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Business Management (Two or Three Quarters)

Business Management (Two Quarters)
Business Management (Three Quarters)

UC San Diego's Business Programs for International Students - "Chase your dreams, ignite your career, and connect to the world."

Who should take this certificate?

The Business Management programs are for serious students who have at least one to two years of full-time paid professional-level work experience in a business environment. Internships and part-time work will not be counted towards this requirement. Qualified students will learn about U.S. business practices and gain necessary skills and knowledge for a career in business. The three-quarter program is the best option for students who would like to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). If you do not have the required university or work experience for this program, please read about our Business Essentials or Intermediate Business Essentials programs.

Program Benefits:

  • Develop solid business management skills with specialization in a field of your choice.
  • Learn resume writing and interviewing skills; receive a professional resume critique.
  • Complement the classroom experience and build your professional contacts by completing a 120-hour unpaid internship at a reputable company.
  • Study alongside American students in evening classes (during the second and/or third quarters) to further enhance your network.
  • After two quarters, receive a Professional Certificate in Business Management with a specialization in Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, or Global Commerce.
  • Apply for OPT after three consecutive quarters of study.

Note: UC San Diego Extension International Programs follow a quarter system. Each quarter consists of 10-12 weeks of full-time study. There are four quarters per year.


2016 and 2017 Program Dates
Two Quarters:
  • Fall 2016: September 14 - March 24, 2017
  • Winter 2017: January 4 - June 16
  • Spring 2017: March 29 - September 8
  • Summer 2017: June 21 - December 15
  • Fall 2017: September 20 - March 23, 2018
Three Quarters:
  • Fall 2016: September 14 - June 16, 2017
  • Winter 2017: January 4 - September 8
  • Spring 2017: march 29 - December 15
  • Summer 2017: June 21 - March 23, 2018
  • Fall 2017: September 20 - June 15, 2016


Admission Requirements:

The minimum requirements to be accepted in the program are listed below. Applicants who satisfy these requirements are not automatically accepted. Space is limited and the admissions review is competitive. We carefully review the background and qualifications of each applicant to ensure that those admitted will have a successful experience.

Language Proficiency Requirement:
  • TOEFL paper-based: 550
  • TOEFL iBT: 80
  • TOEIC: 760
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency Exams: Pass

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Four-year Bachelor's degree
  • One to two years of full-time, post-university, professional work experience. Internships and part-time work will not be counted towards this requirement.
  • Official university transcripts in English from all universities attended indicating a strong academic history; please include a grading key.
  • Dated and signed letter of recommendation on university or company letterhead from a professor or supervisor attesting to your experience and ability to excel in the relevant field
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Essay: minimum of 200 words explaining your qualifications and motivations for taking the program


Business Management Overview


1st Quarter

(15-20 units)

2nd Quarter

(12-15 units)

3rd Quarter

(12-15 units)

  • Business Law for Managers
  • Elements of Marketing
  • Financial Accounting for Non-Accountants (FAFNA)
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Leveraging Human Capital (Finance, HR, and Global Commerce specializations)
  • Practical Market Research (Marketing specialization)
  • Directed Studies--Internship Preparation

Required courses and internship experience:

  • Business Decision Making
  • 120 hours of Internship

Three required courses in area of specialization:



  • Finance Management
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Compensation and Performance Management

Human Resources:

  • Compensation and Performance Management
  • Organizational Dynamics
  • Training and Develoment


  • Product Management, Branding, and Positioning
  • Basics of Project Management
  • Presentation Techniques for Marketers

Global Commerce:

  • International Finance and Capital Markets
  • International Trade Operations
  • Global Marketing


Advanced Studies:

Students who successfully complete two quarters of Business Management can further develop their skills in an area of specialization and earn a Certificate of Completion in Advanced Studies.

  • Capstone project or class
  • Two required courses in area of specialization
  • In addition to required courses, students will have the opportunity to choose additional units from a list of business elective courses as determined by the business department.


View detailed course descriptions (PDF)

Please note: courses are subject to change without notice.

Application Deadline:

It is recommended that students apply three months in advance. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis until all seats available are taken by the most qualified applicants.

Program Schedule:

  • Monday - Friday, occasional Saturdays
  • Daytime and evening courses
  • Schedule varies


Most classes are held on the UC San Diego Extension campus in La Jolla or at the off-site University City Center near to campus.

Access to a car or other reliable transportation is required for evening and off-site classes.

Cost (In U.S. Dollars):

Application Fee: $200 (nonrefundable)

FedEx fee: $50 (optional, but recommended)

2016 and 2017 Two Quarter Tuition: $11,500

2016 and 2017 Three Quarter Tuition: $16,000

International Student Service Fee: $350 per quarter

UCSD Extension medical insurance: $585 per quarter

Books/Materials: Approximately $300-$800 per quarter
(Payment CANNOT be made in advance. Books will be purchased upon arrival at UC San Diego.)


Additional Fees:

Note: There is an additional $500 Program Extension fee for Business certificate programs if the student decides after the first week of classes at UC San Diego to extend the duration of his/her Business certificate program. For details on the policy and procedure for this, please contact

There is a required $150 USD Program Change Fee by Extension International Student Services regardless of when the program change is made.

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