Graduate Programs

Dominican University of California's School of Health and Natural Sciences is a national leader in graduate education. Just 12 miles from San Francisco, located in San Rafael, California, Dominican is ideal for graduate students living or working in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, San Francisco, and Alameda counties. Our graduate programs provide a diversity of academic, research and professional opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Our graduate programs emphasize the connection between professional knowledge and practice.

Master of Science in Biological Sciences

The Master of Science in Biological Sciences is a research intensive program designed to train students for scientific careers focused on biomedicine, including understanding the aging process, as well as detecting, preventing, and treating age- and metabolic-related conditions such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, cancer, stroke, and arthritis.

Students in this program will be trained as scientists in interdisciplinary research encompassing genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, environmental sciences and disciplines of biotechnology including genomics, proteomics, proteins interaction networks and bio-informatics.  

Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

The Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences with an emphasis in Molecular Diagnostics is a 30-unit, non-thesis program, for future leaders in the clinical laboratory. The program’s primary goal is to provide advanced training to students who are already CLS-licensed or CLS-license eligible.

Students in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program will be prepared to modify systems and procedures in an effort to make the clinical lab more efficient and cost-effective while still emphasizing the importance of obtaining accurate and reproducible patient results. Molecular diagnostic techniques covered by this program include nucleic acid and protein extraction, gel electrophoresis, PCR, fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis, and DNA and RNA microarray technology.