Pepperdine University Graduate Program Reviews

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98%
of students recommend
(4.15 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 127 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 7,632 (3,533 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 43% part-time, 57% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $30,320
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

This is a great school and a great program. I really enjoyed my experience getting my Master or Arts in Psychology. There were many opportunities to network with classmates and faculty. You definitely get a sense that the staff and faculty support their students.
4.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

I loved my masters program at Pepperdine! My classes were no more than 10 students and I felt like my professors were always available to me when I needed extra help. Each class is so diverse and fosters such great discussion, enabling an immense amount of personal and professional growth.
4.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

This is a fantastic program. The faculty members are wonderful and the campus and classes are small. It provides lots of opportunity for networking and getting to know all of the staff, faculty and students. The classwork isn't very difficult but you will definitely learn a lot.
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017

Pepperdine is a great place to study, but it is a bit of a make-your-own-education in its Masters programs in social sciences, humanities, etc. You can easily squeeze by without putting too much work in, but you won't get much out of it. To really take advantage of what the school has to offer, you need to be self-motivated and search out opportunities on your own.
3.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016

Pepperdine taught me how to see both sides of the story and make decisions based on all the information available. The school made me much more confident in my business acumen and I am grateful to have had such an opportunity.
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2009

The MFT program at Pepperdine was fantastic. I had the opportunity to learn in a classroom and practicum setting. From that and the small, focused group setting, I learned valuable counseling and life lessons. The professors and staff are tremendous and bring a wide range of experience.
4.2 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015

The doctoral program that I am currently in is titled global leadership and change. The program is to develop global leaders who will persue and innovate change amongst communities around the world to help create opportunities for those who did not get the them.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Marketing - MBA
Graduation Year: 2018

The Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University is a phenomenal choice if you are looking for an individually tailored experience with a focus on ethics. The class size is generally between 12-30 allowing for plenty of individual attention. Professors are genuinely interested in enhancing your knowledge of their subject and provide an engaging and collaborative atmosphere. The focus remains on providing the most good to the most people. We constantly deliberate about how to maintain financial excellence at a firm while reducing impact on the environment and keeping ethical ideals intact. Furthermore, the career center is focused on rewarding initiative. They strive to bring great companies and speakers to campus, but also provide assistance to anyone trying to forge their own unique path towards their objectives.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018

After one year, I would describe the program as transformative. In addition to what I have learned about learning theories, research, and technology, I have learned a lot about who I am and who I want to be. The professors are there for us and care about our transformation into change makers. Deciding to pursue my degree at Pepperdine was a wise choice.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

As an aspiring psychotherapist, I am very glad to be enrolled in the master's program in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. From my first session of my first class Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy I have been challenged to engage in rigorous critical thinking; invited to participate in high-level discussion; and impressed by the respect given, by both students and faculty, to the practice of psychotherapy. Even in the earliest hours of our education at least a year before we'll begin our on-site training we all abide by the central ethical tenet of psychotherapy: the well-being of the client is the first and highest concern. That's the generous spirit implicit in the Pepperdine program and the students it attracts. It's why we've all found our way to this field and to this university. I'm enrolled in the evening format classes meet at 4:15 PM and 7: 15 PM and this comes with a pro and a con. The great benefit I've enjoyed is that I'm exposed to a wide diversity of fellow students. Like me, they work during the day. Like me, they have other careers (or former careers) but are at Pepperdine to pursue their passion. Students represent myriad ethnic groups; they are as young as 22 and as old as 62; they have an array of aspirations and ambitions; and many (again, like me) have their own stories of personal therapeutic success. I love getting to know my fellow students. I love hearing their stories. I'm inspired by their belief in psychology and therapy as means by which we can facilitate communication, relieve suffering, and heal wounded souls. The drawback to this model is that unlike the daytime format, and unlike the structures of other equivalent programs in the Los Angeles area there is no cohort. Students take different classes at different times; they move through the program at their own pace; and they may not all be pursuing the same degree or licensure. While this makes the program very convenient you can fit your classwork into all the other obligations of your life we do lose something that the cohort model engenders, namely, a deep connection and camaraderie among a small group of aspiring therapists. This connection will form the foundation of a professional and personal community that will last for many years after school and training. Still, even to be enrolled in the GSEP at Pepperdine is to be a member of a community that is sturdy, optimistic, generous, and staunchly ethical. Professors make themselves readily available for private consultation with students; a network of Pepperdine alumni offer their counseling services at a discount to Pepperdine students; and the career counseling office remains at our disposal even after we graduate and begin our internships. I am privileged to be enjoying this education and confident that it will set me on a career path that will, in multiple ways, sustain me for decades.
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