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Pepperdine University School of Education & Psychology

City Year is proud to partner with Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education & Psychology, an innovative learning community where faculty, staff and students of diverse cultures and perspectives work collaboratively to foster academic excellence, social purpose, meaningful service and personal fulfillment, offering a 10% scholarship.

Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology offers City Year AmeriCorps members, alums and staff

10% scholarship

The City Year Partnership Scholarship awards 10% tuition scholarship to all admitted City Year applicants each year towards a qualifying graduate program and is renewable for up to one year.

Scholarships are generally awarded at the start of the academic year, and students must be enrolled full time (six units each term) to remain eligible.

The scholarship will be awarded to all admitted City Year AmeriCorps members or alums who completed at least one term of service or a City Year staff member employed for at least two years.

This scholarship represents the minimum award; applicants will be considered for private scholarships based on donor criteria.

Eligible programs

Education Programs

  • MA in Teaching (with preliminary teaching credential)
  • MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • MA in Social Entrepreneurship and Change
  • MS in Leadership in Higher Education
  • MS in Learning Design and Technology
  • MS in Leadership in Pre K to 12 Education
  • MS in Organizational Leadership and Learning
  • EdD in Learning Technologies
  • EdD in Organizational Leadership
  • EdD in Educational Leadership Pre-K to 12
  • PhD in Global Leadership and Change

Online Education Programs

  • MS in Leadership in Higher Education
  • MS in Learning Design and Technology
  • MS in Leadership in Pre K to 12 Education
  • MS in Organizational Leadership and Learning

Psychology Programs

  • MA in Psychology
  • MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (Evening Format)
  • MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy with Latinx Communities
  • MS in Applied Behavior

Online Psychology Programs

  • MA in Psychology – Online
  • MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy – Online
  • MS in Applied Behavior Analysis – Online

Additional benefits

  • Application fee waiver
  • Enrollment deferral: a one-year deferral for students admitted to a graduate program who decide to serve additional time with City Year before starting their studies.

Why City Year loves Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology is dedicated to training skilled leaders, administrators and practitioners of the highest level within two allied fields of human care: education and psychology. As part of its overall mission, the graduate school seeks to inspire change in all of its students, encouraging them to reach their potential so that they will in turn become inspirations and agents of change for the good in their chosen endeavors. The Graduate School of Education and Psychology also seeks to prepare educational and mental health professionals with hands-on experience, mentorship and a community of resources.

Through its integrative coursework and practical training, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology prepares students to serve the needs of others through skilled leadership. It offers seven master’s and five doctoral programs across its four graduate campus locations throughout Southern California and online. Programs are fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or the American Psychological Association.

To apply

Visit the Graduate School of Education and Psychology’s admissions website to learn more about the application process and apply online.

Application deadlines vary by program. Most programs accept applications on a rolling basis and encourage applicants to apply well in advance of the posted deadlines.

To identify your City Year affiliation

Please contact the admissions office and state that you served with City Year and reference our partnership.

To access the application fee waiver and apply for the scholarship

To get the application fee waived and be considered for the scholarship, a service verification letter must be requested by emailing alumni@cityyear.org with “Pepperdine GSEP” in the subject line. Within the email, include the site where you served and your AmeriCorps graduation month and year. This letter will be sent electronically by City Year to the admissions office and added to your applicant file.

To contact the admissions office

Please call (800) 888-4849 or (310) 258-2850 or email gsep-admission@pepperdine.edu with any questions.

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. AmeriCorps members, alums and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.

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