Earn Your Master’s in Clinical Psychology Online from Pepperdine University
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Earn Your Master’s in Clinical Psychology Online
The online Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program from Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology prepares you for a rewarding career helping individuals, couples, and families thrive. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to earn your licensure as an LPC or LMFT.
While earning your clinical psychology degree online, you will learn from our esteemed faculty without having to relocate, and you will complete the same highly regarded curriculum and clinical placements that are required of on-campus students.
Pepperdine University was ranked #1 Best Online College for ROI for master’s in marriage and family therapy programs and #3 for Best Online College for ROI for master’s in counseling programs in 2020.1
Online Clinical Psychology Master’s Program Highlights
Prepare to positively affect the health and well-being of those in need by completing the following curriculum requirements:
sessions of field placement
Graduate ready to earn your LPC or LMFT licensure in as few as 27 months.
On-Campus MA in Clinical Psychology MFT Programs
Pepperdine’s MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy prepares you to be a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) or licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Offered in a daytime or evening format with over 130 clinical practicum sites, pursue your passion through meaningful service and purpose at Pepperdine GSEP.
It doesn’t. Foundational courses are the same regardless of the licensure path you wish to pursue. You will have the opportunity to customize your degree through electives.
Clinical Psychology Licensure Requirements by State
The program is designed to ensure that upon graduation, you will have met all academic requirements to sit for the LMFT or LPC licensure exams in the state of California. Visit the following pages for an overview of the requirements for each license:
OnlinePsychology@Pepperdine’s Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program offers an LPC licensure path, an LMFT licensure path, or both licensure options in certain states. View which licensure paths are available in the following states outside of California.
LMFT and LPC
LMFT and LPC
LMFT and LPC
The licensure paths available to students outside of California are tied specifically to the program’s ability to operate within certain states. Based on your state of residence, you may be restricted in which licensure path you can pursue. You will be asked to declare a licensure path when you apply for the program, and based on the approval in your state, you may not be able to change your path while enrolled.
Licensure requirements vary by state, therefore Pepperdine University strongly encourages you to contact the licensing board in the state in which you intend to practice prior to enrolling in the OnlinePsychology@Pepperdine program. Learn more about LMFT licensure requirements or LPC licensure requirements in your state.
Pursue Your Purpose
Learn more about the online master’s in psychology curriculum from Pepperdine University.
OnlinePsychology@Pepperdine seeks students who are committed to cultivating a deep understanding of human behavior while advancing their capability to serve those in need. We accept applications on a rolling basis and offer you the option to start earning your psychology degree at various times throughout the year.
A bachelor’s degree is required to apply.
GRE scores are not required.
Application fee waivers are available for those who meet the priority deadline.
Financial aid opportunities are available for Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology students. Students may utilize military education benefits, employer tuition assistance, federal student loans, private loans, or scholarships to assist with program expenses.
Requirements for scholarships vary. For more information about scholarship opportunities, please call our admissions team at +1-855-270-5431.
If you are interested in joining us on campus, we offer an on-campus Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology as well as a breadth of traditional psychology master’s programs at multiple campus locations. Note that the on-campus and online programs have separate applications.
Our curriculum focuses on current applied methods of psychotherapy, offering a practice-based course of study with clinical training in or near your community. You will learn about various topics, including the social and psychological implications of socioeconomics and how poverty and social stress affect the ability of individuals, couples, and families to thrive.
Regardless of the licensure path you wish to pursue, our foundation courses are the same. You will have the opportunity to choose electives that most interest you during the program.
Upon graduation, you will know how to:
formulate clinical cases
develop treatment plans
facilitate therapeutic processes
The course catalog includes 6 units of core courses that build the foundation of your clinical psychology education and frame the concepts you’ll explore throughout the program. After these foundation courses, you will complete 62 units of master’s-level courses that expose you to the latest advancements being discussed in the field today.
Foundation courses include Psychopathology and Behavioral Principles and Theories of Learning. You may be able to waive these courses if you completed them for your undergraduate degree. To qualify for a waiver, course work must have been completed within the last seven years at a regionally accredited institution, and you must have earned a grade of “B” or better.
Course Spotlight: Multicultural Counseling
Consider how people’s identities and backgrounds relate to mental health and treatment. Explore how counselors can take into account clients’ race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, spirituality, sexual orientation, gender, and ableness.
Course Spotlight: Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy
Learn how to interview, formulate clinical cases, develop treatment plans, and facilitate therapeutic processes consistent with major theoretical approaches. Gain practical skills through examination of clinical case material and supervised exercises.
Diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders
Assessment of individuals, couples, and families
Theory of counseling and psychotherapy
Trauma in diverse populations
Read course descriptions for more information about the classes you will take in the online clinical psychology master’s program.
As part of the program, you will take four terms of clinical practicum, where you will receive clinical training under the supervision of a licensed therapist or counselor at an approved clinical site near your community. Ahead of your clinical practicum, you will take the Preparation for Practicum course, which will introduce you to key skills needed while working directly with clients.
The licensure path you choose and state of intended employment will determine the breakdown of hours you must complete as part of your clinical training.
As a student, you will work with our dedicated placement team to find and secure Pepperdine-approved practicum and internship opportunities, where you can observe professional counselors and gain experience working directly with clients.
All students outside of California will be required to complete 700 total placement hours, including the 225 (LMFT) or 280 (LPC) hours spent directly with clients.
Antiracism and Antidiscrimination Statement
The MA in Clinical Psychology program and GSEP psychology division stand in solidarity against racial inequities and injustice and other forms of discrimination and oppression. We are committed to fostering an inclusive learning environment that is enriched and strengthened by diversity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity and national origin, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class, age, ability status, and religion. GSEP also encourages all community members to engage in critical learning and reflection to strengthen our capacity for being effective, active, and outspoken against all forms of racism and intersectional oppression.
Passionate and Purpose-Driven Faculty
Graduate School of Education and Psychology faculty are active clinicians and experts in their disciplines who are dedicated to helping you grow as you pursue your career as a counselor or marriage and family therapist. The practitioners and professors you’ll collaborate with have a deep passion for inspiring future leaders in the field of psychology.