Going back to school is a big deal. Submitting your application shouldn’t be.

First impressions are important — they set the tone. And since your application is one of the first steps in building your relationship with Pepperdine, we want to ensure that it’s memorable in the best way possible.

Whether you have questions about what you need to submit or ways to fund your degree, we have the answers and will encourage you to make decisions that fit your lifestyle.

Our goal is to lead you through enrollment and equip you to lead others after graduation.

Admission Requirements

Many graduate students believe an advanced degree is the new minimum standard for any profession.* That means it’s less about if you should go back to school and more about when you will. You can get ahead of the new standard by earning your online master’s in leadership.

Applications for all programs are accepted continuously throughout the year for each of our three start times: spring, summer, and fall.

*Sallie Mae

To qualify for one of our online Master of Science in Leadership programs, you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Earn a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree
  • Achieve a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0

In addition, you must provide the following:

  • Online application and $55 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from every institution attended
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Statement of educational purpose

Tuition and Financial Aid

Your education is an investment — both of time and money. But the benefits of earning your master’s can make it worthwhile. Think about the skills you’ll develop, the people you’ll meet, and the doors that can open because of your expertise.

Consider this: Only 12% of graduate students based their enrollment decision on cost; prestige and other factors were more important.*

*Sallie Mae

When it comes to value, you’re in good hands with Pepperdine. Here’s why:

  • We’re ranked #29 for “Best Value Schools” by U.S. News & World Report and #9 for “Best College Value in the West/SW” by Kiplinger’s
  • Our financial aid program at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology provides assistance to more than 75% of our student body




Master of Science in Leadership (2018-2019):

  • Estimated Tuition: $39,200
  • Per Credit Hour: $1,225

Each degree is designed as a 32-credit, 20-month program.

Additional Fees:

  • One-time non-refundable application fee: $55
  • Travel — Immersion Experience: Students will be responsible for travel to and from campus, as well as room and board. Students should expect costs between $1,000 – $2,000*

Tuition does not include course materials, such as your textbooks, and costs are subject to change. Please contact your advisor for the most up-to-date information.

*Estimation based on proximity to Los Angeles, CA.



Financial Aid

Regardless of the reason for earning your master’s, it’s important that you’re financially prepared to get there. Because when you know how much you can earn in the future, you can plan for how much you can afford now.

Mark Schneider of American Institutes for Research declared: “There’s a standard rule of thumb that you should not be borrowing more than what your expected first-year wages will be.”

Set yourself up for a successful career in any field with proper financial planning.

Federal Student Aid Official Site


U.S. Department of Education

We’ve got answers to your financial aid questions.

If you have questions or concerns about financial assistance, contact our Financial Aid Office at 310.568.5530. The office is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PDT.

Take your first step toward leadership.

Application deadlines are subject to change. Please contact your advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Fall 2018

Application deadline: August 2018
15-week courses: September 4, 2018 – December 14, 2018
Immersion experience: September 7-9, 2018

Spring 2019

Application deadline: December 10, 2018
15-week courses: January 7, 2019 – April 19, 2019
Immersion experience: TBD

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