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Tuition and Financial Aid


All tuition is charged on a per unit basis for the Certificate, Master's, and LL.M. Degree Programs. Tuition for the 2014 - 2015 academic year is $1800 per unit.

Our academic programs consist of the following units; Certificate 14 units, Master's 32 units and LL.M. 28 units.

Financial Aid

Students in the Institute's degree programs have several financial assistance options for funding their professional education. Extensive student loan programs, as well as payment plans to spread tuition payments over the time students are in school, are available. Additional information regarding financial aid can be found at the Financial Aid site. Students participating in a joint degree program with Straus need to refer to the financial aid department of their home university for additional funding, including GSBM, GSEP, and SPP.


All applicants are considered for scholarships at the point of application.  For additional consideration, applicants can submit an scholarship statement outlining their circumstances and financial need to be reviewed by the admissions committee.

Starting in 2013, Pepperdine received support from the Beijing Arbitration Commission and JAMS for full-tuition scholarships for LLM students pursuing the Concentration in International Commercial Arbitration.

Starting in 2014, the Seegmiller Law Firm sponsored an LLM student from Korea pursuing the general LLM in Dispute Resolution or the LLM in Dispute Resolution with a Concentration in International Commercial Arbitration.

Details on these scholarships, we well as external scholarship options can be found on our scholarship and funding resources website.

Estimate of Expenses

The below list is an estimate of expenses for students pursuing an academic program on a full-time basis.  Programs are available on a part-time or full-time basis and personal expenses will vary depending on circumstances.

Students electing to participate in the clinics and externships may need to budget the additional expense of transportation.  This may include the cost to purchase a vehicle and insurance.

Health insurance is required for all degree seeking students, but the fee may be waived with proof of insurance.

Room and Board are estimated expenses and will vary depending on on-campus or off-campus options.  Tuition and Health Insurance are the only charges paid to the university directly if electing to live off-campus.

  LLM  in DR Masters in DR  Certificate
  28 units 32 units 14 units
  2 semesters 2 semesters 1 semester
Tuition $50,400 $57,600 $25,200
Room $14,100 $14,100 $7,050
Board $3,196 $3,196 $1,598
Books $980 $980 $490
Health Insurance $2,904 $2,904 -
Transportation $1608 $1608 $804
Personal $3432 $3432 $1716
Total $74,240 $81,100 $35,668