About the College of Extended Learning

San Francisco State University's College of Extended Learning offers a wide variety of continuing adult education courses and programs to prepare you for career advancement, career change or personal growth. We offer weekend, evening and online courses, online degree completion, international education and access to thousands of transferable degree-credit University classes.

By the Numbers

4,700+
Students
50+
Programs
25+
Certificates

Locations

Most in-person classes are held at one of two locations in San Francisco: 160 Spear Street, 5th Floor, and 1600 Holloway Avenue at 19th Avenue.

We also offer courses at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus and the College of San Mateo.

SF State Downtown Campus on Spear Street
SF State Library

Students and Faculty

College of Extended Learning students are degree-seeking SF State students, working professionals, students who have completed their formal education, students wanting to take a program that is not offered as a degree and the general public. The college offers academic units, continuing education units, online classes and non-credit courses. Some programs are also available for students who want to complete bachelor's degrees, advanced academic degrees and certificates.

The College of Extended Learning taps a combination of SF State faculty and expert practitioners from the community to teach our courses. Because we can offer programs to meet the demands of the marketplace, we have the capacity to create and deliver opportunities for learning that are high quality, reasonably priced and accessible to a broad segment of the larger community.

Clinical Trials student, Emily Morris

What Students Say

“I'm a regulatory affairs manager, which was my career goal for the last few years. It was just very exciting that I was able to go from an administrative assistant to regulatory affairs manager in approximately three years.”

Emily Morris
Graduate
Clinical Trials Design and Management

Mariano Curat, graduate/paralegal

"I moved from Argentina to San Francisco in 1998. Since I have always worked in the legal field I decided to apply my experience here in the US.

My knowledge of American law was very limited, and I did not want to go to law school. I researched and found the Paralegal Studies program at San Francisco State University and discovered that it had everything that I was looking for at a reasonable price.

The classes were excellent and the teachers were very knowledgeable. My English was not very good at the beginning of the program, so in addition to my work and classes, I spent several hours every week doing my homework and preparing presentations.

It took me a year and a half to complete the program, and on the same day that I graduated I was offered a paralegal position at Baker & McKenzie, where I worked from 2000 to 2007.

In 2007 I came to Google, where I'm still working as an international corporate paralegal applying everything I learned in the Paralegal Studies program at San Francisco State University. I have always wanted to work in international law, so the fact that I can speak a second language (in my case Spanish) helped me to market myself and find a job in that field.

One of the most valuable things that I am still enjoying from the Program is the friendship that I developed with several of my classmates. We get together every couple of months to catch up with our lives and to exchange experiences in our respective offices. Also, it's a great networking tool that has helped several of us to find jobs."

Mariano Curat
Graduate
Paralegal Studies

Center for Global Engagement

International students take a selfie at the Golden Gate Bridge

The Center for Global Engagement provides international students and professional groups unparalleled access to pursue rigorous academic education, cutting-edge professional development and enriching cultural exploration at an American university. SF State is committed to providing innovative, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs for students, as well as continuing and professional educational opportunities. SF State educates more than 27,000 students, including 1,800 international students from over 100 countries each year. SF State values partnerships with high-quality agencies who recruit qualified international students interested in enrolling in the University.

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