About the Division of Professional and Continuing Education

The ’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) offers a robust portfolio of career-building courses, certificate programs and degree programs spanning the fields of business, education, language, technology, engineering, healthcare, and more.

USD PCE nurtures key partnerships on the local, national and international level to better serve working professionals who seek to enhance or build their careers. Our educational programs are also focused on the needs of today’s employers — motivated by the philosophy that we best serve our students by aligning our innovative, high-quality curriculum with the knowledge and skills that today’s employers are looking for.

With faculty and expert instructor/practitioners from a wide variety of fields, we create educational opportunities and programs that working professionals need to:

Our online courses offer the same high-quality content and expert instruction as our on-campus courses. The online format combines a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning with scheduling flexibility that is vitally important for working professionals as they advance their education and their career potential.

the University and PCE’s Anniversary

Celebrates 75 Years

For 75 years the has confronted humanity’s challenges by fostering peace, working for justice and leading with love. As a community steeped in history and intrinsically linked to a beautiful region, USD is proud to honor its faculty, staff, students and alumni who carry the light of knowledge, the light of innovation and the light of compassion now and into the future.

Professional and Continuing Education Celebrates 50 Years

Celebrate 50 years of excellence with USD’s Professional and Continuing Education! As proud members of the community, we’ve been dedicated to empowering learners and fueling career growth for half a century. Join us in commemorating this milestone as we continue to provide top-notch education and support to individuals like you. Enroll today and be part of our legacy of service and success!

The Mission of the

The is committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service. Our Division of Professional and Continuing Education shares this mission through academic outreach to adult and professional students.


The university’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education is an agile and innovative academic organization committed to university and community partners in ways that serve working professionals and their employers. Thousands of current and returning students, and employers have put their trust in PCE to provide excellent educational opportunities for their personal and professional growth.

Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice at USD

As a Catholic institution, the seeks to represent the diversity and beauty of God’s creation as a way to understand and work to eliminate injustices on our campus, in our local community and around the world.

The and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education are passionately committed to by creating a welcoming, inclusive and collaborative community that values students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds and faith traditions.

As a university committed to academic excellence, we strive to include diverse perspectives as a way of maximizing the transformative potential of learning, teaching and scholarship.



USD is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).