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
Director of 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
Business AnalyticsMS
Dairy Products TechnologyMPS
Fire Protection EngineeringMS
Packaging Value ChainMS
Quantitative EconomicsMS

Graduate Certificates

Program name Program type
Fire Protection Engineering ApplicationsGraduate Certificate
Fire Protection Engineering ScienceGraduate Certificate

Open University

This option enables adequately prepared members of the community to enroll in individual Cal Poly courses on a space available basis. Open University is a non-degree registration option. Limits as to the number of credits earned through Open University may apply when seeking admission to a degree program.

Enrollment forms and guidelines for registering may be obtained on the website: openuniversity.calpoly.edu two weeks prior to the beginning of each quarter. To view further details and calendar deadlines, please visit 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

Offered during 4 weeks prior to Fall term, Quarter Plus is an intensive academic program for incoming Cal Poly freshmen. 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 AnalyticsProfessional Certificate
Packaging Value ChainProfessional Certificate
FEED (Farmer Experiential Education and Development)Professional Certificate
Wine IndustryProfessional 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 many online education programs.

These programs cover a wide range of subjects including applied technology, graphic communications and professional training. 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 CA 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 sausage making. 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.