Graduate Admission Requirements

Dominican University of California welcomes applications from all students without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, ethnicity, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. Each candidate for admission is given individual consideration and is evaluated on the basis of a variety of factors, including but not limited to, past scholastic performance, present motivation, and intellectual potential as indicated by all application materials submitted.

An applicant can be considered for a Master’s Degree program if they have successfully completed at least one Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

Admissions requirements, application deadlines, and notification processes change regularly and vary by program. Generally, students must submit an application, statement of purpose or intent or other writing sample, letters of recommendation, and academic information (such as official transcripts showing all undergraduate and graduate college coursework completed, attempted, and in progress). International students also may have additional application requirements and other required documentation to submit.
For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Office of Admissions website at www.dominican.edu/admissions. Space is limited in some graduate programs, so early submission of application materials is advised.

Note: Scores on the GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) and/or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) are not required for all programs, but will be considered in the evaluation of an applicant’s admissibility if submitted.

Conditions of Admission Decision

Dominican reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission if documents (such as final official transcript(s)) submitted after a decision is made changes admissions eligibility or if any application materials are found to be false, misrepresented, forged, plagiarized, or the like or if Dominican learns that key information (such as attendance at another Institution) was not included in the academic record consider for admissions.

Students are admitted to Dominican based upon a set of admission and graduation requirements determined by Admissions policies and University Catalog policies in effect at the student the student matriculates (initial enrollment) to Dominican. Admitted students who do not matriculate for the semester indicated in their admission acceptance letter may defer their matriculation for up to one admission term, with certain conditions in place.

Admission Deferral Policies for Graduate Students


Offers of admission to Graduate Programs are valid for the semester in which they are offered and can be deferred once to the next admission term for the program. Should a student choose to not enroll in the original term of acceptance, they may defer their admission once to the next admission term for the same program without having to submit a new application upon approval from the Graduate Office of Admissions. Updated transcripts are strongly recommended, though not required. If the program only has a Fall admission cycle, then the student may defer admission for the current Fall to the following Fall. If the program offers both a Fall and Spring admission cycle then the student may defer admission for the current Fall to the following Spring or for the current Spring to the following Fall. If the program offers both a Summer and Spring admission cycle then the student may defer admission for the current Summer to the following Spring or for the current Spring to the following Summer.

Continued Enrollment Conditions upon Matriculation

Continued enrollment at the University following matriculation is contingent upon sustained academic performance and receipt of final official transcript(s) as requested by Dominican. Dominican reserves the right to deny registration for future terms if the final transcript(s) change(s) admission eligibility.

Students must be enrolled every Fall and Spring from matriculation to graduation to retain the admission, scholarship, and graduation requirements in effect at the time of their initial matriculation to Dominican. If continuous enrollment is not maintained, the students may be required to apply for re-enrollment to the University. For more information, please see the Leave of Absence and Re-Enrollment at Dominican sections of the catalog.