Master of Science in Education (MS)

Dominican’s Master of Science (MS) in Education is a research-driven and immersive program that prepares professionals for a variety of leadership roles in education.

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Designed to support students in the development and execution of action-based research, Dominican’s MS in Education program offers an immersive experience in a variety of educational settings. Students have the opportunity to design and implement their own research action plan, with the goal of using their research findings to advocate for policies and practices that promote educational equity and social justice. 

Program Highlights

  • Flexible hybrid program blends online and in-class learning opportunities. 
  • Option to choose a special education or interdisciplinary concentration
  • Program is ideal for leaders, policy-makers and professionals working in non-profit or education. 


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Program Format

Students create their own research agenda, conduct qualitative research and analyze data to form original conclusions to their research questions. In the final phase of the thesis process, students transition from educational researchers to leaders in education as they develop and present an action plan based on the practical implications of a completed thesis.

The Master of Science in Education can be earned in combination with a preliminary teaching credential or as an independent program of study. If enrolled in a preliminary credential preparation program, students earn a MS Ed degree through completion of an additional 16 units of core coursework after receiving their credential.

Career Paths

Students receiving this degree are prepared for a wide variety of leadership positions in public schools, school districts, and educational non-profits. Graduates are also ready to pursue careers that provide support to students or advance teaching and learning outside of traditional school settings.

MS 4+1 Program

During junior year, students may apply to the Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Special Education or Interdisciplinary Studies. Students complete preparation for the Education Specialist credential as a graduate student after completion of their undergraduate degree.  


Students complete a 16-unit core course sequence in addition to 16 units selected across multiple graduate fields including education, humanities or counseling psychology. The elective course selection is based on individual interests and is subject to availability and department approval. Learn more about learning outcomes and courses on our Course Catalog.

Students complete a 16-unit core course sequence in addition to 16 units of coursework in special education. Learn more about learning outcomes and courses on our Course Catalog.

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. Two Letters of Recommendation
    Academic or professional, on letterhead.
  5. Statement of Purpose or Intent
    A brief essay (500 words) describing professional and/or personal goals and reasons for obtaining a graduate degree
  6. Personal Interview
    Interview with program director, if necessary.
  7. International Applicants
    International candidates must meet additional admissions requirements.

Fall 2020

Deadline July 31, 2020

Spring 2021

Priority Deadline December 1, 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. 

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Faculty and Staff

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Elizabeth Truesdell, PhD

Chair, Department of Education Associate Professor
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Zoee Bartholomew, EdD

Director of Special Education Programs & Assistant Professor
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Jennifer Lucko, PhD

Program Director, Master of Science in Education
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Rosemarie Michaels, EdD, MEd

Education Studies Program Director Liberal Studies Program Director
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Katie Lewis, PhD

Assistant Professor and Director of Multiple Subject Credential Program
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Carol (Therese) Tucker

Data and Reporting Manager for Accreditation & IRB Process
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Pauline Camp, MBA

Administrative Manager
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Julie Grellas, MEd

Field Placement and Outreach Coordinator