Extended Education

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Science Bldg. (52), Room E34
Phone: 805.756.2053

Vice Provost International, Graduate and Extended Education: Brian Tietje
Marketing Director, International, Graduate and Extended Education: Elaine Sullivan
Extended Education Director of Fiscal and Business Operations: Sandra Harris

Cal Poly Extended Education is a self-support unit that works closely with its university, business, community, and international partners to provide access to Cal Poly’s unique academic programs and educational resources. We offer a diverse range of degrees, professional development certificates, non-credit courses, youth programs and international education programs. Our primary international education program for incoming short term students is VISIT, visit.calpoly.edu.

Information on programs and current courses is listed on our website at extended.calpoly.edu where online registration is available. An Extended Education catalog of course offerings is mailed periodically to community members.

Academic Credit

These programs are offered on a self-support, special session basis in cooperation with colleges on campus.

Graduate Degrees

Program name Program type
Accounting MS
Business Analytics MS
Dairy Products Technology MPS
Fire Protection Engineering MS
Packaging Value Chain MS
Quantitative Economics MS
Taxation MS

Graduate Certificates

Program name Program type
Fire Protection Engineering Applications Graduate Certificate
Fire Protection Engineering Science Graduate Certificate

Fire Protection Engineering – Graduate Certificates

The College of Engineering offers graduate certificate programs in Fire Protection Engineering Science and Fire Protection Engineering Applications through Extended Education. Both graduate certificates provide students with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to solve FPE problems and develop fire safety design solutions in a variety of professional settings. The FPE Science certificate highlights the science and engineering principles of fire protection engineering. Alternatively, the FPE Applications certificate emphasizes the fire service aspect of the industry, including courses that identify fire safety codes and regulations, understanding evacuation models, and information about fire detection and alarm systems.

Open University

Open University provides an opportunity for individuals, not currently matriculated in state-supported programs, to enroll in courses at the university on a space available basis. A maximum of 36 units of Open University credit and other extension credit may be applied towards a Cal Poly bachelor's degree.

Enrollment forms, guidelines, deadlines, and other information about Open University is available online at openuniversity.calpoly.edu. Enrollment in Open University is available year round.

Summer Term

Cal Poly Extended Education manages a self-support Summer Term which provides over 400 academic classes to matriculated Cal Poly students and community members. Summer Term is typically scheduled in four sessions: 5-week (2), 8-week, and 10-week.

Quarter Plus

The Quarter Plus is an intensive academic program for incoming Cal Poly freshmen, domestic and international, that allows incoming students to take courses and experience the campus before the beginning of fall quarter. More information on Quarter Plus is available on quarterplus.calpoly.edu.

Professional Advancement

For those desiring to upgrade their skills or knowledge, Extended Education offers a wide range of educational opportunities ranging from professional certificate programs to one-day seminars. These courses may offer academic credit, continuing education units (CEUs), or be offered on a non-credit basis.

Current Professional Certificates

Program name Program type
Business Analytics Professional Certificate
Coding Boot Camp Professional Certificate
Design for Packaging Value Chain Professional Certificate
FEED (Farmer Experiential Education and Development) Professional Certificate
Packaging Analytics Professional Certificate
Packaging for Logistics and Supply Chain Professional Certificate
Packaging for Marketability Professional Certificate
Packaging Value Chain Professional Certificate
Wine Industry Professional Certificate

Distance Learning

Challenges of time and distance often make it impractical for individuals to travel to campus for classroom-based education opportunities. To address this problem, Extended Education offers various online education programs.

These programs cover a wide range of subjects including wine business, teacher education and professional training. Some of these programs offer continuing education credits (CEUs).  A complete listing of programs and courses is available at extended.calpoly.edu.

Corporate and Organizational Training

Extended Education will customize training to meet the specific needs of a business, corporation, or organization. This process starts with a needs assessment and continues through design, implementation and evaluation. Past clients include PG&E, the State of California, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Community Programs

Extended Education offers a variety of Life and Culture non-credit programs throughout the year, from painting to writing, languages to brewing. During the year, Extended Education periodically offers day camps for 5-8 grade students.

How to Read Course Descriptions

GS Courses

GS 597. Continued Graduate Study. 1-15 units


Term Typically Offered:

Prerequisite: Must be in good standing in a graduate program at Cal Poly.

Activities other than regular coursework that are needed to complete the requirements for the degree. Analysis of data, thesis and project report writing, oral defense of the thesis/project, preparation for the comprehensive exam, and other activities related to the culminating experience for the student's program. Can be used to fulfill the continuous enrollment requirement for graduate students. Units earned in this course may not be used toward degree completion. Credit/No Credit grading only. Total credit limited to 15 units; repeatable in same term.