Statement of Accreditation Status
Dominican University of California

50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901-2298
United States

The OPEID number is used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools that have Program Participation Agreements (PPA) for purposes of eligibility to participate in Federal Student Financial Assistance programs under Title IV.

Current Accreditation Status

Accredited- Indicates that the Commission has found that an institution has met or exceeded the expectations of the Standards and the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. Initial accreditation is for a period of five to seven years before the next comprehensive review. Reaffirmation is granted for a period of seven to ten years and may be accompanied by a request for interim reports and/or special visits, or a formal Notice of Concern.

Most Recent Commission Action: 
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Granted Candidacy

Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process.

First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

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No Related Entity
Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Mojgan Behmand Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty mojgan.behmand [at]
Board of Directors Chair Carolyn Klebanoff Board Chair ckleb [at]
Chief Academic Officer Mojgan Behmand Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty mojgan.behmand [at]
Chief Executive Officer Nicola Pitchford President nicola.pitchford [at]
Chief Financial Officer Robert Hite Interim Vice President for Finance & Administration at Dominican University of California robert.hite [at]
Director Institutional Research Lisa Nicholls Director of Institutional Research and Solutions Architect lisa.nicholls [at]
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Art Graphic (BA BFA) Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Art Studio (BA BFA) Bachelors 1925 On-Site
Art Therapy (MA) Masters 2021 On-Site
Art Therapy (PhD) Research Doctorate 2021 On-Site
Biological Sciences (BA BS) Bachelors 1924 On-Site
Biological Sciences (MS) Masters 2008 On-Site
BS in Applied Computer Science Bachelors 2019 On-Site
Business Administration (BA) Bachelors 2004 On-Site
Business Administration (MBA) Masters 1994 On-Site
Chemistry and Biochemistry (BA BS) Bachelors 2010 On-Site
Communications and Media Studies (BA) Bachelors 1999 On-Site
Counseling Psychology (MS MFT) Masters 1978 On-Site
Dance/LINES Ballet (BFA) Bachelors 2006 On-Site
Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization Non-degree 2016 On-Site
Education (MS) Masters 1950 On-Site
Education (MS) (with credential) Masters 1950 On-Site
English (BA) Bachelors 1919 On-Site
English with a Writing Emphasis (BA) Bachelors 1980 On-Site
Global Public Health (BS) Bachelors 2017 On-Site
Health Science/Pre-OT (BS) Bachelors 1996 On-Site
History (BA) Bachelors 1919 On-Site
Humanities (MA) Masters 1995 On-Site
Humanities and Cultural Studies (BA) Bachelors 1930 On-Site
International Studies (BA) Bachelors 1977 On-Site
Liberal Studies/Teacher Preparation (BA) (with credential) Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Literary and Intercultural Studies (BA) Bachelors 2017 On-Site
Low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Masters 2017 Distance Education
Management (BA) Bachelors 2002 On-Site
Marriage and Family Therapy (MA) Masters 2021 On-Site
Master of Science in Accounting Masters 2021 On-Site
Master of Science in Business Analytics Masters 2020 On-Site
Music (BA) Bachelors 1909 On-Site
Nursing (BSN) Bachelors 1983 On-Site
Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Masters 2002 On-Site
Online Master of Business Administration Masters 2021 Distance Education
Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) Masters 2017 On-Site
Political Science (BA) Bachelors 1971 On-Site
Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program Non-degree 2020 On-Site
Psychology (BA BS) Bachelors 1971 On-Site
Social Justice (BA) Bachelors 1986 On-Site
Spanish Language Certificate Non-degree 2013 On-Site
Visual Studies (BA) Bachelors 1950 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Spring 2022 Mid-Cycle Review

The Mid-Cycle Review (MCR) is a review of each institution near the midpoint of its period of accreditation, focusing particularly on student achievement. The Review is performed by WSCUC staff, and draws on evidence from an update of the institution’s Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators and retention and graduation data, as well as any trends emerging from Annual Reports to surface any potential issues across the Standards. The overall purpose of the Mid-Cycle Review is to "identify problems with an institution's or program's continued compliance with agency standards" while "tak[ing] into account institutional or program strengths and stability" (U.S. Department of Education, §602.19(b)).

Fall 2025 Offsite Review
Spring 2026 Accreditation Visit

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