Academic certificate programs consist of a sequence of courses of at least 120 credit-bearing hours that provide instruction in a coherent body of knowledge within a specialized field. Successful completion leads to the award of a formal academic testimonial, appearing on the student's transcript and commemorated by a university gold-seal certificate document signed by the dean of UCLA Extension. All certificate program curricula have been approved by the appropriate dean or faculty of a UCLA or UC school, department, or college. For certificate programs, the full curriculum (in addition to individual courses) also meets University of California guidelines.
Specializations are sequences of courses, often with fewer than 120 credit-bearing hours, providing relevant instruction in a particular area. Successful completion leads to documentation appearing on the student's official transcript and commemorated by an award of completion document signed by the Dean of UCLA extension. All courses in specializations have been approved by the UCLA Academic Senate.