Notre Dame de Namur University

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“From the beginning, the instructors made it clear school was an interactive experience. They were there to help you learn, not just lecture. NDNU offers an experience the large public colleges can’t offer. At NDNU, the professors know the students. The staff and faculty care.”

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Graduate Programs
• Art Therapy (MA, PhD) 
• Art Therapy, MFT (MA)
• Business Administration* (MBA)
• Clinical Psychology (MS)
• Clinical Psychology, MFT (MS)
• Education (MA)
• Public Administration* (MPA)
• School Administration (MA)
• Special Education (MA)
• Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MA)**

Teaching Credentials
• Preliminary Administrative Services
• Preliminary Education Specialist
• Preliminary Multiple Subject 
• Preliminary Single Subject

*  Also offered online 
** Online only           
  Belmont and Tracy campuses

Notre Dame de Namur University 
NDNU is a not-for-profit, coeducational Catholic institution serving approximately 1,500 students. 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 undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, and teacher credential programs, many designed for working adults to complete their degrees in the evenings and online. The historic campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley, with easy access to freeways and public transportation.

A respected institution
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. Of our full-time faculty, most hold doctorates or terminal degrees. All programs are carefully designed to meet real-world criteria for application and marketability.

Personalized education
The average class size is 17 students, and individual attention helps students actively learn and collaborate. An emphasis on practical application gives you an immediate advantage in your field. 

More flexibility
Most of the graduate courses are offered part-time in the evening year-round (spring, summer, and fall), and some are offered in a hybrid format to give you more flexibility as you balance your personal and professional life with classes. Recent expansions include programs completely online as well as new graduate and credential programs offered in Tracy, California.  

Friends in high places
Join a community of influential professionals and gain access to a network of working faculty, students, and graduates. NDNU has formal partnerships with leading San Francisco Bay Area corporations, regional school districts, and human services agencies. Networking events are frequently organized.

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31 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Art Therapy              
Business-Management, MS/MA                
Clinical Psychology                
Counseling & Therapy                
Curriculum & Instruction                
Developmental Psychology                
Early Childhood Education                
Educational Administration                
Educational Leadership                
Elementary Education                
Evening MBA Programs                
General MBA                
Higher Education                
MBA - Finance                
MBA - Human Resources                
MBA - Marketing                
Marriage/Family Counseling                
Project Management                
Psychology - General                
Public Admin              
Public Policy              
Special Education                
Teacher Certification                
Teaching Other Subjects                
Theater and Drama                


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Student Body

804 students

265 full-time

539 part-time




Application Fee
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Housing Offered? yes


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