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Antioch University & UCSD Extension Expand Pathways for Students to Earn a Graduate Management Degree

Agreement allows students to transfer into one of Antioch University’s online graduate management programs without duplication of coursework—saving time and money.

Antioch University and UC San Diego Extension word marksAntioch University (Antioch) and UC San Diego Extension (UCSD) have expanded the pathways for students to earn a Graduate Management Degree. Students who complete UCSD Extension’s certificates in Brewing, Digital Marketing, Fundraising and DevelopmentHealthcare Financial Analysis, Healthcare Revenue Cycle, Human Resource Management, and Sustainable Business Practices can transfer certificate credits seamlessly into Antioch’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) without duplication of coursework, saving time and money to complete their graduate degree. Students in UCSD certificates in Fundraising and Development and Human Resource Management can also transfer into Antioch’s online Master of Human Services Administration and Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management.

“At Extension, we pride ourselves in our ability to build bridges to the workforce and connect students to quality education and professional development opportunities,” said Dr. Laura Fandino, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at UC San Diego Extension. “The expanded partnership with Antioch University will help students move seamlessly into graduate programs and will move them towards their future careers as leaders in Sustainability, Healthcare, and Nonprofit management.”

“Antioch’s mission is to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice,” said Terry Ratcliff, Antioch University Provost for Distance and Extended Education. “This connects powerfully with the need to build and lead organizations that enrich people, support the planet, and drive prosperous, sustainable economies globally.”

Antioch’s MBA features the mutual importance of people, planet, and profit in building and leading successful organizations and communities in the 21st century often referred to as the triple bottom line approach. The MBA offers five concentrations, including Healthcare Leadership, Leadership and Teams, Nonprofit Leadership, Self-Designed, and Sustainable Business. The MBA can be completed in two years, but UCSD Extension students can complete the program in as soon as 18 months. Most students work full-time while going to school.

“The partnership provides a great opportunity and pathway for UCSD Extension students to further their education and achieve a related master’s degree in a program where sustainability and social justice are a central focus,” said Dr. Mary Ann Short, Director of Antioch’s Graduate Management Programs.

To be eligible, students must have been in good academic standing during their last term with UC San Diego Extension, and all certificate course credits must be successfully completed. The program articulation agreement began July 2021.

For more information and to register for a Dec. 13, 2021 info session visit

About UC San Diego Extension
UC San Diego Extension offers year-round continuing and professional education to approximately 62,000 enrollees a year, which translates to about 25,000 students in nearly 4,300 courses delivered in-person, online, and 3D virtual reality classrooms. Certificate and degree-related programs, community partnerships, public-service lectures, and special events meet rapidly evolving academic, specialist, and personal enrichment needs. As an integral part of UC San Diego, UC San Diego Extension programs are developed with advisory boards and taught by working professionals who adhere to the same rigor and standard of excellence upheld by the University.

About Antioch University Online (AUO)|
Antioch University Online is the nationwide and online division of Antioch University. The core values of social justice, service to the community, and lifelong learning lie at the heart of the undergraduate degree completion programs in Applied Studies, Human Development, Human Services Administration, Liberal Studies, Management, and master’s degrees in Nonprofit Management, Human Services Administration, Master of Business Administration, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and an EdD in Educational & Professional Practice.

About Antioch University
Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, racial, economic, and environmental justice. Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University includes a Graduate School of Leadership and Change; Antioch Online; and campuses in Keene, New Hampshire; Los Angeles; Santa Barbara; and Seattle. A bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education, Antioch University is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 institution and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Karen Hamilton ’17 (Antioch Los Angeles, MA) is Antioch's Director of Marketing for Content and Communications. She has used her storytelling and copywriting skills for more than twenty years, crafting articles and creating publications. She believes that communication is a powerful driver for social change.

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