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Pepperdine University Master’s in Clinical Psychology online

Earn a master’s in clinical psychology rooted in purpose, service, and leadership. Serve your community as a counselor or therapist.

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About the program

  • Choose the communities you want to serve: The program features a licensed professional clinical counselor track, and a licensed marriage and family therapist track.
  • Work with clients as part of the program: Field training allows you to apply your learning with real clients in or near your community and empower them with pragmatic solutions.
  • Apply without taking the GRE: Applicants are not required to provide GRE scores for admission into the program.

About the Graduate School of Education and Psychology 

The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) is a learning community where faculty and learners of diverse cultures and perspectives work collaboratively to foster academic excellence, social purpose, and meaningful service.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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Program tracks

In this program, your courses will explore human behavior, the fundamental principles of the psychology field, and various psychotherapy techniques. As a student, you’ll complete five foundation courses, nine core courses, and two electives. Courses include:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Track: This path is for learners that want to help with a broader scope of mental health issues, and provide service to a larger audience, which includes individuals, families, and organizations. This track prepares learners to pursue LPC licensure and requires 280 field hours of working with clients.
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) Track: This path is for learners who want to help with issues that stem from marriage and family dynamics and parent-child conflicts, and who want to provide service to couples and families. This track prepares learners to pursue LMFT licensure and requires 225 field hours working with clients.

Admissions

GSEP seeks aspiring psychology professionals who want to serve their community and empower clients to thrive. Learners who embrace academic challenges, and who are committed to working with diverse faculty, classmates, and clients, are encouraged to apply.

  • Online application

  • Personal statement

  • Official transcripts

  • Letters of recommendation

Clinical training

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Clinical training is an integral part of the program. Both LPC and LMFT track learners are required to take four terms of clinical practicum — for a total of 700 practicum hours — under the supervision of a licensed counselor or therapist. Hands-on training prepares learners to apply their knowledge to real-world situations with real clients and to bring about real solutions.

The program facilitates access to clinical training opportunities thanks to placement specialists and partnerships with agencies across the country. All agencies meet Pepperdine University’s high standards for practice and share in their core mission of serving others with purpose, service, and leadership.

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