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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is Dominican's program accredited?

Dominican University of California is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Q: What type of institution is Dominican University of California?

Founded in 1890 as a Catholic liberal arts college, Dominican is now independent in financial matters and governance, and has students and faculty from a wide range of cultural and religious backgrounds. Dominican prides itself on a fine tradition of academic excellence and a values-based education, its innate beauty, and its rich history. Today's Dominican is also known for its diverse student body, global perspective, focus on interdisciplinary studies, and is a vibrant home to both scholars and researchers alike.

Q: How long has Dominican had a Counseling Psychology Program?

The University founded its Master's in Counseling Psychology program in 1978.

Q: Where is Dominican located?

We are located at 50 Acacia Avenue in the town of San Rafael in Marin County, California. Dominican University of California is located just 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, leading to the city of San Francisco. Learn more about Dominican's Bay Area location.

Q: How do program alumni describe the Dominican experience?

Alumni report these program strengths: high academic and professional standards, a strong theoretical base, clinical skill in diagnosis and treatment, valuable relationships with peers, a variety of orientations both traditional and innovative, a balanced and realistic perspective of the counseling field, support from faculty and staff, emphasis on professional ethics, quality fieldwork experience and internships, cooperative and non-competitive learning environment, small and individualized classes and seminars, and a high demand for Dominican students by a large number of fieldwork sites.

Q: How do Dominican University of California graduates compare with state averages in passing the Board of Behavioral Science examination to become Marriage and Family Therapists?

The most recent statistics on the pass rate for the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) examinations shows that the pass rate for Dominican graduates is well above the statewide average for both the written examination and the clinical vignette.

Q: With whom can I speak to learn more about the counseling program?

Please contact the Admissions Office at (415) 485-3280 or toll free at (888) 323-6763 or send an e-mail to: You may also request general information to be mailed to you or feel free to drop by the Graduate Admissions office located at Bertrand Hall. You may also wish to speak with a student advisor from the Counseling Psychology program.

Q: What are the requirements for admission?

To learn more about what is required for admission to the Master's of Science in Counseling Psychology program, please read both the general admissions requirements as well as the Master's of Science in Counseling Psychology application instructions.

Q: Is the GRE required?

No, the GRE is not required.

Q: Do you accept online applications?

You can fill out our online application and the $40 application fee is waived. Or, request information and we will mail you an application. Bring your application to an information session or to your personal interview with an admissions counselor and we will also waive the application fee.

Q: What are the deadlines for applications?

Dominican has rolling admissions. However, you should apply and complete your application as soon as possible. An admissions decision cannot be made until all documents required by the application are received.

Q: What is the cost of attending Dominican University of California?

For a detailed breakdown of tuition, please see tuition and financial aid. For information about graduate scholarships and grants, click here. For general scholarship and loan applications: Scholarship Coach,, Grants in Graduate Studies, FinAid!,, FastWeb, CollegeDat,, National Student Loan Data System.

Q: Can I go to Dominican part-time?

While students may prefer to go full-time, many students' lives require a part-time academic schedule. Many of our students have successfully completed the program while maintaining full or part-time employment.

Q: Can I take courses outside of Dominican?

While the majority of the program must be completed at Dominican, up to 6 units may be completed at other institutions. To find out more about the approved equivalent courses and the procedure to follow to have these courses be eligible, please consult the program manager.

If you would like to speak with an admissions counselor, receive more information, or be advised of upcoming open houses, please e-mail us with your name, address and phone number and we would be happy to assist you:

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