Find success in today's business environment.
The Professional Certificate in Business Management provides strategic, up-to-date knowledge and highly sought after skills that you need to maintain a competitive edge. You will learn elements of finance, marketing, decision making, organizational management and have the ability to delve deeper into one of seven distinct specializations that allows you to customize your career track. Whether you want to enhance your leadership skills, learn important project management techniques, or gain a better understanding of data analytics, the Business Management certificate has options to address your educational needs.
*Online options vary by quarter and specialization.
*Varies by course selection.
*Varies by student due to number courses taken per quarter.
Each Business Management certificate student will select at least one specialization as part of the program. Specializations include:
This certificate is especially suited for individuals who desire an understanding of business and management topics and would also like to gain a more in-depth knowledge in a particular area of business. Professionals in supervisory or general roles who desire formal documentation of management study and experienced mid-level managers who need to update their skills or obtain tools for dealing with new management challenges are ideal candidates for this certificate program.
International students who need a student visa to study full-time in the United States may apply to our Full-Time Business Management Program. For more information about UC San Diego Extension's international programs, please visit ip.extension.ucsd.edu.
Number of courses: 6 courses
Total units: 19-21 Units
Estimated cost: $3,670-$5,600 (tuition only; textbooks not included)
Time to Complete: Can be completed in as few as six months*
Delivery: In-class and Online (online available for all required courses and specializations except for the Finance specialization, which can only be completed in-class)
*Please note that while the program can be completed in as little as six months to a year, enrolled certificate students have five years from the start of their first course to complete the program.
There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program
There are four required courses within the Business Management Certificate program. Students can elect to take the courses in any order; however, UC San Diego Extension suggests the following order for completing the required coursework.
Organizational Behavior (BUSA-40922)
Business Decision Making (BUSA-40441)
Elements of Marketing (BUSA-40940)
Financial Accounting for Non-Accountants (BUSA-40009)
Electives: To specialize in an area, complete all courses listed within a specialization area. Courses within the a specialization for the Business Management program may be taken concurrently with required program courses. You may select up to two specializations.
From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable.
It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.
Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.
See Certificate FAQs for more information.
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UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Although programs are open to all adult learners, where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.
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The Business Management certificate compliments many other certificates at UC San Diego Extension. If you have completed Extension coursework in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Process Improvement, or Facilities Management, you may be able to transfer a significant portion of your coursework toward the Business Managment certificate. For questions about this, please contact BizManagement@ucsd.edu.
International Students: Full-Time Business Management Program / International Experience.
For students who want to learn about the American business environment through full-time study, check out the Business Management Full-Time International Program (two or three quarters).
This cohort-based program is made up of professionals from around the globe who want to build skills in business and participate in internships. The program benefits include:
Internship preparation (resumes, cover letters, interviewing)
An unpaid 120-hour off-campus internship
Your choice of specialization: Finance, International Business, or Marketing
Note that some of the courses in the other specialization areas listed on this page may be available as electives in the international program. (Courses subject to change.)
For questions regarding the international business programs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes! Students can take this program fully online in the convenience of your home or office or in a traditional in-class format. You can choose which format works best for your learning. All of the required courses and most of the electives can be completed in a fully online environment. For online courses, all assignments, tests and quizzes can be completed online and submitted through Blackboard, our online learning platform.
Most, but not all of our online courses are asynchronous, which means that you can login and complete your work anytime 24/7. The lessons for each week are accessible via Blackboard, our online learning management system. While you can view the lectures and participate at your preferred time, you may have weekly assignments, quizzes and/or tests that are due on specific dates. Our new virtual reality courses allow you to interact with instructors and peers in real-time from your home or office. These courses have specific meeting dates and times.
Click on the “Apply Now” button on the certificate page. Complete the required fields on the application. Then click the “Save” button. Once you have saved the application, be sure to click the “Submit” button. You can track the progress of your application at My Extension. After acceptance, there is a one-time certificate fee due that secures your place as a certificate student.
You may have up to two specializations listed on your certificate. To specialize in an area, complete all courses listed within a specialization area. Courses within the a specialization for the Business Management program may be taken concurrently with required program courses.
When you are ready to request your certificate at the end of your program, please be sure to request your specializations on the certificate request form.
When you have paid your certificate fee and successfully completed all program requirements, you will need to request an audit by Student Services. To request an audit:
• In your My Extension account, click on “My Courses.”
• On the right side of the page under “My Certificates,” click on the name of the certificate.
• On the right side of the page under “Tools,” click on “Request Certificate Audit.”
• Complete and submit the form that appears (To have your specialization listed, be sure to request it in the comment section).
Once you have formally submitted your audit request, your certificate will be mailed to the address we have on file for you within ten business days.
Once the course is complete, the instructor has 10 business days to submit grades. Once grades have been posted, you can view and print your grade sheet from your My Extension account.
Yes. Our programs are designed for the working professional. All classes are offered in either a fully online format or meet one evening a week from 6-9pm. Multiple classes are also offered on Saturdays.
Instructors will post the current text requirements on the course page on our website. Please note the textbook requirements are subject to change every quarter and different instructors may require different books, even if they are teaching the same course in the same quarter. Be sure to check the textbook requirements for the section in which you are enrolling.
Classes post to our website and open for registration approximately two months prior to when the new quarter begins. If you would like to receive an email reminder you can sign up for our newsletter(s) in My Extension, under the “Preferences” tab. The Fall quarter begins in late September, Winter begins in January, Spring begins in April, and Summer begins in late June.
The refund deadline for courses in this program is typically one week after the start date. For intensive format courses, the refund deadline is usually sooner. This allows you one week to try out a class and review the courses syllabus. If you decide that the course does not meet your educational needs, be sure to drop within the refund deadline. While you are permitted to drop a course after the refund deadline, a refund will no longer be provided. The exact refund deadline for each section is listed in the section notes on the course page in our website, and you can also find it in My Extension by clicking on “My Courses” and then the name of the course.
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