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Seaver College is the flagship liberal arts college within the Pepperdine University family of schools. The college offers nine master's degree programs and one post-baccalaureate certificate program for scholars seeking growth and mastery within their disciplines.

Seaver Graduate Programs Mission Statement

The graduate programs are committed to the hallmark components of the liberal arts: the sharpening of the mind, the ennobling of the heart, the broadening of the vision, and the cultivation of the arts of speaking and writing which result in civilized and fruitful discourse. They are likewise devoted to the relentless search for truth in an atmosphere of freedom of inquiry: to think, to question, to doubt, to believe, and to affirm.

Seaver Graduate Programs Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete a graduate degree at Seaver College will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the history, themes, and major works of their field including issues related to ethnic, gender and cultural diversity
  • produce written and oral presentations that demonstrate the ability to engage the relevant discipline-specific topics at the graduate level
  • conduct research in their field demonstrating mastery of the appropriate research methodologies
  • demonstrate graduate-level competencies in their field either through the successful completion of a thesis or comprehensive exam.

Accounting 

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. Master of Science in Accounting.  30 units. 
Learning Outcome - Accounting
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If you are not a Seaver College student but wish to apply, please do so at the Graziadio School of Business and Management.

American Studies

Master of Arts program exploring American culture through interdisciplinary inquiry, integrating literature, history, political science, and Religion.  36 units
Master of Arts in American Studies
Learning Outcome - American Studies
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Communication

Master's programs specializing in advanced professional training in communication theory, research, and ethical concepts—four concentrations available.
Master of Arts in Communication 31–34 units and Master of Science in Communication 34–40 units.
Learning Outcome - MA Communication
Learning Outcome - MS Communication
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Media Production

Master of Arts program specializing in storytelling across multiple platforms, from cinema to television to the web; providing cutting edge techniques for inspiring and transforming audiences for films, TV, music, public relations and advertising.
Master of Arts in Media Production. Minimum of 32 units.
Learning Outcome - Media Production
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Nutritional Science Certificate Program - Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (NSCP-ISPP)

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.
Nutritional Science Certificate Program - Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway.
Learning Outcomes - Nutritional Science Certificate Program
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Application deadline for the NSCP-ISPP program is July 15.

Religion

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; and Master of Divinity 66 units. (+ 3 courses in Greek, and 3 courses in Hebrew)
Learning Outcome - MA Religion
Learning Outcome - MS Ministry
Learning Outcome - Divinity
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Screen and Television Writing

Master of Fine Arts training for students pursuing vocations in screen and TV writing, and personal development as storytellers and cultural leaders.
Master of Fine Arts in Screen and Television Writing 48 units, maximum of 64 units.
Learning Outcome - Screen and Television Writing
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Learning Outcome


Accounting

  • Demonstrate a high level of understanding of, and the ability to apply, concepts of accounting and auditing practice and theory.
  • Evaluate complex accounting and auditing problems from the perspective of multiple business disciplines and professional standards, then formulate, communicate, and defend recommendations to decision-makers based on those evaluations.
  • Produce clearly written, concise business analyses and deliver clear, well-organized, persuasive oral presentations.
  • Establish positive group interactions while working effectively in teams with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Analyze accounting and auditing situations in keeping with professional standards and moral values and recommend appropriate courses of action.

American Studies

  • Identify and evaluate seminal ideas of American culture in economics, history, literature, political science, and religion.
  • Demonstrate an ability to connect the perspectives from their undergraduate majors with those perspectives represented in American studies.
  • Integrate seminal ideas and perspectives represented in American Studies into the curriculum which he or she teaches in his or her secondary classrooms.
  • Integrate the major themes in American studies.

Communication (MA)

  • Articulate mastery of knowledge in foundational communication theories.
  • Synthesize strengths and applications of various general and specialized communication theories.
  • Critically analyze ethical diversity issues, and .integration of faith related to application of communication theories.
  • Demonstrate the mastery of research sufficient to carry out original, scholarly research in the discipline, and write and orally defend a master's thesis.

Communication (MS)

  • Demonstrate mastery of the Communication discipline in the areas of quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Articulate mastery of knowledge in foundational communication theories.
  • Synthesize strengths and applications of various general and specialized communication theories.
  • Critically analyze ethical and diversity issues, and integration of faith related to application of communication theories.
  • Articulate mastery of two additional areas of disciplinary concentration.

Media Production

  • Demonstrate knowledge of how media are used to tell compelling stories that inspire, inform and persuade audiences in a manner consistent with Christian values.
  • Gain technical competence in the use of selected media technologies.
  • Work individually and in teams, to create professional quality media communication that exhibits an in-depth understanding of the tools and technologies of emerging media.
  • Assess his or her own and others' work to ensure that their mediated creations reflect an appreciation of complex ethical considerations present whenever media are used to inform, persuade or inspire.
  • Demonstrate an understanding that today's audiences are diverse and global, and that matching messages with audiences in a constructive manner requires an appreciation of the changing demographics and political realities of our world.

Nutritional Science Certificate Program

  • Secure employment and/or gain acceptance into graduate programs, or professional schools related to both the fields of Nutrition and Dietetics;
  • Pass the registration examination to become a Registered Dietitian;
  • Be committed to community service and leadership.

Religion

  • evaluate the primary literature, critical methodologies, and secondary literature of a specialized field of religious study
  • utilize a foreign language relevant to one's chosen field of specialization
  • competently illustrate the influence of other areas in the study of religion on one's chosen field of specialization
  • communicate coherently in professionally competent written form (following a standard style guide) and in effective oral form on matters related to one's chosen field of specialization
  • complete and defend a thesis documenting proficiency in all the desired outcomes listed above

Ministry

  • Evaluate the primary literature, critical methodologies, and secondary literature of a specialized field of religious study.
  • Utilize a foreign language relevant to one’s chosen field of specialization.
  • Competently illustrate the influence of other areas in the study of religion on one’s chosen field of specialization.
  • Communicate coherently in professionally competent written form (following a standard style guide) and in effective oral form on matters related to one’s chosen field of specialization.
  • Complete and defend a thesis documenting proficiency in all the desired outcomes listed above.

Divinity

  • interpret biblical texts critically and competently, explaining the meaning of a given text within applicable contexts and its significance in pertinent streams of current research.
  • analyze major and distinctive teachings of the Christian faith, critiquing leading perspectives through the centuries regarding core beliefs and practices and how these compare with other religions, philosophies or competing worldviews
  • explore major historical developments of Christianity, especially - but not solely - in the West, discerning internal and external factors that have shaped it in various cultures apply and evaluate current methods for incorporating the teachings of a faith - especially the Christian faith - into the lives of individuals in a faith community, beginning with oneself
  • communicate coherently in professionally competent written form (following a standard style guide) and in effective oral form on matters of religion, illuminating historical, theological, and pastoral implications for contemporary societies

Screen and Television Writing

  • Write television scripts, feature screenplays, and adaptations displaying best practices in the field
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Hollywood history along with the ability to analyze critically, discuss and write about that history
  • Demonstrate  knowledge of film theory - including issues pertaining to ethnic, gender and cultural diversity - along with the ability to analyze critically, discuss, and write about that theory.
  • Explain the concept of "The Storyteller as Cultural Leader" and how that concept applies to them personally as writers leading lives of purpose, service and leadership.

 

Why Seaver College Graduate Programs?

What sets our program apart from other schools?

  • Value-centered learning geared to prepare Christian practitioners for prominent professional careers or doctoral programs.
  • Small class size and personal attention from distinguished Ph.D.-holding faculty with important professional and academic contacts. Opportunities abound to work one-on-one with faculty, publish research papers, co-author journal articles, and attend academic conferences.
  • Location near Los Angeles, one of the world's dynamic media centers, which offers many communication career opportunities. Pepperdine's breathtaking campus nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu provides a serene setting for study and personal and spiritual growth.