Who should take this certificate?
The Business Management program offers you the opportunity to build job skills and knowledge or to prepare for graduate studies through an extensive introduction to U.S. business practices. In the second quarter, you choose to specialize in one of the following areas: Finance, Marketing, or Leadership. To complement your classroom experience, Business Management incorporates a 120-hour internship into the program.
- 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 your studies 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, Marketing, Accounting, or International Business.
- Apply for Optional Practical Training after three consecutive quarters of study.
Program Dates (click here for complete list of program dates):
- Winter 2020: January 3 - June 12
- Spring 2020: March 25 - September 12
- Summer 2020: June 17 - December 12
- Fall 2020: September 22 - March 20, 2021
- Winter 2020: January 3 - September 12
- Spring 2020: March 25 - December 12
- Summer 2020: June 17 - March 20, 2021
- Fall 2020: September 22 - June 11, 2021
The minimum requirements to be accepted in the program are listed below. We carefully review the background and qualifications of each applicant to ensure that those admitted will have a successful experience.
2020 Language Proficiency Requirement:
- TOEFL paper-based: 550
- TOEFL iBT: 80
- TOEIC: 760
- IELTS: 6.5
- Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency Exams: Pass
- PTE: 64
- 2020 ELI core level: 108
Additional Admission Requirements:
- Your official university transcripts in English indicating a strong academic history; include a grading key.
- You must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree OR have four years of professional, full-time, work experience.
- If you have pursued graduate-level coursework or degrees, you must include those transcripts as well.
- One year of full-time, post-university, professional work experience, if also applying with a degree.
- Dated and signed letter of recommendation on academic 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)
- A one-page statement explaining your qualifications and motivation for taking the program
- A spoken language phone screening may be required. This can be conducted in person if you are already in San Diego; otherwise, it will be done by phone or Skype.
Business Management Overview:
1st Quarter (15-20 units)
- Business Law for Managers
- Elements of Marketing
- Financial Accounting for Non-Accountants (FAFNA)
- Organizational Behavior
- Directed Studies–Internship Preparation
2nd Quarter (12-15 units)
Required courses and internship experience:
- Business Decision-Making
- 120 hours of Internship
Three required courses in area of specialization:
- Finance Management
- Financial Statement Analysis
- International Finance and Capital Markets
- Product Management, Branding, and Positioning
- Market Research and Analytics
- Digital Marketing
- Business Communication Skills
- Presentation Skills
- Managing for Maximum Performance
3rd Quarter (12-15 units)
If you successfully complete two quarters of Business Management, you can further develop your skills in an area of specialization and earn a Certificate of Completion in Advanced Studies.
- Capstone project or class in area of specialization
- One required course 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.
Note: Courses are subject to change without notice. For course descriptions, please click here.
There are no final application deadlines to apply for these programs, but all programs close when they are full. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis until all seats available are taken by the most qualified applicants.
- Monday – Friday, occasional Saturdays
- Daytime and evening courses
- Schedule varies
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 another reliable source of transportation is required for evening and off-site classes.
Cost (in U.S. dollars):
- Application Fee: $200 (nonrefundable)
- FedEx fee: $50 (optional, but recommended)
- 2020 Two-Quarter Tuition: $12,000
- 2020 Three-Quarter Tuition: $18,000
- International Student Service Fee: $760 (2 quarters) or $1,140 (3 quarters)
- UC San Diego Extension medical insurance: $1,170 (2 quarters) or $1,800 (3 quarters)
- Books/Materials: Approximately $300-$800 per quarter
(Payment for all books and instructional materials CANNOT be made in advance. You must purchase your books upon arrival at UC San Diego.)