Dean's Message

Welcome to UCLA Extension

Dean Wayne Smutz

For 100 years now, UCLA Extension has provided opportunities for people in Los Angeles and throughout the world to broaden their careers and enrich their knowledge.

Since joining Extension as Dean in 2013, I have worked to build upon our proud tradition of engaging the power of education to transform lives, businesses, and communities worldwide. As the continuing education division of UCLA, we are dedicated to the mission of creating extraordinary learning experiences for adults of all ages.

All of us at UCLA Extension are committed to:

  • Collaborating with both new and existing partners – in academia, in business, and in the community – to find new ways to enhance the student experience across multiple programs
  • Expanding access to education for students who may need a second or third chance, or who may never have had a chance to access higher education
  • Serving students first – reinventing the way we bring our programs to students, in order to ensure that their entire Extension experience is extraordinary
  • And reimagining learning – discovering, creating, and pursing new pedagogical approaches to help us provide memorable, exciting, and relevant learning experiences

I invite you to browse our current wide range of courses. Or, find out how a certificate can bring you a new or better career.

The next step on your journey of lifelong learning begins here.

Wayne Smutz, PhD
UCLA Extension

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