What is LAUNCH?


The LAUNCH program covers the cost* of one certificate program for full-time UCSD students who want to ensure their first step into the workplace puts them on the right path to career success.

Why get a certificate from UC San Diego Extension?

  • Get a jump on preparing for some of today's most promising jobs 
  • Gain practical knowledge from experts in the field
  • Network and learn side-by-side with working professionals
  • Document evidence of additional, focused study
  • Stand out as a more competitive job candidate


Certificates not eligible for LAUNCH: Advanced Studies in Regulatory Science, Biotechnology Project Management, Brewing, Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training, College Counseling, Emergency Department Nursing, Gifted and Talented Education, Global Health and Policy, Leadership and Teamwork, Medical Writing, and Reading Instruction.

Upcoming Application Dates:
Quarter Quarter Dates Application Dates
FALL 2019 September 23, 2019 - December 14, 2019 Application period closed.
WINTER 2020 January 6, 2020 - March 31, 2020 October 21, 2019 - October 25, 2019
SPRING 2020 March 30, 2020 - June 12, 2020 January 27, 2020 - January 31, 2020
June 22, 2020 - September 12, 2020 April 20, 2020 - April 24, 2020


To apply, must be:

  1. A current Junior or Senior at UCSD
  2. Interested in entering the workforce after graduation
  3. Able to complete the certificate program a quarter after you graduate from UCSD

Next steps:

  1. Apply within dates listed above
  2. Application will be reviewed and students will be selected for in-person interviews
  3. Qualified students will be notified and offered a conditional acceptance with instructions on how to finalize their LAUNCH status

*LAUNCH students are responsible for $95 certificate application fee, textbooks, and any lab/materials fees

Questions? Email us at launch@ucsd.edu for more information.