Master of Science in Education (MS)

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

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The Dominican’s MS in Education offers an immersive experience in a variety of educational settings. Design and implement your own research action plan, with the goal of using your findings to advocate for policies and practices that promote educational equity and social justice. 

Masters in Education 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. 
Application Deadlines Tuition Rate Per Unit Number of Units Format and Length
Fall: July 1
Spring: December 1

View Tuition and Financial Aid Information for details.
48-64 Units

Depending on your specific program, the number of units varies.
(online and in-person)

12-24 months
Contact Us. Reach out to an Admissions counselor by phone (415) 485-3280, email, or register for a counseling appointment


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Paying for Your Masters in Education

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

How to Apply to Graduate School

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.

Please note: Criminal background checks, or information relating to a student’s criminal background, are not used as part of the admissions process at Dominican University of California (DUOC). Students should be aware that some programs train students to sit for the State of California or national licensure and certification examinations that qualify them to work in the field relating to their program of choice.

The following programs constitute a list of 2021/2022 DUOC programs that train for licensure or certification: Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physicians Assistants, Counseling Psychology, Art Therapy (Marriage & Family Therapy), and Education. 

Students with questions relating to criminal background requirements, who wish to enroll in these programs at DUOC should speak to an Academic Advisor and reference the specific qualifications for degree completion, and license or certification. 

If an application deadline falls on a weekend and/or holiday, applications will be accepted through the end of the next business day.

Fall Deadline July 1
Spring Deadline December 1


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.

Program Format and Career Paths

The Master of Science in Education offers a flexible hybrid program blending online and in-class learning opportunities.

Students can earn their degree in combination with a preliminary teaching credential or as an independent program of study. If enrolled in a preliminary credential preparation program, students earn an Masters in Education degree through completion of an additional 16 units of core coursework after receiving their credential.

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.

Education: In The News

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