About Extension

Excellence in education

For over a century, UCLA Extension has helped prepare people to live better lives through the power of education.

As one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive continuing and professional studies providers, UCLA Extension gives you a wide range of options to advance in your career, switch careers, or achieve personal growth.

UCLA Extension offers:

  • The excellence that comes with a UCLA-approved curriculum
  • Open enrollment—most courses require no admission decision
  • Evening, weekend, daytime and online courses
  • Locations throughout L.A.—Westwood, DTLA, and Woodland Hills
  • Certificate programs, Specializations, transferable undergraduate
    degree-credit, and continuing education credits
  • Custom programs and corporate education, available worldwide
  • Non-credit courses, workshops, and special events
  • Courses specifically designed for working adults, college students, and lifelong learners

Mission & Values

We are UCLA, offering exceptional continuing, lifelong, and professional education to empower individuals and organizations to thrive in an ever-changing world.

We create innovative, socially just pathways to pursue knowledge and apply skills by connecting the resources of UCLA with diverse and worldwide communities. Our alumni are leaders, change-makers, and open thinkers, whose creative impact effects positive change in local and global communities.

Guiding Principles

Honoring our organization’s rich history, we have developed a set of guiding principles to ground our daily work and serve as drivers for future growth and success.

Over the next decade, UCLA Extension will be guided by the following principles:

Excellence
In academic programs, teaching, service, and learning outcomes.

Access, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Extending access to UCLA, our programs and services through outreach to underrepresented communities and populations, while serving as a model organization for EDI in the field of continuing higher education.

Social Impact
Leveraging our platform to tackle major social issues such as poverty, homelessness, climate change, and inequality.

Local to Global Engagement
Strategic community engagement to serve the needs of our constituents in Los Angeles and beyond.

Transparency
Creating a culture and community of practice that values, embraces, and promotes transparency in all that we do.

Accountability
Being accountable to our performance goals and each other.

Collegiality
Working collaboratively across the organization and UCLA to achieve common goals.

Truth, Knowledge and Understanding
Tackle the growing issue of misinformation by promoting the responsibility of professionals and organizations to uphold truth, knowledge, and understanding as a fundamental core value.