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About the Java Programming Program

Java remains one of the most sought after skills in the field of Information Technology. Java continues to grow faster than any other computer language or development environment. Java is a simple, object-oriented, platform-independent language, that can be used to develop applets, servlets, and other applications.

The Java programming language lies at the core of many large-scale business applications that fuel the internet economy. Embedded devices, enterprise servers, network applications, web servers, and wireless applications are highest among these applications.

Java is widely used in business-to-business commercial systems. And, due to its inherent portability, it is utilized in a wide variety of consumer electronics including smart phones running Google’s Android OS to embedded systems in a rapidly expanding number of consumer products. Programmers currently using other languages are likely to encounter projects in the near future that will require knowledge of Java.

The Java Programming certificate provides concentrated study and working knowledge of the Java programming language as well as object-oriented programming and design. The certificate curriculum begins with fundamentals in Java programming concepts, moves through core Java programming competencies, and culminates with advanced Java concepts and their real world application.

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Students will gain operational knowledge of many aspects of the Java programming language, including:

  • Object-oriented programming and design techniques
  • Files, Input/Output Streams, NIO.2, and XML Serialization
  • Java Graphic User Interface development
  • Exceptional handling, recursion, and multi-threading
  • Evaluation of error handling approaches
  • Integration of relational database technologies: JDBC, SQL, and MySQL
  • The Java Virtual Machine (JVM) - Managing Object Creation, Execution and Garbage Collection
  • Java Networking with Sockets, Distributed Java Applications, and Java Security
  • Concurrent Programming - Thread handling and Synchronization
  • Representational state transfer (REST) based web services
  • A structured curriculum of increasing complexity taught by experienced industry practitioners
  • Become proficient in Java language syntax and Java application development
  • Apply object-oriented design principles by writing programs in Java
  • Learn to debug Java programs using a modern IDE and run unit tests to verify program behavior
  • Develop a complex Graphic User Interface (GUI) application
  • Incorporating Java-based data access technology to access information in relational databases
  • Write, implement, and sustain functional Java code
  • Certificate courses prepare students for an Oracle Java Certification exam through Oracle University

Who Will Benefit

Students can apply Java proficiency to many career paths, including development in Android, Java web, J2ME, and embedded applications. The most common types of students in the program are:

  • Developers refreshing their Java and/or object oriented programming language competencies
  • Non-programmers learning programming to enhance their career
  • Mangers/QA that work closely with programmers and want to better understand Java  
  • Career Changers planning to join the workforce as programmers hoping to learn development skills
Format: Online

Estimated Cost: $2,875

Excludes textbooks and materials.

Duration: 1 year

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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • Number of courses: 4 required courses (5 if the prerequisite course is included)
  • Total units: 12 (15 if the prerequisite course is included)

Introduction to Programming Using JavaCSE-41242

Units: 3.00


Learning how to program can be a first steptowards a lucrative and challenging career. Aimed at first time programmers, this course will help you leap onto that path by exploring fundamental concepts ...

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Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Java Programming I: Fundamental Java ConceptsCSE-40479

Units: 3.00


Exploring the fundamentals of Java programming,the curriculum introduces programmers to foundational concepts including methods, arrays, and lists. Object-oriented programming and design utilizing inh...

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Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Java Programming II: Core Java ProgrammingCSE-40480

Units: 3.00


Core Java Programming will explore the features of the Java programming languageto create multi-platform applications. As a developer, you will learn how to use the tools in the latest Java developmen...

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Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Java Programming III : Intermediate Java ProgrammingCSE-40481

Units: 3.00


Building on the skills from Java Programming II: Core Java Programming, this course reinforces Java basics, including exception handling and event handling. It expands on the swing GUI components an...

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Fall, Spring, Summer

Java Programming IV : Advanced Java Programming StructuresCSE-40482

Units: 3.00


Building on Java Programming III: Intermediate Java Programming you will attain many of the specific topics in the Oracle Certified Professional Java Programmer (OCPJP) exam, including the Java runti...

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Fall, Winter, Summer

Data Structures and Algorithms in JavaCSE-41321

Units: 3.00


Gain an understanding of fundamental algorithms and data structures.Learn to write code that scales well with large data sets and know how to identify hidden performance bottlenecks. While concepts co...

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Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

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Conditions for Admission

Complete the application and pay application fee.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.

Demand and Job Prospects

  • According to, knowing this 20-year-old programming language can propel you into one of the highest paid entry-level careers.Learn more.
  • Object-oriented development software, and specifically Java, is an O*NET “Hot Technology” (a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings). Burning Glass projects a job growth rate for “Software Developers, Applications” between 2016-2026 to be 40% in California and 30.7% nationally.
  • Software Developer job openings requiring Java programming abilities ranked number one from August 2019 through July 2020. And, is on pace for an even greater increase. (source: Burning Glass Technologies)
  • Top companies hiring individuals nationally with Java skills nationwide in the past year include JP Morgan Chase, Infosys, Deloitte, Wells Fargo, Anthem Blue Cross, Primus Global Services Inc., Accenture, Diverse Lynx, and NNT Data. (source: Burning Glass Technologies)

EDC Preferred Provider

The San Diego Regional EDC's Advancing San Diego program is designed to address talent shortages in STEM positions. Students of our program will be eligible for fully-funded internships at San Diego small companies. Learn more about the program by visiting

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Next Steps Experience

Upon completion of this certificate, consider taking the course CSE-41321 Data Structures & Algorithms in Java to continue building your skills.

San Diego Workforce Partnership

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The San Diego Workforce Partnership's Income Share Agreement (ISA) is a new and innovative option to finance your education. UC San Diego Extension proudly serves as the educational partner, deepening our commitment to serving critical lifelong learning and skill development, particularly to underrepresented individuals in the tech community.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are Soft Skills available to students for their professional development under this program?

To advance in today’s competitive job market, in addition to your technical skills, employers are seeking candidates who possess soft skills including self-awareness, communication skills, team building, EQ, Leadership and Management etc. Our Corporate and Community Relations team offers a wide array of workshops, webinars, and executive programs designed to develop strong professional skills applicable across all industries. Participants will be able to implement the skills learned immediately upon completion of their training. 

To get more detail on what they have to offer, we encourage you to visit our Leadership and Management Essentials webpage.

Are there any prerequisites for this program?

The prerequisite to the Java Programming Certificate is CSE-41242 Introduction to Programming Using Java. Although this course is not required to complete the certificate program, it serves as a guideline to students as to the level of knowledge required when enrolling into the first required course in the program CSE-40479 Java Programming I: Fundamental Java Concepts. We’re not concerned where students obtain the prerequisite knowledge so long as they have it. Students who do not have this foundational knowledge must begin with the introduction course.  

Can this program be completed entirely online?

Yes! This program is designed to be completed online in the convenience of your own home or office. We are currently using Canvas as our online Learning Management System for all our online courses. While students do not get access to their respective courses until the first day of the course, we encourage students who are new to Canvas to click on the following link to Canvas and Take the free tour of Canvas.

How long is this program?

Students who choose to take one course per quarter for 5 consecutive quarters can complete the program in 15 months. Students who do not need the prerequisite course can complete the program in 1 year. You have up to five years to complete all requirements for the certificate.


If I already have the skills taught in one of the program courses, can I skip that course?

If you have taken a course from an accredited university covering the learning objectives of a program course, you may be able to transfer your previous coursework to Extension. If you have not taken a course elsewhere, but already have the skills covered in a course, you may be able to substitute an alternate Extension course in its place. Please contact the program representative via email at or (858) 534-9152 for more information.

Is this certificate open to non-California residents?

Yes, the program is open to non-California residents, including non-US residents. The tuition is the same for all students. If you have questions about how enrolling in courses may or may not affect your visa status, please contact our International Department at or (858) 534-6784.

How can I get more information about this program?

You will find a downloadable program flyer and program FAQs under "Related Documents" on the right side of the top of this page. If you need further information, please contact the program representative at 858-534-9152 or

Advisory Board

William Griswald, Ph.D.

Professor - Computer Science and Engineering

UC San Diego

Pierre Huguet

Chief Technology Officer

XPDreamTeam LL

Michele Leroux-Bustamante

CIO - Solliance

Cofounder - Snapboard

Riyad Mammadov

Director of Applications Development

XDimensional Technologies

Raymond Mitchell, III

Software Engineer

Fairway Technologiess

Raymond Mitchell, Jr.

Independent Hardware/Software Consultant

Satya Mutnuri

Commercial Software Engineer - Media & Communications


Bruce Schurter

Principal Software Engineer

Wildcat Discovery Technologies

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