Credit Status

UCLA Extension courses may qualify for academic credit, provided a passing grade is achieved. UCLA Extension also offers continuing education units in a number of disciplines (see below).

  • For Credit Letter Grade: Your work will be evaluated by the instructor using letter grades, and the grade and the academic credit (measured in units attempted) will appear on your transcript. Units will be considered earned with a grade of D - for undergraduates and C - for graduate/professional level courses. This option is not available for 800-series courses.
  • For Credit - Passed/Not Passed or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory: Your work will be evaluated and either a P or NP (S or U for graduate/professional level courses) will appear on your transcript along with the credit units attempted. Units will be considered earned with a passing grade. This option is not available for 800-series courses.
  • Not For Credit/Noncredit or CEU: Your work will not be evaluated (you are not required to take exams or complete projects). If the course offers academic credit, your enrollment will be recorded on your transcript with a grade of N. If the course offers CEUs, they will be recorded on your transcript provided your instructor certifies your participation.
  • Do Not Record: Your work will not be evaluated (you are not required to take exams or complete projects). Your transcript will not reflect your enrollment in the course. You may enroll in any Extension course with this option except concurrent courses prefixed "XLC".

Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units (CEU) represent a non-graded method of measuring professional level education opportunity to further the objectives of professionals in their fields. Grades are not issued for CEU-bearing courses in accordance with standards established by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training. Students who satisfactorily participate are awarded 1 CEU for every 10 contact hours of instruction.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
UCLA Extension is a provider of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) units. Certain business-related courses offer credit that may be applied toward the education requirement for State of California Certified Public Accountants relicensure.

Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
UCLA Extension is provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) units as approved by the State Bar of California.

Transfer Degree Credit

Many UCLA Extension courses qualify for academic credit at UCLA and other colleges and universities.
All course numbers on this site prefixed with an "X" will lead to the award of academic credit upon satisfactory completion.
The transferability of credit to a particular program at another school, college, or university is determined solely by that program's governing body. Having full course descriptions in addition to transcripts can inform such decisions.

Course Numbers

Academic credit is measured in quarter units, reckoned at 8.33 hours of contact instruction per unit. Records prior to 1965 are measured in semester units. The appearance of a calculated grade point average will relate exclusively to work leading toward the award of a formal academic testimonial. Ad hoc course work in continuing education at this institution is not subject to GPA calculation.

XL 1 to XL 199: These courses are equivalent to undergraduate courses offered by the UCLA regular session. All XL courses are transferable for unit and subject credit toward the Bachelor's Degree at all campuses of the University of California. Up to 36 units of credit earned in the XL 1-199 course series can be accepted for unit, subject, and grade credit toward a bachelor's degree at any campus of the California State University system (CSU). Courses numbered 1 to 99 are considered lower division (freshman/sophomore); those numbered 100 to 199 are considered upper division (junior/senior).

X 1 to X 199: These courses are structured in accordance with requirements for UCLA undergraduate courses, but include subject matter not part of the regular undergraduate curriculum. While no courses are exactly equivalent to these are offered in UCLA's regular session, X 1 to X 199 courses are transferable for unit credit toward the Bachelor's Degree at all campuses of the University of California. Up to 36 units of credit earned in the X 1-199 course series can be accepted for unit, subject, and grade credit toward a bachelor's degree at any campus of the California State University system (CSU). Applicability for subject credit is typically determined by the UCLA student's major department, and by other institutions upon consideration of the full course description.

Special enrollment requirements for courses numbered 1 to 99, 100-199, and 900-999:

In lower division instruction (1-99), students must be high school graduates with a "B" average or one year of college, or consent of instructor based on special attainments (i.e., a superior high school record, special competence in a particular subject matter area, or other recognized criteria). In the upper division (100-199), two years of college or consent of instructor based on special attainments is required. There are no age limitations or restrictions in preparatory and high school level instruction (900-999).

XLC 1 to XLC 199: Undergraduate concurrent enrollment courses (i.e., UCLA regular session undergraduate courses in which UCLA Extension students may concurrently enroll) are transferable for unit, subject, and grade-point-average credit toward the Bachelor's Degree at UCLA's College of Letters and Science, School of the Arts and Architecture, and School of Nursing.

X 300 to X 399: Professional credit-bearing courses in the field of education, specially designed for teachers and prospective teachers. Major emphasis is on pedagogy, teaching methods and materials, and curriculum design. Credit earned in these courses may lead to advanced standing in baccalaureate degree and teacher credentialing programs.

X 400 to X 499: Generally post-baccalaureate credit-bearing courses and lecture series in professional fields; designed in content, focus, and presentation style to standards of instruction used in degree programs. Credit earned in these courses may lead to the award of formal certificates by UCLA Extension, and may be transferable for advanced standing in degree programs in professional studies elsewhere, subject to the procedures of the receiving institution.

700 to 799: Cultural and general interest courses that do not offer credit. These courses will not appear on student transcripts.

800 to 899: Noncredit courses that offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) and typically present material at the professional level. Grades are not awarded. Students who participate satisfactorily receive one CEU for every 10 contact hours of instruction.

900 to 999: 900 to 999: Noncredit programs in which course work is evaluated.