We created a variety of flexible scheduling options to fit into your lifestyle and quickly bring you up to speed. We offer evening and weekend classes, and online courses and programs. Most certificate programs take nine months to a year, and individual courses generally take four to ten weeks to complete.

Enroll Anytime

You do not need to apply for admission in order to take UCSC Extension courses. Please follow the prerequisite guidelines when enrolling in a course and the recommended course progression if completing a certificate. This information is on our certificate pages.

Create Your Student Account

You may create a student account before, or when, you enroll. Accounts are free and enable you to:

  • View upcoming courses in your program and your academic history
  • Review your account balance and payment history
  • Request transcripts and apply for certificates
  • Request additional information
  • Change your personal and contact information

Access or create a student account from the Login page.


If you have any questions about our programs, please call the Student Engagement & Affairs office at 408-861-3860, or email them at extensionprogram@ucsc.edu.

UCSC Extension is accredited through the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Colleges and Universities (WASC).