Academic Programs

Extended Education Academic Programs and Offerings

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.

Summer Term

There are many academic classes available during term to returning Cal Poly students

Learn More about Cal Poly Summer

AgEd Intersession

Cal Poly offers graduate-level courses in Agricultural Education for students during this short intersession period.

View AgEd Late Spring

Agriculture Internships

A number of internships are typically available during summer.

View Agriculture Internship Opportunities

Dietetic Internship

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.

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”.

Dietetic Internship

Fire Protection Engineering (FPE)

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.

Fire Protection Engineering

Forest Stewardship Internship

Study the methods of resource conservation applied through sustainable management techniques at the Swanton Pacific Ranch.

Learn More about Forest Stewardship Internship

MS Accounting

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.

MS Accounting

MS Business Analytics

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.

MS Business Analytics

MS Packaging Value Chain

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.

MS Packaging Value Chain

MS Quantitative Economics

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.

MS Quantitative Economics

MS Taxation

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.

MS Taxation

Open University

Open University provides access to any Cal Poly academic class on a space available basis to members of the community or former students in pursuit of reinstatement to Cal Poly. Through Open University access, professionals can upskill, reskill or explore a new field. Students attending other colleges may take Cal Poly classes through Open University.

Learn More about Open University

Quarter Plus

This four-week program includes enrollment in 8 units of academic coursework. Social activities and the opportunity to become familiar with campus life and the San Luis Obispo community are added benefits. Watch the video below to hear from previous Quarter Plus Students!

Learn More about Quarter Plus

Special Session

Cal Poly’s Extended Education Special Session programs expand the opportunities for students in and outside of the CSU. Educational programs and workshops are available to fulfill credit, and are available during the summer.

View Special Session Opportunities