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 International Business. 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, or International Business.
- Apply for Optional Practical Training after three consecutive quarters of study.
2018 Program Dates:
- Winter 2018: January 4 – June 15
- Spring 2018: March 28 – September 7
- Summer 2018: June 20 – December 14
- Fall 2018: September 19 – March 22, 2019
- Winter 2018: January 4 – September 7
- Spring 2018: March 28 – December 14
- Summer 2018: June 20 – March 22, 2019
- Fall 2018: September 19 – June 14, 2019
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.
Language Proficiency Requirement:
- TOEFL paper-based: 550
- TOEFL iBT: 80
- TOEIC: 760
- IELTS: 6.5
- Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency Exams: Pass
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.
- If you have pursued graduate-level coursework or degrees, you must include those transcripts as well.
- One to two years of full-time, post-university, professional work experience. Internships and part-time work are not counted towards this requirement.
- Dated and signed letter of recommendation on university 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)
- Essay: minimum of 200 words explaining your qualifications and motivations 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)
- Business Economics
- 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
- International Finance and Capital Markets
- International Trade Operations
- Global Marketing
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
- Two required courses 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)
- Two-Quarter Tuition: $11,500
- Three-Quarter Tuition: $16,000
- International Student Service Fee: $700 (2 quarters), or $1,050 (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.)