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Seaver College 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 Programs and Application Deadlines

Graduate program applications will be available each year on October 1st. It is best to apply well in advance of the initial term for which the applicant plans to enroll. Completed files will be processed and evaluated by the Graduate Admission Committee. Full consideration cannot be assured to applicants who fail to meet the application deadlines.

Call (310) 506 4280 if you have any questions and please see the program list below for more information.

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

American Studies Application Deadlines

Financial & Housing Deadline February 1
Application Deadline April 30

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.

Nutritional Science Certificate Application Deadlines

Financial & Housing Deadline  February 1
Priority Deadline May 15
Final Deadline May 30


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)

Religion Application Deadlines

Fall Term
Financial & Housing Deadline February 1
Application Deadline April 30
Spring Term
Application Deadline October 1

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 prepares students to pursue vocations as screenwriters as well as to become cultural leaders in the entertainment industry. Hollywood professionals nurture, train, and support students in writing workshops and in courses that examine the storyteller in conversation with contemporary culture. Here at Pepperdine we take a values-centered approach to education and work to strengthen student lives in purpose, service, and leadership.

48 units minimum - 64 units maximum

Screenwriting Application Deadlines

Financial & Housing Deadline February 1
Application Deadline April 30

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Graduate Program Contacts

Seaver College Graduate Programs Office

Pepperdine University
Thornton Administrative Center, 3rd Floor
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4280

Assistant Dean: Dana Dudley  
Phone: (310) 506-4280

Program Manager: Leslie Seah
Phone: (310) 506-6079

Graduate Programs Directors & Coordinators

American Studies 

Nutritional Science Certificate Program


Screen and Television Writing 

For additional information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

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.

Seaver Graduate Programs Mission Statement

The Seaver College graduate programs are committed to the sharpening of the mind, the ennobling of the heart, the broadening of the vision and the cultivation of civilized and fruitful discourse within a Christian worldview. The programs are devoted to a relentless search for truth in an atmosphere of freedom of inquiry: to think, to create, to question, to doubt, to believe, and to affirm.

Program Learning Outcomes

Academic Catalog

Admission Requirements