UC San Diego Extension is recognized nationally and internationally for linking the public to expert professionals and the knowledge resources of the University of California.
As the continuing education and public programs arm of the university, UC San Diego Extension educates approximately 63,000 enrollees annually, which translates to more than 33,000 students in over 4,300 courses.
This integrated approach to improving the quality of life in San Diego, and beyond, helps build a globally competitive talent pool, accelerate economic vitality and foster community-building conversations.
UC San Diego Extension offers approximately 80 certificates or special study programs. Certificate programs offer a practical, concentrated study in a specific professional area and most can be started any academic quarter.
More than 100 non-degree certificate and specialized study programs are offered, helping college graduates gain the applied knowledge necessary to bridge to high demand job opportunities.
The division’s outreach programs improve the region’s economy through entrepreneurial development, research, and public forums. These programs include:
- Helen Edison Lecture Series
- K-12 College Exploration
- Academic Connections
- International Programs
- EPSE (Executive Perspectives in Science and Engineering)
- LAMP (Leadership in Management Programs)
- Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
- Global CONNECT
- Center for Research on the Regional Economy
An integral part of the university since 1966, UCSD Extension receives no state support and relies on fees, contracts, grants, sponsors and donors for its annual budget of approximately $45 million.
For the convenience of working adults, classes for most of UC San Diego Extension’s certificate programs and specialized study programs are held evenings and weekends on the UC San Diego main campus and two other locations in University City and Mission Valley.
UC San Diego Extension has a four-decade track record of helping boost the university’s local impact, national reputation and global reach.
Phone: (858) 822-2026
Mary Lindenstein Walshok Ph.D.
Mary Lindenstein Walshok is an author, educator, researcher, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego. She is a thought leader and subject matter expert on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth.
She is the author of more than 100 articles and reports on regional innovation, the role of research institutions in regional economies and workforce development. She has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters and articles on the world of work, including: Blue Collar Women (1981), Knowledge Without Boundaries: What America’s Research Universities Can Do for the Economy, the Workplace, and the Community (1995), Closing America’s Job Gap (2011) and the forthcoming book for the Stanford University Press, Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Economy.
Bruce Dunn, MPA
Bruce Dunn, MPA is the Associate Dean and Chief Operating Officer at UCSD Extension. Bruce is responsible for facilitating the development and management of programs that serve the advanced education needs of the San Diego professional community, while also increasing access to the faculty and research of the university. Along with his academic and administrative duties, Bruce is a guest trainer/consultant with University Associates and with the Centre for Organization Effectiveness. Bruce is a graduate of Brigham Young University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science with dual minors in economics and computer science from Weber State University, Utah.