Programs

See Which Degree Is Right for You

The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology offers three online psychology master’s programs that give you the practical skills and clinical experience you need to advance your career while serving the greater good.

Online Master of Arts in Psychology

This program is designed for students who want to gain a thorough understanding of human behavior and psychological principles. You will be prepared to take the next step in your career, whether you want to enter the human services field, advance in a related field, or pursue doctoral study in psychology.

Learn more about the online Master of Arts in Psychology program.

Online Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)

This program is designed for California residents who want to serve individuals, couples, and families as a marriage and family therapist. Graduates will be prepared to pursue licensure as a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) or a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) in California.

Learn more about the online MFT program.

Online Master of Science in Behavioral Psychology

This program explores applied behavior analysis (ABA) and is designed for individuals who want to work as an analyst specializing in the treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities. Graduates will be prepared to pursue certification as a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA).

Learn more about the online Master of Science in Behavioral Psychology program.

Program Comparison

Who is eligible to apply?

MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in MFT

California residents

MA in Psychology

Residents of states across the US. See the State Authorization Information page for a full list.

MS in Behavioral Psychology

Residents of states across the US. See the State Authorization Information page for a full list.

What will I learn?

MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in MFT

Current applied methods of psychotherapy, including the social and psychological implications of socioeconomics on couples and families

MA in Psychology

Principles of psychology and their real-world applications. Course topics include multicultural counseling and career development.

MS in Behavioral Psychology

How to use applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques on clients with developmental disabilities. Students will also learn how to design programs for clients and assess their skills.

What career(s) will I be prepared for?

MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in MFT

Licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) or licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC)

MA in Psychology

Various careers in the psychology field within a wide range of professional settings

MS in Behavioral Psychology

Board certified behavior analyst (BCBA)

Will I be prepared to pursue licensure?

MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in MFT

Yes. Graduates are prepared to sit for the LMFT or LPCC exams in California.

MA in Psychology

No, but this degree could be used as a stepping-stone to doctoral study in psychology (PhD or PsyD).

MS in Behavioral Psychology

Yes. Graduates are prepared to sit for the BCBA exam.

How does field placement work?

MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in MFT

Students meet California’s LMFT and LPCC field requirements by completing four sessions of in-person clinical rotations at an approved site.

MA in Psychology

Students complete two sessions of a culminating capstone experience, including an in-depth original research project followed by a community-based experience at an approved location.

MS in Behavioral Psychology

Students complete 750 hours of supervised in-person experience at an approved site.

Where could I pursue employment after graduating?

MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in MFT

Individual and family services, outpatient care centers, health practitioners’ offices, state government, and private practice

MA in Psychology

Corporate and business settings, community organizations, government, non-profits

MS in Behavioral Psychology

Pre-K–12 schools, child protective services, rehabilitation centers, mental health centers, state government, and hospitals

How many units are required?

MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in MFT

62–68

MA in Psychology

36–48

MS in Behavioral Psychology

32–38

How many sessions are required?

MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in MFT

8–12

MA in Psychology

4–8

MS in Behavioral Psychology

4–7

How many months does it take to complete?

MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in MFT

24–36

MA in Psychology

12–24

MS in Behavioral Psychology

12–20

Request information to learn more about Pepperdine’s online graduate psychology programs from an admissions officer.