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UCR Palm Desert Center

75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Tel: (760) 834-0800
Fax: (760) 834-0796

The University of California has been active in the Coachella Valley for nearly 100 years, initially supporting the agriculture industry and more recently impacting modern growth issues through research in areas such as transportation, air quality and energy and water conservation.

Established in 2005, the Palm Desert Center serves as:

Our Goals

UCR Palm Desert Center aims to:

Learn about the University of California, Riverside.

About Palm Desert and the Coachella Valley

The city of Palm Desert is about 11 miles east of the city of Palm Springs and about 66 miles east of the UC Riverside campus. The Palm Desert/Palm Springs metropolitan area lies along the south side of Interstate 10 in northern Coachella Valley.

Graduate Programs

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

The MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts is a unique seven quarter low residency program that provides writers with a path toward publication and production in all genres of writing including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Students explore multiple genres, allowing for a cross-disciplinary approach that is ideal for writers seeking the artistic latitude to move fluidly within the field. A unique feature of the program is that each student meets with a literary agent in their last quarter to examine their work. Visit MFA for more information.

Continuing Education

Explore. Advance. Connect.

Whether you're looking to train for a new career; advance in your current field; explore
the wonders of our changing world; or connect with people who share your interests,
UCR Extension offers you more than 90 certificate programs and enrichment
courses online and in classroom settings to meet your educational, career and enrichment needs. Visit UCR Extension, search for classes , or find out more about the OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute.

UCR Extension Courses at the Palm Desert Center