Evening Certificate Programs

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Length of Study

Most programs take nine months to a year to complete.

Some programs can take up to three years to complete.

Pace of Study

Full-time, evenings and weekends

If you're an international student or working professional with an undergraduate degree, our Evening Certificate Programs can help enhance your skills and credentials.

These certificates offer a specialization in a specific field—in business, art, design or behavioral health sciences—and practical skills that you can apply immediately.

Our certificates offer as much academic rigor as a graduate program but can be completed in less time. In addition, certificates allow you to focus on topics most relevant to your career and avoid the extra coursework required for graduate degrees. Most of our certificates can be completed within one year.

Courses are offered in evenings and on weekends in locations in San Francisco and Berkeley, communities very close to Silicon Valley's creativity and innovation. Take courses and network with U.S. professionals, and immerse yourself in California culture.

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Evening Certificate Programs

In most Evening Certificate Programs, you take courses with domestic students. Additional courses within or outside of your program of study may be required to maintain your full-time student status. As an international student, you are required to apply to Evening Certificate Programs; you cannot enroll directly in the courses. This ensures that you meet all necessary visa requirements and receive additional international student advising and support.

Gain a current, thorough understanding of accounting principles, reporting practices and regulatory requirements.

With an education in accounting, you are part of a field with significant potential worldwide job growth. Importantly, as new Certified Public Accountant (CPA) educational requirements and updated International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are put into effect, the need for additional expertise to implement new and emerging global standards is crucial. To meet these evolving requirements, this accounting certificate provides you with a current, thorough understanding of accounting principles, reporting practices and regulatory requirements, all based principally upon current U.S. standards.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree

Courseload: 4 Required Courses, 12 Elective Units (360 Hours of Instruction)

Estimated Duration: One Year

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Develop a practical understanding of business administration and its context, purpose and underlying functional areas.

Learn to develop a broad-based, practical understanding of a business entity's purpose; practices; and underlying functional areas of accounting, economics, finance, marketing and management. Whether you're an entrepreneur, a new business manager or a professional seeking a career transition, you learn the materials and techniques that are consistent with modern principles and best practices, as well as knowledge and skills that you can apply immediately.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree

Courseload: 6 Required Courses, 1 Elective (225 Hours of Instruction)

Estimated Duration: Nine Months to One Year

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Complete undergraduate prerequisites or become a more competitive candidate for graduate or professional school in counseling and psychology.

Career and self-fulfillment opportunities are rewarding and plentiful in the health and helping professions: counseling, psychotherapy, social work, clinical psychology, psychiatric nursing and health education. The Preparatory Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions is ideal if you are a career changer who needs to complete undergraduate course prerequisites or if you want to gain a deeper understanding of the counseling and psychology field. The curriculum comprises a range of upper-division psychology courses that are required or strongly recommended for professional or graduate school admission and for careers in social work, counseling and psychology.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree; completion of an introductory psychology course, such as General Psychology PSYCH XBW1. You are required to submit an official transcript documenting the completion of the course. The course must have been completed at an accredited institution, with a C or better grade.

Courseload: 7 Required Courses, 3 Electives (399 Hours of Instruction)

Estimated Duration: Nine Months to One Year

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Learn to interpret financial results and leverage predictive tools to guide action plans, forecasts and strategies for maximum performance.

Learn to guide your employer's company to successful growth using the latest analytics. Interpret financial results and use predictive tools to guide action plans, forecasts and strategies for maximum performance. You also examine the latest analytical techniques that industry executives use to shape their companies' future plans. Further instruction enables you to pursue a concentration in either accounting or planning.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree

Courseload: 4 Required Courses, 3 Concentration Courses, At Least 1 Elective (At Least 240 Hours of Instruction)

Estimated Duration: Nine Months to One Year

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Study timeless design principles and gain an appreciation of historical and current design trends to build a comprehensive portfolio and advance in the field.

Graphic design shapes the visual and social culture. The fundamentals of graphic design—exciting ideas, effective communication and historical context—are essential to everyone working in the field. In the Professional Program in Graphic Design, you study timeless design principles and gain an appreciation of historical and current design trends. Learn from industry professionals to build a comprehensive portfolio and advance in the field.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree

Courseload: 7 Required Courses (14 semester units), minimum 228 hours of instruction

Estimated Duration: Nine Months to One Year

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Learn to design digital products that solve business challenges and satisfy user needs.

If you're not designing your product to meet your customer's needs, somebody else will. The need for qualified, trained user experience (UX) designers is growing as businesses increasingly invest in UX design. Knowing this skill is mission-critical for success. In this program, you get the training needed to develop a portfolio and prepare to enter the field. Our instructors are experienced designers who present real-world challenges to show the theory behind UX. Learn essential user-centered design principles, interactive design techniques for multiple interfaces, prototyping software, content strategy, and decision making based on user research and user feedback. Ultimately, you learn to design digital products that solve business challenges and satisfy user needs.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree

Courseload: 6 Required Courses, 2 Semester Units and Elective(s) (228 Hours of Instruction)

Estimated Duration: Nine Months to One Year

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Learn best practices and emerging trends in key functional areas within the human resource management field.

Learn best practices and emerging trends in key functional areas within the human resource management field, including selection and placement, compensation and benefits, labor relations and the role of the HR professional in an organizational setting.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree, Essentials of Human Resources or equivalent work experience

Courseload: 8 Required Courses, 4 Semester Units of Electives (273 Hours of Instruction)

Estimated Duration: Nine Months to One Year

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Learn how to create exciting spaces with a curriculum that combines studio courses with the study of design theory and history.

Learn how to create exciting spaces that are functional, aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. The Certificate Program in Interior Design and Interior Architecture offers a comprehensive education that combines studio courses with the study of design theory and history. It teaches you manual and digital drawing skills that allow you to communicate your ideas effectively. You learn from industry professionals who help you build a strong portfolio to start your career. The certificate also provides educational credits needed to qualify for the California Council of Interior Design Certification exam (IDEX) and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification certification exam (NCIDQ).

Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree

Courseload: 21 required courses (57 semester units) and two to four electives (4 semester units) for a total of 61 semester units

Estimated Duration: Three Years

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Gain in-depth knowledge of marketing concepts and techniques, including research, planning, strategy, analytics, social media and more.

With the Certificate Program in Marketing, you gain crucial skills and a credential to advance your career. You're ready to contribute more to your organization or take on a new professional role. You're also equipped with in-depth knowledge of the latest marketing concepts and techniques in less time and at less cost than a master's degree requires. Get an overview with courses on marketing research and planning, strategic marketing, analytics and metrics, and emerging trends in social media and other innovative technologies.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree

Courseload: 4 Required Courses, 4 Semester Units of Electives (180 Hours of Instruction)

Estimated Duration: Nine Months to One Year

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Get the skills to keep your projects on task, on time and on budget in a wide variety of fields.

Demand for project management expertise in organizations continues to grow, and the Certificate Program in Project Management is a great way to build the skills to keep your projects on task, on time and on budget. In this highly interactive curriculum, you learn how to apply project management practices to achieve success in a wide variety of fields, including high tech, marketing, financial services, information technology, international trade, life science industries, government, construction and more. You learn from highly qualified instructors with extensive project management experience and work in teams with classmates to develop hands-on problem-solving techniques. All of our project management courses apply toward professional development units (PDUs) for the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree

Courseload: 3 required courses, 4 units of primary electives and 4 units of additional semester units for a total of 14 semester units (210 hours of instruction).

Estimated Duration: Nine Months to One Year

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Take your creative ideas to the next level with rigorous studio experience, theory and critique seminars, art history courses and visual arts electives.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts provides a critical bridge between talent and skill. This exciting curriculum includes expert instruction and rigorous studio experience to help you take your creative ideas to the next level in a supportive atmosphere. It includes:

  • theory and critique seminars designed to develop creative and conceptual thinking
  • visual art history courses that integrate issues of contemporary art within a historical context
  • visual arts electives chosen from a wide array of studio courses in painting, drawing, digital photography and other media

The focus on studio practice with a conceptual and art-historical framework enables you to develop a portfolio of work for application to an M.F.A. program.

Note: This certificate begins only in the fall.

Prerequisites:

  • An undergraduate degree and intermediate- to advanced-level art skills
  • Transcripts of previous coursework documenting the equivalent of at least one year of study in the visual arts or 10–12 examples of your artwork for a portfolio review

These materials should be submitted at the time of your application.

Courseload: 12 Courses, 1 Portfolio Review (360 Hours of Instruction)

Estimated Duration: One Year

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