University of California, Riverside Extension Programs

UC Riverside
UC Riverside Extension

There is no question that a UC education is transformative. At UC Riverside Extension the academic programs transform lives and meet the highest standards of the University of California.  The programs are accessible and responsive to workforce and professional development needs, demands for global education, and personal interests.

UCR Extension has long been committed to providing a unique gateway for members of Inland Southern California and our vast international networks to achieve their professional and personal goals.  In recent years technology has made it possible for UCR to extend the reach to serve students throughout the U.S., through distance learning programs that reflect the academic and real-world expertise of our instructors.

The diverse array of professional programs is taught by dynamic, career-focused, real-world expert instructors that utilize innovative course formats that work for today’s learners. The courses provide you with the opportunity to put theories into practice, including programs that offer practical experience through internships and fieldwork.  Students who are seeking new careers or want to advance in their current fields will earn a professional certificate that’s recognized as the gold standard anywhere in the world.

Visiting international students and professional groups will find that UCR Extension offers a vast array of academic and cultural experiences that are the best in the U.S.

Explore in person or through an agent, the many ways a UC Riverside Certificate education can transform your life, and how you can use the knowledge and skills you gain to change the world.

Studying at UC Riverside Extension is a great way to make the most of your time in the US. Build professional skills and gain experience working in US companies. 

UC Riverside Certificate programs are ideal if you are living near the Los Angeles, California Area or want to live in the Southern California region. From these certificate programs you can:

• Obtain F-1 student status to come to the United States (U.S.A)
• Learn business and technology skills during your time in the U.S.A
• Become eligible for paid work after completing your program

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.

Learn more about UC Riverside Extension Certificate programs at UC Riverside Extension Certificate Programs

List of Professional Certification Programs

The Academic Year Certificate Programs (AYCP) are nine-month, full-time programs designed to provide you with the core skills and knowledge needed to work in a range of professional fields. Offered in partnership with the University of California, Riverside Extension, AYCP can help you develop the critical skills and specialized knowledge needed to meet anticipated future needs in many kinds of careers. You can also get practical work experience and develop a professional network of American and international colleagues. The following is the list of 9 month Certificate Programs after which you can work in the USA for upto a year

  1. Accounting
  2. Event Management
  3. Human Resources
  4. Lean Six Sigma
  5. Management (International, Operations, or Business Administration)
  6. Marketing
  7. Organizational Leadership
  8. Project Management
  9. Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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.



Who should apply?

The UC Riverside Extension Certificate Programs are 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 or whose primary mode of education is English), 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.

Students from countries like INDIA, whose primary medium of education is English are highly encouraged to apply as there is no requirement for TOEFL/CBT/PBT/IELTS/TOEIC

For students from other countries whose primary medium of education is NOT English, the following scores are also accepted in lieu of 80 iBT:

  • 213 CBT
  • 550 PBT
  • 6.5 IELTS
  • 760 TOEIC

Duration of the Program

9-12 months

Program Cost

Approximate tuition cost USD $16,000 plus USD $12,000 for 12 months of living expenses (higher side). Living expenses may vary depending on where the student chooses to live etc.

Working in US after the Program

Graduates of the Certificate Programs can apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) with the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) that allows the graduate to work for any valid* employer in the United States for upto one year from the time of graduation. After this one year, the student can obtain a H-1 B VISA from a sponsoring employer, that allows the student to stay in the United States and work for upto 6 yrs. Please contact for more details

* Employers must meet certain criteria

On-Campus work
Work after graduation


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.

Work after graduation

After graduation, students can work for any valid US Employer on OPT (Optional Practical Training) for upto one year.

Exellor Education can help students find a job after their graduation by introducing graduates to potential employers in the Silicon Valley and other places in the US. However, this service is only for those students that have originally applied for the Certificate Program through Exellor Education. For more details contact

Glimpse of life in the UC Riverside Extension 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


Evaluate your goals, understand your background, qualify you and help develop your vision

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Introduce you to various programs,help you select the right program

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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 Riverside Extension Certification Programs!

Exellor Education is an authorized agent for UC Riverside Extension Programs and will help you apply and enter one of the many Certification Programs offered by the University. Contact us using the form below and one of our consultants will be in touch with you shortly. Please provide full details, including contact number and best time to reach you for a faster response.