There’s a point in every person’s career when they realize they want to changes jobs or move up the organizational ladder, but maybe they’re not quite sure how to make it happen. Should it involve going back to school full time? Will it require a degree? And how can it be done without having to spend (or go into debt for) tens of thousands of dollars?
Enter UC San Diego Extension’s certificate programs. Every program offers students an opportunity to examine a new field and demonstrate to others they have the discipline to work toward a specific goal while increasing their earning potential and marketability.
The completion of a certificate program provides:
Documentation of specific, formal study at a highly-regarded academic institution
Career-oriented, post-graduate training to complement a college or university degree
Well-developed job skills and knowledge for your current job, a promotion, or career change
Why a UC San Diego Extension Certificate?
A UC San Diego Extension certificate is a widely-respected academic credential certifying completion of a rigorous and specialized course of study that's recognized and valued by employers. Designed by industry experts and academic faculty, our cutting-edge programs meet high academic standards and provide real-world skills.
Here's how to we take an idea and develop it into a high-quality, high-value certificate program:
We offer two types of certificate programs: Professional and Specialized. Professional programs consist of a minimum of 20 units of approved continuing education credit (200 classroom instruction hours). Specialized programs consist of a minimum of 9 units of approved continuing education credit (90 classroom instruction hours).
Curious about what we have to offer? Take a look at our list of programs to see if there's a one that's right for you.
Four Steps to Earn Your Certificate
Review the Certificate Course Matrix (i.e. class schedule) and apply for the certificate program of your choice (click the Apply Now button on the specific certificate page you are interested in). Make sure to fill it out completely!
Receive your program approval via email and enroll in course(s) listed on the Certificate Course Matrix.
Complete all required courses and your chosen electives with a grade of C- or better, within five years.
Submit your Notice of Completion online, or by mail to the address specified above.
Have questions about our programs? Feel free to search our website or contact Student Services with your questions. We are happy to help you!