Institutional Review Board

Graduate and Professional Schools IRB

Information on this web site is specific to individuals submitting IRB applications to the Graduate and Professional Schools (GPS) IRB.

The GPS IRB covers faculty members and students from the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, the Graziadio School of Business and ManagementSchool of Law, and the School of Public Policy.

This web site is designed to be used in conjunction with the Pepperdine University Research Protections web site. The research protections web site contains links to the IRB Manual, the Seaver IRB webpage, all IRB forms, a flowchart to help you determine if you need to apply for IRB approval, and required and optional tutorials on human subjects protections and the health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

The GPS IRB web site contains the following information:

Purpose of the GPS IRB

The primary goal of the GPS IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research activities conducted under the auspices of Pepperdine University. Applications submitted to the GPS IRB generally encompass social, behavioral, and educational research and are usually considered medically non-invasive.

The GPS IRB employs a review process in conformity with the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46) and the Federal-wide Assurance (FWA) enacted between Pepperdine University and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Methods Review

All GSEP students submitting expedited or full review applications must first submit their research proposals to the Psychology Division Methods Review Committee or the Education Division Methods Review Committee for approval before submitting the proposal for GPS IRB review. 

For information about the Psychology Division's Methods Review, please contact Dr. Cary Mitchell at 818-501-1641 or at

For information about the Education Division's Methods Review, please contact Dr. Kay Davis at or at (310) 568-5660.

GPS Application Information (*Application Checklist)

Individuals who are submitting an application to the GPS IRB should consult the attached checklist when preparing their materials for submission. The checklist was designed to aid investigators and provides a list of all materials to be included in your submission to the GPS IRB.

GPS IRB Application Checklist

Updates to GPS IRB Policies and Procedures

In continued effort to improve the process of the Graduate and Professional Institutional Review Board (GPS IRB) review of faculty, staff and student research projects, the IRB made a few changes in our policies in Spring 2004.

To determine the level of review of your study, please refer to the IRB Decision Tree or contact the GPS IRB or call (310) 568-5753

  1. Applications for full review should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the submission deadline dates indicated on the GPS IRB calendar.
  2. Applications for Exempt and Expedited Review can be submitted at any time. The GPS IRB attempts to issue decisions on exempt and expedited applications within three to four weeks following submission of a complete application.
  3. Investigators submitting an application for Full Review are strongly encouraged to be available (either in person or by phone) to the IRB at the time of the GPS IRB meeting when their application is scheduled for review.
  4. Principal Investigators will receive written feedback regarding their submitted applications after IRB review has been completed. Investigators also may contact the IRBManager to arrange for an in-person, telephone and/or email consultation with the IRB Chairperson or an IRB member to discuss the written feedback received from the IRB. Additionally, informal feedback also may be obtained from the IRB Chairperson or committee members before an application is formally submitted to the IRB.

GPS IRB Educational Resources

You are welcome to contact the IRB for educational resources related to research involving human participants. As a supplement to in-person consultations and other educational opportunities provided by the IRB, the following Power Point presentations are available for your reference. Although each presentation was designed for a specific audience, they may contain information useful to investigators.

GPS IRB Schedule/Calendar for Full Review Applications (2013-2014)

Submission Deadline Date

GPS IRB Review *
Full Board Meeting Date 

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Notification Week*


10/22/2014 (West LA)



 11/26/2014 (Malibu)



12/17/2014 (West LA)



1/29/2015 (Malibu)



2/25/2015 (West LA)



3/25/2015 (Malibu)



4/22/2015 (West LA)



5/27/2015 (Malibu)



6/24/2015 (West LA)



7/22/2015 (Malibu)


* Please note that the review and notification week dates are TENTATIVE. The GPS IRB will make every attempt to review all applications for Full Review submitted in a particular month. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they were submitted to GPS-IRB administrative personnel. Because GPS IRB meetings not only include reviews of new applications, but also reviews of re-submitted applications, discussion of amendments to approved projects, adverse event reports, etc. it may not be possible for the IRB to review all applications submitted during a particular month. When this occurs, investigators will be notified as to when their application will be reviewed. Because many funding agencies require proof of IRB approval prior to the award of grants, investigators should take care to submit their IRB applications concurrently with submissions for funding.

GPS IRB Contact Information
Pepperdine University
Graduate School of Education & Psychology
6100 Center Drive 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 568-5753