Academic Programs

Whether you are considering an advanced degree or need to pick up a class to complete course requirements for your baccalaureate, we have options for you. Perhaps you would like to take an academic evening class at Cal Poly or explore a new field. You can take Cal Poly classes as a non-matriculated student through Open University. You'll find many options and more details on the programs listed here as you explore our website. The possibilities are growing, so please check back for updates. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us. We are here to help.



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Dietetic Internship

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The mission of our internship is to train dietetic interns who will be competent, well-rounded, culturally sensitive individuals and contributing members to the field of dietetics. More

Upon completing their dietetic internship, students will be qualified to enter clinical dietetics, foodservice management, community programs and to take the registration examination for their RD credential. Cal Poly, SLO Dietetic Internship reflects the University's philosophy of “learn by doing”.

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F.E.E.D.

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Cal Poly’s FEED is an intensive 12-week certificate program designed to immerse students in a hands-on learning experience that will introduce them to the knowledge, skills and tools required to become successful beginning farmers. While also providing mentorship throughout the first year of the beginning farmers' career to create a foundation for long-term success.

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Fire Protection Engineering (FPE)

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Fire protection engineers use science and technology to protect people, property and businesses from destructive fires. They analyze how buildings are used, how fires start, how fires grow, and how fire and smoke affects people, buildings and property.

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MPS Dairy Products Technology

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The Master of Professional Studies in Dairy Products Technology program trains students with scientific, engineering, food, and agricultural backgrounds for leadership and management roles in the dairy foods manufacturing industry. More

This innovative, one-year master's degree includes coursework in dairy chemistry, dairy microbiology, plant management, project management, leadership, sustainability, and other areas critical to effective dairy plant management. Through the use of experiential and project-based learning, students will develop the essential knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the international dairy foods industry.

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MS Accounting

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The Orfalea College of Business MSA Program is designed so that students holding an undergraduate degree in any discipline may qualify for admission. Successful completion of an undergraduate degree program from an accredited institution is required prior to the start of the MSA Program.

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MS Business Analytics

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The M.S. in Business Analytics (MSBA) at the Orfalea College of Business is a comprehensive, 10-month interdisciplinary business degree program that encompasses economics, finance, statistics, marketing, and information systems. With particular emphasis on advanced statistical modeling, data visualization and communication, students will be equipped to harness the power of data, by asking the right questions for the analysis and creating actionable intelligence.

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MS Packaging Value Chain

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Cal Poly’s 100-percent online M.S. in Packaging Value Chain degree program can be completed in 12-15 months. Graduates will develop competencies in the substantive packaging and related business acumen that can be directly applied in the workplace. Through interdisciplinary curriculum, students will gain valuable expertise in packaging’s interface with data analytics, design, marketing, finance, supply chain, operations and statistics.

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MS Quantitative Economics

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The M.S. Quantitative Economics program is a full time 45-unit program in San Luis Obispo, CA that is typically completed in 10 months. Upon completion of the degree, students will have a solid foundation in econometrics and applied microeconomics and will be well prepared for jobs in the private or public sector involving data analysis, economic modeling, or the use of quantitative methods in general.

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MS Taxation

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The Master of Science in Taxation (MS Tax) at Cal Poly is a rigorous 10-month program that prepares graduates for careers in public accounting, industry and government. Classes are full-time and held on campus. Having a master’s degree is an absolute must for anyone seriously considering a successful career in the highly technical area of taxation.

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Open University

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Open University provides access to any Cal Poly academic class on a space available basis to members of the community. Through Open University access, professionals can update their skills or explore a new field. Students attending other colleges may take Cal Poly classes through this method during the summer via Open University.

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