Dominican University of California Profile

Founded in 1890 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, Dominican University of California is a top independent university of Catholic heritage located in the state of California (USA).

It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business, education, counseling psychology, occupational therapy, etc. The School of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate programs encompass literature, cultural studies, arts, health and biological sciences, psychology, and politics.

The School of Education offers programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Graduate credential programs are offered at two locations - Ukiah and San Rafael. Each location is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for preparing and recommending candidates.

The School of Business and Leadership offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs including the Master of Arts in Management (MAM), MBA in Strategic Leadership, the MBA in Global Management, and MBA in Sustainable Enterprise ("Green MBA"). The Green MBA is accredited with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The university has students coming from across the United States and foreign countries including Brazil, China, Ireland, Japan, Spain, Russia, Thailand, and Turkey.

Dominican is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) - one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States.


- Ranked 38th in the top tier among the top universities in the West by US News & World Report 2010.

- Placed in the Top Tier of Master's Universities in the West for the third time (USNWR 2006).

- Listed as one of the top universities in the West providing a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs, ranked 35th out of 58 institutions in the top tier by the US News & World Report 2005. The rankings are based on a number of factors including peer assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving rate. The 129 master’s universities in the West are located in Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

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