The Master of Arts in Humanities at Dominican is a world-class humanities program recognized for its rigorous, dynamic and intellectually challenging liberal arts curriculum. The program is structured to provide students with life and career enrichment, cultural understanding, and opportunities for personal advancement.

Dominican University’s Master of Arts in Humanities program is an interdisciplinary program infusing subjects such as art history, history, literature, music, philosophy, political theory, and religion throughout the curriculum for a comprehensive education. Students with a particular academic interest can choose to emphasize in a specific discipline. The program is designed to further enhance students knowledge and skill in academic research, critical thinking, and scholarly writing. Graduates of our MA in Humanities program have gone on to become published professional writers, musicians, doctoral students, artists, professors and more.

MA in Humanities Program Highlights

  • Convenient location in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Flexible evening Humanities seminars and part-time options that accommodate students balancing professional, family and academic responsibilities
  • Individually tailored coursework that allows students to pursue their academic passions and interests in the liberal arts
  • Variety of disciplines to choose from including: Creative Writing, Art History, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Theory, Religion, and Women and Gender Studies
  • Internship and teacher assistant credits available
  • Collaborative academic environment recognized for its collegiality, camaraderie, and cooperation between students and faculty
  • Professional relationships with Humanities faculty members who serve as advisors, mentors, and instructors

Program Format

Graduate seminars meet one evening per week for two hours, allowing full or part-time flexibility for those with daytime responsibilities. Students who wish to pursue a track that culminates in the completion of a master's thesis follow a 30-unit track. Those who opt not to complete a project are on a 33-unit track. All Applied Music students are on a 34-unit track.

The Master of Arts in Humanities program takes an integrated, interdisciplinary approach, enabling students to concentrate in one or more of the following academic disciplines:

  • Art History
  • English
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Theory
  • Religion
  • Emphasis in Creative Writing or Applied Music

Program Features

  • Evening seminars to accommodate students juggling professional, family and academic responsibilities.
  • An interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes the connections between and among scholarly fields of inquiry.
  • Individually tailored coursework that allows students to pursue particular academic passions and interests.
  • A collaborative academic environment that enhances a sense of collegiality, camaraderie, and cooperation between students and faculty.
  • Close professional relationships with faculty members, who serve as advisors and mentors, as well as teachers.

Admission Requirements

  1. No application fee.
  2. Completed online application.
  3. Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  4. Official transcript of coursework completed from each college or university attended (undergraduate and graduate). Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope sent directly from the college or university.
  5. Two letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional)
  6. Resume
  7. Statement of purpose or intent: a brief essay (2 pages, double-spaced, 12 point font) describing writing background, professional and/or personal goals, and additional life and/or academic experience relevant to your application.
  8. Interview with Program Director
  9. Please note: International Candidates must meet additional admissions requirements.

Arete Award

Candidates of Dominican's Graduate Humanities Program are encouraged to apply for the Arete Award. The scholarship is designed to assist academically-strong students, who are passionate about the Humanities and demonstrate financial need, afford a premier graduate education.

Program taught in:
  • English

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