University of California, Davis Extension – Certification Programs

Certification Programs offered by UC Davis Extension

 Located in Davis on the largest University of California campus, University of California at Davis (UCD) is known for commitment to sustainability, standout academics and unmatched school spirit UC Davis Extension offers several outstanding certificates of interest to international professionals. As a nationally recognized leader in continuing and professional education, UC Davis Extension has developed cutting-edge training for professionals that reflects the strengths of the campus and the needs of its constituents. Diverse areas of study include: Sensory Science, Winemaking, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Health Informatics. Certificates and professional concentrations provide rigorous postgraduate coursework for working professionals who wish to advance their careers or develop new areas of expertise. UC Davis and UC Davis Extension are known for their interdisciplinary research and learning approaches, creating real world collaborations to apply best practices to real world, complex challenges. This approach is increasingly of interest to an international audience. Most professional classes are held at UC Davis Extension’s Sutter Square Galleria in downtown Sacramento during the evening, daytime or on the weekend. International professionals interested in coming to Davis and taking coursework in these exciting areas of study are encouraged to consider enrollment in our Professional Studies Program. Here, students work with an adviser to create a program of full-time study, composed of certificate courses, other professional coursework, advanced English language coursework and appropriate campus classes. With careful course planning, certificates can be completed in nine-to-twelve months after which students can get Optional Practical Training (OPT) that allows students to work for any employer in the United States for up to a year.

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List of Professional Certification Programs

  1. Agriculture and Food Science
  2. Autism Spectrum Disorders
  3. Brewing
  4. Business and Leadership
  5. Classics
  6. Collaboration Center
  7. Education
  8. Engineering and Technology
  9. Environment and Sustainability
  10. Environmental, Health and Safety
  11. Health Sciences
  12. Information Technology
  13. International
  14. Land Use and Natural Resources
  15. Winemaking


Who should apply?

The Professional Studies Program is designed to meet the needs of university-level students (with at least a 3-4 yr Bachelor’s degree) and professionals from around the world who have strong English language skills (80 iBT or equivalent), excellent academic and professional preparation (GPA of 3 on a 4.0 grade point scale), and who wish to take courses in their fields of specialization. The following scores are also accepted in lieu of 80 iBT:

  • 213 CBT
  • 550 PBT
  • 6.5 IELTS
  • 760 TOEIC
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or Proficiency Exam


9-12 months

Optional Practical Training

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Upon successful completion of the 9-12 month Professional Certificate Programs, students are eligible for the OPT (Optional Practical Training) that provides a unique opportunity for certificate program students to work for any employer in the United States for up to one year from the time of graduation. During this one year OPT period, students can get sponsorship for a H1 (work visa) from qualified employers if they wish to stay and work in the US for a longer period OR continue to pursue a Masters Degree in the field of their choice by enrolling in a Masters programs. This way, professional certificate program holders can extend their stay in the United States after the completion of their OPT period.

Program Cost

Approximate tuition cost $15,000 for 9 months plus $12,000 for 12 months of living expenses (higher side). Living expenses may vary depending on where the student chooses to live etc.

On-Campus work


Getting a Job after the certificate program depends on the student and his network, which may be limited given the short duration that the student has been in the United States.

However, if the student applies through Exellor Education, our Consulting arm – will help students by making valuable introductions to hiring managers, provide job seeker advice such as resume review and guidance, introductions to companies that will either hire or train and place consultants at various technology companies in the San Francisco, Bay Area.

Since 2008, has been helping Bay Area companies such as Cisco Systems, NetApp, Aruba Networks, Wells Fargo with IT staff augmentation by placing various software engineers and others at these companies and several others.

This service is available ONLY for those students who apply to these Certification programs through Exellor Education

On-Campus work

While enrolled as a full-time student (12 units/credits per quarter (3 months)), students are allowed to work on-campus for upto 20 hrs per week. However, after the program completion, students can work for any qualified employer in the United States for upto one year, by applying for an OPT (Optional Practical Training). Exellor Education can help introduce to companies and job search networks to help the student find the job after completion of the certification program

Design your program!

Exellor Education consultants work with you and the Admissions program office to select the right courses for your certificate program and help you design a customized curriculum so that you can complete the program within 9-12 months.


Glimpse of life in the UC Davis campus

Comparison between an MS Program and a 9 month Certification Program in the USA

 Masters ProgramCertification Program
Cost of Education$30,000 - $45,000/yr$12,000 - $15,000/9 months
Living Expenses$1000/month ($24,000 for 2 yrs - duration of Masters)$1000/month ($12,000 for 1 yr certification program)
Working in USAYes, can work for any qualified US employer for 1 yr through Optional Practical TrainingYes, can work for any qualified US employer for 1 yr through Optional Practical Training
Securing InternshipCan apply for internships after 1 yr and just before graduation (after 2 yrs)Can apply for internships within 6 months of joining the certification program* (some restrictions apply)
Job after completion of programNeed to apply independently to employersExellor will help in job placement and introduce to various companies
Duration of program2 years9 months
Time before you can work in USA2 years9 months
Application Requirements (GRE)GRE (preferably high score)No GRE required
Application Requirements (TOEFL)Yes (high score)Yes (basic) and not required for some programs
Duration of work authorization in the USA1 yr1 yr

Why pay more for a MS degree when you can come to the USA and start working within a year by getting into a 9 month Certification program?

How Exellor Education can help you


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Guide you through the Application process including financing, VISA, I-20

exellor advisory

Provide information and advice on the University, place, living conditions, transportation

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Help you land in the United States of America

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In USA, we provide guidance, support, advice, coaching and job placement assistance

Contact Exellor Education today to explore and apply to UC Davis Certification Programs!

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