Certificate Programs at the University of California Los Angeles

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS AT UCLA EXTENSION

Take a Certificate Program at the Extension of the University of California Los Angeles in 2021 or 2022.

UCLA Extension offers more than 50 full-time diploma programs for international students. Most of the programs have a duration between nine months and one year. At the end of the program, students qualify for a one-year working permit in the U.S., called Optional Practical Training (OPT).

On this page, you will find information and a complete guide about: dates, prices, costs, a list of the programs available, how to apply, visas, reviews, comments, housing, and more. Diploma Programs related to business and entertainment are the most popular Certificate programs among international students. We can find programs as General Business, Marketing, Finance, Project Management, Acting, Cinematography, and Directing in these categories.

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Students from the Business Certificate Program at UCLA Extension

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AT UCLA EXTENSION

Advanced your career at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), part of the world-famous California University system.

Business diploma programs at the University of California Los Angeles

MORE THAN 50 CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE AT UCLA EXTENSION

UCLA has a wide variety of certificate programs in Business and Management, Entertainment, Engineering, Technology, and other fields.

International students from the Certificate Programs walking on UCLA campus

ENHANCE YOUR CAREER IN A GREAT CITY SUCH AS LOS ÁNGELES, CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles is a beautiful city for those who want to improve their career since they can meet people from all over the world, network with fellow professionals, and work in outstanding companies.

TOP 10 REASONS TO TAKE A CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AT THE EXTENSION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

This institution is one of the most popular destinations for international students
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A WIDE VARIETY OF CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS AT UCLA EXTENSION

At the Extension of the University of California Los Angeles, you can study a wide selection of programs in Business and Management, Entertainment, Engineering, Technology, and other fields.

2

PROGRAMS DESIGNED WITH THE HIGHEST STANDARDS

UCLA's curriculum and programs were prepared following some of the best standards for higher education so that you can be sure of their quality.

3

IMPROVE YOUR CV IN A WORLD-FAMOUS INSTITUTION

The University of California Los Angeles is part of the outstanding University of California system and is considered one of the world's best schools.

4

STUDY IN A DIVERSE AND MULTICULTURAL ENVIRONMENT

The students at UCLA Extension come from all over the world, so you can make new friends, meet future spouses, and network with fellow professionals from other countries and cultures.

5

WORKING PERMIT AFTER A CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AT UCLA EXTENSION

Many programs include internships and the possibility of Optional Practical Training (OPT) with a year of paid work experience.

6

EXPERIENCE THE WONDERFUL CAMPUS OF UCLA

Located in one of the safest and most attractive parts of Los Angeles, California, near Bel Air and Beverly Hills, UCLA has a great campus and excellent sports and recreation facilities.

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LEARN FROM OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTORS

The teachers at UCLA are industry experts who provide practical perspectives on each field of study's day-to-day realities.

8

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

Networking with instructors and classmates with similar professional interests helps you find internships and business opportunities.

9

FANTASTIC EXTRACURRICULAR COURSES AT UCLA

For a small additional fee, you can take courses in fitness, dance, martial arts, tennis, swimming, etc. These classes are a fantastic opportunity to acquire new skills and meet other UCLA students with similar interests.

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ENJOY LIVING AND STUDYING IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Experiencing Los Angeles, studying at UCLA Extension, and learning about American culture will enhance your career and help you improve your English.

UCLA EXTENSION

UCLA Extension is a part of the UCLA Division of Continuing Education. With more than 40,000 participants per year, UCLA Extension is the largest single-campus continuing education program in the world. UCLA Extension does not offer degree programs; however, it provides a wide variety of university-level, credit-bearing courses and many other courses and programs for students and professionals. Our student body includes nearly 3,000 international students and professionals per year.

Many professionals who have university degrees enroll in UCLA Extension courses and programs to update their knowledge in engineering, computer science, business and management, health sciences, and teacher education.

What is a Certificate Program?

Certificate programs, which some universities call "diploma programs", consist of a sequence of courses related to a specialized field or topic such as General Business Studies, Filmmaking, Marketing, Graphic Design, Project Management, Sustainability, and Journalism. Each program was designed to help you achieve a specific level of competency. Each program requires a minimum of 140 hours of coursework as mandated by the University of California system and meets guidelines developed by the University of California's Academic Senate. Certificate programs are not degree programs; however, many Americans who have bachelor's and master's degrees enroll in certificate programs to advance or change their careers. A certificate program is a sequence of courses within a specialized field leading to attaining a specified set of competencies or learning objectives.

UCLA certificate programs are demanding and designed for native speakers of English. International participants must be serious, mature, highly motivated, and able to manage their time effectively. You should be prepared to spend many hours outside of the classroom working on individual and group assignments.

UCLA Extension international student receiving diploma

Certificate of Completion

A University gold-seal certificate document signed by the Dean of UCLA Extension is issued upon successfully completing a certificate program.

UCLA ID for international students of the Certificate Program

Student ID

Students can get the UCLA Recreation ID card. This card will permit you to use a variety of recreational facilities on the UCLA campus.

UCLA OPT working permit

Working permit (OPT)

Many programs include internships and the possibility of Optional Practical Training (OPT) with a year of paid work experience.

UCLA Extension cheap diploma programs

Reasonably-Priced Programs

Compared to other programs, UCLA Extension certificates offer great value at reasonable prices. Plus, you can pay for your courses quarter by quarter instead of paying for everything in advance.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

UCLA EXTENSION

UCLA Extension offers more than 50 Full-time Certificate programs for international students

Professional diploma programs in the following fields of study
Full-Time Programs

Business and Management Certificates

  • Accounting
  • Business and Management of Entertainment
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Finance
  • General Business Studies
  • General Business Studies with Concentration in Accounting
  • General Business Studies with Concentration in Advertising
  • General Business Studies with Concentration in Entrepreneurship
  • General Business Studies with Concentration in Finance
  • General Business Studies with Concentration in Human Resources Management
  • General Business Studies with Concentration in International Trade and Commerce
  • General Business Studies with Concentration in Leadership
  • General Business Studies with Concentration in Marketing
  • General Business Studies with Concentration in Personal Financial Planning
  • General Business Studies with Concentration in Real Estate
  • General Business Studies with Concentration in Taxation
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Trade and Commerce
  • International Trade and Commerce with Concentration in Financial Management
  • International Trade and Commerce with Concentration in Global Business Management
  • International Trade and Commerce with Concentration in Import/Export Operations
  • Marketing
  • Marketing with Concentration in Digital Marketing
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Pre-MBA Studies
Full-Time Programs

Entertainment Certificates

  • Acting
  • Business and Management of Entertainment
  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Entertainment Studies
  • Film Scoring
  • Film & TV Development
  • Independent Music Production
  • Music Business
  • Producing
  • Screenwriting Film and TV Comprehensive
Full-Time Programs

Engineering and Technology Certificates

  • Construction Management
  • Project Management
  • Applications Programming
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Science
  • Sustainability
  • Systems Analysis
Full-Time Programs

Other Certificates

  • Design Communication Arts
  • Interior Design: Foundation Level
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Journalism
  • Pre-Medical and General Science Studies
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Fitness Instruction

BUSINESS CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS AT UCLA EXTENSION

The Business, Management and Legal Programs Department (BMLP) at UCLA Extension has become an internationally recognized, premiere continuing education provider for professional development.

BMLP offers 400 professional courses and over 55 certificate programs designed to meet the needs of business, legal, non-profit, and public service professionals at all levels, including those who want to update their skills, change careers or prepare for industry certifications or exams. The programs were designed to provide flexible enrollment options for students to initiate their professional development anytime during the year. The expert program directors and career counselors are available to help you build a coursework plan customized to your needs and schedule.

Click below to view more information on each certificate program in the business field:

ACCOUNTING
Equip yourself with a thorough understanding of accounting standards and principles while also preparing for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • A thorough understanding of accounting standards and principles
  • Financial accounting, federal income taxation, and internal auditing
  • Coursework relevant to the CPA Examination and CMA, CIA, and CFA certifications
  • How to make proper ethical decisions as an accountant
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Internal Auditing
  • Financial Auditing
  • Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice A
  • Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice B
  • Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice C
  • Advanced Accounting Theory and Practice A
  • Advanced Accounting Theory and Practice B
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Ethics in Accounting

*Courses are subject to change

BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT OF ENTERTAINMENT
From film industry principles to the legal and financial aspects of entertainment, this certificate provides a thorough understanding of the entertainment business.
Entry Quarters: Fall & Spring
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Entertainment business and legal affairs
  • Film industry foundations, including pre-production, production, and post-production
  • Entertainment-focused finance and accounting
  • Individuals interested in filmmaking
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Marketing Entertainment: Strategies for the Global Marketplace
  • Legal Primer for the Entertainment Business
  • The Business of Entertainment
  • Entertainment Financing: From First $ to Distribution of Profits
  • Post-Production for Film and Television
  • Pre-Production and Production for Film and Television
Courses Electives

Students must complete 3 electives (12 units) from courses in Business and Management of Entertainment, Producing, or Film and TV Development. There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Building Your Career in Traditional, New, and Future/Emerging Media
  • The Art of Line Producing
  • Documentary Filmmaking Workshop
  • Movie Magic Budgeting
  • Television Development: From Idea to Small Screen
  • Developing Your Short Film
  • Marketing and Distributing Independent Films Across All Platforms
  • Film and Television Internship
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS
Acquire the financial, economic, and organizational skills required for success in a business environment. This certificate can be completed online or in the classroom.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Principles of economics, accounting and finance
  • An understanding of the legal system and how it impacts business
  • Marketing methods and practices
  • Entrepreneurship
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Applying Economics to Business Decisions
  • Applied Managerial Finance
  • Marketing Principles and Practices
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Financial Accounting II
  • Business Law: Fundamentals
  • Business Ethics
Courses Electives

Students must complete 3 electives (12 units). There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Fundamentals of Business Administration and Management
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation
  • Introduction to International Business
  • Advertising Principles and Practices
  • Business Communications
  • Fundamentals of Investing
  • Elements of Human Resources Management
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

FINANCE
Learn core aspects of financial theory and practice. This certificate helps prepare students to meet the market demand for qualified financial professionals.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Cultivate an improved understanding of corporate finance, financial forecasting, and capital structures
  • Gain expertise in areas such as investment analysis, portfolio management, and capital markets
  • Understand how banks and other financial institutions operate in a globalized world
  • Learn balance sheet and income statement analysis, ratio analysis, and cash flow analysis
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Investing
  • Money, Banking, and the Financial Markets
  • Applied Managerial Finance
  • Advanced Applications of Managerial Finance
  • Ethics in Finance
Courses Electives

Students must complete 4 electives (16 units). There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Real Estate Finance
  • International Finance
  • Global Currency Management
  • Writing and Presenting a Credit Analysis
  • Managing a Loan Portfolio
  • The Science and Art of Investing
  • Fundamentals of Corporate Budgeting
  • Business Acquisitions: Strategy and Finance
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

GENERAL BUSINESS STUDIES
This highly flexible and customizable program provides the professional opportunity to build basic, essential skills to start a career in business, or to refine business acumen to boost success in a range of business fields.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
The General Business Studies program curriculum consists of 36 units of elective coursework in the business management discipline (MGMT X 1-199 and 400-499)*, and one required ethics course.
Courses are typically four units each, but can vary. An average student may take a total of nine courses, plus one required ethics course/seminar, to complete this program.
Program Features
  • You decide which business courses best fits your needs. You can choose any business course available in fields as marketing, management, entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, etc.
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Business Ethics
Courses Electives

Students must complete 9 electives (36 units). There are more than 100 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Applying Economics to Business Decisions
  • Digital Marketing
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation
  • Human Resources Management
  • Leadership Communication Strategies
  • Advertising in the Digital Age
  • Business Communications
  • Digital Analytics
  • Global Business Skills: Planning and Negotiating Strategies
  • PR and Branding in Practice: Putting It All Together
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

GENERAL BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN ACCOUNTING
This program provides the foundational skills necessary for a career in accounting
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Great for current accounting professionals seeking new skills
  • How to manage a business to ensure its success
  • Data-management technology
  • Ethics principles that apply to accounting professionals
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Business Ethics
Courses Electives

Candidates must complete 36 units of coursework within the academic discipline of Management. A minimum of 4 courses (16 units) must be in Accounting. The remaining 5 courses can be any management courses of your choice. There are more than 100 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Accounting Practice and Process
  • Accounting for Non-Accountants
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Human Resources Management
  • Leadership Communication Strategies
  • Business Communications
  • Digital Analytics
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

GENERAL BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN ADVERTISING
Gain essential skills in advertising. This multicourse certificate provides an overview of business and management principles, with a core specialization in advertising and marketing.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Great for professionals in the advertising field looking to enhance knowledge and skills in their field
  • Best practices for managing customer relationships
  • Effective business communication skills & techniques
  • Great for those who are looking to build on their marketing knowledge with a focus on advertising
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Ethics in Marketing and Advertising
Courses Electives

Candidates must complete 36 units of coursework within the academic discipline of Management. A minimum of 4 courses (16 units) must be in advertising. The remaining 5 courses can be any management courses of your choice. There are more than 100 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Predictive Analytics for Marketing
  • Writing for Marketing and Advertising
  • Advertising in the Digital Age
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Developing an Advertising Campaign
  • Leadership Communication Strategies
  • Business Communications
  • Digital Analytics
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

GENERAL BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
This multicourse certificate teaches advertising, marketing, promotion, and a range of management principles that are essential to any existing or prospective entrepreneur.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • A broad range of business and entrepreneurship electives
  • Methods for developing key business-management skills
  • Important entrepreneurial practices
  • How to build a foundation for a developing business
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Business Ethics
Courses Electives

Candidates must complete 36 units of coursework within the academic discipline of Management. A minimum of 4 courses (16 units) must be in entrepreneurship. The remaining 5 courses can be any management courses of your choice. There are more than 100 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation
  • Creating a New Business
  • Marketing and Sales Strategies for Entrepreneurial Business
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Establishing a Successful Business
  • Leadership Communication Strategies
  • Business Communications
  • Digital Analytics
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

GENERAL BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN FINANCE
Learn the corporate finance, financial analysis, and banking skills required for a career in the business world.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Advanced corporate finance topics
  • How banks and other financial institutions operate in a globalized world
  • The methods and sources of financing for corporations
  • The mechanics of financial statement analysis
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Business Ethics
Courses Electives

Candidates must complete 36 units of coursework within the academic discipline of Management. A minimum of 4 courses (16 units) must be in finance. The remaining 5 courses can be any management courses of your choice. There are more than 100 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • International Finance
  • Business acquisitions: Strategy and Finance
  • Money, Banking, and the Financial Markets
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Human Resources Management
  • Leadership Communication Strategies
  • Business Communications
  • Digital Analytics
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

GENERAL BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Gain the foundation for a successful career in HR. Develop the valuable management skills necessary to advance in your career in human resources.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • The foundations of human resources management
  • Employee relations and legal issues
  • Designing and administering compensation and benefits programs
  • Talent acquisition strategies
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 100, IETLS 7, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Ethics for Human Resources Professionals
Courses Electives

Candidates must complete 36 units of coursework within the academic discipline of Management. A minimum of 4 courses (16 units) must be in human resources. The remaining 5 courses can be any management courses of your choice. There are more than 100 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Human Resources Development
  • Organizational Communication
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Human Resources Management
  • Leadership Communication Strategies
  • Business Communications
  • Digital Analytics
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

GENERAL BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND COMMERCE
This multicourse certificate provides necessary skills to understand and succeed in international commerce and business.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • How to apply knowledge from various fields within the discipline of management to challenges in international trade
  • How to analyze the most cost-effective and efficient means of transporting goods internationally
  • Fundamental issues involved in the management of international and multinational corporations
  • How to manage ethical considerations in international trade and commerce
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Business Ethics
Courses Electives

Candidates must complete 36 units of coursework within the academic discipline of Management. A minimum of 4 courses (16 units) must be in international trade and commerce courses. The remaining 5 courses can be any management courses of your choice. There are more than 100 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Introduction to International Business
  • International Business Management
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Import Operations and Techniques
  • Human Resources Management
  • Leadership Communication Strategies
  • Business Communications
  • Digital Analytics
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

GENERAL BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN LEADERSHIP
This multicourse certificate gives the business student and those interested in the fundamentals of leadership the tools necessary to become effective managers.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • How the management of people and resources can help leaders/managers reach organizational goals
  • Strategies and principles for leading and motivating employees
  • How to coordinate high-performance teams as a manager/leader
  • Communication strategies of leadership
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Organizational Communication
  • Leadership Communication Strategies
  • Management Theory, Policy, and Process
  • Creating Quality Leadership
  • Leading and Motivating Employees
  • Creating High-Performance Teams
  • Business Ethics
Courses Electives

Students must complete 6 electives (24 units) from courses within the academic discipline of Management. There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Project Quality and Leadership
  • Fundamentals of Project Management
  • Managing Change in Organizations
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Human Resources Management
  • Leadership Communication Strategies
  • Business Communications
  • Digital Analytics
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

GENERAL BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN MARKETING
This multicourse certificate gives students interested in a marketing career, or current marketing professionals, the skills to launch or advance a career in the fields of public and media relations.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Great for working marketing professionals looking for career advancement
  • Great for marketing managers who want or are required to obtain further certification
  • How social media fits into an integrated marketing strategy
  • Tricks of the trade when working with print, broadcast, and digital media outlets
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Ethics in Marketing and Advertising
Courses Electives

Candidates must complete 36 units of coursework within the academic discipline of Management. A minimum of 4 courses (16 units) must be in Marketing. The remaining 5 courses can be any management courses of your choice. There are more than 100 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Special Topics in Digital Marketing
  • Predictive Analytics for Marketing
  • Advertising in the Digital Age
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Human Resources Management
  • Leadership Communication Strategies
  • Business Communications
  • Digital Analytics
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

GENERAL BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING
Get the skills required for financial planning, investment analysis, and portfolio management. The certificate can be completed online or in the classroom.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Principles of investment analysis, portfolio management, and capital markets
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods used to make financial-planning decisions
  • Great for those in related fields, such as bankers, accountants, trust officers, and attorneys, who want to deepen their skills in personal financial planning
  • Great for individuals seeking advancement and updated skills in personal finance management
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Business Ethics
Courses Electives

Candidates must complete 36 units of coursework within the academic discipline of Management. A minimum of 4 courses (16 units) must be in financial planning. The remaining 5 courses can be any management courses of your choice. There are more than 100 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Financial Plan Development and Presentation Course
  • Estate Planning
  • Investments in Personal Financial Planning
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Human Resources Management
  • Leadership Communication Strategies
  • Business Communications
  • Digital Analytics
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

GENERAL BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN REAL ESTATE
This multicourse certificate helps those looking for a career in real estate learn valuable negotiation, valuation, business and marketing skills.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Great for professionals in related fields looking to make a career transition to real estate
  • Great for individuals who are in the real estate field who wish to start and run their own businesses
  • Handling real estate transactions, from listing to closing
  • Day-to-day aspects of owning and operating a real estate or brokerage practice
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Business Ethics
Courses Electives

Candidates must complete 36 units of coursework within the academic discipline of Management. A minimum of 4 courses (16 units) must be in real estate. The remaining 5 courses can be any management courses of your choice. There are more than 100 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Real Estate Development, Construction, and Management
  • Commercial Real Estate Leasing: Contracts and Administration
  • Residential Property Management
  • Real Estate Principles
  • Human Resources Management
  • Leadership Communication Strategies
  • Business Communications
  • Digital Analytics
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

GENERAL BUSINESS STUDIES WITH CONCENTRATION IN TAXATION
Explore the fundamentals of taxation and finance, learning key business skills and management strategies.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Business management principles
  • Current trends, practices, and technology
  • Great for Entrepreneurs and business managers who want a greater understanding of how taxation impacts business
  • Taxation principles
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Business Ethics
Courses Electives

Candidates must complete 36 units of coursework within the academic discipline of Management. A minimum of 4 courses (16 units) must be in taxation. The remaining 5 courses can be any management courses of your choice. There are more than 100 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • International Taxation
  • Taxation of Property Transactions
  • Payroll Tax and Accounting
  • Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
  • Human Resources Management
  • Leadership Communication Strategies
  • Business Communications
  • Digital Analytics
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Help your HR career flourish. Explore current, comprehensive, and practical responsibilities of a human resources generalist.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • The fundamentals of human resources management
  • Design and administer compensations and benefits
  • Design and structure a human resources department and recruit talent
  • Employee relations and the legal aspects of HRM
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 100, IETLS 7, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Human Resources Development
  • Elements of Human Resources Management
  • Financial Aspects of Human Resources Management
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Compensation Programs: Administration and Design
  • Benefits Programs: Administration and Design
  • Employee Relations and Legal Aspects of Human Resources Management
  • Ethics for Human Resources Professionals
Courses Electives

Students must complete 2 electives (8 units). New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Organizational Communication
  • Advanced Human Resources Management
  • Cross-Cultural Communication and Management in a Global Workforce
  • Managing Change in Organizations
  • Fundamentals of Business Administration and Management
  • Crisis Management and Communications: Safeguarding Image and Viability
  • Strategic Human Resources Management
  • Human Capital Management
  • Internship in Human Resources Management
  • International Human Resources Management

*Courses are subject to change

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND COMMERCE
Learn the business, economic, and political forces dominating the burgeoning international marketplace.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Great for individuals with a personal interest in international trade and commerce
  • The fundamentals of international trade
  • The fundamentals of international trade
  • How to plan, work, and negotiate in the global marketplace
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Introduction to International Business
  • Fundamentals of International Trade
  • International Business Policies and Strategies
  • Global Business Skills: Planning and Negotiating Strategies
  • International Business Management
  • Business Ethics
Courses Electives

Students must complete 4 electives (16 units). There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Import Operations and Techniques
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Doing Business in the U.S.
  • Doing Business in Latin America
  • Doing Business in China
  • Export Documentation, Traffic, and Banking
  • Global Currency Management
  • International Investing
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND COMMERCE WITH CONCENTRATION IN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Learn international financial management, as well as the economic and political forces of the international marketplace.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Great for Individuals with a personal interest in international financial management
  • International business management, policies, and strategy
  • Fundamentals of international accounting, taxation, banking, and global currency management
  • How to do business in the U.S., Latin America and China
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Introduction to International Business
  • Fundamentals of International Trade
  • International Business Policies and Strategies
  • Global Business Skills: Planning and Negotiating Strategies
  • International Business Management
  • Business Ethics
Courses Electives

Students must complete 4 electives (16 units). New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • International Finance
  • Internship in International Trade and Commerce
  • Doing Business in Latin America
  • Global Currency Management
  • Doing Business in China
  • International Accounting
  • International Taxation
  • Money, Banking, and the Financial Markets
  • Applied Managerial Finance

*Courses are subject to change

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND COMMERCE WITH CONCENTRATION IN GLOBAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Explore the business, economic, and political forces dominating the burgeoning international marketplace and specialize in the field of global business management.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Great for those whose profession requires them to take courses focused on global business management
  • Global business skills, including planning and negotiating strategies
  • International human resources, business law, and statistics
  • Global advertising principles, marketing, and strategy
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Introduction to International Business
  • Fundamentals of International Trade
  • International Business Policies and Strategies
  • Global Business Skills: Planning and Negotiating Strategies
  • International Business Management
  • Business Ethics
Courses Electives

Students must complete 4 electives (16 units). New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Global Business Practices in Sustainability
  • Leadership Communication Strategies
  • Global Marketing and Strategy
  • Doing Business in the U.S.
  • Doing Business in Latin America
  • Doing Business in China
  • Advertising Principles and Practices
  • Business Statistics
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND COMMERCE WITH CONCENTRATION IN IMPORT/EXPORT OPERATIONS
Explore the business, economic, and political forces dominating the burgeoning international marketplace and specialize in the field of import/export operations.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Global business skills including planning and negotiating strategies
  • Export documentation, traffic, law, and banking
  • Import operations and techniques
  • Global supply chain management
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Introduction to International Business
  • Fundamentals of International Trade
  • International Business Policies and Strategies
  • Global Business Skills: Planning and Negotiating Strategies
  • International Business Management
  • Business Ethics
Courses Electives

Students must complete 4 electives (16 units). New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Establishing a Successful Business
  • Export Documentation, Traffic, and Banking
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Import Operations and Techniquese
  • Law in International Business
  • Internship in International Trade and Commerce
  • Doing Business in the U.S.
  • Doing Business in Latin America
  • Doing Business in China

*Courses are subject to change

MARKETING
Get the skills necessary to succeed in the dynamic and competitive field of marketing. This certificate can be completed online or in the classroom.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 2 Quarters (6 months aprox.), *option to extend it to 3 quarters for the OPT
Program Features
  • Marketing principles and practices
  • Consumer market research and analytics
  • Digital and social media marketing
  • Brand management and integrated marketing communications
  • If you take an additional quarter (3 quarters), at the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Consumer Market Research
  • Digital Marketing
  • Brand Management
  • Marketing Principles and Practices
Courses Electives

Students must complete 1 elective (4 units). Students must complete one of the courses listed below:

  • Strategic Marketing
  • Internship in Marketing and Advertising

*Courses are subject to change

MARKETING WITH CONCENTRATION IN DIGITAL MARKETING
Digital marketing can be a powerful tool. Learn to harness the power of digital marketing by building a comprehensive foundation and a thorough grounding in all facets of digital marketing.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Digital analytics
  • Digital and social media marketing
  • Influencer marketing and content strategy
  • Advertising in the digital age
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Consumer Market Research
  • Digital Marketing
  • Brand Management
  • Marketing Principles and Practices
  • Ethics in Marketing and Advertising
Courses Electives

Students must complete 3 electives (12 units). New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Digital Analytics
  • Search Engine Optimization for Marketing
  • Marketing with Google Ads
  • Advertising in the Digital Age
  • Influencer Marketing: Employing Influencers
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Personal Branding and Becoming an Influencer
  • Predictive Analytics for Marketing
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING
Fully prepare for CFP Certification while also learning relevant trends and practices in the financial planning field.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Fundamentals and financial analysis in personal financial planning
  • Investments, insurance and retirement planning
  • Ethics in personal financial planning
  • Estate planning and risk management
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 87, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Survey of Personal Financial Planning
  • Financial Analysis in Personal Financial Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Retirement Plans and Other Employee Benefitse
  • Investments in Personal Financial Planning
  • Income Taxation in Personal Financial Planning
  • Insurance in Personal Financial Planning
  • Personal Financial Planning Capstone
  • Ethics in Personal Financial Planning

*Courses are subject to change

PRE-MBA STUDIES
Develop the knowledge and skills to excel at a top MBA program

The UCLA Extension Pre-MBA Studies certificate program provides aspiring MBA students a solid foundation of business tools, concepts, and practices that are an essential part of most Master of Business Administration programs.

Gain a competitive advantage through an integrated curriculum that will lay the foundation for future studies. Strengthen your strategic, critical thinking, and business communication skills. Feel confident and fully prepared to enter grad school.

Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 2 Quarters (6 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Great for individuals whose goal is to attend a top-tier MBA program in the U.S.
  • Great for students who completed an undergraduate degree in a non-business field
  • Great for those needing to complete additional coursework to meet MBA prerequisites
  • Great for students who want to be best-prepared for the MBA application process
  • Gain a competitive advantage through an integrated curriculum that will lay the foundation for future studies.
  • Strengthen your strategic, critical thinking, and business communication skills.
  • Get the support you need to ace the competitive admissions process. Students receive advising on university selection and graduate school application preparation.
  • The Pre-MBA program does not apply for the OPT
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • All applicants must have an undergraduate degree
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Letter of recomendation

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Applying Economics to Business Decisions
  • Mathematical Solutions for Businesses
  • Marketing Principles and Practice
  • Applied Managerial Finance
  • Strategic Thinking: Tools, Processes and Cases

*Courses are subject to change

ENTERTAINMENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS AT UCLA EXTENSION

Los Angeles is well-known for Hollywood and the entertainment industry. All of the Entertainment Certificates offer a broad overview of the industry, as well as specialized skills, training, and the contacts you need for success.

Located in the entertainment industry's epicenter, Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts at UCLA Extension provides dynamic professional training in the art and business of entertainment. Each year, UCLA Extension offers over 250 individual courses and ten specialized certificate programs in acting, directing, producing, cinematography, development, business and management of entertainment, music business, independent music production, and film scoring. The courses were designed for people who want a real-world education combined with the integrity and quality of a curriculum approved by the UCLA Academic Senate. In addition to extensive networking and internship opportunities and the instructors' deep industry experience, UCLA Extension can respond quickly to changes in technology and the marketplace to keep students on the crest of what's current.

The Entertainment Studies program offers internship opportunities in Film and Television and the Music industry. UCLA Extension brings students and entertainment companies together, moving students toward successful entertainment careers. Students earn academic credit, and entertainment companies gain access to a well-trained student population taught at UCLA Extension by working professionals from the Los Angeles entertainment community.

UCLA Extension believes that students don't need expensive equipment and tools to create high-quality projects. Under the guidance of instructors who are also industry professionals, students learn to create, produce, and promote their entertainment projects—be it a movie, webisode, or record—using their own equipment. Using your equipment helps keep program costs low while fostering the creativity and resourcefulness needed to succeed in today's entertainment industry.

Oscar-winner - writer/director, Tsotsi (Best Foreign Language Film 2005)

UCLA Extension Oscar winner

UCLA Extension gave me the confidence to go out and build a film career. It was a great environment where you learned not only from the lecturers—people who worked in film— but also from the people in your class, because of the experience they had in other fields. Whenever I feel insecure, I have, and will, go back and take another course... There’s something very exciting about feeling that an institution that gave you the confidence to go out into the world and make films is inviting you back when you’ve been able to go and implement what you have learned. I feel proud and excited and thankful to UCLA Extension for welcoming me back.

GAVIN HOODSouth Africa

Click below to view more information on each certificate program in the Entertainment field:

ACTING
The Acting Certificate is designed for those who want to pursue an acting career in film, television, commercials and digital media. After taking foundation courses, students hone their performance, auditioning, and improvisation skills under the guidance of acting professionals.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 4 Quarters (12 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • How to perform naturally in front of the camera individually and as part of an ensemble
  • Improvisation, voice, and movement techniques developed by established acting teachers
  • Develop on-camera techniques in scene study using scripts from TV series, sitcoms, and films
  • Career strategies to help generate audition opportunities, and skills that can increase your ability to book the job
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Improvisation Techniques for the Actor: A Course in Spontaneity
  • Voice and Movement for the Screen Actor
  • The Working Actor: Get the Audition, Book the Job
  • Acting Techniques: The Fundamentals
  • Acting for the Camera I
  • Acting for the Camera II
  • Delivering Memorable Auditions for Film and Television: A Workshop for Actors in Cold Reading and Interview Techniques
  • Pre-Production and Production for Film and Television
  • Post-Production for Film and Television
Workshops

Select 1 workshop course from the list below.

  • Inside Stanislavski: Applications for the Screen Actor
  • Acting Workshop: The Meisner Technique
Courses Electives

Students must complete 2 electives (8 units). There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • The Actor's Tool Box: Creating Emotional Truth
  • Playing the American: An Acting and Accent-Reduction Workshop
  • Directing Actors for the Screen
  • Making Your First Short Film
  • Producing Documentaries
  • The Art and Craft of Film Editing
  • Pursuing a Career in Voice Overs
  • Performing in TV Commercials: Practices and Opportunities in the Field
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT OF ENTERTAINMENT
From film industry principles to the legal and financial aspects of entertainment, this certificate provides a thorough understanding of the entertainment business.
Entry Quarters: Fall & Spring
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Entertainment business and legal affairs
  • Film industry foundations, including pre-production, production, and post-production
  • Entertainment-focused finance and accounting
  • Individuals interested in filmmaking
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Marketing Entertainment: Strategies for the Global Marketplace
  • Legal Primer for the Entertainment Business
  • The Business of Entertainment
  • Entertainment Financing: From First $ to Distribution of Profits
  • Post-Production for Film and Television
  • Pre-Production and Production for Film and Television
Courses Electives

Students must complete 3 electives (12 units) from courses in Business and Management of Entertainment, Producing, or Film and TV Development. There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Building Your Career in Traditional, New, and Future/Emerging Media
  • The Art of Line Producing
  • Documentary Filmmaking Workshop
  • Movie Magic Budgeting
  • Television Development: From Idea to Small Screen
  • Developing Your Short Film
  • Marketing and Distributing Independent Films Across All Platforms
  • Film and Television Internship
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Develop essential tools for working as a cinematographer. This program will provide a thorough understanding of current cinematography and camera techniques.
Entry Quarters: Fall & Spring
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Fundamental principles of cinematography
  • Utilizing lighting, composition, camera movement, and other tools to effectively tell a visual story
  • Understanding digital camera formats and selecting the right one for your project
  • Adapting to different film genres and developing a personal aesthetic and visual style
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Improvisation Techniques for the Actor: A Course in Spontaneity
  • Pre-Production and Production for Film and Television
  • Introduction to Cinematography
  • Visualization and Exposure
  • The Craft of the Cinematographer
  • Lighting for Emotional Impact
  • The Role of the Digital Imaging Technician in Cinematography
  • Becoming Camera-Savvy: A Workshop for Today's Filmmakers
Courses Electives

Students must complete 1 elective (4 units). There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Voice and Movement for the Screen Actor
  • Television Development: From Idea to Small Screen
  • Introduction to Adobe Premiere
  • The Art and Craft of Film Editing
  • Building Your Career in Traditional, New, and Future/Emerging Media
  • The Art of Line Producing
  • Advanced Lighting Workshop
  • Documentary Filmmaking Workshop
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

DIRECTING
Master the art of filmmaking. This program will teach the craft of directing through producing an original short film. UCLA Extension instructors mentor students in the role of story, directing actors, and the aesthetics of filmmaking, as well as the practical responsibilities of the director in relationship to key positions on a production.
Direct your first short film! Beginning with simple exercises, students progress to directing an original short film that is screened for an invited audience.
Entry Quarters: Fall & Spring
Duration: 5 Quarters (15 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • A comprehensive understanding of the filmmaking process, including image composition and lighting, camera movements, editing, sound, budgeting, and scheduling
  • Responsibilities of the director in relationship to pre-production, production, and post-production
  • How to work with actors, and the directorial skills required for a successful artistic collaboration
  • How to combine key elements to communicate the themes, conflict, and story arcs that create compelling narrative for a visual medium
  • How to prepare a film for shooting, such as script analysis, casting, camera blocking, planning the shot list, photographing the subtext, film grammar, visual composition, the role of music, and sound effects
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • The Art and Craft of Film Editing
  • Production Sound for Directors
  • The Language of Filmmaking
  • Directing Workshop I: Composition and Movement
  • Directing Workshop II: Storytelling
  • Directing Actors for the Screen
  • Advanced Filmmaking Workshop: Production and Post-Production
  • Developing Your Short Film
  • The Craft of the Director
  • Pre-Production and Production for Film and Television
  • Post-Production for Film and Television
Courses Electives

Students must complete 1 elective (4 units). There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Feature Film Pro-Series
  • TV Pilot Essentials and the TV Business
  • Mastering Your Story by Revising the Screenplay
  • Creating Memorable Characters Through Their Core
  • Direct and Produce Reality and Documentary Television
  • Voice and Movement for the Screen Actor
  • Movie Magic Budgeting
  • Producing Documentaries
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

ENTERTAINMENT STUDIES
The Entertainment Studies Certificate is designed for those who are interested in exploring careers as filmmakers and content creators in all sectors of the industry, it is ideal for students who possess a passion for entertainment and prefer to shape their own program from a wide variety of areas, including acting, directing, and producing.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 4 Quarters (12 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Entertainment business principles
  • Pre-production, production, and post-production processes
  • Filmmaking fundamentals
  • Elements of acting, cinematography, directing, development, and producing
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • The Language of Filmmaking
  • The Business of Entertainment
  • Pre-Production and Production for Film and Television
  • Post-Production for Film and Television
  • Students must complete 1 course (4 units) from Acting field
  • Students must complete 1 course (4 units) from Cinematography field
  • Students must complete 1 course (4 units) from Directing field
  • Students must complete 1 course (4 units) from Development field
  • Students must complete 1 course (4 units) from Producing field
Courses Electives

Students must complete 3 electives (12 units). There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Voice and Movement for the Screen Actor
  • Television Development: From Idea to Small Screen
  • Introduction to Adobe Premiere
  • The Art and Craft of Film Editing
  • Building Your Career in Traditional, New, and Future/Emerging Media
  • The Art of Line Producing
  • Advanced Lighting Workshop
  • Documentary Filmmaking Workshop
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

FILM SCORING
One of the top film scoring programs in the world, our certificate program gives students the opportunity to score cues for films, television shows, and video games. Instruction emphasizes maximizing a project’s budget by composing music both electronically using MIDI and using professional union musicians.
Entry Quarters: Summer & winter
Duration: 4 Quarters (12 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • How to score cues for film, television, and video games
  • How to maximize a project's budget using MIDI, professional musicians, and other tools
  • Business principles relating to film music
  • Essential creative and technical skills for film scoring
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Ability to read music: the musical staff and clefs, notes in both treble and bass clef, notes on the piano keyboard, accidentals, rhythmic values (i.e. whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth, dotted values, etc.), simple and compound meters
  • Music Theory Fundamentals: major scales, all forms of minor scales (i.e. natural, harmonic, melodic), major and minor key signatures, the circle of fifths, intervals and interval inversions, interval qualities (i.e. perfect, major, minor, diminished, augmented), chord qualities and inversion symbols, triads (major, minor, diminished, augmented), seventh chords (i.e. dominant sevenths, half diminished, full diminished, etc.)
  • Film Scoring students must have access to a sequencing workstation in which audio can be recorded and synched to video (a sequencing workstation is software that combines audio and MIDI recording, editing, and a variety of other tools for working with music and sound on a computer).

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Recording, Mixing, and Editing Techniques for Film Composers
  • The Art and Craft of MIDI
  • Film Scoring on a Budget
  • Advanced Orchestration: Applied Techniques for the Studio and Scoring Stage
  • Score like the Masters: Contemporary Techniques
  • Instrumentation and Introduction to Orchestration
  • The Business of Film Music
  • Advanced Film Scoring Workshop
Harmony requirement

Select 1 harmony course from the list below.

  • Harmony I: Crash Course in Composing for Tonal Music
  • Harmony II: Techniques for Composing Contemporary Music
  • The Art of Counterpoint
Software requirement

Select 1 software course from the list below.

  • Introduction to Logic Pro
  • Introduction to Pro Tools
Practical requirement

Select 1 practical course from the list below.

  • Fundamentals of Conducting: From the Symphony to the Scoring Stage
  • Writing and Scoring for Strings
Courses Electives

Students must complete 1 elective (4 units). There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Composing Music for Video Games
  • Creating Commercial Sounding Masters
  • Create and Produce Your Own Music Project
  • Making Your Mark in Music: Stage Performance Secrets
  • Professional Songwriting for the Commercial Market: A Weekly Workout
  • Touring, Tour Accounting, and Merchandising
  • Do-It-Yourself Music Marketing
  • Put Your Music to Work: Composition for Commercials
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

FILM & TV DEVELOPMENT
The Film and TV Development Certificate is ideal for those interested in becoming development or acquisitions executives and creative producers in the Film and TV industry.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 4 Quarters (12 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • How to make a project attractive to potential buyers
  • The development cycle and how it affects the production of content
  • How to develop compelling stories
  • How to write coverage
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • The Language of Filmmaking
  • Introduction to Feature Film Development
  • Story Analysis for Film and Television
  • Understanding Genre: How to Develop a Hollywood Classic
  • Story Development Workshop: Crafting Your Original Story
  • The Business of Entertainment
  • Marketing and Distributing Independent Films Across All Platforms
  • Pre-Production and Production for Film and Television
  • Post-Production for Film and Television
Courses Electives

Students must complete 3 electives (12 units). There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Building Your Career in Traditional, New, and Future/Emerging Media
  • The Art of Line Producing
  • Documentary Filmmaking Workshop
  • Movie Magic Budgeting
  • Television Development: From Idea to Small Screen
  • Developing Your Short Film
  • Marketing and Distributing Independent Films Across All Platforms
  • Film and Television Internship
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

INDEPENDENT MUSIC PRODUCTION
Designed for independent artists, lyric writers, composers, and music producers, the Independent Music Production Certificate prepares students to work on the creative side of the music industry, writing, producing, and recording music in their home studio and marketing it themselves.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Writing, producing, and recording in a home studio
  • Marketing strategies and skills to promote and sell work independently
  • Independent songwriting and producing processes
  • Music business principles
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Create and Produce Your Own Music Project
  • Audio Recording Theory
  • The Record Production Process: Professional Practices
  • Do-It-Yourself Music Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship for the Indie Artist
Production Software

Select 1 production software course from the list below.

  • Introduction to Pro Tools
  • Introduction to Logic Pro
Songwriting

Select 1 workshop course from the list below.

  • Elements of Hit Songwriting
  • Crafting Great Lyrics: A Songwriting Workshop
  • Professional Songwriting for the Commercial Market: A Weekly Workout
Courses Electives

Students must complete 2 electives (8 units). There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Audio Recording Theory
  • Composing Music for Video Games
  • Music Supervision for Film and Television
  • Put Your Music to Work: Composition for Commercials
  • Composing Music for Animation
  • Advanced Film Scoring Workshop
  • Making Your Mark in Music: Stage Performance Secrets
  • Create and Produce Your Own Music Project
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

MUSIC BUSINESS
The Music Business Certificate serves both aspiring and established music industry executives, artists, producers, managers, songwriters, and publishers who desire up-to-date information on the principles of the music industry in the areas of Artists and repertoire, touring, marketing, legal issues, publishing, and artist management.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 4 Quarters (12 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Understand and apply the functions of the Artists and repertoire professional
  • Learn the key elements of music production
  • Acquire management skills for touring and artist management
  • Gain experience in marketing, publishing, and legal issues
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Making Music from Acquisition to Release
  • The Insider's Guide to Music Management
  • Legal and Practical Aspects of the Music Business
  • Touring, Tour Accounting, and Merchandising
Marketing

Select 1 marketing course from the list below.

  • Do-It-Yourself Music Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship for the Indie Artist
Publishing

Select 1 publishing course from the list below.

  • Music Publishing: Law and Business
  • Music Publishing: A Creative and Business Perspective
Production

Select 1 production course from the list below.

  • Audio Recording Theory
  • The Record Production Process: Professional Practices
Courses Electives

Students must complete 3 electives (12 units). There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Music Supervision for Film and Television
  • Put Your Music to Work: Composition for Commercials
  • Composing Music for Animation
  • Advanced Film Scoring Workshop
  • Making Your Mark in Music: Stage Performance Secrets
  • The Art and Craft of MIDI
  • Create and Produce Your Own Music Project
  • Music Industry Internship
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

PRODUCING
Taught by Hollywood professionals, our Producing Certificate gives participants an insider view of the “real world” aspects of producing, providing the essential skills and knowledge needed for both creative and physical producing. The curriculum emphasizes the role of story as well as principles of financing, marketing, and distribution.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 4 Quarters (12 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • The role of story
  • The creative producing process
  • Physical production roles and responsibilities
  • Fundamentals of financing, marketing, and distribution
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • The Art of Line Producing
  • Story Development Workshop: Crafting Your Original Story
  • The Business of Entertainment
  • Entertainment Financing: From First $ to Distribution of Profits
  • Pre-Production and Production for Film and Television
  • Post-Production for Film and Television
Marketing

Select 1 marketing course from the list below.

  • Marketing Entertainment: Strategies for the Global Marketplace
  • Marketing and Distributing Independent Films Across All Platforms
Producing

Select 1 producing course from the list below.

  • Producing Documentaries
  • Producing Commercials for All Platforms: A Practical Workshop
  • Low-Budget Filmmaking
Courses Electives

Students must complete 4 electives (16 units). There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Building Your Career in Traditional, New, and Future/Emerging Media
  • The Art of Line Producing
  • Documentary Filmmaking Workshop
  • Producing Documentaries
  • Movie Magic Budgeting
  • Television Development: From Idea to Small Screen
  • Developing Your Short Film
  • Introduction to Feature Film Development
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

SCREENWRITING FILM AND TV COMPREHENSIVE
Complete feature film and TV scripts while learning the production process of filmmaking in this comprehensive program.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 4 Quarters (12 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • How to write and revise a feature film script
  • How to write scripts for television
  • The business and operations of film studios and television writer's rooms
  • The pre-production and post-production of filmmaking
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 100, IETLS 7.0, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Pre-Production and Production for Film and Television
  • Post-Production for Film and Television
  • Writing the First Screenplay I
  • Writing the First Screenplay II
  • Writing the First Screenplay III
  • Writing the First Screenplay IV
Required

Select 1 course from the list below.

  • The Language of Filmmaking
  • The Business of Entertainment
Required

Select 4 course from the list below. Option Half-Hour or One-Hour

Half-Hour
  • Beginning Writing for the Half-Hour Spec I
  • Beginning Writing for the Half-Hour Spec II
  • Writing the Half-Hour Pilot I
  • Writing the Half-Hour Pilot II
One-Hour
  • Beginning Writing for the One-Hour Spec I
  • Beginning Writing for the One-Hour Spec II
  • Writing the One-Hour Pilot I
  • Writing the One-Hour Pilot II
Courses Electives

Students must complete 4 electives (16 units). There are more than 10 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Writing Monologues
  • Video Game Writing I
  • Writing a Low Budget Feature
  • Narrative Podcast Pilot Development Part I
  • Seasonal-Arc Structure for TV
  • Writing a Web Series Part
  • Writing the Dramedy Pilot
  • Adaptation for Screenwriters
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS AT UCLA EXTENSION

Get the tools to innovate the next big thing. Stay on top of emerging technologies and trends with our courses and certificates.

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CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
The certificate in Construction Management provides a comprehensive, up-to-date, and rigorous curriculum covering a wide array of aspects within the construction industry and the practical principles of construction management. Construction managers plan, coordinate, and oversee construction projects from start to finish.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Great for engineers and construction professionals seeking to enhance their careers with formal training in construction management
  • Build an understanding of essential construction materials and methodologies from the ground up
  • Manage construction job sites from the contractor’s point of view
  • Recognize the legal implications of contracts from customer or supplier side
  • Prepare project schedules with "Primavera" and "MS Project" applications
  • Prepare project cost estimations for material, equipment, labor, and subcontracting
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Fundamentals of Construction Management
  • Construction Technology
  • Construction Planning and Management Systems Using "Primavera"
  • Fundamentals of Construction Costs and Estimating
Courses Electives

Students must complete 4 electives (16 units). There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • The Solar Energy Solution: Harnessing Solar Power in the Home and Office
  • Principles of Structural Analysis
  • Construction Site Project Management
  • Construction Project Management Using "MS Project"
  • Reading Construction Blueprints
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
  • Sustainable Energy Management
  • Electrical Design and Construction
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Get in-depth training in project planning, execution, and control, integrating project components such as schedule, cost, quality, risk, and leadership in compliance with Project Management Institute (PMI) standards. Our curriculum benefits professionals in a wide range of disciplines, including entertainment, engineering, healthcare, IT, and many more.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 2 Quarters (6 months aprox.), *option to extend it to 3 quarters for the OPT
Program Features
  • Project management concepts, methodologies, tools, and techniques required to manage projects successfully
  • How to integrate key project management areas including scope, schedule, budget, quality, risk, and procurement
  • Practical approaches to all processes throughout the life-cycle of a project
  • Leadership skills to effectively manage project teams
  • If you take an additional quarter (3 quarters), at the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Fundamentals of Project Management
  • Project Schedule and Cost Management
  • Project Quality and Leadership
  • Project Risk and Procurement Management
  • Project Management Capstone
Courses Electives

Students must complete 1 elective (4 units). If you want to apply for the OPT, you need an extra quarter. Therefore you need to take 4 elective courses (16 units). New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Agile Methodologies with Scrum and Kanban
  • Agile Frameworks including XP and Lean SD
  • Scaled Agile Approaches
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Leadership and the Human Element in Project Management
  • Managing Global Outsourced Projects
  • Project Planning with Microsoft Project
  • Construction Site Project Management
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

APPLICATION PROGRAMMING
This certificate program is designed to help students learn to develop software applications using high-level programming languages.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • How to write small- to medium-sized computer programs with the Java programming language, using core programming concepts such as variables and control flow statements and object-oriented programming techniques such as encapsulation
  • How to make and edit animated gifs, simple videos, and other images with Photoshop; ways to create responsive HTML5 web pages with Dreamweaver; and how to use Adobe Animate for non-Flash animation and Illustrator for layouts, graphics, and other images
  • Basic Structured Query Language (SQL), an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) computer language for accessing and manipulating database systems, to write and execute queries—and how to write SQL Data Manipulation syntax
  • The skills to develop C# applications using the Microsoft .NET platform, debug basic Android applications, and build a complete client-server database application using a Microsoft SQL Server database and a Windows desktop client application
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Java Programming I
  • Introduction to SQL
  • Programming in C# for Visual Studio .NET Platform I
  • Programming in C# for Visual Studio .NET Platform II
  • Website Development with Adobe Software: Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Animate
Courses Electives

Students must complete 3 elective (12 units). There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Data Science Using SAS
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Data Science Fundamentals
  • Web Information Management
  • JavaScript
  • Databases and Knowledge Bases
  • Python Programming
  • Network Communications with TCP/IP
  • Google Android Development
  • iPhone and iPad Application Programming
  • Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

CYBERSECURITY
Learn essential cybersecurity skills, and quickly gain the knowledge you need to protect your technology infrastructure from physical and virtual threats. The courses are taught by industry experts who are up-to-date on the latest trends in cybersecurity.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 2 Quarters (6 months aprox.), *option to extend it to 3 quarters for the OPT
Program Features
  • Learn about securing applications, cryptography, common attack vectors, cyber attacks, and exploits
  • Hands-on experience with OSI stack security, hacking methodology and mitigation, penetration testing, and defensive strategies
  • Create security policies, risk assessments, disaster recovery plans and post attack protocols, and procedures
  • Learn concepts needed for the CISSP, CCNA, CompTIA, and other certifications
  • If you take an additional quarter (3 quarters), at the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
  • Information Systems Infrastructure Security Management
  • Network, Operating System, and Database Security
  • Cybersecurity Lab (Defensive Tools)

*Courses are subject to change

SUSTAINABILITY
Sustainable initiatives have become a driving force in the economy, and demand is growing for knowledgeable professionals in renewable energies and sustainable practices. UCLA Extension’s Sustainability Certificate prepares individuals to make a big impact in the world through a course of study that provides a practical, comprehensive, multidisciplinary foundation for new to mid-level career professionals.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 2 Quarters (6 months aprox.), *option to extend it to 3 quarters for the OPT
Program Features
  • Environmental systems and the interrelationship and effect of humans upon the environment
  • Explore individual and group roles in sustainability, and the interconnectedness and necessity of collaboration between social, economic, and ecological responsibilities
  • Learn business aspects of sustainability by identifying practical tools, measuring performance, and reviewing best practices
  • Acquire skills in environmental and energy consulting, green investments and marketing, green building project design, renewable energy, climate change, public policy, and more
  • If you take an additional quarter (3 quarters), at the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Principles of Sustainability I: Introduction
  • Principles of Sustainability II: Current Issues and Case Studies
  • Principles of Sustainability III: Stakeholders and Engaging Communities
Courses Electives

Students must complete 2 elective (8 units). If you want to apply for the OPT, you need an extra quarter. Therefore you need to take 5 elective courses (20 units). New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • The Solar Energy Solution: Harnessing Solar Power in the Home and Office
  • Supply Chain Sustainability
  • Strategic Social Impact
  • Climate Change, Energy, and the Environment
  • Sustainable Food and Agriculture
  • Renewable Energy Economics and Policy
  • People and the Earth's Ecosystems
  • The Ocean Environment: An Ecosystem Perspective
  • Sustainable Energy Management
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
  • Global Business Practices in Sustainabilitye
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
This certificate provides training in analysis and design of information systems. The program prepares students to perform information systems requirements analysis, design, development, installation, and operation as well as testing and documentation. Courses include computer network communication protocol TCP/IP, database management, network security, and operating systems.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Explore risk analysis, cryptography, and network security fundamentals
  • Learn relational database technology, data modeling, SQL, data normalization
  • Get a comprehensive introduction to computer programming and software development
  • Learn to use SQL statements to retrieve and update data in a database
  • Master fundamentals of Java programming
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Java Programming I
  • Fundamentals of Software Development
  • Relational Database Management
  • Introduction to SQL
  • Network Communications with TCP/IP
  • Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
Courses Electives

Students must complete 2 elective (8 units). There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Data Science Using SAS
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Data Science Fundamentals
  • Web Information Management
  • Python Programming
  • Introduction to MySQL
  • Internet Architecture and Protocols
  • Advanced Database Management Concepts
  • Google Android Development
  • Architecting Cloud Solutions Using AWS
  • C++ Fundamentals for Visual Studio .NET
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

OTHER CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS AT UCLA EXTENSION

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DESIGN COMMUNICATIONS ARTS
Ignite your creativity and prepare for a career in graphic design. Learn how to think like a designer while developing the visual literacy needed to thrive in a professional setting. Feel confident in your skills through portfolio reviews, a capstone course, mentorship and internship opportunities.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 4 Quarters (12 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • An understanding of fundamental design principles, tools and techniques for graphic designers, and how to put your ideas into action
  • How to utilize critical thinking, research, and your unique perspective to conceptualize and execute visual communications
  • How to position yourself for the competitive job market, including how to build a strong portfolio that shows off your creative abilities
  • Skills needed to be successful in a professional atmosphere, including strong conceptual and problem-solving skills and how to effectively collaborate with clients and other creative professionals
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Color Methodologies
  • Design History and Context
  • Typography
  • Design Fundamentals
  • Design II: Collateral Communication
  • Design III: Branding
  • Design IV: Capstone
  • Portfolio
  • InDesign
  • Photoshop I
  • Illustrator I
Courses Electives

Students must complete 2 electives (8 units). There are more than 30 courses to choose from. New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Design Thinking
  • Graphic Design for the Digital Media
  • Package Design
  • Photography I
  • Photography II
  • Lighting I
  • Lighting II
  • Photoshop II
  • User Experience I: UX Survey
  • User Experience II: UX Iteration
  • User Experience III: UX Applied
  • User Experience IV: UX Capstone
  • Publication Design
  • Entertainment Graphic Design
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

INTERIOR DESIGN: FOUNDATION LEVEL
This foundation level certificate provides beginners with a fundamental education in the field of interior architecture. It is the only program in the nation leading to a Master of Interior Architecture degree that is offered on a continuing education basis.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 6 Quarters (18 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Explore the history of environmental arts, fundamentals of interior architecture in both commercial and residential interiors, color theory and more
  • Become skilled in using AutoCAD and/or Revit, two powerful computer-aided design (CAD) programs favored by major design firms
  • Develop skills for freehand drawing and drafting to communicate design concepts
  • Cover a diverse curriculum providing essential skills for going on to advanced degree classes
  • Students who complete the certificate and have a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply to the Master of Interior Architecture degree
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Design Communication I
  • Design Communication II
  • Design Communication III
  • Elements of Design I
  • Elements of Design II
  • Lighting Design
  • Digital Presentation I: Photoshop/Illustrator
  • Surface Materials
  • History of Environmental Arts: Part I
  • History of Environmental Arts: Part II
  • History of Environmental Arts: Part III
  • History of Environmental Arts: Part IV
  • Interior Architecture Studio I
  • Interior Architecture Studio II
  • Fundamentals of Interior Architecture
  • Color Theory and Application
Courses Electives

Students must complete 2 elective (8 units). New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Digital Presentation II: 2D CAD/AutoCAD
  • Digital Presentation III: 3D CAD (Using SketchUp, SU Podium, and AutoCAD)
  • Digital Presentation II: Revit Architecture I
  • Digital Presentation III: Revit Architecture II

*Courses are subject to change

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
UCLA Extension’s Landscape Architecture Certificate program is a rigorous, 3-year program that prepares students to enter the field of landscape architecture upon completion of the curriculum. The profession of landscape architecture is a multidisciplinary field that weaves together design, environmental systems, sustainability, construction knowledge—as well as land and water conservation—to influence place making, and to create designed outdoor living spaces.
Entry Quarters: Summer & Fall
Duration: 12 Quarters (3 years aprox.)
Program Features
  • Master the fundamentals and principles of design through modeling and drawing
  • Design processes and drawing techniques to create landscapes
  • How to artfully combine science and natural processes into your landscape designs
  • How to analyze problems in terms of design and physical form
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 100, IETLS 7, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Introduction to the Landscape Design Professions
  • Design Graphics 1: Drafting and Drawing of the Built Environment
  • Design Graphics 2: Communication for Site Analysis, Conceptual and Site Design
  • Design Graphics 3: Digital Rendering and Presentation Drawings
  • Landscape Design 1: Site Design Basics
  • Landscape Design 2: Site Design
  • Landscape Design 3: Advanced Site Design
  • Landscape Design 4: Environmental Analysis and Planning
  • Landscape Design 5: Planting Design
  • Landscape Design 6: Concept Development
  • Landscape Design 7: Advanced Design Studio
  • Irrigation/Water Conservation
  • Landscape Construction Methods and Materials
  • Landscape Construction Drawing I
  • ...and more
Courses Electives

Students must complete 2 elective (8 units). New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • General Botany for Gardeners
  • Soil and Plant Nutrition
  • Introduction to Horticulture
  • Fundamentals of Exterior Lighting
  • Introduction to SketchUp for Landscape Architects
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

JOURNALISM
The Journalism Certificate at UCLA Extension gives you the training to succeed in today’s multimedia market. Get the skills to excel in the field, learn from expert instructors with experience in a modern media environment, and launch an exciting career in this fast-paced industry.
Entry Quarter: Fall
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Hone essential research, interviewing, and storytelling skills
  • Develop writing and communication skills that appeal to your audiences across various streams of media
  • Explore digital reporting and multimedia production
  • Master investigative reporting techniques
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 100, IETLS 7.0, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Reporting and Writing I: Fundamentals of Journalism
  • Reporting and Writing II: Journalism in Practice
  • Reporting and Writing III: The Modern Media World
  • Media Law and Ethics
Courses Electives

Students must complete 4 electives (16 units). New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Opinion Writing: Writing to Analyze, Explain, Challenge, and Champion
  • Storytelling for Social Justice
  • Literary Journalism
  • Sociology of Mass Communication
  • Copyediting
  • TV Reporting and Production
  • The Art of the Interview
  • Entertainment Journalism
  • Broadcast News Reporting and Writing
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

PRE-MEDICAL AND GENERAL SCIENCE STUDIES
This rigorous post-baccalaureate certificate program for pre-health students provides a structured academic preparation for those planning to apply to health professional programs including medical, dental, veterinary, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, and physical therapy, among others. Earned credits are transferable to all the Universities of California, plus many universities nationwide
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 4 Quarters (12 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • UCLA curriculum recognized and respected by top medical and professional schools
  • Rigorous and research-informed academic content
  • Core disciplines of biology, chemistry, life sciences, math, and physics
  • Wide variety of subjects in other science disciplines, humanities, or social sciences
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 83, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required

To complete the Pre-Medical and General Science Studies certificate, you must take a minimum of 12 UCLA-equivalent courses. Nine of the 12 courses must be chosen from the four core disciplines below (a minimum of one course from each area):

  • Chemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Math/Statistics
  • Physics
Courses Electives

The remaining three courses can be selected from these disciplines, or students may choose up to three anthropology, psychology, sociology, or language courses.

*Courses are subject to change

PARALEGAL STUDIES
Approved by the American Bar Association, the Paralegal Studies Certificate prepares students for a career as a professional paralegal in a law firm, businesses, government, or nonprofit organization. The program fulfills educational requirements to work as a paralegal in California and is taught by UCLA School of Law-approved instructors.
Entry Quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer
Duration: 4 Quarters (12 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Gain an overview of the paralegal profession as well as the responsibilities and opportunities for paralegals in various practice areas
  • Analyze governing principles of law in the areas of contracts, torts, criminal law, real property, business organizations, and securities law
  • Understand stages of civil procedure, from pleadings and discovery through preparing for and presenting evidence at trial
  • Learn how to conduct legal research, analysis, draft legal documents, and utilize legal technology
  • At the end of this diploma program you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 90, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

FITNESS INSTRUCTION
This program is ideal for those who want to join the fitness profession’s most elite, highly-paid ranks as well as fitness enthusiasts and those seeking to change careers.
Entry Quarters: Fall
Duration: 3 Quarters (9 months aprox.)
Program Features
  • Great for personal trainers, fitness coaches, yoga instructors, etc.
  • Human anatomy, nutrition, physiology, and exercise physiology
  • Fitness testing and health/risk appraisal
  • Resistance training fundamentals
  • Exercise prescription, program design, and coaching techniques
Requirements
  • English Requirement: TOEFL iBT 91, IETLS 6.5, or passing level 109 of Academic Intensive English Program at UCLA Extension.
  • Academic Transcripts

*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, or 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language classes.


Curriculum
Courses Required
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Introduction to Human Nutrition
  • Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics
  • Resistance Training Fundamentals
  • Fitness Testing
  • Exercise Prescription, Program Design, and Coaching Techniques
  • The Human Body: How It Functions
Courses Electives

Students must complete 2 electives (8 units). New electives are added regularly. Some of the courses are:

  • Evaluating Diet Trends: Tools for Promoting Effective Nutrition
  • Live Healthier Longer: Evidence-based Nutrition
  • Exercise and Sports Nutrition
  • Biomechanics: Analysis of Human Movement
  • Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury
  • Practical Training for Fitness Instructors
  • Advanced Athletic Training: Evaluation of Athletic Injuries
  • Prevention, Recognition, and Treatment of Athletic Injuries
  • ...and more

*Courses are subject to change

Testimonies

Successful stories of international students from the certificate programs at UCLA

Customer Testimonails

The overall experience at UCLA Extension was simply amazing. Starting from the point that you're studying in one of the top-ranked universities in the world, along with its beautiful campus, and the fact that it's located in one of the most incredible and exciting cities on the planet has really made enrolling at UCLA Extension one of the best decisions in my life.

I took the Certificate Program in Marketing. After studying Engineering in Spain and Sweden, I wanted to turn around to my educational background and learn something more creative like Marketing.

It's great the way the Certificate Program is organized. It allowed me (without having studied Marketing before) to start it by taking some introductory classes, while ending it by taking very advanced classes in which I could bring on everything I learned on previous courses, along with my inner creativity and ideas.

I found especially useful the fact that an important part of every course was a big project presentation in front of the class. That doesn't only allow international students (or non-native speakers) to brush up on their English skills faster, but it's also a great way to improve your public speaking skills. Because let's face it, speaking in public will probably be a constant situation in the professional world.

I'd highlight the quality and experience of the professors. They aren't just Marketing instructors but truly experienced professionals in the field (CEO, Presidents, Founders, etc…), which provides the student with great insights from real-world cases in big corporations. I'd also like to point out how enthusiastic and helpful they were, keeping me engaged with each course from the very beginning.

Having classmates from all over the world it's truly a fantastic learning experience. In class, you learn to communicate and discuss very different topics with people with different points of view from yours. During group projects, most members are from different places with different backgrounds and require a lot of communication to reach the project goals. That prepares the student for similar situations that can happen in the professional world. And not to mention the fact that now I have friends all over the world!

Oriol B.Spain

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PRICES & DATES

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PRICES AND DATES CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS 2021 - 2022

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Table with costs and dates of the Business and Management Certificate Programs 2021 - 2022

ProgramDurationEntry QuartersEstimated Program Tuition
Accounting3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$6,900
Business and Management of Entertainment3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$6,300
Business Fundamentals3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,150
Finance3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,180
General Business Studies3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,200
General Business Studies with Concentration in Accounting3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,200
General Business Studies with Concentration in Advertising3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,200
General Business Studies with Concentration in Entrepreneurship3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,200
General Business Studies with Concentration in Finance3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,200
General Business Studies with Concentration in Human Resources Management3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,200
General Business Studies with Concentration in International Trade and Commerce3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,200
General Business Studies with Concentration in Leadership3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,200
General Business Studies with Concentration in Marketing3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,200
General Business Studies with Concentration in Personal Financial Planning3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,200
General Business Studies with Concentration in Real Estate3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,200
General Business Studies with Concentration in Taxation3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,200
Human Resources Management3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,300
International Trade and Commerce3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,200
International Trade and Commerce with Concentration in Financial Management3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,200
International Trade and Commerce with Concentration in Global Business Management3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,200
International Trade and Commerce with Concentration in Import/Export Operations3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,200
Marketing2 quarters (6 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$4,600
Marketing with Concentration in Digital Marketing3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$5,800
Personal Financial Planning3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$6,300
Pre-MBA Studies2 quarters (6 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$12,000

Table with costs and dates of the Entertainment Certificate Programs 2021 - 2022

ProgramDurationEntry QuartersEstimated Program Tuition
Acting4 quarters (12 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$8,400
Business and Management of Entertainment3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$6,300
Cinematography3 quarters (9 months)Fall & Spring$7,800
Directing5 quarters (15 months)Fall & Spring$8,800
Entertainment Studies4 quarters (12 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$8,400
Film Scoring4 quarters (12 months)Summer & Winter$14,200
Film & TV Development4 quarters (12 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$8,400
Independent Music Production3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$6,300
Music Business4 quarters (12 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$7,000
Producing4 quarters (12 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$8,400
Screenwriting Film and TV Comprehensive4 quarters (12 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$9,900

Table with costs and dates of the Engineering and Information Systems Certificate Programs 2021 - 2022

ProgramDurationEntry QuartersEstimated Program Tuition
Construction Management3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$8,000
Project Management2 quarters (6 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$6,000
Applications Programming3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$8,000
Cibersecurity2 quarters (6 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$4,000
Data Science2 quarters (6 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$4,000
Sustainability2 quarters (6 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$3,500
Systems Analysis3 quarters (9 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$8,000

Table with costs and dates of other Certificate Programs 2021 - 2022

ProgramDurationEntry QuartersEstimated Program Tuition
Design Communication Arts4 quarters (12 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$10,000
Interior Design: Foundation Level6 quarters (18 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$14,900
Landscape Architecture12 quarters (3 years)Summer & Fall$26,300
Journalism3 quarters (9 months)Fall$5,300
Pre-Medical and General Science Studies4 quarters (12 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$15,000
Paralegal Studies4 quarters (12 months)Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer$8,000
Fitness Instruction3 quarters (9 months)Fall$6,650

Quarters

QuarterDatesDeadline to apply
WinterJanuary-MarchNovember 1
SpringMarch-JuneFebruary 1
SummerJune-SeptemberMay 1
FallSeptember-DecemberAugust 1

Contact us to receive the exact dates of each quarter.

International students outside of the U.S., must apply before the deadline (2 months before the program starts)
*The deadline for International students who are currently studying in the U.S. is 30 days before the program starts (transfer students).

Other Costs to consider

In addition to the tuition fee, international students must consider other costs related to the certificate program.

Other costs to consider

  • Application fee (candidacy fee): it is a non-refundable fee paid upon your application. The cost is different for each certificate program ($150-$250)
  • International student fee: it is a $2,000 one-time payment. All international students must pay this fee during the application process. If the student is not accepted into the program, the student will receive a full refund.
  • Health insurance: Certificate program students are required to have health insurance for the duration of their studies at UCLA Extension. Health insurance fees are paid each quarter. New students are required to purchase health insurance and submit proof of payment when they apply. (about $850 per quarter).
  • Visa costs: international students who enroll in a full-time program in the USA need an F-1 student visa. Costs related to the F-1 Visa include the I-901 SEVIS Fee (US$350 approx.) to register on the Student Exchange Visitor Information System and a Visa fee (US$160 approx.). These are costs set by the U.S. government.
  • Accommodation in Los Angeles: since you will be living and studying abroad, you should consider housing costs. Down below, you can read some of the options UCLA recommends for international students.
  • Food: you should consider food costs when planning your budget, depending on where you eat.
  • Books and materials: books and materials are not included within your tuition fees
  • Flight Tickets from your country to Los Angeles, USA

Example: Estimation for a Certificate Program in General Business Studies of 3 quarters (9 months)

ItemEstimated cost
Estimated Tuition Fee$7,200
Application Fee$200
International Student Fee$2,000
Health Insurance 1st quarter$850
Health Insurance 2nd quarter$850
Health Insurance 3er quarter$850
Books and materials$1,000
Estimated Total cost for international students$12,950

*This estimation does not include housing, food, flight tickets, visa cost, and other personal expenses.

**Tuition fee is a total estimation of all the courses in the program. Courses have different prices. Therefore this cost should change according to which classes you finally take. You will pay for your course fees quarter by quarter when you register at the beginning of each quarter. Individual course fees vary but range between $600 and $1,000.

Dates and costs are subject to change. All prices are in US dollars. Contact us for more details.

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HOW TO APPLY FOR A CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

All the application process is online. Follow the instructions below

Steps to apply for a program

  • 1. Application Process
  • 2. Acceptance Process
  • 3. Visa Processing
  • 4. Payment
  • 5. Classes start!

1. Application Process

Documents must be sent to uclavivecampus.com

Documents needed to apply


1. Application Form

Download and complete the application form. Do not forget to sign the document.

Download Form and Instructions

2. English Language Proficiency

Programs require a minimum score on the TOEFL or IELTS, dated within the last two years. Most Certificate Programs required a minimum score of 83 (IBT TOEFL) or 6.5 (IELTS). (a few needed a minimum of 100 TOEFL or 7.0 IELTS). Check each program for the minimum score required to apply.

A score of 100 IBT TOEFL, or 7 (IELTS) exempts you from additional English testing and requirements. Students who have the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required for their certificate program, but whose TOEFL is below 100 or IELTS is below 7, must take and pass academic English courses as a requirement to complete the certificate program and be eligible to receive the certificate of completion and apply for OPT. The cost of each English course is about $750 per quarter. The following will determine which English courses students will be required to take:

  • TOEFL 83 – 90 or IELTS 6.5 with a 6 or below in writing – ESLX433 B(1st quarter) and ESLX433C(2nd quarter)
  • TOEFL 91 – 99 or IELTS 6.5 with 6.5 or above in writing – ESLX433 C(1st quarter)

If you are a Native English Speaker, request the TOEFL Waiver form. Contact us for more details.


3. Academic Transcripts

Official copy of high school or university transcripts. English copy must be included with foreign language transcripts.


4. Passport Copy

Clear Copy of the identification page of your passport. The passport must be valid for 6 months after the first day of classes.


5. Financial Verification

Bank letter or bank statement showing that you or your sponsor have at least the "Estimated Total Expense" of the program (amounts can be in US dollars or your local currency).

The estimated total expense is an estimate made by the university that includes tuition fees and an estimate of what you might spend on medical insurance, housing, meals, books, and supplies. Flight tickets are not included in this estimation.

You can use the following estimates to calculate the amount your bank document must show:

USD$26,300 (Estimated Tuition and living expenses for one year). Students must show this amount regardless of the duration of the program

*If you are bringing your family, you need to add $7,600 for your spouse and $5,000 for each child


6. Application Fee

There is a non-refundable application fee of $150-250 dollars paid to the UCLA Extension, depending on your program. After receiving confirmation from one of our representatives, you must pay the application fee online, following the representative's instructions. In addition to the application fee, international students must pay the "International students fee", the cost of this fee is about $2,000 and must be paid to UCLA only one time.


7. Health Insurance

Certificate program students are required to have health insurance for the duration of their studies at UCLA Extension. Health insurance fees are paid each quarter. New students are required to purchase health insurance for the first quarter and submit proof of payment when they apply. The cost of health insurance is about $850 per quarter.


Send your application documents

A representative needs to review all your documents are correct.

Your application documents must be sent to uclavivecampus.com

*If you are a US resident or a transfer student from another US school. Please contact us for more details. The application process is different

2. Acceptance Process

After we have received all your application documents and you have paid the application fee, you will be contacted by the admission office within 2 weeks.

If you are applying for a full-time program, you will need an F-1 student visa. After you have been accepted into the program, the admission office will send you the acceptance documents plus the form I-20 required to apply for the F-1 student visa.

3. Visa Processing

Please check with us what type of visa you need, depending on the program you are interested in at UCLA.

Since a certificate program is a full-time program, you will need the F-1 student visa. With an F-1 Visa, you can extend your stay in the United States as long as you continue studying.

Please check the website of the U.S. embassy of your country to see the steps you need to apply for a visa.

Generally, for an F-1 student visa, students must do the following:

  • Complete the DS-160 form
  • Schedule an appointment at the U.S. embassy
  • Pay for the F-1 student visa (approx. US$160)
  • Pay for the I-901 SEVIS Fee (approx. US$350): https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.html
  • Go to the embassy on the scheduled day

You must confirm these steps on the website of the U.S. embassy in your country. You can look for your nearest U.S. embassy here: http://www.usembassy.gov/

4. Payment

Next, you need to make full payment of all remaining fees, which are due at registration and can be done by credit card, wire transfer, U.S. bank check, or cash on-site at UCLA. You will receive more information regarding dates once you begin the application process. Classes and health insurance must be paid per quarter.

5. Arrival to School

It would be best to arrive a week before the program start date to attend the orientation at the end of registration week. In your admission letter, you can find more information about the orientation and the initial placement test. On the first day at school, you should bring your passport, F-1 student visa, I-20, and a bank statement.

Important: We suggest you apply at least 2 months in advance.

ACTIVITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

You will be able to participate in several activities during the program

SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN LOS ANGELES AND ACTIVITIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

Most of the activities are free!

ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO KEEP IMPROVING YOUR ENGLISH OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM IS BY PARTICIPATING IN SOCIAL, CULTURAL, SPORT, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES OFFERED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES.

International students can participate in activities as:

  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Clubs
  • Fitness and recreation center
  • On-campus events

Students at UCLA can be part of a wide variety of different activities and events inside the campus. They can also join one of the more than 1,000 clubs and student organizations; participate in extracurricular activities such as fitness, dance, martial arts, tennis, and swimming; and use the incredible fitness and recreation facilities available for international students. These are all great ways of making new friends, meeting potential partners, network with other students, learn about different cultures, and improve your English language proficiency.

International Students from UCLA Extension can use the great facilities that UCLA offers, plus they can enroll in several extracurricular activities.

Facilities

  • Los Angeles Tennis Center: 8 lighted tennis courts
  • Sunset Canyon Recreation Center: 25- and 50-meter pools with picnic/barbecue areas
  • John Wooden Recreation and Sports Center: fitness center, racquetball, basketball, and rock climbing
  • Marina Aquatic Center: located on the Pacific Ocean—for sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking

Extracurricular courses

For a small additional fee, you can take courses in fitness, dance, martial arts, tennis, soccer, surf, swimming, etc. These classes are great ways to learn new skills, relieve stress, and meet other UCLA students with similar interests. Most of these classes cost around $60 per quarter. More details about recreation activities at UCLA here: recreation.ucla.edu

Information about the city of Los Angeles, California

Westwood Village in Los Angeles is the "hometown" of UCLA, UCLA Extension, and the American Language Center of UCLA. It's also one of the safest and most comfortable places to live in Los Angeles. Westwood Village borders the UCLA campus and Bel Air, home to L.A.'s rich and famous and is only a short bus ride away from Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and the beach! Westwood is noted for its eight first-run movie theaters, where you can see movie premieres and movie stars under the bright lights. Westwood Village features a wide variety of shops, markets, live theater, museums, and a tremendous variety of food at all prices, including many types of fast food, cafés, Asian noodle shops, Middle Eastern specialties, French pastry, and elegant continental and California cuisine.

Mention L.A. and most people think of Hollywood films and movie stars. But did you know that L.A. has more museums than any other city in the United States? There are also dozens of live theaters with famous actors from films and T.V. shows. When it comes to music, you can find everything from classical to jazz, blues to hip-hop, and ethnic to underground, and venues range from the Hollywood Bowl to the L.A. Philharmonic to the House of Blues. Los Angeles is also one of the major fashion centers in the U.S. and the home of world-renowned architecture and design, where you can see the work of Richard Meier, Frank Gehry, and Frank Lloyd Wright. If you like to shop, you'll love nearby Beverly Hills, Century City, the Beverly Center, and Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade.

Some of the attractions you mustn't miss in LA are:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Griffith Park and its observatory
  • Disneyland Resort
  • Hollywood
  • The Getty Center
  • Santa Monica
  • The Natural History Museum
  • La Brea Tar Pits
  • Other locations such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Venice Beach, Long Beach, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Rodeo Drive, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.
UCLA student riding a bike in Santa MOnica beach, Los Angeles

Information about The University of California Los Angeles

UCLA Extension is a part of the UCLA Division of Continuing Education. UCLA Extension is said to be the largest single-campus continuing education program in the world.

Founded in 1919, UCLA is one of the top-ranked research universities in the U.S. and the world. With its College of Letters and Sciences and 11 professional schools, UCLA serves nearly 40,000 students, making it the largest of the 10 campus University of California (U.C.) system.

First-time visitors are surprised at the UCLA campus's size and beauty with its 419 acres, 174 buildings, and a combination of Romanesque and modern architecture. The campus offers endless variety with its beautifully landscaped Murphy Sculpture Garden, Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, Mathias Botanical Garden, theaters, museums, and many libraries. The UCLA Library system ranks among the top 10 research libraries in the U.S.

UCLA professors have received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Science, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nobel Prize, The Pulitzer Prize, and the Guggenheim Fellowships.

In terms of student admissions, UCLA is one of the most competitive universities in the U.C. system. UCLA students are well prepared academically and represent considerable diversity. Although most UCLA students are from California, students come from all 50 states in the U.S. and 63 foreign countries. For many years, UCLA has been a popular destination for international students.

12th in the world. UCLA ranks 12th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, based on faculty publications and citations and the number of alumni and faculty who have won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals.

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HOUSING IN LOS ANGELES

Most common housing options for international students in Los Angeles

STUDENTS FROM THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS AT UCLA EXTENSION HAVE 3 MAIN HOUSING OPTIONS IN LOS ANGELES:

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  • Dormitories off Campus
  • Apartments
  • Homestay

Dormitories Off-Campus

Dormitories off-campus or university residences are fully furnished and include all the amenities needed. This type of housing allows you to meet other people and live a short distance from your classrooms, and usually, these options include all meals at their cafeterias.

Some of the options are:

Apartments

Furnished apartments provide year-round furnished accommodations. Full kitchens are available for students to prepare their own meals. Students may have access to parking, laundry facilities, and a pool. Students have the option of a shared or private apartment.

Some of the options are:

Homestay (living with a family)

Homestays provide year-round accommodations. Students live and interact with a family in the Los Angeles area. Meal plans are available. Students have the option of a shared or private room.

Some of the options are:

FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE DEPENDS EXCLUSIVELY ON THE STUDENT.

There are many options available near UCLA. If the housing option is off-campus, students must contact the housing provider directly. Please be aware that UCLA Extension does not manage, endorse, nor make specific recommendations regarding the housing facilities listed within our housing section. This information is provided simply to assist students. The providers listed are not the only housing options available.

FAQS

Do you have any questions about studying for a Certificate Programs at UCLA?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT STUDYING A CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

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Why should I study a certificate program at UCLA?

The University of California Los Angeles has offered certificate programs for international students for decades. Thus, apart from being experts in their area and holding prestigious credentials, instructors at UCLA are experienced in teaching students from different countries and cultures. Moreover, the certificate programs from UCLA are designed following the most rigorous standards for higher-education teaching, so you’ll be adding to your CV a program recognized by companies from all over the world.

Why should I choose to study in Los Angeles, California?

Los Angeles is one of the best cities in Southern California for international students. There you can become part of a multicultural community, visit lots of fantastic tourist attractions, and network with other students from all over the US and the world. Moreover, there you can also find major companies looking for the best experts in their respective industries.

I am not a student in my country. Can I enroll in these certificate programs with an F-1 Student Visa?

Yes! Everyone can enroll in the certificate programs at UCLA. You only need to keep in mind the minimum age, English proficiency, and other additional requirements.

Does the University of California Los Angeles offer scholarships for the Certificate Programs?

If you are a current international student at UCLA Extension, you might apply to the "Laurel Hummel Scholarship". Every quarter, the committee awards three scholarships valuing $1,650 for each recipient. Scholarship funds may only be used to offset course fees at UCLA Extension. To apply, you must have completed at least 12 units within your UCLA Extension certificate.

What kind of comments and reviews do the Certificate programs at UCLA have?

UCLA is considered one of the top institutions in California, and its certificate programs are recognized all over the world. On top of this, the faculty at the University of California Los Angeles is composed of highly-skilled professionals with years of experience in their areas of expertise; this is the reason behind the great reviews and comments that former UCLA students give about this excellent institution.

Which are the different steps of the application process for the F-1 student visa to study a certificate Program at UCLA?

Please check with us what type of visa you need to take the program you are interested in.

All full-time programs in the U.S. require an F-1 student Visa. With an F-1 visa, you can extend your stay in the United States as long as you continue studying.

If you need an F-1 student visa, please apply as soon as you receive your acceptance documents (I-20 form) from the UCLA Extension at The University of California Los Angeles. In some countries, it can take several weeks to obtain a visa interview at the U.S. embassy.

You must confirm these steps on the website of the U.S. embassy in your country. You can look for your nearest U.S. embassy here: http://www.usembassy.gov/

Are the certificate program classes taught on the UCLA campus?

Most classes are located on the main UCLA campus in Westwood. Some courses might be in UCLA Extension buildings outside the main UCLA campus, within walking distance from the main UCLA campus. Depending on the Certificate program, some classes might be outside of Westwood. Some entertainment classes are in studios in Hollywood. UCLA Extension also has a campus in downtown Los Angeles, but usually, those classes are also taught in Westwood.

What’s an OPT?

OPT or Optional Practical Training is an employment authorization for those who have studied for a certain period in the USA with an F-1 Student Visa. It allows them to work, gain experience and earn money for up to 12 months.

What are the requirements for the OPT?

Students must:

  • Have a valid F-1 Student Visa
  • Have been a full-time student enrolled at UCLA for three quarters (nine months)
  • Be less than 90 days away from finishing your studies
  • Have not been approved for OPT at another institution before

Can I use the different on-campus facilities at the University of California Los Angeles?

All students from the certificate programs can use the on-campus facilities and participate in UCLA's incredible extracurricular courses.

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exams to apply for certificate programs at UCLA?

Yes, TOEFL or IELTS scores are necessary for enrolling at UCLA Extension’s certificate programs.

Will I need a high school diploma to study a certificate program at UCLA?

Yes, you need at least a high school diploma to apply to a certificate program. You need to submit your academic transcripts from high school or the university, among other requirements that some programs have. Check our website for more information.

Will I need health insurance to enroll in a certificate program at the University of California Los Angeles?

Yes, health insurance is mandatory for all students with an F-1 student visa.

Will I need to buy books to study at UCLA?

Yes, you should consider a certain amount of money for books, which will vary depending on your program.

How long does it take to complete the requirements for a certificate?

Courses are offered quarterly with four 12-week quarters per year. Most programs can be completed in 3 or 4 quarters (9–12 months).

What will be my schedule?

Courses usually meet once a week in the evening from 6:30–9:30 pm or 7–10 pm (about 36 hours per quarter). For each 3-hour class, expect to spend 6–9 hours studying outside of class. An international student usually takes three courses per quarter.

How do employers perceive UCLA Extension’s certificates?

Employers worldwide recognize the importance of lifelong learning as the most valuable tool that individuals can use to keep current in their fields and ensure their ability to grow and face change successfully. To manage this career development, adults turn to lead continuing education programs, like UCLA Extension, as the source for updating their skills and managing change. Certificate programs are focused sequences of study in disciplines that individuals may select and combine the important practical and theoretical knowledge necessary for them to succeed in their desired fields.

Is there an application fee for the certificate programs at UCLA extension?

Yes, all programs have an application fee, which costs between USD$150 and USD$250. In addition, international students must pay the "international student fee" of about $2,000 dollars.

When do I need to pay for the program? What are the payment methods?

Initially, you must pay the application fee, international student fee, and health insurance for the first quarter, and Then you need to pay per class each quarter. Consider that your application will not be completed until you have paid all initial fees. The preferred payment method is by credit card directly to UCLA Extension; other methods are U.S. check and Bank wire transfer. We will guide you in all the payment processes.

Can I work while attending a Certificate program at UCLA Extension?

Only those with an F-1 Student Visa can work up to 20 hours a week inside the campus. The positions are really limited, so you probably won't be able to find a job while studying. However, after been at UCLA for a full academic year, you can apply for OPT to work full-time in any company.

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