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: How long has Dominican had a Counseling Psychology Program?

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

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: 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. All courses are offered in the late afternoon, evening, and on occasional Saturdays to accommodate the needs of working students.

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. Dominican's first Professional Clinical Counseling (PCC) graduates will take the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) and the California LPCC Law and Ethics Examination as early as 2018.

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

Please contact Michael Lavigna, Assistant Director, Office of Graduate Admissions at (415) 485-3253  or toll free at (888) 323-6763 or send an e-mail to: You may also request more information online general information.

Q: How do I apply for admissions?

Simply apply online.

Q: What are the deadlines for applications?

The application deadlines are June 15 for Fall admissions and November 15 for Spring admissions.

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 the admissions requirement.

Q: Is there a personal psychotherapy requirement?

All students in the MFT and PCC concentrations are required to complete 45 hours of personal, individual, couple or family psychotherapy. Up to 15 hours may be counted within the two years immediately preceding enrollment.

Q: Is the GRE required?

No, the GRE is not required.

Q: Are letters of recommendation required?

No, letters of recommendation are not required or accepted.

Q: Is there a practicum requirement?

Students are required to complete a minimum of 500 hours of practicum while in the program.  Up to 1,300 may be completed as a student.  The remaining hours are completed post-graduation.  A total of 3,000 hours are required to sit for the Marriage and Family Therapist licensing exam. The PCC requirement is completion of 3,000 post-degree hours of supervised clinical mental health experience is required to sit for the Professional Clinical Counselor licensing exam.

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

Review a detailed breakdown of tuition. Obtain information about graduate scholarships.

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: