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Graduate and Teacher Credential Studies

Reach your goals. Discover your potential. Pursuing your future can be a reality through Notre Dame de Namur University’s (NDNU) 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 staff and faculty advisors tailored to your personal 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 to  —  offers peace of mind. Most classes meet just once a week, giving you the freedom to take one or more classes each semester. Marketable and practical skill-building for advancement is the goal of NDNU’s graduate and credential programs, and getting started is simpler 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 embodies a tradition of higher learning. Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-forprofit, coeducational institution serving approximately 2,000 students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU is the third-oldest college in California. The university is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of day and evening undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, and teacher credential programs. The historic 50-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley just miles from the Pacific Ocean.

About Notre Dame de Namur University As a masters 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, professionals, artists, and community leaders 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. Facts

1. Personalized Education

4. A Respected Institution

With an average class size of 16

NDNU is a fully-accredited university

students, individual attention helps

with over 160 years of commitment to

students actively learn and collaborate.

education, academic excellence, and

An 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 1,200 graduate and undergraduate adult students take classes at night

designed to meet real-world criteria

• 33 states represented

for application and marketability.

• 25 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

opportunity to advance their careers while

are available to all adult evening and

still working and balancing their life.

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.

• 2,000 full-time and part-time students • 800 graduate and credential students

“Notre Dame offers the very best master’s programs for those seeking to become top-level managers as public leaders. The MPA degree allowed me to develop the skills necessary to excel in professional, social and political environments that encompass toplevel jobs in police management. I received outstanding instruction to manage in today’s competitive environment.”­ — Michael Callagy ’84, ’00

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 Also offered:

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 encourages professional, social, and personal breakthroughs in discovering new ways of thinking. Students quickly absorb the lessons and tools needed for success.

* Online Program † Tracy campus

All graduate business programs at Notre Dame de Namur University are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

“The course content for the MBA program is broad based from accounting to human resources, finance to leadership. The majority of students were extremely professional to work with and I appreciated the group approach to problem solving and project work. Success in business and life requires the ability to work positively with diverse populations and teams. The constant group work served as a laboratory to develop that skill.”­ — M  ike Foley, MBA ’10

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 also offers an 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


Psyched to be in psych? 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 • Clinical Psychology/ MFT, MS • Clinical Psychology/ MFT/LPCC, MS

Behavioral Science Art Therapy The Art Therapy Psychology Department at NDNU is unique in Northern California in several aspects. It is approved by the American Art Therapy Association as meeting the requirements of training individuals to become Art Therapists. It also offers a path to being licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Further, the department offers a MA in Art Therapy program that fulfills 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). NDNU is the first in the nation to offer a PhD program in Art Therapy that offers the structure for generating new field knowledge, emphasis on career opportunities in clinical practice, research, teaching, and international work.

Clinical Psychology Certificates:

• 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 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.

NDNU is the first in the nation to offer a PhD program in Art Therapy.

•S  tudents are prepared for competitive doctoral studies in psychology or related fields (law, social work, education) and are supported in becoming clinical, experimental, developmental, or social psychologists.

• Post-Baccalaureate Premedical

•W  e offer innovative clinical and psychotherapy courses with professors who are all scholarpractitioners: highly-trained, experienced clinicians who are actively practicing in the field. The Clinical Psychology programs are approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

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.


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

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.

“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.

When you enroll at NDNU, you join an impressive network of professionals and an academic community that supports your personal and career growth. 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, with the opportunity to start your program when you want — or pause when you need. Most classes meet just once a week giving you the freedom to take one or more classes each semester. Let us show you how simple it is to get started.

“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

Contact us (650) 508-3600

How to Apply • Transcripts from all colleges attended • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher • Two letters of recommendation • Check to see if you have completed prerequisites for your program. An advisor will work with you to help determine if you have remaining requirements prior to starting the program • Some programs have specific requirements. Check the online catalog. Payment plan options are available. Some companies and organizations offer reimbursement for tuition. Check with your employer. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and/or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) are not required to be admitted. International students: please see for requirements and resources.

Visit Us Schedule a visit or meeting with admissions or an advisor — we can review the program requirements with you prior to applying. If you would like a quick tour of the campus, let us know. A virtual tour is also available online:

Tracy Campus (209) 833-5020

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Graduate Brochure 2016-2017  

Information for the Graduate & Teacher Credential Programs at Notre Dame de Namur University.