Our Programs

The Palm Desert Campus of Cal State San Bernardino offers a number of outstanding academic programs. Our goal is to provide our Coachella Valley students ready access to courses through scheduling at convenient evening and weekend times, and by offering many courses in an online mode. We offer 11 bachelor’s degree programs, 10 master’s degree or credential programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership (Ed.D.). We work closely with our academic departments so that classes are offered to ensure students’ timely graduation.

At the Palm Desert Campus you will enjoy a variety of approaches to learning. For instance, approximately 15% of our courses are distance learning classes. This means that classes are joined through interactive closed circuit television between San Bernardino and Palm Desert, allowing students at either location to learn and participate in class without a long commute. We also offer online classes where students communicate with the instructor and other students learning in a digital, online format. While Palm Desert embraces these instructional technologies, traditional, face-to-face instruction dominates and makes for a comfortable small campus atmosphere where close interactions between and among faculty and students are the norm.

Take a close look at the various undergraduate, graduate, and credential programs listed on the side of this page. You are sure to find programs that interest you and fit your career goals. If you have questions about our undergraduate degrees, please contact Mark Darby at (760) 341-2883 ext. 78111 if you are a high school student or contact Jacob Santiago at (760) 341-2883 ext. 78152 if you are a transfer student. For graduate and credential programs, please contact Brenda Machuca with the Palm Desert Campus College of Education Office at (760) 341-2883 ext. 78109.

We hope you choose your very own local four-year university, California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus where you will study at one of the great public university systems with a private college feel!

Finally, with a hope that all education seekers succeed in their chosen discipline, academic regalia and customs links written by Eugene Sullivan on the American Council on Education website are provided for your review. Obtaining a degree is exciting and graduation is a big event. Congratulations to all who pursue such an endeavor! (Academic RegaliaAcademic Costume and CodeAcademic Ceremony GuideHistorical Overview of the Academic Costume Code)

Doris Wilson, Ed.D.

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