Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy - Evening Format (MA) (MFT)


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Program Description

Pepperdine University GSEP does not offer full scholarships. You can read more about the available opportunities for new students here. Pepperdine University GSEP also offers graduate assistance, teaching assistance, and research assistance opportunities. GSEP does not provide tuition reimbursements.

Designed for Working Professionals

This program's evening format offers an academic and practical foundation that prepares students to serve individuals, couples, families, and groups as licensed psychotherapists. With graduate campuses located across Southern California and flexible class schedules, the evening format is ideal for working professionals.

Program Overview

The program is designed to prepare students to work in community counseling, governmental entities, or educational settings, or to launch their own private practices. The clinical training and academic preparation also equip students for doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or family therapy. Additionally, Pepperdine offers coursework that prepares students for licensure in both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC). As part of the program, students gain supervised counseling experience in clinical settings.

Program Benefits

  • Award-winning faculty members who provide mentorship, as well as real-world experiences that link classroom learning to the field of practice
  • Small class sizes provide an environment for faculty mentorship, close peer interaction, and lifelong professional relationships
  • Class availability to fit your schedule, at three accessible locations throughout Southern California
  • Professional development, whether you're looking to continue your studies in a doctoral program or obtain your LMFT or LPCC licensure to launch your career
  • Extensive networking opportunities, courtesy of our alumni community network, made up of more than 120,000 professionals

Key Facts

  • Program Length / Units: 2-3 years / 60-66 units
  • Unit Cost: $1,225
  • Start Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Campus Locations: West Los Angeles, Encino, Irvine
  • Formats: Evening

Online Application Deadlines

  • Fall Term 2018 Final Deadline: August 6, 2018, 11:59 PM PST

Note: Admissions for this program are rolling. Applications received after the deadline are reviewed and students are accepted on a space-available basis.

  • Spring classes begin on January 7.
  • Summer I begins on April 29.
  • Summer II begins on June 17.
  • Fall classes begin in September.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants to the evening format may possess a bachelor's degree in any field, and there are no pre-requisite courses that must be completed prior to starting the program. Applicants without recent course work (within the last seven years) in psychology, however, will be required to complete foundation courses in preparation for the core curriculum. Foundation courses are offered as part of the master's program.

In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.

To apply for this program, please submit:

  • Your application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.
  • Official student transcripts from the accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate degree via one of the following approved companies:
    • National Student Clearinghouse
    • Parchment
    • eSCRIP-SAFE.
    • Applicants who are pursuing their bachelors at the time of application should submit an in-progress (current) transcript and will be required to submit a final transcript showing the degree posted after completion of their undergraduate program. Please request all transcripts to be sent to
  • Two professional recommendations from individuals familiar with your academic and professional competencies using our Recommendation Form. Recent college graduates should have at least one academic recommendation. Applicants who have been out of college more than three years should use professional recommendations. Your recommenders should email the completed forms to
  • A 2-5 page Statement of Purpose describing your previous training and experience, current interests, future professional goals, and reasons for applying to the program, emailed to
  • (Optional) If your baccalaureate or master's degree GPA is lower than 3.0 or you're seeking an exception to our TOEFL test requirement, please fill out our Exception Request Form and email it to
Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology is part of a pioneering tradition. We value academic excellence, innovative leadership and work that serves the greater good.

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