Cal State LA Downtown provides affordable, practical, and lifelong educational pathways, preparing individuals and organizations of diverse backgrounds and interests to serve and succeed in their local and global communities.

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Earn your MBA in just 16 months.

Begin your MBA program this fall at Cal State LA Downtown. GREAT NEWS! The application deadline to apply to the Fully Employed MBA Program has been extended to June 3, 2024.

Career Development Programs

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Make a Career Move!

Are you looking for a new career or want to advance in your current job? Invest in your professional development at Cal State LA Downtown. Convenient online and in-person classes are offered on weeknights and on Saturdays.

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Are you interested in a program at Cal State LA Downtown, or our main campus? Cal State LA's  College of Professional and Global Education administers all programs at Cal State LA Downtown and many main campus programs. Let us know which program you are interested in.

Cal State LA Downtown regularly hosts live/virtual information sessions, prerecorded information sessions, and in-person open house events that provide prospective students with an opportunity to learn about our programs

Students pursuing their degree on Cal State LA’s Main Campus may not take courses at Cal State LA Downtown as part of their degree program. Only students admitted to programs offered in Downtown LA may attend courses at Cal State LA Downtown after paying all required fees.

Current Cal State LA students are welcome to pursue a program at Cal State LA Downtown in addition to their degree, but additional fees will apply. Programs offered at Cal State LA Downtown are not transferable to Cal State LA's Main Campus.

Students admitted to a program at Cal State LA Downtown are welcome to pursue a program at Cal State LA's Main Campus, but an additional application is required.

Cal State LA Downtown is located in the heart of Los Angeles, within walking distance for residents and workers, and easily accessible via public transportation to the wider community.

Cal State LA Downtown is administered by Cal State LA's College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE). Learn about additional programs offered by PaGE.

Financial Assistance

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Turning Dreams into Degrees

Paying for one’s education should never be a barrier to learning. Let us help you create a financial roadmap to achieve your academic goals.

Support

Cal State LA Downtown is designed to serve transfer students, working professionals, and non-traditional students in the heart of the City of Los Angeles. Our mission is to ensure that all students are provided with the tools and resources required to achieve success. We are committed to student equity and to providing superior service. Additionally, we are here to assist with questions about academics, financial aid, and your well-being.

Semester and Academic Calendars

Main Campus Services

University Library  

University Writing Center 

University Testing Center 

Office for Students with Disabilities 

Dreamers Resource Center 

Veterans Resource Center

Community Resources

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH)

Downtown Mental Health Center

529 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Cross-Streets: Between E 6th St and E 5th St

(213) 430-6700

dmh.lacounty.gov

Frequently Asked Questions

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Academic advisement is a vital student resource that has been shown to contribute to student success. According to the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), advisement helps decrease the time to degree completion. Meeting with an advisor has also been shown to improve student academic performance while providing students with an opportunity to connect with the university on a one-on-one basis. Advisors at Cal State LA Downtown are available to support and work with you in the following areas:

•       Pre-admission advisement of transfer coursework

•       Semester course selection

•       Educating and advocating university academic policies and procedures

•       Drafting strategies for success

•       Meeting with students to support overall well-being

•       Facilitating referrals to other student support services

If you would like to schedule an advisement appointment at Cal State LA Downtown, please email or call one of our academic advisors:

Victor Iglesias or call 213-358-6570

Deborah Mier or call 888-541-3852

Jimmy Solis or call 888-541-38652

Refund Policy for Non-Credit Classes
Here is the important information you need to know about refunds:

Refunds are based on the postmarked date, or the date stamp on your refund request.

You will receive a full refund if your class is canceled for any reason. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing.

You will receive a full refund minus a $10 processing fee if you submit your refund request prior to the first class meeting.

You will receive a refund minus 65% of fees paid for any course that has more than four meetings. However, you MUST submit your request before 25% of the course time has elapsed.

You receive no refund if you submit a refund request after 25% of the course time has elapsed for any course that has more than four meetings.

There is no refund for courses that have four or fewer meetings once the course begins.

Refund Policy for Credit Classes
Students enrolled in credit courses and programs are entitled to a refund when they follow the campus-established procedures to drop classes or withdraw from the program as outlined below.

Students must drop courses or withdraw from a program before the first day of classes to receive a 100% refund of registration fees less a $10.00 administrative fee. A signed Course/Program Withdrawal and Request for Refund Form dated before the first day of class must be submitted in order to obtain a refund.

Students who drop a course or withdraw from a program after the start of the term will receive a pro-rata refund of registration fees. The pro-rata refund is based on the date on which the Course/Program Withdrawal and Request for Refund Form is received in the College office.

Students who withdraw after the tenth week of the term will not be eligible to receive a refund of registration fees and will be responsible for 100% of fees for the term.

A $10.00 administrative fee will be withheld from all refunds unless withdrawal is the result of a campus regulation, compulsory military service, disability, death of the student, or class cancellation by the College.

Refund checks will be mailed to the address noted on the Course/Program Withdrawal and Request for Refund Form. The refund checks are mailed approximately four to six weeks after the request is received by the College.

For Daily Refund Proration Table details, please visit One-Stop Financial Services.

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Cal State LA's University Library on the main campus is accessible to students attending Cal State LA Downtown. University Library Services also provide interlibrary loan at no cost.

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Cal State LA’s Office for Students with Disabilities promotes student independence and achievement by providing educational and disability-related support services, and by ensuring access to academic programs, services, and centers through the prescription of accommodations as mandated in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students who want to request services through Cal State LA’s Office for Students with Disabilities may do so here.

Read the Cal State LA Non-Discrimination Statement here.

Cal State LA and the local Workforce Investment Board are working together to ensure that our state has a well-trained and sustainable workforce. If you have been laid off due to poor economic conditions, company closure, or mass layoff, you may be eligible to receive free career development training.

To find out if you qualify for paid training, contact your local American Job Center (formerly One-Stop Center) to have them determine your eligibility to receive free training. Be sure to mention that you want to take classes through the College of Professional and Global Education at Cal State LA.

Find your nearest American Job Center here or call 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627) for more information.

Important: You must contact your local American Job Center for application and approval first. Free enrollment in our WIB-approved programs is not available without prior written approval.

Approved Programs Offered by Cal State LA

Healthcare Revenue Cycle Administration Certificate

Medical Billing and Coding

Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Certificate in Project Management 

Pharmacy Technician

Cal State LA Downtown is located in the heart of Los Angeles, within walking distance for residents and workers, and easily accessible via public transportation to the wider community.

You can contact a Cal State LA Downtown Student Services Representative for academic advisement, financial aid assistance, or other student services via email or by calling 888-541-DTLA (3852).

Join our interest list to stay up to date on the latest program news and application/enrollment windows.

Career Pathways

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Need help with your career?

Visit our Career Pathways portal for advice and job opportunities. See how our programs can help you take the next step in your career.