Certificate Registration and Candidacy
UC San Diego Extension offers a comprehensive description of each certificate, including a list of required courses and information about how to apply to each program.
Unless otherwise stated, you have 21 consecutive quarters (approximately five years) to complete your certificate requirements. You may take most courses without being enrolled in a certificate program; however, if you intend to work toward a certificate, you should register for the program as soon as possible. You will be held to the certificate requirements in place at the time you pay your certificate fee. If the requirements for your certificate change, you can choose to complete the certificate under the new requirements. Because program requirements are usually updated to accommodate for changing demands in a career field, you generally will not be allowed elect to complete the certificate under requirements that were discontinued prior to your registration in the program. Contact your program representative for more information.
How to Register for Your Certificate Program
You will be registered in the certificate program after you have been accepted into the program and paid your nonrefundable certificate fee.
- Log in to My Extension. If you don't have a My Extension account, select "Create an Account."
- Select your Extension certificate program.
- Click "Apply Now."
- Complete and submit your application.
- Once your application has been approved, log in to My Extension and navigate to "My Applications."
- Click "Pay Certificate Fee."
- Pay the nonrefundable $95 certificate fee.
You will receive a welcome packet containing information about your certificate in the mail within 10 business days.
How to Request Your Certificate
Request a certificate audit after you have completed all of your requirements:
- To request a certificate audit, log in to My Extension and navigate to:
- My Courses
- My Certificate Programs
- Request Certificate Audit
Your certificate will be awarded and mailed to you after all final grades are posted. Please allow three weeks to receive your certificate.
How to Order a Replacement Certificate
To replace a lost or damaged certificate, submit the Certificate Replacement Request Form, along with the $25 replacement fee (or $10 for CE certificate replacement):
See the Certificate FAQs for more information.
How to Enroll in Courses
You should enroll as soon as possible to ensure you have timely access to course materials. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, while space is available.
You can enroll online in three easy steps:
- Log in to My Extension. If you don't have a My Extension account, select "Create an Account."
- Navigate to "Browse Course Catalog" to search for courses.
- Click “Add to Cart” for the course you want to take and go to “Checkout.”
Keep an eye out for your enrollment confirmation email, which you should receive one to two business days after enrolling.
You must submit an official, written request to Student Services to drop a course. Notifying your instructor or not attending is not an official drop. Only written requests submitted directly to Student Services will be processed.
You can drop courses online in a few easy steps:
- Log in to My Extension.
- Navigate to "My Courses" and select the course you would like to drop.
- On the right side under "Tools" select "Drop Course."
- In the pop-up window that appears, select "Submit."
Or submit a written drop request:
You will receive an email confirmation within one to two business days after your drop request is processed.
Drop deadline: You can drop most courses at any time before the final class meeting (by 11:59 p.m. on the day before the scheduled end date for online courses) or before final grades are posted, whichever comes first.
Note: Concurrent enrollment courses are held to UC San Diego's deadlines.
For more information on Concurrent Enrollment policies and deadlines click here.
To avoid a negative impact on your academic record, you must drop the course before the official drop deadline. If you enroll in a course but do not attend, you will need to drop the course prior to the final class meeting. Our instructors do not have the authority to drop students who do not attend their courses.
You may file a petition for an exception to the drop policy if you are unable to continue enrollment for one of the following reasons:
- Sudden serious personal illness, injury or hospitalization
- The sudden serious illness, injury, hospitalization or death of a close member of your family
- Compulsory military service
- A documented administrative error that affected your enrollment
- Extreme and unusual circumstances which were beyond your control
Refund deadline: Refund deadlines are unique to each course. If you drop a course after the refund deadline, even if you enrolled after that date, you will not receive a refund.
See the Refund Policy for more information.
If you would like to transfer from one course to another, you must submit a request in writing. Because a transfer is considered a drop/add, you must submit the request before the published refund deadline of the course you are currently enrolled in. There are three easy ways for you to submit a written request:
Your transfer request must include:
- Your name
- Your student ID number (found on the homepage of your My Extension account)
- The section ID number and title of the course you would like to drop
- The section ID number and title of the course you would like to add
- The best phone number and email address to reach you
If the transfer results in a balance due, we will contact you for payment before processing your request. If the transfer results in a credit to your account, you will be refunded that amount per the Refund Policy.
Canceled, Waitlisted and Closed Courses
Course statuses are not always updated in real time on our website. We reserve the right to reschedule or combine courses and to change instructors, if necessary. To verify the status of a course before you enroll, please call (858) 534-3400.
Canceled: We reserve the right to either cancel courses that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements before they begin, or discontinue those courses after the first meeting. If a course is canceled for any reason, enrolled students will receive an email notification and a refund of any tuition fees. We recommend registering early to ensure that the course you want to take is not canceled due to low enrollment.
Waitlisted: If a course fills up before your enrollment is finalized, we will email you to let you know you’ve been placed on a waitlist. If a course is waitlisted before you attempt to enroll, call Student Services at (858) 534-3400 to be placed on the waitlist.
If a space becomes available in the course, you will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to enroll. You will be responsible for paying full course fees at that time. If you do not enroll by the deadline, your name will be removed from the waitlist and the space will be offered to the next person.
If a space does not become available, you will not be notified.
Closed: A course may be closed if it is no longer accepting new enrollments.
Course Repeat Policy
You may complete and earn credit for the same course through UC San Diego Extension as many times as you wish. When a course is repeated, both completions are counted toward your earned hours and grade point average. However, for most courses, only one completion can be counted toward the certificate requirements.
If you plan to repeat courses to improve your cumulative Extension GPA, you must submit a formal petition to have an original grade "forgiven". When a grade is forgiven, all courses and grades remain on your transcript, but the original grade (forgiven grade) is no longer calculated into your cumulative Extension GPA. Please note, your academic record (conduct/integrity) may be taken into consideration in determining whether an original course grade will be forgiven.
To request grade forgiveness, you must meet the below requirements and should submit a Petition for Exception to Policy form after the final grade is posted for the repeated course. Petitions must be submitted in writing. It may be faxed, emailed or mailed to our office, or submitted in person.
To submit a petition for grade forgiveness, send the completed Petition for Exception to Policy form, your personal statement regarding your reason for petition, and the required documentation:
Requirements for Grade Forgiveness:
- You have not been found responsible for violating the UC San Diego Extension Academic Integrity Policy or the UC San Diego Policy on Integrity of Scholarship
- You completed the course both times for a letter grade (all other grading options do not qualify for grade forgiveness)
- You earned a passing letter grade(C- or higher) when repeating the course
- In the repeated course, you earned either:
- A grade that is at least one full letter grade higher than the original grade, OR
- A grade that is at least high enough to fulfil the GPA requirements outlined in your petition (e.g. the GPA requirement for the program in which you are seeking admission)
Note: Although the UC San Diego Extension grade point average will not include these repeated courses, other institutions may recalculate the grade point average based on their admission or transfer policies.
Sampling and Auditing Courses
We do not allow visitors to audit courses at UC San Diego Extension. However, for in-class courses with five or more meetings, you can sample the first class meeting for free, unless the course is already filled. If the course description states “no visitors permitted” or “pre-enrollment required,” you must be officially enrolled prior to attending a class.
Sampling the first meeting of a course does not guarantee space will be available should you decide to enroll.
Enrollment for Middle and High School Students
If you are a current middle or high school student and are interested in taking courses at UC San Diego Extension, you will need to obtain written approval from your school principal or counselor. The approval must state that you have the academic readiness and maturity to do well in a college-level course.
The approval must be signed and printed on school letterhead, and must be included with your registration. If you are homeschooled, your approval needs to be signed by your contact in your local school district. We are unable to accept letters signed by your parent/guardian, even if your parent/guardian is your teacher and/or school administrator.
If you have taken community college courses, an official transcript from that college verifying coursework will be accepted in lieu of a letter from your high school or district. Your transcript must reflect a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
Submit your approval letter:
If you would like your parent/guardian to have access to view and/or update your records, you will need to complete and sign a FERPA Release form.
English Language Proficiency
English-language proficiency is essential to success in UCSD Extension courses. Many Extension courses require an advanced level of English-language proficiency as demonstrated by one of the following:
- A minimum paper-based TOEFL score of 550
- A minimum TOEFL iBT (internet-based) score of 80
- A minimum TOEIC score of 760
- A minimum IELTS score of 6.5
- A "Pass" on the Cambridge Proficiency Exam
If you are not eligible to take regular UCSD Extension courses because you do not satisfy the English language proficiency requirement, you may enroll as a full-time student at UCSD Extension's English Language Institute (ELI). For more information about UCSD Extension's English language programs, visit their website or call (858) 534-6784.
You are considered officially enrolled when you have paid course fees in full and have received your enrollment confirmation email. An enrollment verification will be available under "My Documents" in My Extension within 48 hours after you receive your enrollment confirmation email. An enrollment verification letter will only be provided for current or future courses.
To request an Enrollment/Non-Enrollment Verification letter:
Submit the Verification of Enrollment/Non-Enrollment Request Form, along with full payment:
Standard verification fee: $10 per copy. Standard orders are processed and mailed within seven business days after receipt of your request form and payment.
Rush processing: $20 per copy in addition to all other fees. Rush orders are processed within one business day after the receipt of your request form and payment. Rush orders are mailed via standard USPS mail delivery.
Email delivery: Available at no additional charge.
Faxed delivery: Domestic Number: $5 per copy in addition to all other fees. International number: $10 per copy in addition to all other fees.
Federal Express Shipping: $15 per address in addition to all other fees.
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