General Business Studies with Concentration in Leadership

This multicourse certificate gives the business student and those interested in the fundamentals of leadership the tools necessary to become effective managers. We recommend you speak with one of our student advisors before beginning this program. 

This program is perfect for...

  • Individuals interested in the intersection of good communication and good leadership
  • Those with a personal interest in what makes for effective leadership in business
  • Working professionals who want management training that emphasizes leadership
  • Business students seeking further certification in leadership

What you can learn.

  • Learn how the management of people and resources can help leaders/managers reach organizational goals
  • Examine strategies and principles for leading and motivating employees
  • Understand how to coordinate high-performance teams as a manager/leader
  • Study communication strategies of leadership

Program Curriculum:

The General Business Studies with Concentration in Leadership program curriculum consists of:

  • Six required leadership courses (three of which are one-day seminars)
  • One required ethics course/seminar
  • Additional 24 units of coursework in the business management discipline (MGMT X 1-199 and 400-499)*

Courses are typically four units each, but can vary. An average student may take a total of three required courses, six elective courses, and four required seminars, to complete this program.

*Some elective courses may not be available for open enrollment and can only be taken with instructor approval, such as internships, accelerated courses and some advanced courses. Please consult with a student advisor for more information.
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Student Advising

Before enrolling, connect with a student advisor who’ll help customize your course of study and address all needs, interests, and goals.

To prepare for your appointment, consider the following:

  • What’s your expectation of this certificate program?
  • Are you looking to learn the basics of business essentials -OR- more specialized/advanced business management topics?
  • For your concentration, do you want intro level courses, or should we know about prior academic & career experience? 

Contact us: 310-206-4271 or bamcertificate@uclaextension.edu


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
MGMT X 490.996
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 190
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 482.202
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT 859.16
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MGMT 859.4
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MGMT 859.5
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Ethics Requirement
Students must complete one ethics course from the following list.
MGMT 859.50
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT 891.02
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Electives - Business Management

Complete 24 units (typically 6 courses) from courses numbered MGMT X 1-199 or X 400-499 in the business management discipline. You may take additional leadership and management courses or select from courses in:

Accounting, Taxation & Internal Audit

Entrepreneurship & Small Business

Finance & Investments

Human Resources Management

International Trade & Commerce

Marketing, Advertising & PR

Project Management and Technical Management

Real Estate

Need Help?
Book an appointment
with an Academic Advisor. 

Drop-In Advising Hour
This informal Zoom session is a platform for current and new program students to connect and ask questions to program staff. Drop in for 10 minutes or stay for the hour. Have questions about the certificate or courses, bring them with you!

Every first and third Wednesday of the month, 11am-12pm PT.

Email bamcertificate@uclaextension.edu for the meeting link.

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

This certificate is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

Students participating in courses offered solely by UCLA Extension must meet the English Language Requirements outlined below. Any international student interested in taking classes on UCLA’s main campus must adhere to the English Requirements outlined for UCLA courses.

Acceptable tests and minimum scores

Scores that are equal to or higher than the listed minimum scores from the following tests, taken within the past two years, can satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

  • TOEFL: 80 (iBT)
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • iTEP: 4.5
  • CAE: B (CEFR C1)
  • CPE: C (CEFR C2)
  • TOEIC: 685
  • DUOLINGO (DET): 105

While no other type of test score is accepted in general, students who are affected by test center closures may request an exception to submit an alternate test score.

International Baccalaureates (IB) students or students currently enrolled in an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English may submit an official academic transcript or verification of enrollment from their school as proof of English proficiency.

Learn more:

International Students: How to Apply

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

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