General FAQs | Open University Certificates FAQs | Professional Certificate Programs FAQs


General FAQs

Do I have to be an SDSU student to take Extended Studies courses?
No, Extended Studies courses are open to the general public (except degree program courses). Most of the courses are also open to SDSU students.

Is financial aid available?
Yes, several programs are available that may provide you with financial aid for Extended Studies courses. For many of our programs, the Workforce Development Act makes money available to those who have been laid off. Additionally, financial aid is available for military spouses, in a wide range of subject areas. Finally, many banks offer private student loans that are directly applicable to continuing education and career advancement.

How do I find out what courses you are offering, and how do I register?
It's easy! All of our courses are listed on our website at, and online registration makes it easy to register for the course(s) of your choice. You may also register by phone or mail. Contact our registration office at (619) 594-5152 for more information.

Do Extended Studies courses count toward a degree?
Most courses are not applicable toward a degree, but some do carry credit and may be accepted by some universities as applicable toward a degree. If you are taking courses through Open University, you may apply up to 24 units toward an SDSU undergraduate degree, and up to nine units toward a SDSU graduate degree. Extended Studies offers several degree programs.

What is a RedID?
San Diego State University uses a student identification number called SDSU RedID as your primary source of identification for all transactions at SDSU. To register for a course, you'll need a RedID. You can acquire one online in the registration process or contact our registration office at (619) 594-5152 for help.

How do I update my address or contact information?
You may either login and update the information yourself or contact our registration office at (619) 594-5152 for help.

What is the admission process?
Extended Studies requires no formal admission procedures for most individual courses. Students seeking to complete degree or certificate programs must meet admission requirements specific to their desired degree or certificate program.

Is parking included in my course fee?
Yes, if If you are attending an eligible course. Please see Parking Rules for Gateway/Extended Studies Center Users for more information.

What is the cost to attend?
Course fees vary by program. Visit us online to get updated fees or call us at (619) 594-5152.

Do you offer online courses?
Yes! We offer many courses online, including some complete certificate and advanced degree programs. Visit us at for more information.

I’m not exactly sure which program is right for me. Can you help?
Yes, we will be glad to assist in your program selection. Call us MondayFriday from 8 am to 5 pm at (619) 265-SDSU. Or you can email us anytime at

Open University Certificates FAQs

Do you have to be a matriculated student to take Open University Certificate programs?
You do not have to be matriculated to SDSU to enroll in an undergraduate Open University Certificate program. However, all students who are participating in an Advanced Graduate Certificate program must apply to the University through CSU Mentor and be admitted to the university. This requires completing the application and submitting official transcripts that confirm the student has a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Department application and admissions processes cannot substitute (though they may complement) the formal application and admissions process through CSU Mentor and Graduate Admissions. Students can earn no more than 9 units prior to formally matriculating into the University. Students must be admitted into the University either prior to beginning their coursework, or in a semester where they are actively enrolled in program coursework. A student cannot retroactively apply to the University to be awarded a certificate for coursework already completed. Open University Certificate programs are not open to students currently enrolled at SDSU.

Are the courses for credit, and can they be applied toward a degree?
Open University Certificate programs are offered for credit. Twenty-four units of non-matriculated resident credit may be applied toward an SDSU undergraduate degree.

What are the financial aid options?
CES students are encouraged to check with various banks, credit unions, and lending institutions — many of which now offer private alternative loan programs for continuing education. If you are an SDSU matriculated student, you may also wish to check with the SDSU financial aid office at (619) 594-6323. For additional information, please contact the CES registration office at (619) 594-5152.

How do I sign up?
To obtain an application form for an undergraduate certificate program and a brochure, please call the certificate programs department at (619) 594-6255. For the advanced graduate certificate program, see above regarding CSU Mentor. You will then need to contact the SDSU department academic advisor and determine a plan of study. All available classes are published in the University’s course bulletin. A $35 application processing fee will be charged. Please make checks payable to SDSU Foundation.

Are Open University Certificate programs available for international students?
International students who have satisfied the prerequisites may apply for admission to an Open University Certificate program. A TOEFL score of 550 or its equivalent is required. However, Open University Certificate programs are not available to international students with an I-20 visa issued by another university. Contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for more information.

What is the cost?
See current semester fees.

Professional Certificate Programs FAQs

How do I register?
You can register by phone: (619) 594-5152, mail, online at, or in person.

Do courses count for academic credit?
Some programs award transfer or professional development credit which may be accepted by other institutions. The units earned from these courses may be considered for continuing education. Programs with course numbers under 100 offer professional development credit. Courses numbered 100 and above offer academic credit.

What if my company is paying for the classes?
If your company is paying for the classes with a purchase order, please be sure the PO accompanies the registration. If paying by company check, please mail the check and registration to the College of Extended Studies Cashier, San Diego State University, 5250 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-1919.

Are the courses graded?
Most programs with academic credit offer the option of a letter grade or CR/NC (Credit/No Credit). A scoring rubric is used for noncredit courses that may meet your organization's tuition reimbursement policy.