|Type of Degree||Master of Arts|
|Time to Complete||12-24 months|
Pepperdine University offers its Master of Arts in Psychology program online, enabling students across the country to receive a Pepperdine graduate education without attending classes on campus. The online master’s in psychology program provides a comprehensive overview of psychology and allows students to develop the skills needed to assess personality and intelligence and treat mental and emotional disorders.
Psychology@Pepperdine curriculum introduces a range of psychotherapy techniques and offers insight into topics such as multicultural counseling and career development.
The program is designed for students who want to develop a thorough understanding of human behavior and psychological principles. While the online master’s in psychology program doesn’t prepare students for any specific license, it does prepare them to pursue further doctoral study or a career in the human services field.
As part of the online learning experience, students:
- Attend live online classes. Students log in to a virtual classroom where they attend seminar-style sessions with Pepperdine professors and approximately 14 other students.
- Complete intensive course work. Using a virtual campus, students watch video lectures and analyze case studies. All course work is accessible anywhere with an Internet connection.
- Build meaningful relationships. The virtual campus has many social networking tools so students can get to know their classmates and meet with professors during one-on-one office hours.
- Receive ongoing student support. Admissions officers, technical specialists, field placement specialists, and other support teams are available to help students succeed.
Designed for students who want to improve the wellbeing of others through an understanding of human behavior, the program teaches principles of counseling and psychotherapy using the same curriculum as the on-campus program. Students receive a rigorous, values-based education as they learn directly from Pepperdine faculty who are active practitioners and experts in their fields.
Foundation courses are offered as part of the master’s program and may be waived for students who have earned a “B” or better in classes covering the required foundation coursework within the past seven years.
Here is a sample of the topics covered in the master’s-level courses:
- Theories of counseling and psychotherapy
- Research and evaluation methods for mental health professionals
- Diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders
- Interpersonal skills and group therapy
- Physiological psychology
- Behavior principles and theories of learning
In addition to the online master’s in psychology program, the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology offers an online Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program that prepares students to pursue licensure as licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) or licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCCs).