Notre Dame de Namur University Reviews - Master's in Health Sciences

4.58 out of 5 stars
(57 Reviews)
  • Belmont (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $16,696
0% of 57 students said this degree improved their career prospects
96% of 57 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Dana - 2/21/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2022
"Overall, I really love it here at NDNU. It's my first semester here. The campus is beautiful. The campus is small and easy to get around. Class sizes are relatively small, which can be rather helpful. I do wish there was a little more variety to the food in the cafeteria. I also wish the laundry service here didn't cost money. I also was shocked when the arts undergrad programs were cancelled. I ran into trouble when the bookstore on campus was closed, I think for renovations but I'm not sure. I still am having a couple issues with returning a book that is missing pages. Other than the things I mentioned, I really enjoy it here."
3.6 out of 5 stars
Stefani - 2/21/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017
"The Art Therapy major is inclusive and fun. You will learn a lot about using art to help support clients. The draw back is the campus who focus more on supporting undergraduate than graduate students. The Art Therapy major has the worst building on campus."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Barbara Petterson - 2/21/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2011
"Overall I think it's a great program. The classes were small so there were lots of opportunities for discussion and interaction. Art-making was part of many classes which is crucial in learning to do art therapy, understanding the process from the inside out, and developing one's own relationship to the practice and the field of art therapy. Many art therapists who work in various settings in the community presented as part of the classes. This was a great way to get a sense of different styles, of work with various populations and issues, and to start to build networks. The professors were friendly and supportive as were fellow students. The things I would have liked would be studio art therapy on campus as part of the learning and to learn more about depth-oriented psychodynamic art therapy. Also, at the time the Program was not strong in terms of cultural competence, but my impression from interactions with Program staff and students since then is that that has changed. I feel lucky have an education in the field of therapy. As someone who came into the Program already licensed as a therapist, my art therapy education and training opened opportunities to me that I wouldn't have without it (contract work providing art therapy groups in various settings) and has deepened and expanded my work with individual clients. It's also connected me to a great community of peers and mentors."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Janae Dueck - 2/21/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2022
"This is a great program if you're interested in combining a Marriage and Family Therapy licenser and an Art Therapist credential. The two go hand-in-hand, and provides the student with fun and engaging ways for doing therapy. It is an innovative field, that offers creativity, discovery, and self-growth as you learn about how to become the best therapist you can be."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Acapuano - 2/11/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2020
"This program has been outstanding. Working in the field for practicum, attending classes and writing my thesis i have been truly been supported. The classes are small and intimate. The professors teach in depth, are inspiring, helpful, and hands on. I couldn't ask for a better education, professors, or colleagues. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in the field. Everyone is very welcoming. There are many opportunities to test out art directives in class before you make it into the field. There are also many opportunities for self evaluation and growth. Check it out, talk to the advisors, get ready for the experience of a lifetime."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Art therapy student - 2/11/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2021
"This art therapy program has been transformative on a personal and professional level. The University staff that assist students in other departments seem to hold a grudge against every other department, which they don’t hold back from sharing with the students. This environment impedes student progress and rappers school spirit. Due to internal bickering in these supportive departments, our art therapy department receives improvements last. We were the last to obtain a new water fountain, often have issues with our heating, and often experience water difficulty. Should the university evolve to put students first, and smooth inner turmoils, this university could really shine. The location, nature, and Spirituality on campus are unique and amazing. I picked this school with great influence from the woodlands and the nuns. The professors on campus in the art therapy department are incredibly committed, very open to feedback, and always working to better themselves. They help students to focus on their internal process, a practice we will carry as therapists. And constantly encourage us to think bigger. I have felt so supported in this program, and have made life long connections in both friendship and collegiate forms. I’m grateful I went to NDNU."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Simone - 10/2/2018
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2022
"RED FLAGS. In regards to the Masters in Arts in Art Therapy and Marriage and Family Therapy, if you are looking for a program where standards are consistently high across all areas of learning, curriculum is current and designed thoughtfully and rigorously to prepare students, teachers are passionate and accountable for their duties, then LOOK ELSEWHERE. NDNU delivers an incredibly spotty and disappointing experience. Facilities are severely lacking - poor wifi connections, run down classrooms, child grade art supplies, zero air conditioning. Professors are inconsistent - a couple are excellent but most are disorganized, have low standards for achievement, or are too busy with other obligations beyond teaching (private practice, conducting research, writing books, etc.). The director of the program fails to stay abreast of student evaluations and student feedback that would alert her to making the program better, let alone hold the professors accountable for failing their teaching duties. They enroll some students that are not a good fit and some that are mentally unable to do the work but take their money anyways. Class offerings are limited, unflexible and cater to the professors schedules. Curriculum is out dated - you will not find coursework in cutting edge psychology practices from 1980 onward, with the exception of a mention of virtual reality. Curriculum is unduly weighted in the psychopathology model versus the wellness model. Research component is laughable - you will be required to write a thesis and conduct research without having proper instruction on how to do any of this. How does NDNU's Art Therapy program think that they are going to contribute to the field of Art Therapy by setting such low standards? Lastly, if you are an artist, you will be dumbfounded that they have stripped away the very things that naturally contribute to the therapeutic qualities of art making. The program assumes you will have knowledge of research methodology, which most art majors do not. Interview some recent graduates before you commit. Do not get sold by one of their admissions advisors. This program fails to deliver."