University of California, Riverside

Palm Desert Center

Academic Programs

Graduate Programs

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

MFAThe MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts is a unique seven quarter low residency program that provides writers with a path toward publication and production in all genres of writing including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Students explore multiple genres, allowing for a cross-disciplinary approach that is ideal for writers seeking the artistic latitude to move fluidly within the field. A unique feature of the program is that each student meets with a literary agent in their last quarter to examine their work. Visit MFA for more information.

Future Physician Leaders (FPL)

FPLThe Future Physician Leaders (FPL) program is a long-term summer mentorship program for prospective medical students who also want to fulfill a mission of service to the community. The seven-week summer program is made up of three components: the Leadership Lecture Series, Community Service and Research Project, and Physician Shadowing Rotations. One program site is here in the Coachella Valley based out of UCR Palm Desert! The community-based, collaborative program was started in 2009 by Dr. Raul Ruiz. For more information, please contact Sophia Rodriguez, Program Coordinator at (951) 827-6030 or sophia.rodriguez@medsch.ucr.eduAPPLY NOW!

Continuing Education

Explore. Advance. Connect.

Whether you're looking to train for a new career; advance in your current field; exploreUNEX the wonders of our changing world; or connect with people who share your interests, UCR Extension offers you more than 90 certificate programs and enrichment courses online and in classroom settings to meet your educational, career and enrichment needs. Visit UCR Extension,  search for classes, or find out more about the OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute.


UCR Extension Courses at the Palm Desert Center

Digital and Design Skills

If you are looking to start or continue a career in the creative art field, this workshop is for you! The information session will cover: What is Digital Arts and Graphic Design? Who is this program for? What do we teach?

  • Introduction to Digital Arts and Graphic Design Hybrid workshop - FREE! 10 a.m. Oct. 7 Enroll Now! 

Advanced Nonprofit Management Program 

Looking to ramp-up your nonprofit management skills? In this advanced version of our certificate, you will build on your existing knowledge to develop organizational resources, increase assets and implement financial strategies to position your organization for sustainability and growth.

  • Don't delay! Applications due by Sept. 6. Orientation begins Sept. 15.  Enroll Now!

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! The Regional Access Project Foundation’s Center for Nonprofit Advancement (CNA) is proud to sponsor 15 partial scholarships for individuals aspiring to become managers within the nonprofit industry. Qualified candidates must currently work for a nonprofit organization in Eastern Riverside County. Get the details. 

Leaders and Managers

MGT 87Explores the techniques supervisors can use to translate technical skills and on-the-job expertise to others.

The following courses can be applied to the Supervision, Leadership and Team Excellence Professional Achievement Award Certificate Program. For more information about this program, please contact University Extension at (951) 827-1623 or

  • Managing High Performance Teams: Starting September 14 (3 meetings) Enroll Now! 

Become A Master Gardner


Would you like to learn more about gardening in the desert and share that information with the community? Beyond the joy of gardening, all Master Gardeners give back to the community through volunteer work, educating and training other home gardeners in safe and sustainable gardening practices. The Desert Master Gardner Training will be accepting applications for the 2017-2018 class this summer. Informational sessions are scheduled for September 13, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and on October 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, November 1, 2017 through March 21, 2018.

 Apply Now!!

For more information call: 951-683-6491 ext. 230, or email:

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

UCR Palm Desert Center
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Tel: (760) 834-0800
Fax: (760) 834-0796

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