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Graduate and Professional Schools IRB

The GPS IRB supports faculty, staff, 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.

All new IRB applications must be submitted using the new eProtocol IRB system at https://irb.pepperdine.edu. Helpful resources are available to assist with applying online and submitting an IRB application at Pepperdine University.


The GPS IRB website 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).


Human Subjects Training

Human subjects’ training is required for all faculty, staff, and students conducting research involving human subjects at Pepperdine University. Please go to https://www.citiprogram.org to complete the human subjects training course.

Special human subjects training pathways in CITI are required for the following:

  • GSEP Education Students – Social-Behavioral-Educational Human Subjects Training
  • Faculty/Staff - Faculty/Staff Human Subjects Training
  • MSOD – MSOD Human Subjects Training
  • GSEP Psychology Students – Psychology Human Subjects Training
  • Business/Public Policy/Law Students – Graduate & Professional School Human Subjects Training

(Please note as of July 23, 2015, the GPS IRB no longer accepts NIH Human Subject Training Certificates.) Human subject training must be updated every 3 years.


Methods Review

All students from the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) submitting Expedited or Full Review IRB applications must first submit their research proposals to the Education Division Methods Review Committee or the Psychology Division Methods Review Committee before submitting the IRB application to the GPS IRB Office. 

Education Division’s Methods Review – Contact Dr. Kay Davis at kay.davis@pepperdine.edu or by phone at (310) 568-5660. 

Psychology Division’s Methods Review – Contact Dr. Cary Mitchell at cary.mitchell@pepperdine.edu or by phone at (818) 501-1641. 


Applying online – eProtocol IRB system 

Individuals who are submitting an IRB application to the GPS IRB will submit an application using the new eProtocol IRB system at https://irb.pepperdine.edu. Students, faculty, and staff will use their Pepperdine network ID and password to login to the eProtocol IRB system. 


GPS IRB eProtocol Resources - Checklist, User Guides, and FAQs

Helpful information has been developed to assist the IRB application process. Download the documents below to assist with utilizing the eProtocol IRB system at Pepperdine University.

GPS IRB Schedule/Calendar for Full Review Applications (2016-2017)

Submission Deadline Date GPS IRB Review *
Full Board Meeting Date 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Notification Week*


9/27/2016 (West LA)



10/25/2016 (Malibu)



11/29/2016 (West LA)



12/13/2016 (Malibu)



1/31/2017 (West LA)



2/28/2017 (Malibu)



3/28/2017 (West LA)



4/25/2017 (Malibu)



5/30/2017 (West LA)



6/27/2017 (Malibu)



7/25/2017 (West LA)


*Meeting dates and notification of decisions are subject to change. 

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. Investigators will be notified if there is a delay in reviewing a particular Full Review IRB application. Because many funding agencies require proof of IRB approval prior to the award of grants, investigators should submit their IRB applications concurrently with submissions for funding.

Applications for Exempt and Expedited Review can be submitted any time during the year. Holidays and term breaks may impact the review time. To determine the level of review, please contact the GPS IRB Office at (310) 568-5753 or by e-mail at gpsirb@pepperdine.edu.


GPS IRB Contact Information
Pepperdine University
Graduate School of Education & Psychology
6100 Center Drive, Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: (310) 568-5753
Email: gpsirb@pepperdine.edu


IRB Chairperson – Dr. Judy Ho, Ph.D., ABPP, CFMHE; judy.ho@pepperdine.edu

IRB Manager – Kevin Collins; kevin.collins@pepperdine.edu