UC Berkeley -Extension IDP Programs

International Diploma Programs

Master the skills you need for a successful business career with the International Diploma Programs (IDP) from UC Berkeley Extension. Earn a certificate in four months, or combine your training with an internship opportunity—all in less time than an M.B.A. program.

International Diploma Programs

Professional Studies in Business and Management

Master the skills you need for a successful business career with the International Diploma Programs (IDP) from UC Berkeley Extension. Earn a certificate in four months, or combine your training with an internship opportunity—all in less time than an M.B.A. program.

IDP instructors are experts in their fields who bring international business experience to the classroom. These instructors are dedicated to linking you with other cultures and business practices.

IDP Certificate Options

  • Business Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Global Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Project Management

THREE Formats

  • 4-Month IDP
    Focus on one area of study: Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Business Management, Marketing or Project Management.
  • 8-Month Program: IDP + Internship
    After your 4-Month IDP, apply your knowledge on the job in a 4-month internship with a U.S. company.
  • 12-Month Program: Management and Business Track (MBT)*
    Begin with a 4-Month IDP in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship or Global Business Management; then, build specialized competency with a second 4-Month IDP in Finance, Marketing or Project Management. Finally, apply your new knowledge in a 4-month internship at a U.S. company.

*Students who complete the 12-month IDP program may be eligible to apply for 1 year of paid temporary work authorization in the United States, also known as Optional Practical Training (OPT).


  • At least three years of University study for the Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Finance and Project Management programs
  • Undergraduate degree and two years of work experience for the Global Business Management program
  • English proficiency requirements
    • TOEFL: 79 (iBT)
    • IELTS Academic Format: 6.5

Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose and background (essay)
  • Financial statement and certification (in English) dated within 90 days of application
  • Résumé/curriculum vitae (C.V.)
  • Proof of English language proficiency (see prerequisites above)
  • Transcripts and copy of diploma, with translations if applicable
  • Copy of passport photo identification page and expiration date
  • $200 nonrefundable application fee

Application Deadlines

Courses start three times per year: January, May and September. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in the order they are received. For specific dates, please see our website.

Estimated Program Costs

  • 4-Month International Diploma Program (IDP): $13,600
  • 8-Month Program: IDP + Internship: $16,600
  • 12-Month Program: Management and Business Track (MBT): $29,300

All fees are due in U.S. dollars and subject to change without notice.  Students are responsible for their own housing and living expenses.  Berkeley Extension does offer housing location assistance.  

IDP Advantages

  • Learn the skills you need to succeed in business, from management to communication.
  • Enhance your business English through classroom discussion and team projects.
  • Understand other cultures and business practices by interacting with bright and ambitious students from more than 35 countries.
  • Experience life in the San Francisco Bay Area, a region renowned for technology, food, fashion, outdoor activities and innovative businesses.
  • Prepare to compete in the global marketplace, whether you choose to work for a multinational corporation, enter the family business or start your own venture.
  • Join a group of diverse, accomplished students that includes young professionals, experienced managers updating their skills in new fields, recent university graduates preparing for M.B.A. programs and company employees seeking management training.
  • Gain an invaluable resource: your own global professional network.

What Is a Certificate?

A certificate program provides training and concentrated study more efficiently than a traditional degree program. An IDP certificate offers:

  • New skills for your current job or new career
  • Instructors with extensive work experience
  • A combination of academic theory and practical knowledge

About IDP

Studying in IDP places you in the heart of downtown Berkeley, California, just a few short blocks from the UC Berkeley campus.

UC Berkeley Extension is the continuing- and professional-education branch of the University of California, Berkeley. UC Berkeley is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). UC Berkeley Extension—like all other UC Berkeley schools, colleges and departments—is accredited by WASC through the University.


$10,000 — $15,000 Session

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Finance, Marketing, Project Management

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    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

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  • Accreditation and Certification

  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Apartment
  • Test Scores

    TOEFL: 70+ , IELTS: Band 6.5+

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