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Certificate in Leadership and Teamwork

In today’s job market, an increasing number of companies seek candidates with strong “soft skills” to complement their technical skills and expertise. Regardless of the field, qualities such as solid communication skills, self-awareness, time management, and the ability to function on diverse and collaborative teams are highly sought-after. The UC San Diego Extension Specialized Certificate in Leadership and Teamwork is designed to equip participants with those skills to help them excel in any working environment.

The certificate consists of three courses focusing on leadership, teamwork, and project management. Throughout the program, students will implement these skills by working collaboratively on teams to manage hands-on projects on campus. The culmination of the program will include a showcase of the students’ projects to campus leaders, industry guests, and the general public. Upon completion of the certificate program, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will be empowered to transition into their career pursuits.  For more information about the certificate program, please see the UCSD Extension website.


I love that I got the opportunity to participate in this program. It's a great introductory course… It was a great way to show us the nature of a manager's job. I'm thrilled that this program exists and I hope the next generations of classes are as successful as ours.
Learning to work as a team, learning how I function and how other people function, being able to apply what I learned in practice and especially learning basic project management… really helped me manage my lab projects.
I enjoyed the real-life projects we worked on through the year. It was great that we could make a difference on this campus, gain visibility for ourselves and the program, and practice the new skills we had acquired.

While any graduate student is eligible to participate in the certificate program, the target audience is doctoral students in the 3rd or 4th year of their degree program. 

Final Projects from the 2015-16 Cohort

The application period has ended for 2017-2018.  Please check back for information on the Fall 2018 application.