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Concurrent Enrollment (CE) and University & Professional Studies (UPS) students 

Concurrent Enrollment through UC San Diego Extension provides the opportunity for those who are not registered UC San Diego students to enroll in UCSD courses. CE/UPS students are part of the UC San Diego community and are expected to follow University and UC-wide policies, including the Student Conduct Code and the Policy on Integrity of Scholarship

The procedures & policies laid out below are specific to the Psychology Department and apply to courses with the subject of PSYC (psychology) and CSS (computational social science). For any questions about the concurrent enrollment process, please direct them to UCSD Extension. Questions about courses in other departments should be sent directly to those campus departments. 

Unavailable PSYC Courses

These courses are not open to CE/UPS students, regardless of whether instructor approval has been sought or not.

The following Psychology Undergraduate courses are not available to CE/UPS students:

  • PSYC research courses: PSYC 71, 81, 113, 114, 115A/B, 116A/B/C, 117, 118, 140, 193L, 199
  • PSYC honors courses: PSYC 110, 111A/B, PSYC 194A/B/C
  • PSYC elective courses: PSYC 126, 131, 151, 175, 187, and certain 193s
  • PSYC courses with 50 or fewer total seats in the course
  • PSYC graduate courses are not available to CE/UPS undergraduate students

The following Psychology Graduate courses are not available to CE/UPS graduate students: 

  • PSYC colloquium and brown bags: PSYC 223, 224, 242, 274, 275, 280
  • PSYC laboratory courses: PSYC 270A/B/C
  • PSYC research practicum: PSYC 296, 299
  • PSYC apprentice teaching: PSYC 500

PSYC Undergraduate Policies

Concurrent enrollment is not guaranteedAlthough we do our best to accommodate CE/UPS students, PSYC courses are in high demand. It is possible that a CE/UPS student will not be approved to enroll in more than one or any PSYC courses.

Concurrent enrollment approvals are contingent upon course attendance. CE/UPS students will not be approved to enroll in PSYC courses they have not been attending since the first day of classes for the quarter.

Concurrent enrollment approvals will be based onspace availability, instructor approval, the order in which "add" requests were received, and a review of overall departmental course enrollment numbers.

A maximum of four PSYC courses per CE/UPS student will be approved per quarter. If students are offered a spot in a fifth course, they will have to drop one of the other PSYC courses they were approved to add during the quarter. However, due to the high demand for PSYC courses, students should not expect to be offered more than one-two PSYC course approvals.

PSYC Graduate Policies

Concurrent enrollment is not guaranteedAlthough we do our best to accommodate CE/UPS students, PSYC courses are in high demand. It is possible that a CE/UPS student will not be approved to enroll in more than one or any PSYC courses.

Concurrent enrollment approvals are contingent upon course attendance. CE/UPS students will not be approved to enroll in PSYC courses they have not been attending since the first day of classes for the quarter.

Concurrent enrollment approvals will be based onspace availability, instructor approval, the order in which "add" requests were received, and a review of overall departmental course enrollment numbers. When requesting instructor approval, students should include their current institution transcript, a paragraph stating their qualifications for the course, and what other graduate courses they will be requesting authorization to take that quarter. 

Non-UCSD students cannot make up more than 20% of the enrollment in Psychology graduate courses. Even with instructor approval, if a course has already reached the 20% cap, your enrollment request will be denied.

Please note that CE/UPS undergraduate students are not eligible to enroll in Psychology graduate courses. Additionally, individual instructors may have stricter enrollment requirements for their course (e.g. CE/UPS students must be enrolled in a recognized PhD program in order to enroll in their graduate course).

A maximum of three PSYC courses per CE/UPS student will be approved per quarter. If students are offered a spot in a fourth course, they will have to drop one of the other PSYC courses they were approved to add during the quarter. However, due to the high demand for PSYC courses, students should not expect to be offered more than one-two PSYC course approvals.

How to Request PSYC & CSS Course Authorization

The Psychology Department process:

  • First, CE/UPS students need to obtain instructor approval prior to submitting an “Add” request for a psychology course.
    • Students obtain instructor approval via email.
    • Students send the approval email to <ug-advisor-psyc-g@ucsd.edu> (for undergraduate courses) and <grad-coord-psyc-g@ucsd.edu> (for graduate courses) with the following Subject line: CE/UPS: Quarter, Psych course #, Instructor last name (student last name). Send one email per Psych course.
      • Example: CE/UPS: SP22 PSYC 103, Prof. Triton (Garcia)
  • Department will process “Add” requests beginning the Tuesday of Week 2 (and not before).
    • 1. Student must forward the instructor approval email to either the ug-advisor or grad-coord email.
    • 2. For undergraduate courses, there must be at least 20 open seats in the course and no active waitlist for staff to consider processing the request.
      • IMPORTANT: "Add" requests will not be approved for courses that are full so please only submit for courses with open seats.
    • Any requests where 1. and 2. are not completed/available, the Department will keep the "Add" request pending, and final decisions will be made on Friday of Week 2.
  • If the request is approved, the Department will notify Extension and Extension will provide further guidance on the next steps and payment process. If the request is denied, the student will not be allowed to enroll or attend the course.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I enroll in a PSYC course as a CE/UPS student? Students should first register with UC San Diego Concurrent Enrollment. Your Extension Program Advisor will provide the next steps.

What are my chances of getting into a PSYC courseWe do not know your chances of enrolling in a PSYC course. There are many factors, known and unknown, that make it difficult to make a prediction. Please follow the policies and instructions provided for the best chance of enrolling in a PSYC course.

Can I place myself on a PSYC course waitlistNo, CE/UPS students cannot place themselves on course waitlists.

I need to enroll in 12 units this quarter, do I have priority to enroll in a PSYC courseNo, priority enrollment is not available for CE/UPS students. Please work with your Extension Program Advisor and review our policies above to learn what factors course approvals are based upon.

I'm a Psychology major at my home institution, do I have priority to enroll in PSYC coursesNo, priority enrollment is not available to CE/UPS students. Please review our policies above to learn what factors course approvals are based upon.

The Schedule of Classes online shows that there are available seats in a course, can I enrollNo, the Schedule of Classes provides a general overview of which courses are high in demand and the state of their waitlist. Courses that are full or have a waitlist on Friday of Week 2 are closed to CE/UPS students. Please work with your Extension Program advisor and review our policies above to learn what factors course approvals are based upon.

An instructor said I can join their course. Can I enroll in the courseNo, an instructor’s approval does not guarantee a seat in their course. Instructors do not manage enrollment in PSYC courses. All PSYC course enrollment goes through the instructor and Department.

An instructor has not responded to my request to enroll in their course, what should I do? A student is required to have instructor and departmental approval. CE/UPS students will need to continue to reach out to the instructor until contact is made and approval to take the course is given. The psychology advising office does not have different contact information for the instructor than what is posted on our website. 

An instructor denied my request to enroll in their course. Is there anything I can do to still obtain a seat in the course? No. If the instructor denies your request to enroll in their course, you are not allowed to take the course. 

If you still have a questionPlease contact your Extension Program Advisor with any additional questions or clarification. UC San Diego Concurrent Enrollment; University and Professional Studies (UPS)