Today’s employers recognize the value of ongoing professional career development. UCI Division of Continuing Education's certificate and specialized studies programs – focused programs that balance theory and practice with an emphasis on real-world experience – are well-received by employers and can be a significant factor in hiring and promotion.
Certificate programs offer an in-depth body of knowledge to ensure you gain mastery of a particular topic. Specialized Studies feature shorter, more concentrated curricula for those short on time. Both are distinctive achievements that can help prepare you for career entry, advancement, or even transition.
UCI DCE offers programs in the most sought-after professional fields. Browse by area of study above or view a list of all programs.
Benefits of Earning a Certificate
- Expand job opportunities
Earning a certificate or taking continuing education courses can help position you for higher responsibilities or promotion.
- Keep pace with work trends
Continuing education is a great way to stay abreast of developments and best practices in your field.
- Increase professional and personal network
Meet and make lifelong connections with other like-minded individuals
- Build self-confidence
A continuing education certificate can help boost your self-image and confidence at work, and in other aspects of your life.
- Achieve job satisfaction
Employees who actively develop new skills and knowledge tend to experience higher job satisfaction than those who do not.
- Learn to learn
Explore a field unrelated to your job that interests you — for personal development or simply for fun.
Learn more about the steps to becoming a candidate.
Earn a Certificate