Pepperdine U joins the EdX Partner Network and plans to launch the first MicroMasters program – Campus Technology

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Pepperdine U Joins EdX Partner Network, Plans to Launch First MicroMasters Program By Kate Lucariello02/23/23

Through a new partnership with online learning platform edX, Pepperdine University plans to launch its first MicroMasters master’s program, which will be available later this year. The new program offers a flexible path to completing a master’s degree through job-relevant, competency-based introductory courses. Students can apply these credits to an existing master’s program at Pepperdine after admission and enrollment.

Pepperdine has partnered with online education company 2U since 2017, which acquired edX in 2021. As part of the existing partnership, 2U supports 10 online graduate programs at the university with over 5,000 enrolled students. The MicroMasters program will build on that success and bring Pepperdine’s graduate programs to edX students worldwide.

Various existing online master’s programs are offered by three of Pepperdine’s five colleges: the Caruso School of Law, the Graziadio Business School, and the Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

“Pepperdine’s partnership with 2U has enabled us to offer world-class online degrees in psychology, law and business, expanding opportunities for thousands of additional students regardless of region. The reach and open access of the edX platform allows us to expand that impact,” said Jay Brewster, provost and chief academic officer at Pepperdine, in a statement. “Our plans to offer a MicroMasters program will not be just one rigorous Pepperdine education accessible to edX’s 48 million learners worldwide, while also providing students with an affordable, stackable path to graduation.”

“Our partnership with Pepperdine is a powerful example of how we work with our university partners to deliver quality online programs at scale,” said Andrew Hermalyn, President of Partnerships at edX. “This expansion of our partnership underscores Pepperdine’s approach to research-backed, student-centric online education and its overall commitment to evolving its offerings to meet the needs of today’s learners by providing flexible, combinable educational pathways.”

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For more information on Pepperdine’s existing online master’s degree programs, boot camps and other courses, visit Pepperdine’s online learning website.

Pepperdine University is an independent Christian university in Malibu, founded in 1937. Over 10,000 students are enrolled at five colleges. More information can be found on the university’s main page.

Founded in 2012 by Harvard and MIT, EdX offers thousands of free and open courses, professional certifications, boot camps, credit-worthy micro-ids, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in technology, business, healthcare, science, education, social work, sustainability, and more. Visit the edX homepage to learn more.

About the author

Kate Lucariello is a former newspaper editor, EAST Lab high school teacher, and college English teacher.