Notre Dame de Namur University

Gain exposure to broad interests and perspective as part of our diverse student body in Silicon Valley.

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Founded more than 165 years ago, we are the third oldest college in California. Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a fully accredited, private, Catholic, co-educational master’s university, located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. With approximately 1,700 students from 29 states and 32 different countries, NDNU broadens the perspective and outlook of its students by exposing them to peers with very different backgrounds, cultures and world views.

At NDNU, smaller class sizes, ranging from 12 to 25, means that students receive personal attention from excellent instructors in challenging courses that cover a wide range of academic programs. Our professors don’t just teach; they are committed to help advise and mentor you through your college journey. Our location offers learning opportunities and internships that can’t be found anywhere else. NDNU also has two extension locations with partner colleges, and recently added online graduate programs.

NDNU strives not only for excellence in academics, but also to challenge its students to be extraordinary forces for change in the community. This is accomplished through a variety of community-based learning programs that redefine the concept of “hands-on” learning and connect students with programs that allow them to make positive contributions to the community.

Our students are active outside of the classroom in more than 30 student organizations spanning academics, ethnic, sports, professional, social and service groups. Student athletes participate in 12 NCAA Division II sports, and students in visual and performing arts present a varied calendar of events throughout the year.

At NDNU, all students are given the tools they need to succeed in college and life. Whether they are starting college for the first time or returning to college after an absence, we have programs tailored to all students’ needs so they can earn their degree and succeed in their chosen career.

What's special?

US News & World Report lists NDNU as #48 in Regional Universities, West and #30 in 'Best Value Schools' in the West

NDNU's Master's degree in Art Therapy is internationally recognized as one of the leading art therapy programs in the world. Currently, its unique curriculum has been emulated by 34 other accredited postgraduate art therapy programs nationwide.

The Art Therapy Psychology Department at Notre Dame de Namur University is the only one of its kind in Northern California. It is unique because it provides a Master of Arts in Art Therapy, which qualifies a student to sit for the Licensed Professional Clinical License (LPCC), as well as a licensure course of study, leading to a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, while preparing the student for a Marriage and Family Therapy License (MFT). Both the MA in Art Therapy and the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy programs prepare students to become a Registered Art Therapist (ATR). The Art Therapy Psychology Department draws applicants from around the world.

Fast facts

On average, Belmont enjoys 255 sunny days/year. Temperatures from 43F (6C) in winter to 77F (25C) in summer
17, Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
Yes, provided by TALK Start dates every Monday (excluding holidays)
119, 95% with advanced degrees, 119 fulltime
San Francisco, CA (SFO)


Programs of study add

Bachelor Degree Programs:

  • BS Accounting
  • BS Biological Sciences
  • BS Business Administration
  • BA Communication
  • BS Computer Science
  • BA English
  • BS Health Sciences
  • BA History
  • BS Kinesiology
  • BA Liberal Studies
  • BA Political Science
  • BA Psychology
  • BA Sociology

Subject Areas

  • Biology
  • Business Administration
    • Business Administration
    • Business Administration: Accounting
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer
    • Computer
    • Computer: Info Systems/Tech Management
    • Computer: Science
  • Education
  • English
  • Health
    • Health
    • Health: Sciences
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Kinesiology
  • Languages and Cultures
  • Liberal Arts
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology/Social Justice

Accommodations add

On-campus residence required though freshman year

Double Options include traditional residence halls, suite and apartment living

Meal Plan #3 19 meals per week and $200 flex

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Admissions criteria add

Yes, provided by TALK Start dates every Monday (excluding holidays)

Direct Admission:
61 iBT or IELTS: 5.5
Conditional Admission:
32 iBT or IELTS: 3.5
Accepts OEAT
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Programs of study add

Master's Degree Programs:

  • MA Art Therapy
  • MA Marriage and Family Therapy
  • MBA Business Administration
  • MS Clinical Psychology
  • MA Ed. Education
  • MPA Public Administration
  • MA School Administration
  • MA Special Education
  • PhD Art Therapy

Subject Areas

  • Administration
    • Administration: Business Administration
    • Administration: Public Administration
    • Administration: School Administration
  • Art
  • Business
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Education
    • Education
    • Education: Curriculum and Instruction
    • Education: Leadership
    • Education: School Superintendent
    • Education: Special Education
  • Family Therapy
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
    • Psychology: Clinical
  • Public Administration

Accommodations add

Available but limited

Admissions criteria add


No, but conditional admission available

Direct Admission:
80 iBT
Conditional Admission:
32 iBT
Accepts OEAT

Not Required

Required for all prgrams

Yes with course-by-course evaluation confirming their degree is equivalent to a 4-year bachelor's degree

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12 teams - NCAA Division II

  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Campus features

Taube Center - classrooms, music performances rooms and lecture halls; The Carl & Celia Berta Gellert Library; Ralson Hall - historic building; Walter Gleason Gym - with weight room and lockers; Weigand Gallery - host student and nationally known artistic work; Cunningham Chapel; New Hall - student residences; Apartments; The Quad; The Cafe, Korel Athletic Field - soccer and lacrosse fields; tennis courts; St. Mary's Hall - majority of classrooms, science and computer labs.

Extracurricular activities

  • Accounting Club
  • Chess Club
  • Drama Club
  • International Students Association
  • Rainbow Connection
  • Student Athletic Advisory Council
  • Students 4 Sustainability
  • Student Assembly
  • Programming Board
  • Bonner Leader Program
  • among others

Estimated costs


Estimated costs

Books: $2,038

Transportation: $1,010

Miscellaneous: $3,904

ESL not provided



Estimated cost examples:

–MA Special Education: 30 credits ($21,600)

–MA Art Therapy: 63 credits


–MBA: 30 credits ($26,880)

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