Pepperdine University Reviews

  • 101 Reviews
  • Malibu (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $63,142
90% of 101 students said this degree improved their career prospects
95% of 101 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 8/31/2023
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"The lack of openmindedness in this program was shocking, considering it is geared toward those who are supposed to be understanding of others. The price is obscene for the material that is gone over. I am almost done with the program and truly wish I had gone to another school. Most classes feel redundant and like you are teaching yourself and the professor uses class time to voice their personal views on the world instead. I am too deep in the program to transfer schools, but I am so displeased that I have looked into doing so anyway."
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2022
  • Degree: Psychology
"I chose Pepperdine over other programs because of their reputation but have been incredibly disappointed. It's basically a diploma mill. All of my teachers have been adjunct, several are new graduates themselves with no teaching experience, no license, and little clinical or research experience. The MAP program does not prepare you for doctoral programs and several of my classes won't even transfer. I've only had three doctoral level professors and all of them graduated from Alliant. If you just want the degree and easy classes then enroll but if you want to earn a doctorate then Pepperdine is just a waste of time and money."
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  • Reviewed: 8/10/2021
  • Degree: MBA
Lynn Williams
  • Reviewed: 9/20/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"Pepperdine is an exceptional University. There isn't a bad thing I can say about the school. During my time at Pepperdine I was apart of the Womens soccer team, which gave me a purpose while I was at school. From there I made life long friends and mentors, that I talk to bi-monthly. Pepperdine prides itself in have intimate class sizes that, the largest class being about 100 students, and that was something I really liked. I would always hear my friends from other school say they had auditoriums filled with 700+ student, and knowing myself I would have been lost in the shuffle. Pepperdine's campus is also breath taking, the school is located across the street from the ocean and they always have events going on so you feel connected to the university and the community. Lastly, I want to note that the ac anemic advisors and professors are exceptional. while at Pepperdine I was originally a Sports Medicine major and half way through I decided to change to a Psychology major, the professors and advisors worked with me, got me on the right track and I graduated in 4 years."
Rhonda Williams
  • Reviewed: 6/21/2019
  • Degree: Education
"The courses offer small student to teacher ratios which allows the student to really engage with the instructor. The professors are really interested in learning about your career goals, research interests, and project ideas. The library staff is quite knowledgeable and can help you navigate the databases to find the right peer reviewed articles for your assignments. The course plan clearly outlined which courses were needed to earn the degree. The career counseling office staff helped me navigate the job hunt front and provided interview tips. The job fair also gave me an opportunity to meet representatives from many school districts and find the right career fit for me. The school is expensive so take the time to learn about your financing options."
Television & Film Student
  • Reviewed: 4/7/2019
  • Degree: Communications
"Pepperdine is a GREAT and WONDERFUL college! All of my professors were caring and passionate about the subjects that they taught and this translates into students who care and who are passionate about the subjects they study. The school strives for excellence, yet at the same time develops a balanced life. I can not recommend Pepperdine enough for college. Schedule a tour and get to meet some people, they are nice and welcoming."
Harout Markarian
  • Reviewed: 9/7/2018
  • Degree: MBA
"Pepperdine University is a great school with great resources and professors. all professors in the engineering department are very seasoned and have experience in the engineering industry. You will be getting real world experience and not just theoretical."
Elizabeth Waters
  • Reviewed: 5/19/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"I loved my experience at Pepperdine University. At Pepperdine, I gained an education that prepared me for my graduate studies and challenged me in my intellectual development; I learned to ask better questions, to think deeply and critically, and to manage a variety of responsibilities at the same time. While all of this was valuable, the biggest takeaway from my Pepperdine experience was the community I developed. Through international programs, life in the residence halls, and my work as a Resident Advisor and on the Pepperdine Ambassadors Council, I developed friendships that will last a lifetime. I met people that had different views from me, and rather than alienate me, they challenged me to think deeply about why I believe what I believe and their influence ultimately made me a more informed and confident person. Pepperdine cultivates this strong community primarily through International Programs, which is ranked #1 in the world. Having studied in Argentina and London, I can attest to the superb nature of these programs and how they made me more globally minded, equipped me with a second language, and enhanced my personal development. On campus, the Great Books Colloquium contributed the most to my academic development, and I would recommend it to all students. I learned the most in my Great Books classes. I love Pepperdine, and I'd choose it again and again. Pepperdine is a Christian institution, and while this is apparent in Pepperdine's administration and campus life, I never felt like the university was forcing any ideas on me. I always felt like I could express my views freely. Pepperdine is true to its mission; it equips you for purpose, service, and leadership in the great wide world after graduation. And the ocean view isn't too shabby. Ayo Waves!"
Drew Soliman
  • Reviewed: 1/9/2018
  • Degree: MBA
"Pepperdine was a great university with multiple resources available in both the administration and the professors. I recommend anyone pursuing an MBA to give Pepperdine your consideration as it does a great job of teaching the fundamentals of business to students. The programs is two years with an array of emphases provided by the program for the students to choose from based on their projected career path. The program is challenging however with this comes sound knowledge, networking opportunities, and technical skills honed to leave you excelling in your industry."
Jessica Horwath
  • Reviewed: 12/18/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"Pepperdine University so far is doing a fantastic job preparing me for my future career. After graduating with my MBA with an emphasis in entrepreneurship, I plan to work for a luxury brand and then create my own platform for customers to shop for high quality and ethically sourced products. While Pepperdine does not have many connections in fashion, they are still doing a good job preparing me for a strong, ethical future."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"Great experience, wonderful network and alumni network. It is a lot of work but very useful in the corporate world. More expensive than your average education but you pay for the name and the prestige and I would say it is worth it"
  • Reviewed: 7/31/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"Pepperdine is an amazing school in which the values of purpose, service, and leadership are upheld consistently. I gained superior knowledge and experience as an undergraduate psychology student. The faculty is top notch, the campus is gorgeous, and the student body is diverse and hard-working."
Bobby Fedo
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Business
"Very expensive and probably not worth the money spent in hindsight."
Katrina Mitchell
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"The FEMBA program is outstanding and far better than I expected. This is my second M.A. degree. The first was a M.A. in International Affairs from American University. The Pepperdine program is far more practical and every course is applied to the specified field of study. The professors are practitioners in their various fields and help students network with key contacts within the industry when possible. The career center is also very helpful. They post jobs through contacts that they know regularly and will follow up with potential employers for job that you have applied to. The level of academics is exceptional, the professors are successful in their fields, and there are several networking opportunities to launch your career."
Lindsey P
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2017
  • Degree: Human Resources
"I am currently pursuing a Masters of Science degree in Human Resources at Pepperdine's Graziado School of Management. My experience has been stellar! I've received outreach and support from submitting my application to enrollment. The staff and administration truly care about each student and want to make sure that everyone's experience is impeccable. They have answered my questions and concerns about balancing my professional life with my class schedule, my financial aid options, and how best to prepare for my future career. I have two advisers who are extremely hands on and I couldn't speak more highly of my experience!"
Julie Sumner
  • Reviewed: 3/13/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology is a small, but progressive program. The classes are innovative, and the instructors are genius and always willing to help. The diversity in the classes enriches your prospective and worldview."
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2017
  • Degree: MBA in Organizational Leadership
"Pepperdine's Fully Employed MBA program is designed to get you through in two years. The teachers are all very passionate about the subjects they teach. The class sizes are small. The largest class I have had had been 22 people. I only wish they had a healthcare concentration."
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"This is a great school and a great program. I really enjoyed my experience getting my Master or Arts in Psychology. There were many opportunities to network with classmates and faculty. You definitely get a sense that the staff and faculty support their students."
Victoria B
  • Reviewed: 3/5/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"I loved my masters program at Pepperdine! My classes were no more than 10 students and I felt like my professors were always available to me when I needed extra help. Each class is so diverse and fosters such great discussion, enabling an immense amount of personal and professional growth."
  • Reviewed: 2/20/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"This is a fantastic program. The faculty members are wonderful and the campus and classes are small. It provides lots of opportunity for networking and getting to know all of the staff, faculty and students. The classwork isn't very difficult but you will definitely learn a lot."