Graduate Programs

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Seaver College offers master's degree programs and a post-baccalaureate certificate program for scholars seeking growth and mastery within their disciplines.

Our programs provide value-centered learning geared to prepare Christian practitioners for prominent professional careers or doctoral programs. Our students thrive with small class sizes, personal attention from distinguished faculty, and opportunities to publish research papers, co-author journal articles, and attend academic conferences.

Seaver Graduate Program Offerings


Degree Offered

Master of Science in Accounting

Program Description

The Master of Science in Accounting program is designed primarily for undergraduate accounting majors who seek additional academic training and/or credit hours for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination in order to be eligible for a CPA license.

Students may apply to the Master of Science in Accounting program during their senior year or after completing a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students must also submit a GMAT score. A student with exceptional credentials or academic promise may on occasion be considered for admission, even though their GPA or score on the GMAT is somewhat below the desired admission level.

Seaver College Graduates Only

This program is a fifth-year professional program, and is open only to Seaver College undergraduate students. The program employs a rigorous case analysis approach that requires students to demonstrate conceptual, analytical, and communication skills. If you are not a Seaver College student but wish to apply, please do so at the Graziadio School of Business and Management.


30 units

American Studies

Degree Offered

Master of Arts in American Studies

Program Description

Master of Arts program exploring American culture during the summer sessions and evenings during the fall and spring terms. Studies include interdisciplinary inquiry, integrating literature, history, political science, religion, American moral traditions, and elective courses involving the American experience.


36 units

Cinematic Media Production

Degrees Offered

Master of Fine Arts in Cinematic Media Production

Program Description

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Cinematic Media Production is a rigorous, two-year professional degree in cinematic storytelling. It is designed for producers, directors, cinematographers, editors, production designers, sound designers, and others creating products such as theatrical releases, documentaries, television, web series, and other forms of narrative cinematic media.


52 units

Nutritional Science Certificate Program - Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (NSCP-ISPP)

Certificate Offered

Nutritional Science Certificate Program - Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (NSCP-ISPP)

Program Description

Designed for post-baccalaureate Nutritional Science majors from both Seaver College and external applicants interested in becoming Registered Dietitians (RD). This program will offer field service volunteer experiences and associated professional/academic education in clinical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, public health and foodservice management.


Minimum of 24 units of coursework.


Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Religion

Master of Science in Ministry

Master of Divinity

Joint Master of Divinity and the Juris Doctorate

Program Description

Three graduate curricula emphasizing academic rigor and inquiry, in preparation for Christian ministry or further graduate study.


Master of Arts in Religion - 34 units

Master of Science in Ministry - 36 units

Master of Divinity - 66 units (+ 3 courses in Greek, and 3 courses in Hebrew)

Screen and Television Writing

Degree Offered

Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Screen and Television

Program Description

Pepperdine's two-year MFA in Writing for Screen and Television trains students for a vocation as screenwriters and prepares them to become cultural leaders in the entertainment industry. Courses in the program focus on the storyteller in conversation with contemporary culture through the lens of ethics, philosophy, film studies, and religion.


48 units minimum - 64 units maximum

Strategic Communication

Degree Offered

Master of Arts in Strategic Communication 

Program Description

Master's program specializing in advanced professional training in strategic communication theory, research, practical skills, and ethical concepts—four concentrations available.


Master of Arts in Strategic Communication: 34 units

Graduate Student Services

Malibu campus

We offer our students options to live on our Malibu campus graduate housing as well as counseling services and required student health insurance.

Other Pepperdine Graduate Degree Offerings

Graziadio School of Business and Management

Pepperdine's Graziadio School provides a broad spectrum of programs designed for individuals at every level of professional development, from those just beginning their careers to senior executives. It offers both master's degrees and a bachelor's degree for full and part time students. The Graziadio School can prepare you to succeed in a world expanding exponentially with new opportunities.

Graziadio School of Business and Management website

Graduate School of Education and Psychology

The Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) at Pepperdine University offers wonderful opportunities to pursue an advanced degree. If you love scholarly work and want to make a difference in the world, then graduate education is for you. If you want to be engaged and focused in sustained work, and at the same, time develop personal relationships with faculty and other students, then GSEP is for you.

Graduate School of Education and Psychology website

School of Law

The sustaining principle of Pepperdine's law school is quite simple: lawyers treat their clients the way their law professors treated them. Although our faculty is composed of outstanding classroom teachers, the greatest impact on your life and career will not be what you learn in the classroom. Rather, the impact will be what you learn from conversations in your professors' offices, how they greet you in the hallways, what you feel after talking with a professor about a personal struggle or family tragedy affecting your studies, and the fact that they know you as a person, not a faceless student. Pepperdine graduates are trained to treat their future clients with respect and kindness. They are trained to give advice that recognizes all issues facing the client, not just the technical, legal ones. Using the traditional name for our profession, Pepperdine lawyers are "counselors at law."

School of Law website

School of Public Policy

Whatever one's political views, those who shape public policy today are confronted by challenges of unprecedented magnitude. In no field is there a greater need for the moral, ethical, and spiritual paradigm that the founding mission and enduring philosophy of Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy encourages. Pepperdine's strong focus on the student at the heart of the educational enterprise is especially fitted to nurture the next generation of policy leaders dedicated to making a profound difference.

School of Public Policy website

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