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Pepperdine University is an American private, not-for-profit, coeducational research university affiliated with the Churches of Christ. The university’s 830-acre (340 ha) campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean in unincorporated Los Angeles County, California, United States, near Malibu is the location for Seaver College, the School of Law, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, the Graziadio School of Business and Management, and the School of Public Policy.
Pepperdine is ranked 50th among “National Universities”, 25th among Best Value Schools, and 65th among Law Schools by U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings. The university was also ranked 128th in America’s Best Colleges by Forbes.
Courses are taught at the main campus, six graduate campuses in southern California, and at international campuses in Germany, England, Italy, China, Switzerland and Argentina. The Ed.D. program in Organizational leadership, (EDOL) has held international courses in China, Argentina, Chile, Belize, Costa Rica, and India.
Location and facilities
The main campus is located among several ridges that overlook the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California. It has been described as “undoubtedly one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States.” The main campus entrance road ascends a steep, well-groomed grassy slope past a huge stylized cross, known as the Phillips Theme Tower, symbolizing the university’s dedication to its original Christian mission. Most buildings were constructed in a reinterpretation of Mediterranean Revival Style architecture (red tile roofs, white stuccoed walls, large tinted windows). The majority of the construction on the main campus was completed in 1973. There are views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Long Beach and the westside of Los Angeles from numerous points. Landscape architects (Eric) Armstrong and (S. Lee) Scharfman were responsible for the campus green space planning and design.
Graduations take place at Alumni Park, a broad expanse of lawn overlooking Pacific Coast Highway and the Pacific Ocean. The main academic plaza for undergraduate programs of Seaver College lies just above Alumni Park and includes Stauffer Chapel, Tyler Campus Center, Payson Library, and the Ahmanson Fine Arts Center. Undergraduate housing and athletic facilities sit to the north/northwest of the academic complex. The Law School exists even higher above these areas. The central campus is surrounded by a loop road consisting of Seaver Drive, Huntsinger Circle, and John Tyler Drive. Banowsky Boulevard separates Alumni Park from the main academic complex and is named in honor of William S. Banowsky, the 4th president of Pepperdine.
Spur roads to the east of the central part of campus lead to faculty housing. To the northwest, Via Pacifica winds uphill to the Drescher Graduate Campus, completed in 2003 and home to the School of Public Policy, the Villa Graziadio conference center, as well as the full-time programs of the Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Housing for graduate students, undergraduate honors students, and faculty are also located here.
The Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Graduate School of Education and Psychology are headquartered in West Los Angeles at the Howard Hughes Center next to Interstate 405. These two schools also offer programs at graduate campuses in Encino, Irvine, Santa Clara, and Westlake Village. International programs of the University’s various schools have taken place in London, Heidelberg, Florence, Buenos Aires, Paris, Madrid, Lausanne, Johannesburg, Tegucigalpa, Brisbane, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
List of Departments
Frank R. Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Seaver College is named for Mr. Frank R. Seaver and his wife, the principal benefactors of Pepperdine’s Malibu Campus. The college offers undergraduates a liberal arts education, and each candidate for a bachelor’s degree must complete a series of general education courses crossing disciplinary lines. Seaver College students attend classes at the Malibu main campus and study abroad courses are offered at the University’s permanent international campuses in Heidelberg Germany, London England, Shanghai China, Washington D.C., Florence Italy, Lausanne Switzerland, and Buenos Aires Argentina. Michael Feltner is the current dean.
Seaver College comprises 8 divisions that offer 40 majors and 37 minors:
- Business Division
- Communication Division
- Fine Arts Division
- Humanities and Teacher Education Division
- International Studies and Languages Division
- Natural Science Division
- Religion Division
- Social Science Division
The Religion Division offers undergraduate and graduate education in ministry, administers a Center for Faith and Learning and an Office of Church Relations, and publishes Leaven: A Journal of Christian Ministry.
In addition, the college offers the following graduate degrees: Master of Arts in American studies, Master of Arts in Communication, Master of Science in Communication, Master of Arts in Media Production, Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Divinity, and Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Screen & Television. Seaver students can also earn both single-subject and multiple-subject teaching credentials.
Pepperdine has six international branch campuses located in Heidelberg, Germany; London, England; Florence, Italy; Lausanne, Switzerland; Shanghai, China; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Graziadio School of Business and Management
Pepperdine University’s George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management enrolls approximately 2,000 students in its full-time and part-time degree programs. The school was founded in 1969, and has since graduated over 30,000 alumni. Dr. Linda Livingstone has served as dean since 2002. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked the online MBA program tied for 15th best in the country, and the part-time MBA program tied for 48th. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Pepperdine overall 83rd out of 437 business programs in the United States.
School of Law
Main article: Pepperdine University School of Law
The Pepperdine University School of Law is located adjacent to the Seaver College Campus, and enrolls about 670 students who come from all parts of the country. It is fully approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The school of law recently has attained membership in the prestigious Order of the Coif. Pepperdine’s Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution is consistently ranked as the number one dispute resolution program in the country, offering LL.M., master’s and certificate programs. Some of its other newer degree offerings include the juris doctor/master of divinity in conjunction with Pepperdine’s Seaver College. Other joint degree programs include the JD/MBA, JD/MPP, and JD/MDR. The school offers both a summer session and a fall semester in London, England. Deanell Reece Tacha is the dean.
The school placed tied for 65th among the nation’s “Top 100” law schools by the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings. It is known for its entertainment law, and also its dispute resolution program, which is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation.
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
With a focus on collaborative learning, leadership and academic excellence, the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) offers both masters and doctorate programs. The new PhD in Global Leadership and Change was approved by WASC and classes will begin in Fall of 2016. The EDOL in Organizational Leadership (EdD) was rated #1 by the Journal of Educational Excellence in 2016.
School of Public Policy
Approximately 120 graduate students are enrolled in the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy, which offers a two-year masters of public policy degree. Not simply the study of government, public policy is the study of how governments, non-profits, and even individuals and businesses address problems of public concern. Students specialize in economics, international relations, American politics, or local/regional policy in addition to their core studies and are required to complete a policy-related internship.
Joint degree programs include the MPP/Juris Doctor degree in conjunction with the School of Law, the MPP/Masters of Dispute Resolution degree in conjunction with the School of Law’s number one ranked Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and the MPP/MBA degree in conjunction with the Graziadio School of Business and Management.
Notable faculty at the School of Public Policy include: Ted McAllister, James Q. Wilson, James Prieger (Senior Economic Advisor, FCC), Joel Fox, Angela Hawken, Gordon Lloyd and Robert Kaufman.
AAS (African American Studies)
AMST (American Studies)
ARTH (Art History)
ASIA (Asian Studies)
BA (Business Administration)
COSC (Computer Science)
CRWR (Creative Writing)
FA (Fine Arts)
FILM (Film Studies)
GSGS (General Studies)
INTS (International Studies)
IPIN (International Programs’ Internship)
JWP (Junior Writing Portfolio)
MPRD (Media Production)
MSCO (Mass Communication)
NASC (Natural Science)
NPM (Nonprofit Management Sustainability)
NUTR (Nutritional Science)
PE (Physical Education)
POSC (Political Science)
PR (Public Relations)
SAAJ (Social Action and Justice)
SPAD (Sport Administration)
SPME (Sports Medicine)
STW (Screen and Television Writing)
SW (Social Work)
THEA (Theatre Arts)
WAIN (Washington, D.C. Internship)
WMST (Women’s Studies)
There are numerous scholarship opportunities available to Pepperdine students ranging from grant funds awarded based on the eligibility of your FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid) to university and private funds based on specific criteria. Outside scholarships (from companies, non-profit organizations, high schools, and other entities) have their own application processes and eligibility requirements.
University and Private Scholarships
Many of the departments at Pepperdine award scholarships to students who demonstrate strong talent in the areas of athletics, music, art, theatre, debate, science, etc. If you are interested in applying for special achievement scholarships in areas such as music or theatre, please contact the appropriate academic division regarding application requirements and deadlines.
Pepperdine University’s academic scholarship program rewards the academic achievement of a select group of entering fall freshmen and transfer students. Award recipients typically represent the students admitted to Pepperdine with the highest grade point averages (as Pepperdine calculates them) and the highest standardized test scores. The number of award recipients varies with each year. The awards are renewable for as many as four years total. Because academic scholarship funds are exhausted in the fall semester, academic merit based scholarships are not available for entering spring semester students. However, other forms of financial assistance including federal, state, and other institutional funds are available to spring semester students.
Students who receive academic scholarships must maintain at least a 3.25 Pepperdine cumulative GPA and full-time status, and may not be placed on academic or disciplinary probation while at Pepperdine. For those students who apply and qualify for need-based financial assistance, the academic scholarship will become part of the financial assistance package, coordinated with other awards.
Pepperdine Grant funds are made available from University resources. This grant is based on the student’s total need and overall strength as an applicant to the University. The Pepperdine Grant is awarded as a supplement to a student’s financial assistance package.
Church of Christ Scholarships
Pepperdine is committed to providing church-related scholarship assistance to students from the Church of Christ tradition. There are two Christian scholarship opportunities for applicants that demonstrate active participation in their home Church of Christ congregation.
1. Christian Leadership Award ($5,000)
STEP 1: Submit the general Pepperdine application by the January 5 deadline.
STEP 2: Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15.
STEP 3: Submit an additional recommendation from a Church of Christ leader (minister, youth minister, elder, or deacon) by February 15.
2. Associated Women for Pepperdine (AWP) Scholarship ($5,000)
STEP 1: Complete the Church of Christ Scholarship application process (Steps 1-3 above).
STEP 2: Submit the AWP Scholarship application by February 15.
Diane and Guilford Glazer Scholarship
The Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies offers annual scholarships of $5,000 to qualified undergraduate students interested in the study of Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations. Glazer Scholars will participate in coursework, events, and summer programs with the Glazer Institute and play a critical role in the Glazer Institute as a student representative. The Glazer Institute welcomes applications from admitted undergraduate students as well as current undergraduate students in their freshman or sophomore years.
Private scholarships, many of which are based on merit or special criteria, are an increasingly important source of funding for students. Pepperdine administers private scholarships which are called “restricted scholarships.”You may also research outside/private scholarship sources in scholarship books which can be found in most libraries, or refer to some suggested sites on our Outside/Private page. If you are on campus, you are also welcome to use the reference information located in the Office of Student Financial Assistance to research outside scholarships sources. Outside/ Private scholarships must be coordinated with the need-based award according to established University policies. You may also research outside scholarships on the internet.
Pepperdine University Restricted Scholarships
Pepperdine University has many restricted scholarship and loan programs which are administered by the Office of Student Financial Assistance. These funds are provided by private donors who strongly believe in the importance of assisting worthy students who demonstrate ability to benefit from the educational system offered by Pepperdine University. Recipients of these scholarships and loans are selected on the basis of financial need and/or merit by the appropriate foundation or scholarship agency or by the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Frank James “Buddy” Vinci and George B. Ellsworthe Scholarship
This scholarship was established to benefit students with financial need who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Seaver College. Preference will be given to students whose academic work or personal involvement has demonstrated a commitment to promoting the health (mental or physical) and wellness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community. Emphasis will be on the actual service, volunteerism, employment, and extracurricular activities.
Application deadline: October 15
Decisions sent: November 15
Enrollment deadline: December 1
Application deadline: January 5
Decisions sent: April 1
Enrollment deadline: May 1
Seaver College of Pepperdine University does not have an Early Action or Early Admission program.
In order to better serve students, Pepperdine University no longer offers a Priority Application Deadline. There is only one application deadline per term.
Graduate Application Deadlines
Graduate Program Deadline
- Priority Deadline: Feb 1
- Final Deadline: March 31
- March 31
Cinematic Media Production
- Priority Deadline: Jan 15
- Final Deadline: March 31
- Priority Deadline: May 15
- Final Deadline: May 30
- Fall Term Deadline: March 31
- Spring Term Deadline: Oct 1
Screenwriting for Film and Television
- Final Deadline: March 31
- Priority Deadline: Jan 15
- Final Deadline: March 31
Financial and Housing ApplicationsFebruary 1