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 $311/unit for undergraduate courses if you have not earned your bachelors degree, and $369/unit for undergraduate and graduate courses if you have earned your bachelors degree.

Get registered for the classes you want early! Enrollment is Easy!

  1. View the Fall 2020 Class Schedule (quick preview below ▼).
  2. Select your Fall classes; the session starts August 24, 2020. Students can not enroll until the first day of the term, August 24, 2020.
  3. Find the name of your instructor in the class schedule, look up their email in the campus directory (link to, and email the instructor requesting permission to take the class through Open University.
  4. Once you have received the email permission, forward the email, along with a completed Open University Registration Form PDF, to
  5. Call the registration office at 310-243-3741, option 1, to pay the class fee and complete your registration. At this time, the registration clerk will check if there are seats available in the class. If there are seats available, you will be registered in the class.

Open University registrations are granted on a space-available basis. If you aren't able to register for the class because the class is full, we would like to hear about it! Please send us a note.

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

student posing head on fist on top of table 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.

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

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

The Location

All classes are offered at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson. Open University classes are convenient for people living and working in or near Los Angeles, Torrance, Long Beach, Carson, Compton, El Segundo, Lomita, Harbor City, Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Gardena, Westchester, Ladera Heights, Lakewood, Paramount, Bellflower, Downey, Inglewood, Wilmington, and other parts of the South Bay and Southern California.

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.

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.

For questions about Open University, email

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