About Us

The Dominican University of California is an independent university offering the best of the liberal arts combined with rigorous professional education. Founded in 1890, Dominican enjoys a century-long reputation for excellence in scholarship, research, and community outreach.

The University offers more than 60 academic programs that reflect the diversity and creativity of the faculty and students.

With more than 1,800 graduate and undergraduate students and a student to faculty ratio of 10:1, Dominican is able to successfully blend personal attention associated with smaller schools with the academic resources of a larger university.

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Mission

Dominican educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community, and service into their lives. The University is committed to diversity, sustainability, and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences, and professional programs. View News

Academic Life

U.S. News & World Report ranks the Dominican University of California in the top tier of Regional Universities West.

Dominican’s focus on interdisciplinary studies provides a challenging academic environment. In the sciences, the University excels at involving undergraduates in sophisticated research projects that enable students to present at national academic conferences and publish alongside their faculty mentors in peer-reviewed journals.

In the humanities, students can combine dance and musical performance with the study of philosophy, literature, world cultures, and religion. Dominican also offers strong undergraduate professional programs in business, education, and nursing, in addition to graduate offerings in these disciplines as well as counseling psychology and occupational therapy.

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Dominican Diversity

Students come from across the United States, although primarily from the Bay Area and Northern California, and from 18 foreign countries, including Brazil, China, Ireland, Japan, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey. More than 92 percent of undergraduate students attending Dominican receive financial aid. The small class sizes ensure that all students receive personal guidance from their faculty mentors.

Athletics

Dominican offers 12 intercollegiate programs in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, men's and women's cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s lacrosse, women’s softball, and women’s tennis.

Since opening the state-of-the-art Conlan Center in 2000, Dominican has enjoyed tremendous success in athletic competition. In 2007-2008, the men’s basketball team won its fifth Cal Pac Conference Championship in six years. The women's volleyball and women's soccer teams also won Cal Pac Conference Championships in 2007-2008.

In 2009-10, Dominican transitioned from NAIA to NCAA Division II status as a member of the Pacific West Conference and became a full NCAA Division II member in 2011-12. Men's lacrosse is a member of the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA).

Programmes taught in:
English

This school also offers:

MA

Dominican University of California

Don’t just get a degree… get an education. Our interdisciplinary program is designed to further enhance your skills in academic research, critical thinking, and scholarly ... [+]

Overview

The Master of Arts in Humanities at Dominican is a world-class humanities program recognized for its rigorous, dynamic and intellectually challenging liberal arts curriculum. The program is structured to provide students with life and career enrichment, cultural understanding, and opportunities for personal advancement.

Dominican University’s Master of Arts in Humanities program is an interdisciplinary program infusing subjects such as art history, history, literature, music, philosophy, political theory, and religion throughout the curriculum for a comprehensive education. Students with a particular academic interest can choose to emphasize in a specific discipline. The program is designed to further enhance students knowledge and skill in academic research, critical thinking, and scholarly writing. Graduates of our MA in Humanities program have gone on to become published professional writers, musicians, doctoral students, artists, professors and more.... [-]

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MSc

Dominican University of California

Our highly trained and supportive clinical faculty, small class sizes, well-established fieldwork placement, and flexible class schedules set our MS in Counseling Psychol ... [+]

Overview

Our leading-edge program is dedicated to providing students with the most current, emerging trends in mental health delivery, theoretical approaches to clinical practice, innovative and alternative modes of counseling, consultation, and case management. Our students are in-demand by community field placements in the Bay Area.

Program Highlights Three concentrations to select from: Marriage and Family Therapy and/or Professional Clinical Counselor (60 units) and General (43 units) Late afternoon and evening coursework to accommodate working students Highly trained and supportive clinical faculty Small, individualized classes and seminars Interactive instruction in traditional,... [-]
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Dominican University of California

Ready to be a leader in education? Our MS in Education takes a research-driven approach to education, ideal for school leaders, policymakers, those working for nonprofits ... [+]

Overview

Learn to critically evaluate the impact of educational practices with attention to equity, social justice, and quali­ty of outcomes for diverse students. Conduct action-re­search that applies theory to improve instructional practice, culminating in a thesis in an area of specialization. Courses are offered during the fall, spring and summer terms in the late afternoon, early evening, on Saturdays and in hybrid online/face-to-face formats to accommodate the needs of working professionals.

MS in Education emphasis options Interdisciplinary Special Education Admission Requirements $50 application fee Completed online application Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning Official transcript of coursework from each college or university attended (undergraduate and graduate). Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope sent directly from the college or university. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for the last 60 units of graded undergraduate or graduate coursework. Two letters of recommendation (academic or professional, on letterhead) Resume Statement of purpose or intent: a brief essay (500 words) describing professional and/or personal goals and reasons for obtaining a graduate degree Interview with Program Director, if needed ... [-]
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Master

Dominican University of California

A unique low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, located in the vibrant community of the San Francisco Bay Area. Along with tracks in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fic ... [+]

Overview

Our program at Dominican is the only true low-residency MFA in Creative Writing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rather than offering weekend classes or a build-your-own degree program, Dominican's MFA program offers a traditional MFA with two jam-packed residencies per year in June and January and year-round distance mentorship with our renowned faculty. We're located in the San Francisco Bay Area, which allows our student to build career-defining connections with a vibrant literary community. Dominican students benefit from exclusive on-campus readings and lectures, and exclusive access to events, travel opportunities, partnerships with publishers, and more.

The Low-residency Format ... [-]
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