Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the suggested attire for the programs?


We recommend business casual.


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I require hotel accommodations. Which hotels do you recommend?


There are many hotels in close proximity to our location. For detailed information, please visit our interactive hotel map.


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I live outside the United States, what kind of visa do I need?


Rady Executive Education follows the US State Department guidelines. It is against University policy to contact the embassy directly for a participant. However, we have a standard letter that can be presented to the embassy if needed. If you would like to request this letter, please Contact us.


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Where are the programs located?


Open Enrollment Programs are held on UC San Diego’s main campus in the Center for Executive Development Suite at the Rady School of Management. Directions.

Depending on your needs, Custom Programs may be held on our campus, at your site or at a conference facility of your choice.


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What is the difference between Executive Education/Development and an MBA?


Executive Education describes the programs at graduate-level business schools that aim to give classes for chief executives and other top managers or entrepreneurs. These programs do not end in a degree.

An MBA, on the other hand, is a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. This multiple-year program is available at the Rady School of Management in full-time, part-time (evenings) and executive (flex) formats.

Learn more about getting a Rady MBA.


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Can I take just one course?


Rady Executive Development classes are offered a la carte, allowing people to fully benefit from taking a single course.


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How big are the classes?


At the Rady Center for Executive Development, we want our course participants to gain the most benefit from attending our courses, therefore we limit the number of individuals to 50 per class. However, we do constrain some of our programs to have fewer participants based on the subject material.


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How long are the classes?


Our courses vary in length. Open Enrollment Courses at the Rady Center for Executive Development range from half-day to three day intensive explorations of a particular area. Custom Programs are tailored specifically to each company’s needs.


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Does Rady Executive Development offer online or other distance-learning courses?


At this time, the Rady Center for Executive Development does not offer distance learning courses. This area is being addressed, however and we seek to offer alternative learning options soon.


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Do I receive credit for attendance?


The Rady Center for Executive Development does not issue UC San Diego course credit for any courses. Select programs offer certificates. If you require Continuing Education Units or other formal certification units please Contact us.


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Can I obtain proof of attendance?


A certificate of completion or a letter of completion on UC San Diego letterhead is available upon request for all programs. Some programs, including Biotech Demystified, provide a certificate upon completion. If you require proof of attendance, please Contact us.


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I am interested in a course I do not see listed. Do you offer it?


The Rady Center for Executive Development is continually improving and creating new courses and it is possible we’re working on a course you are seeking. We welcome input and suggestions for future courses. We also offer Custom Programs to companies seeking training in specific areas. If you have specific questions regarding unlisted courses or Custom Programs please Contact us.


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Can my company customize a course and have it delivered in house?


The Rady Center for Executive Development offers Custom Programs. These Custom Programs can be offered at a location designated by the hosting company. They can be adapted from those already offered through Open Enrollment Programs, or can be wholly designed based on the company’s need. For more information about Custom Programs at Rady please Contact us.


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What is included in the tuition and how much do the programs cost?


Tuition for programs includes all program materials and most meals for the duration of the program. For individuals traveling to La Jolla, California, single room accommodations may be included for multiple day Open Enrollment programs. Please check the individual program page for hotel details. A list of local hotels can be found here.

Lodging is not included in the tuition for any of our half-day or single day courses.

Individual program fees vary due to the duration and requirements of each offering.


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Do you offer discounted pricing?


Yes, we offer corporate group pricing, which is a 10% fee reduction for organizations that send 3 or more individuals to the same program session. Due to varying class sizes, notification of an organization's number of attendees must be made in advance.

Also, Rady Alumni receive 25% off registration of all Executive Education classes. For more information Contact us.


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Does my company cover/reimburse fees?


Many companies offer training reimbursement for their employees, executives and board members to enhance their skills. If you are unsure of your company”s policy, either contact your HR department or Contact us.


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How can I pay for classes?


We accept several forms of payment including check, Discover, Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Payments may be divided into multiple charges depending on the needs of the individual. For more information on payment options, please Contact us.


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What if I need to postpone or cancel my enrollment?


Upon receipt of a written request, paid registrations may be cancelled, transferred to another person, or applied toward a registration in a future offering. Should the fee increase, the participant also shall be responsible for the difference between the original program fee and the new program fee. No refund will be made for partial participation.

For the cancellation of a registration for Open Enrollment Programs (unless otherwise noted)

    • Cancellations made 7 (seven) days or more before the initial course date AND upon receipt of a verbal (via phone call) or written (via email) request, paid-in-full registrations may be refunded (less a $25 processing fee) or transferred (no fee) to another course or future same course offering.
      • If the course transferred into is of lesser value, the difference will be refunded less a $25 processing fee. 
        • Cancellations within 6 (six) days or less of the initial course date are 100% non-refundable, but can be transferred (no fee) to another course or future same course offering. If the course transferred into is of lesser value, the difference will not be refunded but will be available as a credit that can be applied to a future course offering.
        • No refund will be made for partial attendance/participation.
        • Last minute cancellations/unforeseen circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will not be refunded, but monies received will be available as a credit towards a future course offering unless otherwise approved by Rady Executive Education staff.  

          For programs longer than two days, including Biotech Demystified, the following cancelation policy applies

          • Cancellation received 30+ days prior to program start date, no fee applies.
          • Cancellation received 29 or fewer days prior to program start date, 100% cancellation fee applies.

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          I can only attend a portion of a course; can I receive a discount for unattended portions?


          No. The listed registration price is the cost to attend any portion of a Rady Executive Development course.


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