Professional 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.


Lean Six Sigma Mindset


Meets 5:30pm to 9pm, Tuesdays, starting July 9

This program is ideal for key managers in operations, engineering, information technology and manufacturing.


Project and Process Management


Meets 5:30pm to 9pm, Thursdays, starting July 11

Examines how to map out and set-up basic project and process management strategies to improve productivity and outcomes.


Communicating Effectively


Meets 5:30pm to 9pm, Thursdays, starting August 08

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

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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.


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:

Sign up for a free info session today! Each session runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 11 

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