The FPE program at Cal Poly is offered both on-campus and online* with the same high quality. Both on-campus and online students take the same classes and have the same degree requirements.
*If you reside outside of California, please read State Authorization for Distance Education.
Students continuing directly from their undergraduate studies are encouraged to enroll full-time in the on-campus program, where they can interact directly with faculty members and other students as they complete the MS degree program in 1.5 to 2 years. Working professionals seeking to enhance their skills and qualifications in FPE can enroll part-time in the online distance program, where they will take the same courses as the on-campus students and will work with professional mentors in the field, but may take longer to complete the program. This blended format offers students a high degree of flexibility in managing their educational and professional needs.
Students enrolled in the online program attend and participate in classes live via the internet along with on-campus students. Both on-campus and online students can also review previously recorded class sessions if they cannot attend a class session live for some reason or want to go back and review a particular lecture. Both on-campus and distance students use the same online application process (CSU Mentor) for admission to the FPE program and both on-campus and distance students use the same on-line enrollment process to enroll in individual courses.
Students enrolled in the online MS degree program will need to travel to San Luis Obispo at their own expense on at least one occasion to present and defend their culminating projects at the end of their degree programs.