Academic Studies


Whether you're looking to train for a new career; advance in your current field; explore 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.


Project Leadership, Communication and Team Building 


Meets 5:30pm to 9pm, Tuesdays, starting Jan. 7

Examine how to assess, plan, implement, manage and monitor a project's human resource, communication and leadership requirements. 


Understanding Your Role as Supervisor 


Meets 5:30pm to 9pm, Thursdays, starting Jan. 9

This course examines the role of the supervisor in the workplace, including the transition in roles from peer to supervisor. 


History of Architectural Interiors I  


Meets 6pm to 9pm, Thursdays, starting Jan. 9

Study furniture and decoration styles in historical interiors from antiquity through the 17th century. 


Grant Proposal Writing 


1pm to 5pm, Fridays, begins Jan. 10

Learn the mechanics of producing a grant proposal by completing a proposal document that will be ready for submission upon completion of the course. 


Materials and Resources for Interior Design 


6 to 9pm, Tuesdays, begins Jan. 14

Learn the basics of locating and selecting components for interior design. 


Introduction to Interior Design


Meets 6 pm to 9 pm, Wednesdays, starting Jan. 15

Start your career in interior design with a firm foundation in basic design principles. 


Project Management Essentials


Meets 5:50 pm to 9 pm, Thursdays, beginning Jan. 30

This course provides you with tools, techniques, and strategies you can use immediately to ensure the success of any project in any type of organization. 


Essence of Business Communication


Meets 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Tuesdays, starting Feb. 11

Master the forms of communication typically used in business, including print, presentations, and electronic. 

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Graduate Programs

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

The 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. 

Cal Naturalist

California Naturalist Program

The UC California Naturalist Program is designed to introduce Californians to the wonders of our unique ecology and engage the public in study and stewardship of California's natural communities. The program uses a science curriculum to instill a deep appreciation for the natural communities of the state and to inspire individuals to become stewards of their local resources.

Courses combine classroom and field experience in science, problem-solving, communication training and community service. Students are taught by UCR lead instructor Dr. Cameron Barrows and a team of experts. Subjects covered include ecology, geology, plant communities, wildlife, communication and interpretation, citizen science, energy/global environmental issues, and much more.

Call 760-834-0800 or email for more information. Or come to our free information session at 6 p.m. Nov. 18. RSVP for the info session here.


Future Physician Leaders (FPL)

The 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!

Master Gardner

Become A Master Gardener

  • Have you always wanted to join the Master Gardener Volunteer training classes in the Coachella Valley but were unable to because you work during the day? Here’s your opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge, have fun learning about horticulture in the desert, and give back to your community. Evening Master Gardener Volunteer training classes for the 2019/2020  program are Wednesdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m.  
  • Certified Master Gardeners receive more than 50 hours of instruction from University of California Cooperative Extension specialists. In return, Master Gardeners volunteer 50 hours during the first year within the community and continue their gardening education. 
  • The program is open to individuals who wish to increase their knowledge and horticultural skills and share them with the community.

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

Context is Everything:

How 'Change' Manifests in the History of Art

Collage art

Context is everything when defining the idea of "change" as it appears through the history of art. Scientific breakthroughs during the Renaissance, mechanical devices of the 18th century, and the Industrial Revolution changed the way that art was made, influencing the artists that made the significant works of their time - from the Renaissance to Pop Art. 

Presenter: Mark Johnson, B.A. Painting/Printmaking, Bennington College. Mark is the owner of a fine art studio and decorative art-painting studio for more than 20 years. 

Meets 1 to 3:00 p.m. Jan. 25 to April 11. To register call 760-834-0997 or email Course fee $105 includes parking.