International Candidates

We're excited that you're considering Dominican University! Here you'll find information about admission requirements and resources available to international students, like Optional Practical Training placement, advisor support, and arrival assistance.

Dominican’s Global Education Office (GEO) is committed to ensuring that international students experience a pleasant arrival and transition to Dominican. To aid in this process, GEO provides a number of services to international students, such as arrival assistance, housing and accommodation support, advisor support, a Global Ambassador Program, and even Optional Practical Training placement.

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International Admissions Requirements

International students must complete both program specific graduate admission requirements and the following international admission requirements. Please note: All application documents become the property of Dominican University of California and will not be returned. Documents will be maintained by the Office of Admissions for two years if the student does not matriculate for the term to which they apply.

1. International Transcripts

Degrees or academic coursework completed outside the United States must be verified and evaluated for academic degree equivalence. It must also include a course-by-course evaluation with grade point average (GPA).Dominican accepts credential evaluations from American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers www.aacrao.org, or any NACES approved member organization (www.naces.org). All evaluations must be sent directly to Dominican University Admissions from the evaluating service organization. Candidates who select World Education Services (WES) as their NACES member organization may elect to submit a WES ICAP (course-by-course) evaluation. The WES ICAP evaluation can fulfill the official transcript requirement as well as long as the WES ICAP evaluation is delivered to the Office of Admissions directly from WES and includes a copy of the official transcripts you had evaluated. It should be noted that official transcripts are delivered electronically with the evaluation through WES.

Candidates who completed a three-year undergraduate degree in India are encouraged to use WES as their NACES approved member organization. Dominican only accepts three-year degrees from India that have been recognized by WES. For more information on the evaluation of three-year degrees from India, please visit www.wes.org/educators/pdf/indiapolicypacket.pdf

Applicants of the MBA program should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to discuss the credential evaluation process.

2. English Proficiency

International students from countries where English is not an official language must demonstrate English proficiency. Students who have met the university’s academic requirements, but have not yet satisfied the English requirement, may apply for conditional admission based upon eventual completion of the required ELS Language Centers level. To learn more about the ELS Language Center’s program located on our campus, and how to apply for conditional admission, please visit www.els.edu/sanfrancisconorthbay

Proficiency can be demonstrated with one of the following:

  • TOEFL Score: 550 Paper, 213 Computer, or 80 IBT (Learn about TOEFL)
  • IELTS Score: 6.5 (Learn about IELTS)
  • PTEA Score: 53 (Learn about> PTEA)
  • An official transcript demonstrating that the applicant completed one academic year at a U.S. college or university
  • Completed Level 112 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at an ELS Language Center.

3. Certificate of Finance

All F-1 (student visa) international students are required by the U.S. government to submit a Certification of Finance (COF) to their university. The COF is evidence that a student has sufficient funds to pay for tuition and living expenses for the first year of graduate studies at Dominican University of California. Please view the Financial Requirement document for more details, including program specific funding requirements.

If the bank statement is not in the student's name, the account holder must submit and Affidavit of Financial Support using this form.

4. Passport

All international students must submit a photocopy of the photo page of their passport.