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About the Leadership and Teamwork Program

During this trying time, UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have transitioned all of our Spring and Summer courses to an online or hybrid format. Online classes will have pre-recorded lectures each week and guided assignments from the instructor. Hybrid classes are fully online with live virtual class meetings each week using our Zoom conferencing system.

In today’s job market, an increasing number of companies seek candidates with strong "soft skills" to complement their technical skills and expertise. Regardless of the field, qualities such as solid communication skills, self-awareness, time management, and the ability to function on diverse and collaborative teams are highly sought-after. This certificate in Leadership and Teamwork is designed to equip participants with those skills to help them excel in any working environment.

The courses in the certificate focus on leadership, teamwork, and project management. Throughout the program, students will implement these skills by working collaboratively on teams to manage hands-on campus projects. The culmination of the program will include a showcase of the students' projects to campus leaders, industry guests, and the general public. Upon completion of the program, students will be empowered to transition into their career pursuits.

Admissions

At this time, only current UC San Diego graduate students and postdocs are permitted to participate in the Leadership Teamwork Certificate. Applicants that do not match this profile will not be admitted.

Fees: $395, paid over two quarters. Vouchers not accepted.

  • Understand your strengths, preferences, styles, and areas for development to improve your leadership capacity
  • Discover best approaches to make teams work together and how to improve their dynamics
  • Enhance presentation skills by developing effective messaging and perfecting delivery according to the audience
  • Develop an appreciation for individuals with different roles and responsibilities in interdisciplinary projects
  • Learn to communicate effectively and efficiently with fellow team members, direct reports, and stakeholders, who may have different backgrounds and areas of expertise
  • Gain an understanding of Project Management tools and techniques
  • Practice your newly acquired skills and build your resume while making an impact through a real life project

Students will complete the full program in two quarters, starting in Fall and finishing in the Spring. Courses will run virtually (live online) Tuesday evenings during each quarter from 6PM to 9PM.

Program Orientation: 9/29/2020
Effective Leadership and Teamwork in the Workplace: 10/6/2020-12/8/2020; no mtg 11/24/2020
Leadership and Teamwork Practicum: 1/5/2021-2/9/2021
Presentations: 2/16/2021
Project Management for the Collaborative Workplace: 2/23/2021-4/27/2021; no mtg 3/23/21

Format: Live Online

Tuesday evenings during each quarter from 6PM to 9PM.

Duration: 6 Months

Students will complete the full program in two quarters, starting in Fall and finishing in the Spring.

Courses

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Effective Leadership and Teamwork in the WorkplaceBUSA-40886

Units: 3.00

TBD

Effective Leadership and Teamwork in the WorkplaceThis course will introduce you to the various approaches of effective organizational leadership and teamwork. You will develop exceptional leadership...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Leadership and Teamwork PracticumBUSA-40887

Units: 3.00

TBD

Leadership and Teamwork PracticumIn this course, the second in the Gradvantage Leadership and Teamwork certificate program, you will put into practice the leadership and teamwork tools skills you lear...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter

Project Management for the Collaborative WorkplaceBUSA-40889

Units: 3.00

TBD

Project Management for the Collaborative WorkplaceThe independence and visibility of a project manager can be invigorating, while the perceived lack of authority can be deflating. In this course, the ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter

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Conditions for Admission

The applications for the 2020-2021 cohort are now open. Applications are due by September 18, 2020. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by September 25, 2020.

Any UC San Diego graduate student or postdoctoral scholar in good standing is eligible to considered for acceptance into the program. To ensure a diverse cohort, applicants will be evaluated based upon:

  • Year in program and/or advancement to candidacy status
  • Area of study or research interest
  • Employment & volunteer history
  • Statement of interest

Certificate Guidelines

The applications for the 2020-2021 cohort are now open. Applications are due by September 18, 2020. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by September 25, 2020.

At this time, only current UC San Diego graduate students and postdocs are permitted to participate in the Leadership Teamwork Certificate. Applicants that do not match this profile will not be admitted.

Next Steps Experience

This certificate is part of a campus-wide initiative called Gradvantage. Gradvantage was designed to provide a suite of resources to help participants develop essential leadership, teamwork, and communication skills to become successful leaders in their field. The Gradvantage program also includes monthly Career Nights to network with industry professionals, communication workshops, and other programs and resources.

Gradvantage is partnership between the UC San Diego Graduate Division, Graduate Student Association, Career Services Center, Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs , and Extension. For a full description of Gradvantage program offerings, please visit the grAdvantage website.

Special Notes

The applications for the 2020-2021 cohort are now open. Applications are due by September 18, 2020. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by September 25, 2020.

At this time, only current UC San Diego graduate students and postdocs are permitted to participate in the Leadership Teamwork Certificate. Applicants that do not match this profile will not be admitted.

Fees: $395, paid over two quarters.  Vouchers not accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who is eligible to participate in this certificate program?

Any current UC San Diego graduate student or postdoctoral scholar in good standing is eligible to be considered for acceptance into the Leadership and Teamwork certificate program. Each year, one cohort of fifty students will be admitted into the program.At this time, only current UC San Diego graduate students and postdocs are permitted to participate in the Leadership and Teamwork certificate program. Applicants who are not current UC San Diego graduate students or postdocs will not be admitted.

When are the applications due? When will I know if I am accepted into the program?

The applications for the 2020-2021 cohort are now open. Applications are due by September 18, 2020. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by September 25, 2020.

Are there any prerequisites to this program?

There are no prerequisites for the Leadership and Teamwork certificate program.

How long does it take to complete the certificate?

Students will complete the full program in three consecutive quarters, starting in the Fall and finishing in the Spring. Fall quarter begins at the end of September and Winter in the beginning of January. The program will conclude in late April.

When are the courses scheduled?

Courses will run virtually (live online) Tuesday evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Can any of the courses be waived if I have taken a similar course elsewhere or have equivalent working knowledge?

The certificate program is designed to be a comprehensive experience, completed from start to finish by the same cohort of students. Due to this team-oriented nature of the program, you may not waive any of the program’s courses.

How can I get more information about the 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 manager at 858-534-9151 or drhammon@ucsd.edu.

Advisory Board

Kim Barrett

Dean of Graduate Division and Professor of Medicine

UC San Diego

Nathalie Becker

Talent Acquisition Partner

Illumina

Kevin McCoy

Director of Human Resources

Booz Allen Hamilton

Tyler Moore

Sr. Director, Talent Acquisition

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Micah Parzen

Chief Executive Officer

Museum of Man

Stacy Silverthorn

Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition Center of Excellence

General Atomics

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.