Academic Programs

General Education

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Adult Degree Completion Program 

Professional and Continuing Education

OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute

Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS)

Academic Calendar & Main Academic Dates


Q: What undergraduate programs are available at Dominican?

Dominican offers some 30 undergraduate day programs. We also offer six undergraduate Pathways evening programs for working adults. Visit our Majors and Programs page to explore all of our undergraduate and Pathways majors and minors. 

Q: What graduate programs are available?

Dominican offers ten master’s programs and three MBA programs. Learn about our graduate programs by visiting our Majors and Programs page.

Q: Who should I contact to learn more about Dominican programs?

To learn more about Dominican academic programs, contact the Admissions staff.

If you are a future undergraduate student, contact Nichelle Passanisi at [email protected].  If you are interested in Pathways undergraduate degrees for working adults, contact Shannon Lovelace-White at [email protected]. If you are interested in our graduate programs, contact Larry Schwartz at [email protected].

Q: What are the General Education requirements at Dominican?

All students must complete a minimum of 45 units of General Education courses to qualify for a degree. These courses develop skills such as writing and mathematics, and include courses in humanities, biological and physical sciences, creative arts and the social sciences.

Students are encouraged to work with their advisors to find courses within these disciplines that are of most interest.

Q: Do the GE requirements vary depending on the year I enrolled?

All students at Dominican are required to fulfill the General Education requirements (coming soon). These requirements are outlined and kept current in the University Catalog (coming soon). However, transfer units from other college-accredited institutions may apply and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

If you are a transfer student, be sure to collect documentation on courses you have already taken at other schools. Entrance exams will also help your advisor and the registrar determine which classes are most appropriate for your learning level.

Q: How do I know which general education requirements I should be following?

Throughout your time at Dominican, your faculty advisor will keep a detailed record of the courses you take. Once your major is declared, you will be assigned to a faculty advisor specifically within your discipline. Faculty advisors are knowledgeable about General Education and major requirements and will counsel you on which courses you need in order to graduate.  General Education requirement catalog coming soon! 

The General Education requirements are also listed in the University Catalog. If there have been revisions to those requirements, the catalog will reflect them. View the most current University Catalog. University Catalog coming soon! 

Q: What undergraduate programs are available at Dominican?

There are over 30 undergraduate programs to choose from. Explore one of the four schools: the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; the School of Business and Leadership; the School of Education and Counseling Psychology; and the School of Health and Natural Sciences.

Q: What is the tuition for undergraduate students?

Visit our Cost of Attendance page to see the estimated tuition rates.

Q: Who do I contact for more information about the undergraduate programs?

Visit our Meet the Staff page to see a complete list of the admissions staff.

Q: What graduate programs are offered at Dominican?

Dominican offers ten master’s programs and three MBA programs. Learn about our graduate programs or apply by visiting our Graduate Admissions page.

Q: How many units are required to complete a graduate program?

Each program is different and is based on the units required.  =Please see the unit counts after each program.

  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences – 36 units
  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology – 60 units
  • Master of Science in Education – Curriculum and Instruction (30 units), Interdisciplinary (30 units) or Special Education (30 units)
  • Master of Arts in Humanities (30, 33 or 38 depending on the track)
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader – 36 units
  • ADN/RN to MSN – 52 units
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy – 82 units
  • MBA in Strategic Leadership – 48 units
  • MBA in Global Management – 48 units
  • MBA in Sustainable Enterprise (Green MBA) 48–51 units
  • Teacher Credential Programs - Multiple Subject (35 units), Single Subject (35units), Education Specialist (43 unit) or Dual Credential (50 units)

Q: What is the cost of attendance for a graduate program?

Tuition and fee amount are updated annually. Visit our Cost of Attendance page to see the estimated tuition rates.

The 2011-2012 tuition rates are as follows:

  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences–$930 per unit
  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology–$935 per unit
  • Master of Science in Education – Curriculum and Instruction, Interdisciplinary or Special Education–$770 per unit
  • Master of Arts in Humanities–$895 per unit
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader and ADN/RN to MSN–$910 per unit
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy–$935 per unit
  • MBA in Strategic Leadership–$850 per unit
  • MBA in Global Management–$850 per unit
  • MBA in Sustainable Enterprise (Green MBA)–$885 per unit
  • Teacher Credential Programs - Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Education Specialist or Dual Credential–$705 per unit

Q: Who do I contact for more information on the Graduate Programs?

You should contact the Graduate Admissions Counselors.

For Occupational Therapy, Nursing or Biological Sciences, contact Larry Schwartz at [email protected]. For Humanities, Counseling Psychology, Education and Teacher Credential contact Moriah Dunning at [email protected]. All MBA programs including Green MBA, Strategic Leadership and Global Management, contact Robbie Hayes at [email protected].

Q: When should I apply for graduate school?

The priority deadline for the Fall term is June 15 and the priority deadline for the Spring term is November 15. Apply online today.

Q: How much financial aid can I get as a graduate student?

Every student should fill out the FAFSA first. Once a student is admitted, he or she will be notified about the opportunity for aid through our Financial Aid Office.

Q: How much time will I need to spend each week in class and on homework?

This really depends on the individual’s strengths and weaknesses. The time spent studying and working on homework can vary. Check the course schedules for lengths of classes for each program. Homework time will vary by class and student.

Q: What is the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADC)?

ADC is an evening bachelor’s degree program for adults seeking their bachelor’s degrees.

ADC students enroll in the program for a myriad of reasons but cited reasons generally fall into one of three categories:

  1. The student has experienced success without a college degree but finds that changes in the economy or industry have made further success difficult without the completion of a degree.
  2. The student has decided that the time is finally right to complete the life-long goal of degree completion.
  3. The student is seeking personal enrichment and pursues a degree for the love of learning.

Q: Does ADC already have an FAQ?

Yes. For more information, read the ADC FAQ.

Q: Do I need previous college experience to enroll in ADC?

No. You may enter the program with no units or multiple units. Each student is on an individualized educational path.

Q: Can I get college credit for life experience?

Yes. Your academic advisor will work with you to discuss how your personal or professional experiences can be turned into college credit.

We will explain the various methods and help you figure out which one(s) best suit your situation. Credit obtained for prior life experience will save you thousands of dollars and greatly expedites your time to degree.

Q: What programs are available?

View our ADC Undergraduate Majors page for more information including program features, possible career paths and sample courses. 

Q: What are ADC requirements, course descriptions, and General Education requirements?

View the Course Catalog for ADC information. View the general section of the Catalog for the ADC General Education requirements.

Q: Who do I contact for more information about ADC?

Meet the Staff for a complete list of the admissions staff.

Q: Do you offer any certificate programs or continuing education classes?

Yes, Dominican offers Continuing and Professional Education. If you’re interested in Continuing Education offered by the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, view our Professional/Continuing Education options.

If you’re interested in continuing education offered by the School of Business and Leadership, view our Executive Education programs.

Q: What is the Ukiah Center?

Ukiah Center, located in Ukiah, Mendocino County, is part of the School of Education and Counseling Psychology and offers teaching credential and Master’s of Science in Education programs. Graduates of Ukiah Center receive degrees from Dominican University of California. Learn more about Ukiah Center and its teaching programs.

Q: What Teaching Credential programs are offered at Ukiah Center?

Ukiah offers four Teaching Credential programs: Preliminary Multiple-Subject Credential, Preliminary Single-Subject Credential, Education Specialist: Preliminary Mild/Moderate Credential and Dual Credential.

Learn more about Ukiah Center’s Teaching Credential Programs.

Q: What Master's programs are offered at Ukiah Center?

Ukiah Center offers two MS in Education programs: MS in Education: Curriculum and Instruction and MS in Education: Interdisciplinary

Q: Who do I contact for more information about Ukiah Center

Please e-mail [email protected] or call 707-463-4800 for more information.

Q: What is OLLI?

OLLI is an academic program of Dominican University supported by a generous endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation, the generosity of the University and member donations and tuition.

The program offers six-week, challenging, non-credit liberal arts courses for adults over 50. Classes are held in the academic areas of history, art history, literature, science, political science, film, medicine, sociology, psychology, philosophy and religion.

Q: Who can apply and when?

Anyone over the age of 50 can take OLLI classes. Registration can be completed anytime before the start of a session. OLLI offers a fall session, two winter sessions, a spring session and a summer session during the academic year.

For more information, see the OLLI page, email [email protected] or call 415.458.3763.

Q: What courses are offered and what are the fees?

Premium Annual Members can take up to four courses per session during each of four sessions in the academic year. The current fee is $500.00 but it will change in Fall 2011.

Session Members can take up to 4 courses during that session.

Basic Members pay $30 plus course fees or $110 for six week courses but the fees will change in Fall 2011.

Q: What is the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS)?

The mission of the Dominican Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) is to help students, faculty, staff and community members become better leaders. It advances its mission by promoting the study, teaching and practice of effective, ethical leadership. Its ultimate goal is to facilitate positive individual, organizational and societal change, engaged citizenship and socially responsible leadership.

Learn about ILS’s upcoming public lectures, leadership education for students and professionals as well as its leadership development programs.

Q: Where can I see a list of upcoming ILS lectures?

To see an updated list, visit the ILS Public Lectures page.

Q: Who can attend the ILS lectures?

All lectures are open to the public and most lectures are free. Learn more about the lectures and join the mailing list by e-mailing [email protected].

Q: Who are some past lecturers?

Past lecturers include Al Gore, David Plouff, and Dave Eggers, Ralph Nader, Madelaine Albright, Nancy Pelosi and Suze Orman. See a complete list of our past lecturers dating back to 2003.

Q: If I am unable to attend, can I hear a podcast or watch a video of the lecture?

Lectures are broadcast on the night of the event. Some lectures are available on podcast and the most popular lectures are available on video.

Q: How can I find out about the next ILS lecture or the upcoming ILS certificate program?

You can join the ILS mailing list by e-mailing [email protected].

Q: What are Dominican campus holidays?

You can find out what the upcoming campus holidays are by visiting our Academic Calendar. The Academic Calendar for each semester and each session lists important academic information (e.g., registration dates, last day to drop classes, deadline to withdraw from classes and commencement) as well as Academic Holidays.

Q: Where can I look up important dates for registration or finals week?

All important academic calendar information can be found on the Academic Calendar page. Click on the current semester and current session (A or B) and you will find a detailed list of all dates and deadlines.