MA in Humanities

At Dominican, you won't just get a degree… you'll get an education. Our interdisciplinary program is designed to further enhance your skills in academic research, critical thinking, and scholarly writing. Choose from a variety of disciplines, including Art History, Political Theory, Women and Gender Studies, and Music.

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About Our MA in Humanities Program

The Master of Arts in Humanities at Dominican is a world-class humanities program recognized for its rigorous, dynamic and intellectually challenging liberal arts curriculum. The program is structured to provide students with life and career enrichment, cultural understanding, and opportunities for personal advancement.

Dominican's Master of Arts in Humanities program is an interdisciplinary program infusing subjects such as art history, history, literature, music, philosophy, political theory and religion throughout the curriculum for a comprehensive education. Students with a particular academic interest can choose to emphasize in a specific discipline. The program is designed to further enhance students knowledge and skill in academic research, critical thinking, and scholarly writing. Graduates of our MA in Humanities program have gone on to become published professional writers, musicians, doctoral students, artists, professors and more.

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MA in Humanities Program Highlights 

  • Convenient location in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Flexible evening Humanities seminars and part-time options that accommodate students balancing professional, family and academic responsibilities
  • Individually tailored coursework that allows students to pursue their academic passions and interests in the liberal arts
  • Variety of disciplines to choose from including: Creative Writing, Art History, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Theory, Religion, and Women and Gender Studies
  • Internship and teacher assistant credits available
  • Collaborative academic environment recognized for its collegiality, camaraderie and cooperation between students and faculty
  • Professional relationships with Humanities faculty members who serve as advisors, mentors, and instructors

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed online application.

  2. Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

  3. Official transcript of coursework completed from each college or university attended (undergraduate and graduate). Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope sent directly from the college or university.

  4. Two letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional)

  5. Resume

  6. Statement of purpose or intent: a brief essay (2 pages, double spaced, 12 point font) describing writing background, professional and/or personal goals, and additional life and/or academic experience relevant to your application.

  7. Interview with Program Director

  8. International Candidates must meet admissions requirements.

Arete Award

Candidates of Dominican's Graduate Humanities Program are encouraged to apply for the Arete Award. The scholarship is designed to assist academically-strong students, who are passionate about the Humanities and demonstrate financial need, afford a premiere graduate education. Learn more about this scholarship, or apply for the Arete Award now.


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