UC San Diego Certificate Programs
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Certificate Programs

Recognized and Valued by Employers

A UC San Diego Extension certificate is a widely respected credential certifying completion of a rigorous and specialized course of study. Designed by industry experts and academic faculty, our cutting-edge programs meet high academic standards and provide real-world skills.

Academic Achievement

Professional certificate programs require a minimum of 20 units of continuing education credit, or 200 hours of classroom hours, and require approximately the same amount of coursework. You may take one or two courses prior to registering for your intended certificate program.

A wealth of career resources and counseling services are available to certificate registrants through Extension's Student Services. Be sure to register for your certificate program as soon as possible to ensure you get the most out of your experience with us. Prerequisites vary by program.

UC San Diego Extension Certificates Do

Make a Difference

Why a UC San Diego Extension Certificate?
  • Explore new and exciting topics
  • Understand current industry situations via curriculum
  • Learn from instructors who are experts in their field
  • Use real, practical information in your career
  • Ensure you are prepared for qualifying career examinations
  • Increase your earning potential and marketability
  • Improve your quality-of-life
Five Steps to Earn Your Certificate
  1. Choose your certificate within one of our Areas of Study.
  2. Review your Certificate Course Matrix (i.e. schedule of offerings).
  3. Register for your certificate program online by clicking the Add to Cart button on the specific certificate page you are interested in.
  4. Complete all required courses and your chosen electives with a grade of C- or better, within five years.
  5. Submit your Notice of Completion online, or by mail to the address specified above.

Search Certificates by Area of Interest

Please note, some certificates require you to complete a formal application or pass a prerequisite course before registering for the certificate program. Please refer to each certificate's individual "Conditions for Admission" section (below the Certificate Course Matrix).

Program Information

Certificate FAQs

Program Support

If you require additional certificate support, please call (858) 534-3400.


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