The Master of Arts in Humanities is a dynamic interdisciplinary program that encourages high-level critical thinking and the development of research and analytical skills that are in great demand from employers in the fields of education, marketing, business and technology.

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Designed for graduate students who are also working professionals, Dominican’s MA in Humanities offers a flexible and integrated interdisciplinary program that fosters personal and career advancement.

Learn to make invaluable connections between human thought, expression and experience in the fields of art history, gender studies, history, literature, creative writing, music, religion, philosophy, and political theory. Students can also choose to pursue an emphasis in a particular discipline.

Program Highlights

  • Flexible schedules designed for working professionals — full- and part-time options
  • Graduates are qualified to pursue a PhD, or teach at the community college level
  • Students gain value experience through one-on-one mentorships


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Program Format

Graduate seminars meet one evening per week for 2.5 hours, allowing full- or part-time flexibility for those with daytime responsibilities. The 32-unit program includes four units of thesis workshop and one-on-one mentorships. Those who opt not to complete a thesis project can take the equivalent units as a seminar class.

Career Paths

In this program, students learn high-level critical thinking, research and analytical skills that are in demand in a broad variety of fields, including education, marketing, business and technology, as well as community and social organizations. Graduates are also qualified to pursue a PhD and teach at the community college level.

Going back to graduate school after having had several careers opened up new worlds for me — and a new career!"
— Stephenie Hendricks, MAH Alumna

BA-to-MA 4+1

Program undergraduate students can pursue a Master’s degree in Humanities at Dominican by taking up to 12 units of graduate humanities seminars as an undergraduate. Students spend an average of five years at Dominican and leave with an undergraduate degree as well as an MA in Humanities.

Admissions and Aid

A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education is required to apply to our graduate programs.

  1. Completed Application — Apply now!
  2. Official Transcript(s)
    Official transcript of coursework from each college or university attended (undergraduate and graduate). Transcripts must be sent directly in a sealed envelope from the college or university.

    Send to: 
    Dominican University of California
    c/o Graduate Admissions
    50 Acacia Ave. 
    San Rafael, 94901
  3. Resume
  4. Statement of Purpose or Intent
    A brief essay (1 page, 12-point font) describing writing background, professional and/or personal goals, and additional life and/or academic experience relevant to your application.
  5. Academic Essay
    A 1600-2500 word, double-spaced academic essay with citations on any topic related to the liberal arts. This may be a new essay or one written previously for a class.

    Papers may tackle questions such as: Why should we care about the past? What is the relationship between knowledge and power? Which artist has prompted you to see the world from a new perspective and why?
  6. Two Letters of Recommendation
    Academic or professional, on letterhead.
  7. Personal Interview 
  8. International Applicants
    International candidates must meet additional admissions requirements.

International candidates must meet additional admissions requirements.

Fall 2020

Deadline July 8, 2020

Spring 2021

Priority Deadline November 18, 2020

Learn about tuition per unit, additional fees and total tuition.

We'll also show you how a Dominican education is more affordable than you might think with support from financial aid, scholarships and loans. 

Tuition and Aid

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Tashina Garcia-Garza, '14


A love of art has led Tashina Garcia-Garza ’08, ‘14 MA from Victorville, a small town in the California high desert, to Los Angeles where she runs the municipal art program at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Humanities: In The News

Faculty and Staff

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Christian Dean, PhD

Professor of Political Science & Humanities Debate Coach
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Chase Clow, PhD

Assistant Professor, Humanities
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Judy Halebsky, PhD

Director of the MFA Associate Professor of English


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Perry Guevara, PhD

Assistant Professor of English
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Thomas Burke, MFA

Assistant Professor, Literature & Languages and Social & Cultural Studies
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Joan Baranow, PhD

Professor of English
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Christian Dean, PhD

Professor of Political Science & Humanities Debate Coach
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Leslie Ross, PhD

Professor and Chair of Art History and Visual Studies
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Harlan Stelmach, PhD

Professor, Humanities
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Jordan Lieser, PhD

Assistant Professor, History
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June Choi Oh, MM

Chair, Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts Assistant Professor, Music
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Natalie Babler

Administrative Manager