Skip to Content
Home /  Courses and Programs / Essentials of Leadership and Management (ELM)

Now Accepting Applications

Your path to success begins here!

For decades, UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies has provided high-quality leadership and management training to high-potential employees. The Essentials of Leadership and Management (ELM) program is the latest program that has been added to this reputable lineup.

This program is taught by a variety of faculty and subject matter experts and is designed to help develop exceptional leadership, communication, teamwork, and project management skills. With 60 hours of learning, the instructional approach emphasizes team interaction, problem solving, personal reflection and peer coaching. Topics within the program are selected based on the immediate and practical needs of the participants. Case studies and business simulations offer timely, relevant and specific application to the unique environment of companies operating in a modern technology and global marketplace.

Upon program completion, ELM participants will be prepared for greater responsibility within their company. Sponsoring companies will see immediate improvement in managerial performance as a result of the concepts that are taught and the knowledge that is gained in the ELM program. Furthermore, the dynamic interaction between participants throughout the program builds valuable long-term relationships.

Program Details

Program Dates and Times

The sessions will meet one time per week for fourteen weeks. Holidays will be accomodated. Session attendance is mandatory.
Beverages (sodas, tea and coffee) and snacks provided at in-person sessions.

Fall 2024
Format: In-person
Dates: August 5, 2024 (Orientation)
August 12 - November 18, 2024 
Time: Mondays, from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM PT
Application Deadline: July 24, 2024

Next Application Deadline

Wednesday, July 24, 2024



Program Duration

14 weeks

Program Benefits

Discover best practices in managing and leading teams

Implement what is learned in class directly into the workplace

Learn how to get the most out of yourself and your team

Longer course format allows for multiple topics to be covered

Case studies and simulations illuminate best practices

Team exercises promotes exchange of ideas with individuals
         representing multiple companies and industries

Program Topics

The ELM program is made up of two areas for employee development. The two modules build upon one another in sequence. Each module explores issues relevant to being a successful manager. Information, tools and models are presented in class with an emphasis on immediate and direct application. ELM draws heavily on the collective experience of the participants which come from a variety of companies. Participants work in teams to apply concepts, examine case studies, and project assignments.

Self-Assessment &
Managing Personalities
  • Everything DiSC
  • Leadership, Conflict & Resiliency
  • Building and Sustaining a High-Performance Team
  • Improving Emotional Intelligence
  • Performance and Talent Management
  • Team-Oriented Simulation
Becoming a Stronger Manager
  • Understanding Business Finance
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Employment Law
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Effective Coaching
  • Business-Oriented Simulation

Who Should Attend

ELM is designed for mid-level professionals who are taking on leadership and management roles and need to enhance their skills and acumen. The acceptance committee places importance on work experience and career goals.

Program Format

In-Person: Ideal for those who live in San Diego or surrounding areas who are able to commute to the classroom located in San Diego on a weekly basis. 

What Will You Earn?ELM-Image.PNG

Upon successful completion, you will receive a verifiable digital credentiall and printable certificate. The digital credential may be shared on social media, in email signatures, or with colleagues and friends in order to recognize your achievement. In addition, you will have earned 60 hours of education from UC San Diego Extended Studies (6 credit units). Official university transcripts are available by request.


Tuition Reimbursement

Many companies sponsor employees to participate in programs an integral part of the their management development efforts. The knowledge the participants gain in this program allows for them to better contribute to their company's success, both in fulfilling their current responsibilities and in working with other functional units to conceive and implement valuable new capabilities.

For those who are interested in taking the program without employer sponsorship, you may request a no-interest payment plan to help break of the cost of attendance. To request a payment plan, please contact

Application and Admission

Each participant must complete an application and be admitted to the program. Application can be submitted any time via the online application form. Applicants are evaluated based on their academic and professional experience and current management duties to ensure they are a proper fit in the program.

Apply Now

Contact Us

Cindy McHugh

Business & Corporation Education
UC San Diego Extended Studies
(619) 861-6716

Contact Us

Cindy McHugh
(619) 861-6716