competencies. 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.
  • Statement of purpose: Write a two-to-five page personal statement describing your training and experience, current interests, professional goals, and reasons for applying to the program.
  • Application fee: A $55 application fee is required upon submission of your application.

To ensure your transcripts and associated materials are received for review, please make sure to send them directly to applicationservices@onlinepsych.pepperdine.edu.

International Applicants

The online M.A. in Clinical Psychology (LMFT/LPC) and online M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis programs are only available to U.S. citizens residing in approved states. If you are living abroad during the duration of the program, you are only eligible for our online M.A. in Psychology program. By submitting your application you are acknowledging you are aware of your eligibility and your application fee will be non-refundable.

In addition to the application items above, you will need to submit:

  • TOEFL scores: if your native language is not English and you did not earn the equivalent of a four-year US undergraduate or graduate degree in which the main language of instruction was English. Scores must be from a test taken in the past five years.
  • Two forms of official international transcripts: a transcript in its original language/grading system and a certified evaluation of your transcript from any National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) evaluation service.

International Students and Non-Citizens/Permanent Residents Deadlines

Important Deadlines for International Students and Non-Citizens/Permanent ResidentsOctober 2021January 2022April & July 2022
Final deadline to submit the Intent to Enroll form and enrollment deposit/fee in WaveNet Please note: It may take up to 5 business days for the payment to be received and processed. Please plan accordingly.July 1November 1March 15
Final deadline to submit completed International Student Data (ISD) form or proof of an eligible alternate visa.July 15November 15April 1

Please contact an admissions counselor at admissions@onlinepsych.pepperdine.edu or 855-270-5431 for additional instruction on submitting international transcripts.