Open University

Open University makes regular, CSUDH credit courses available to students who are not admitted to CSUDH. Open University is available during the fall and spring semesters, and non-CSUDH students may also take courses through CSUDH Summer Session, and during CSUDH Winter Session and Spring Intersession.

Through Open University, you can pursue a degree or take courses to help you advance in your career. The cost for Open University is $280/unit. You can view the Spring 2016 Class Schedule here. Spring classes start January 23-29.  The registration form is here.

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What is Open University and what will it do for you?


Through the Open University program run through CSUDH Extended Education, high school graduates, working adults, and students from other universities may enroll in most regular CSUDH credit courses on a space-available basis with permission of the instructor. There is no formal admission to the University required and registration is easy.

If you missed the deadline for application at CSUDH or any other CSU campus you can begin taking classes right away through Open University! Later, once you have been accepted to a university, you can transfer your Open University classes into CSUDH or another university.

You can view the Spring 2016 Schedule here.

Special interest classes on TV/online available through Open University.

You can also take Winter SessionSpring Intersession, and Summer Session courses at CSUDH. You don't have to be a regular student!

Open University registration form can be found here.

Through Open University you can:

  • Sample a field before formal application to a degree program
  • Take professional development courses without formal enrollment
    in a degree program
  • Pursue personal interests in the arts, humanities, literature,
    philosophy and many other fields
  • Take a few courses or units to complete a university degree, meet
    continuing education requirements or qualify for a pay increase
  • Improve your grade point average if you have been turned down for
    admission by the university or have been academically disqualified
  • Complete prerequisites for majors or advanced degrees
  • Get an early start on an academic program
  • Take classes if you have missed the deadline for admission to CSUDH.

The Location
Classes are held on the CSUDH campus in Carson (directions via Mapquest). Open University classes are convenient for people living and working in or near Los Angeles, Torrance, Long Beach, Carson, Compton, El Segundo, Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Hawthorne, Gardena, Lakewood, Paramount, Bellflower, Downey, Inglewood and other parts of the South Bay and Southern California.

Enrollment is Easy
To enroll, download the registration form and fill it out. Take the form to the first class meeting of the class in which you would like to enroll. At the end of the class, request that the instructor sign the form. Bring the signed registration form and payment to the Extended Education office to complete your enrollment.

For online courses, call the CEIE registration office and register. Once you have been accepted by the instructor, the CEIE Registration Office will contact you to pay your fees and complete your enrollment. 

Matriculated Students
You may not enroll in the Open University program if you have been admitted to any California State University campus as a regular student for the current semester, or if you are a continuing regular student who registered in the previous semester (academically disqualified students may still enroll in Open University).

Undergraduate Credit
A maximum of 24 semester units of baccalaureate-level Open University credit may be applied toward bachelor's degree requirements at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Open University credit does not qualify as residence units for a degree. The term "in residence" applies to those units earned at California State University, Dominguez Hills while an officially admitted student in a degree program. All classes you take will become part of your permanent academic record at CSUDH.

Graduate Credit
For a 30 semester unit master's degree at California State University, Dominguez Hills, students may apply no more than 6 units of Open University credit and/or credit transferred from other accredited institutions.

For More Information
Open University information and registration forms are available from the Extended Education Registration Office, EE 1100. Schedules are available online.

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Extended Education is open from 8am to 8pm Monday through Thursday; 8am to 5pm on Friday, and from 8am-1:30pm on Saturday.

Extended Education Registration can be reached at (310) 243-3741.

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