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Explore. Engage. Excel. With NDNU.

Graduate and Credential Studies

Reach your goals. Discover your potential. Pursuing your future can be a reality through Notre Dame de Namur’s evening graduate and credential programs, designed with working adults in mind. When you enroll in NDNU, you join an impressive network of professionals and an academic community that supports your personal and career growth.

At NDNU, take advantage of personalized staff and faculty advising tailored to your needs. Built-in flexibility allows you to schedule classes around work and personal commitments. The opportunity to start your program when you want — or pause when you need — offers peace of mind. Most classes meet just once a week, giving you the freedom to take one or more classes each semester. Marketable, practical skill-building for advancement is the goal of NDNU’s graduate and credential programs, and getting started is easier than you think. When you’re ready, NDNU is there to help you make it happen — from first contact, to graduation and beyond.

A Bay Area institution for over 160 years, NDNU symbolizes a tradition of higher learning. Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a private, not-for-profit, coeducational, Catholic institution, serving over 2,000 traditional age and adult students. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The University offers 40 undergraduate day, evening, graduate and teacher credential programs, many designed for working adults to complete their degree in the evening.

About NDNU As a master’s university dedicated to higher learning, NDNU is proud to deliver good value, innovative faculty, mentorship, extensive professional networks, and a diverse population. The Bay Area’s successful business leaders, educators, high-tech professionals, artists and community organizers choose to build their professional skills to help advance their careers through NDNU. NDNU is situated in the heart of one of the country’s most exciting regions for professional possibilities and personal enrichment. Whether you’re returning to school to reshape your career or broaden your opportunities, NDNU provides the tools you need for your future. NDNU is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Opening Doors. Engaging Minds. Enrollment Facts

1. Personalized Education

4. A Respected Institution

With an average class size of 16 students,

NDNU is a fully accredited university

individual attention helps students

with over 160 years of commitment to

actively learn and collaborate. An

education, academic excellence and

emphasis on practical application

community building. Of our full-time

gives you an immediate advantage

faculty, most hold doctorates or terminal

in your field.

degrees. All programs are carefully

• Over 1,150 graduate and undergraduate adult students take classes at night

designed to meet real-world criteria

• 32 states represented

for application and marketability.

• 28 countries represented

busy lives. With flexible scheduling and

5. Learn and Work in an Ideal Location

• 52% of new graduate students applied on the basis of personal recommendation

rolling admissions, students have the

On-campus services and facilities

freedom to advance their careers while

are available to all adult evening and

working and making time for family.

graduate students. The historic 50-acre

2. Get More Flexibility  —  Keep Your Momentum NDNU goes further to support students’

campus offers safety and resources you

3. Friends in High Places

won’t find in an urban setting. NDNU is

Join a community of influential

located on the San Francisco peninsula

professionals and gain access to a

in Silicon Valley, with easy access to

network of working faculty, students

freeways and public transportation.

and graduates. NDNU organizes frequent networking events and has formal partnerships with leading San Francisco Bay Area corporations, 30 regional school districts, and 50 human services agencies.

• 2,030 full and part-time students • 817 graduate and credential students

“I was full of self doubt, which quickly went away once I attended my first few classes. From the beginning, the instructors made it clear school was an interactive experience. The instructors were there to help you learn, not just lecture. NDNU offers an experience the large public schools can’t offer. At NDNU, the professors know the students. The staff and faculty care.” Charles Witt, MPA

Business and Management

A degree can change the world. PROGRAMS

Master of Business Administration, MBA • Finance • Human Resources • Marketing • Media and Promotion Master of Public Administration, MPA* • Human Resources • Public Affairs Administration Master of Science in Systems Management, MSSM Certificate: Human Resource Management *On campus or online

Business and Management NDNU’s professional business programs mirror the fast pace and global reach of today’s corporate environment. Business faculty from diverse backgrounds encourage students to explore innovations in business, public administration and the interface between business and technology. MBA students gain professional critical decision-making, global business management and leadership skills — essential for success in business. MPA students gain a unique blend of business, management and human resource skills to work effectively in management positions within public, non-profit and services-related organizations. The MSSM program focuses on developing skills for managing global teams, projects, programs and sustainable systems. Each of these educational degree programs encourage professional, social and personal breakthroughs in discovering new ways of thinking. Students quickly absorb the lessons and tools needed for success. All graduate business programs at Notre Dame de Namur University are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

“Notre Dame offers the very best master’s programs for those seeking to become top managers as public leaders. The MPA degree allowed me to develop the skills necessary to excel in professional, social and political environments that encompass top level jobs in police management. I received outstanding instruction to manage in today’s competitive environment.” ­—M  ichael Callagy Deputy Chief of Police, San Mateo Police Department

Education and Leadership

Teach. Lead. Start a ripple that makes waves. Education and Leadership For over 60 years, Notre Dame de Namur University’s teacher education programs have earned a reputation for excellence, unmatched by any other institution in our region. Faculty members with diverse academic expertise and practical experience lead NDNU’s master’s degree programs. They individualize program content to help each student reach his or her personal and professional goals, and they serve as mentors for field experience, research and career advancement. Our teacher credential offerings are among the most renowned in the Bay Area. NDNU has partnered with an extensive network of school districts, enabling the placement of students in teaching environments that match their interests. All NDNU credential programs meet the standards of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Notre Dame de Namur University now offers a new add-on teaching authorization for teaching students with autism spectrum disorders.


Master of Arts • Education • Special Education • School Administration Teacher Education Credentials • Multiple Subject Credential • Single Subject Credential • Administrative Services Credential • Educational Specialist Credential Autism Add-On Authorization


High tech. High touch. PROGRAMS

Art Therapy Psychology • Art Therapy, MA (Post-master’s or LPCC) • Marriage and Family Therapy, MA • Art Therapy, PhD Clinical Psychology • Clinical Psychology, MS

Behavioral and Computer Science Art Therapy The Art Therapy Psychology Department at NDNU is the only one of its kind in Northern California that is approved by the American Art Therapy Association as meeting the requirements of training individuals to become art therapists while also offering licensing as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). The department is unique because it provides a MA in Art Therapy which meets the academic requirements for becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor as well as a clinical licensure track leading to a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. Both degrees lead to registration as an art therapist (ATR).

• Clinical Psychology/ MFT, MS

NDNU offers a new PhD program in Art Therapy that offers the structure for generating new field knowledge, emphasis on career opportunities in clinical practice, research, teaching and

• Clinical Psychology/ MFT/LPCC, MS

international work.

Computer & Information Science

Clinical Psychology

• Clinical Gerontology

NDNU offers three master’s level programs in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), and Clinical Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy/Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling (MFT/LPCC). Students may also choose an optional embedded concentration in Clinical Gerontology. These programs cover the highly specific range of skills required by the beginning practitioner. We prepare students for the MFT and/or LPCC licensing exams, and we address the needs of any student who desires to continue studies in a doctoral psychology program or work in a clinical setting.

• Post-Baccalaureate Premedical

The Clinical Psychology programs are approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

• Computer & Information Science, MS * Certificates:

*Online program only

Computer and Information Science – Online NDNU is the only institution in the San Francisco Bay Area to offer a master’s in CIS completely online. The MSCIS program offers an innovative, cutting-edge curriculum that provides you with the theoretical knowledge as well as technical, managerial and hands-on skills you need to successfully develop and lead major software projects from conception to launch. Located in Silicon Valley, we are able to take advantage of our proximity to resources and experts to create a valuable and relevant online program.

Arts and Humanities

Creativity is always relevant. Arts and Humanities English Program The Master of Arts in English program at NDNU has developed into the Peninsula’s premier master’s level program, and offers two emphases: creative writing and literature. Our students’ awareness of every aspect of literature is enhanced by our analytical, theoretical and practical approaches to literary texts. Our curriculum is unique in that core courses in writing, literary theory and linguistics are required in addition to genre courses in lyric, drama and narrative. NDNU students have the opportunity to submit original creative writing pieces to the award-winning literary magazine, The Bohemian, published each year at NDNU. Graduates of the English program become professional writers and teachers, or they use their well-honed skills in publishing, business, and consulting careers.

Musical Performance The Master of Fine Arts in Musical Performance (MFA) program provides intensive, professional-level training for performers in opera, musical theatre, concert and collaborative piano performance, as well as studies in composing and pedagogy. Programs are tailored to the individual needs, talents and career goals of each student. The integrated curriculum of individual instruction, classes, workshops and performance prepares the qualified student for a career in the performing arts. Performance opportunities throughout the year include opera and musical theatre productions, concerts, cabarets and recitals, and the programs are integrated into partnerships with San Francisco’s Pocket Opera and affiliations with Bay Area musical theatre and concert organizations. Alumni are performing on Broadway, national tours, international opera festivals and national television; and are directing and teaching around the country.


Master of Arts in English • Literature • Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts in Musical Performance, MFA Certificate: Performance

“NDNU has prepared me for a professional career in music. NDNU’s connections with outstanding programs and musicians have made my introductions into the local music scene easy. I am so appreciative of the efforts by the faculty to make NDNU a place for inspired musicmaking.” Michael Najar M  usical Performance Program

Making it happen for you. Apply Anytime NDNU admits students throughout the year for spring, summer and fall semesters.

“NDNU’s credential and master’s programs are invaluable resources for anyone considering entering the educational field. You not only have unparalleled access to professors with a wealth of knowledge, but you will begin to develop a network of peers that is priceless and which will last a lifetime. NDNU provides a personal approach to education that cannot be matched in the Bay Area and I am proud to call myself an NDNU alum.”     Kelly Delaney Teaching Credential MA, Education

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Application Returning to school should fit your life. Not the other way around. Complete a credential program, get your Master’s degree or just take a class. From the application process to enrollment, getting started is easy. With quick admissions decisions, you can apply anytime with dedicated staff and advisors to speed the process.

Financing Your Education Educational financing is available to most students through: • Employer tuition reimbursement • Low-interest federal Stafford loans • Other federal loans • Private loans Payment plan options are available. Some companies and organizations offer reimbursement for tuition. Check with your employer.

Apply You can apply online through our website, mail in or bring us your application in person. Or you can attend an information forum. Check the schedule of upcoming events on our website at Each graduate program has specific application and admission requirements, so please refer to the website and application for more information. GRE and GMAT scores are not required to be admitted. The International Students Office at Notre Dame de Namur University provides important resources to our diverse population of international students. For admission requirements and available resources visit For more information: email: (650) 508-3600 or (800) 263-0545

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Graduate Brochure 2013-2014  
Graduate Brochure 2013-2014