- Uses its affiliation with the Church of Christ to prepare Christ-centered graduates for a wide range of careers.
- Specializes in programs in law, public policy, business, education, psychology, and the liberal arts.
- Picturesque central campus on the beach in Malibu, California.
With a scenic campus just off the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, Pepperdine is a selective, private university affiliated with the Church of Christ. Pepperdine operates schools of law, public policy, business, education, psychology, and liberal arts.
With an enrollment of nearly 8,000 students — half undergraduate students, half graduate students — the university originally opened its doors in the 1930s to provide an education to Los Angeles students after the Great Depression. Pepperdine now offers several online master’s programs in education, psychology, and business.
Pepperdine University’s Accreditation, Tuition, and Admissions Info
Accreditation and Approvals
Pepperdine University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business Schools are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
- In-state undergraduate students: $55,640/year
- Out-of-state undergraduate students: $53,680/year
- Online graduate students: $1,270/credit for education programs; $1,585/credit for psychology programs; approximately $1,815/credit for business programs
Admissions requirements at Pepperdine vary from program to program. Undergraduate requirements for the university’s Seaver College (liberal arts) and Graziadio College (business) include the Common Application, SAT or ACT scores, high school transcripts, and academic recommendation letters.
Requirements for Pepperdine online graduate programs also vary. Some business programs — including the online MBA — require GRE or GMAT scores, although outstanding applicants can earn waivers from this requirement. Most business programs require an essay, a résumé, and transcripts. Requirements for Pepperdine online master’s programs in psychology and education are similar, including essays and personal statements.
- Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
- Percentage of full-time undergraduates receiving need-based financial aid: 52%
- Date founded: 1937
- Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission
- Full-Time Freshman Retention Rate: 90%
- Required Standardized Test(s): SAT, ACT
- Public/Private: Private nonprofit
- Acceptance Rate: 37%
- Graduation Rate: 84%
- Athletics: NCAA Division I (West Coast Conference)
- Mascot: Willie the Wave
- Colors: Pepperdine blue, Pepperdine orange
- Address: 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, California 90263
- Phone Number: (310) 506-4000
- Social Media: Facebook; Twitter; Instagram
Online Degrees Offered
Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School offers four online programs: three master’s degrees and one bachelor’s degree. Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology offers eight online master’s programs.