I'm trying to trade money for education
June 30, 2011 11:26 AM   Subscribe

I would like to take a graduate level class or two this Fall in San Francisco. I have a job, so I'd like my classes to be in the evenings and on weekends. I don't really care about getting credit or a degree, and I realize I'm far too late for formal Fall admissions. What kind of educational options exist for me?

I'm a few years out from undergrad and I'm considering going to grad school in 2012 or 2013. In the mean time, I'd just like an opportunity to learn something new while I explore my options. I'd like to take Arts & Science type classes. Is this a thing I can do? If so, what would it be called, and who offers it?
posted by 2bucksplus to Education (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: UC Berkeley Extension? (Even has a San Francisco location.)
posted by madcaptenor at 11:36 AM on June 30, 2011

Best answer: It would be called "Non-Degree", "Continuing Education", or "Extension" coursework. Most of the larger universities will offer it.
posted by Think_Long at 11:42 AM on June 30, 2011

yeah i've found institutions happy to take your money. look for non degree status, sometimes they involve filling out the application without the GRE and recommendations.
posted by alkupe at 12:32 PM on June 30, 2011

Most Berkeley Extension courses fall into one of two categories - general-interest courses with few prerequisites, or professional courses for continuing education credit or career change. Neither of those are really graduate-level. It sounds like you're looking for general-interest courses in arts and sciences, and Extension has plenty of offerings there.

To enroll in graduate-level courses, look at concurrent enrollment, which is managed through Extension. You will need instructor approval for these classes.
posted by expialidocious at 12:55 PM on June 30, 2011

If you don't mind driving down to Stanford, take a look at their continuing studies program.

(FWIW: I took a class in political philosophy last winter and I'm in the middle of a Spanish class now. Both have been fun.)
posted by Idle Curiosity at 2:10 PM on June 30, 2011

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