UCLA Extension is designed to respond to the needs of working adults – courses are offered during the day, in the evening, and on weekends at convenient locations in Westwood, Downtown Los Angeles, Universal City, and a lot of other places throughout the Southland. As a pioneer in distance learning, Extension also offers hundreds of courses and many certificate programs online.
4,500 courses and programs are offered each year to link 65,000 adults of varied backgrounds to enhanced career, academic, and personal growth opportunities through lifelong learning. We offer professional development in a range of fields, from information technology to business to entertainment studies. Extension also encourages creativity with courses in writing, art, and personal growth. Whether you are interested in advancing your career, working toward a degree, or simply developing your appreciation for the world around you, UCLA Extension offers a rich array of opportunities. Explore these fields of study for the area that interests you.
Extension's wide range of courses and programs offer certificates, transferable credit, continuing education credit, and expertise in a variety of fields. Most of our students work full-time, with more than half holding managerial and professional positions. Close to 70 percent hold college degrees. Students from their late teens to their late 80s attend Extension, but most are between the ages of 23 and 54.
Extension offers courses (Quarter-Length Courses, One-Day Courses, Conferences, Weekend Workshops and Seminars, Short Courses) on the UCLA campus, in Westwood Village, in downtown Los Angeles, at Occidental College campus in Eagle Rock, and in dozens of other locations throughout the Southland. Hundreds of courses are offered online, in the convenience of your own home or office. Other courses are unique hybrids, combining the best of online and in-class instruction.
UCLA Extension offers programs that qualify for federal financial aid, endowed scholarships, institutional aid, and veterans' benefits. We encourage you to also check with banks and lending institutions about private alternative loan programs for continuing education. Additionally, each year, many private scholarships go unused. It is good to research the availability of these scholarships and your fit with their requirements.
UCLA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. All courses and certificate programs offered by UCLA Extension have been developed and are administered in accordance with Extension policy and the regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California.