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Barowsky School of Business

50 Acacia Avenue 

San Rafael, CA 94901

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Mission and Vision

The mission of the Barowsky School of Business is to educate its students to the very highest academic standards while developing a global orientation, an entrepreneurial attitude, a commitment to sustainability, and a strong sense of ethics and social responsibility.

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We fulfill our mission by:

  • Offering a high-quality curriculum that is grounded in a strong liberal arts education, the body of knowledge that is required for success in business and other leadership positions, and the Dominican ideals of study, reflection, community, and service.
  • Providing opportunities for active and collaborative learning, enriching educational experiences, vibrant and diverse community of learners, and other forms of student engagement.
  • Encouraging faculty intellectual contributions that emphasize applied scholarship, while at the same time encouraging instructional development and basic scholarship.
  • Serving as a business and leadership resource center for the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond through the Institute of Leadership Studies, Center for Sustainability, other outreach centers, and strategic partnerships.


The Barowsky School of Business will be the globally recognized leader in business education that incorporates the Dominican ideals of study, reflection, community, and service in support of social justice.
Our graduates will demonstrate responsible, competent, and ethical leadership in their professions and communities throughout the world.  We will be known for thought leadership in the integration of leadership, entrepreneurship, globalization, and environmental sustainability, arising from uncommon levels of interdisciplinary scholarship and community engagement. 

Our processes will be recognized for excellence in promoting an environment for superior education design and delivery, customer service, innovation, and agility.  We will be respected as a good citizen of the community, the nation, and the world.  We will be known for our high-performance faculty and staff, business and government linkages, international partnerships, and state-of-the-art facilities.

Core Values

  • Honesty ― integrity, truthfulness, achieving goals through honest means, keeping promises, being worthy of the trust of others, open communication, and transparency;
  • Responsibility ― stewardship of economic and societal value creation, care for the environment, justice, fair play, evenhandedness, and responsible use of power; and
  • Humanity ― recognition of our mutual dependence on one another, respect for what is different, embracing cultural diversity, the right of free expression and action and accountability, proactive dialogue, active listening, and engagement of stakeholders.


The business programs at Dominican University of California began in 1975 as an interdisciplinary collaborative between the Politics and International Studies Department and other academic departments. In 1983, the Buck Fund provided funding for research, giving rise to the Pacific Basin Studies (PBS) Program.

In 1986, the PBS Program initiated the MA in International Economics and Political Risk Assessment, which became the forerunner of Dominican’s MBA Program.

For the next 20 years, business programs underwent a period of growth, consolidation, and repositioning. In the spring of 2006, the Dominican Board of Trustees approved the creation of a new Barowsky School of Business, effective the 2006/07 academic year.

A new dean was hired in July 2007 with the objective of increasing the profile of the School, raising funds, developing strategic international initiatives, and leading the School to accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

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