Inspire the next generation of leaders.
Start by earning your master’s.

Leadership and learning are interconnected. That’s why holistic education is at the heart of Pepperdine University — academic excellence balanced with purpose, service, and leadership. Our online Master of Science in Leadership programs are a perfect example.

We understand that every leadership style is different, so we offer five specialized programs — each designed to develop your style and prepare you to excel as a leader.

Choose your path:

  • PreK-12 Education
  • Higher Education
  • Learning Technology
  • Learning Design and Innovation
  • Organizational Leadership and Learning
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Complete coursework online

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Graduate in as few as 20 months

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3 start dates
per year


No GRE/GMAT required

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No required work experience or related major

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Apply earned credit toward a doctorate degree

Why earn your master’s in leadership?

By 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 18% of all jobs will require a master’s degree. Why? Because organizations have recognized the benefit of a master’s degree and prefer that their employees have one.

In fact, 74% of employers have raised educational standards to attract professionals with advanced degrees — especially in industries like education and healthcare.*

In addition, 61% of employers said the skills required for their positions have evolved. That means to qualify for a promotion or establish yourself as a leader, your education needs to evolve, too.*


Why choose GSEP?

Our Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) was built on a foundation of leadership, learning, and technology. GSEP aims to develop you into a leader as you strive to improve the human condition.

We’re pioneers in innovative leadership, being the first to offer the following:

  • Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change
  • One-year Master of Arts in Education with teaching credential
  • Accredited degree program in learning technologies in California
Every day, I witness the unwavering commitment of our faculty and staff as they uphold the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values while preparing students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. These are the ideals and actions that set GSEP apart from other institutions of higher education.

Helen Easterling Williams (Ed.D.), Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology
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Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

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Ranked among the top 50 “National Universities” and 35th among “Best Value Schools” by U.S. News & World Report

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Specializations offered in five M.S. in Leadership programs: preK-12 administration, higher education, learning technology, learning design and innovation, and organizational leadership and learning

Do more than select a program.
Secure your path to leadership.

Developing the characteristics it takes to be a leader is a lifelong process, so it’s no surprise that 73% of Americans consider themselves to be lifelong learners.* You’re on the path to becoming a leader. Now personalize your approach with the support of our online Master of Science in Leadership programs.

*Pew Research Center

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Master of Science in Leadership in PreK-12 Education

Shape a collaborative culture focused on lifelong learning and influence social, cultural, political, and legal issues affecting education.

This program is for you if you’re: a K-12 educator, adult classroom teacher, teacher on special assignment, counselor, district coordinator, principal, assistant principal, or dean.

The curriculum emphasizes: inclusive and community leadership, collaboration, instruction leadership, and policy and change management.

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Master of Science in Leadership in Higher Education

Learn how to support the advancement of student services and play an integral role in defining the economic policy for institutions of higher education.

This program is for you if you’re: seeking management or administrative positions such as department chair, director, dean, or higher positions in institutions of higher education.

The curriculum emphasizes: advanced learning theory and technology along with change, student services, government, policy, and innovation in institutions of higher education.

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Master of Science in Leadership in Learning Technology

Increase your ability to integrate emerging technologies to enhance learning in organizations and schools by analyzing individual learning styles and pairing technology to match students’ interests.

This program is for you if you’re: seeking to serve as head of education, manager of learning development teams, or information officer working in the private or public sector.

The curriculum emphasizes: the examination of emerging technologies and challenges you to rethink learning ecosystems by understanding their unique challenges.

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Master of Science in Learning Design and Innovation

Design new training tools and support materials to encourage learning at all ages through analysis of formal and informal learning environments.

This program is for you if you’re: working in the private or public sector and seeking to integrate technology into digitally rich environments through instructional and program design.

The curriculum emphasizes: collaboration, inclusive leadership, advanced learning theory and technology integration, and the exploration of innovative technologies that influence learning.

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Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning

This program is designed to show you how all functions of learning work in an organization so you can manage them and promote collaboration among employees.

This program is for you if you’re: seeking to lead learning and talent development in private and public organizations, private education, not-for profits, NGOs, healthcare, and consultancies.

The curriculum emphasizes: stewardship collaboration along with managing organizations and their culture by leading teams.