Top 10 Reasons
to Choose UCI

1 For the second consecutive year, UC Irvine ranked 1st in the US among young universities  

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“I like that the UCI campus has a plaza that's within walking distance - there are numerous restaurants to choose from and lots of shaded tables to eat and work outside.”
"The most memorable experience during the summer research program was realizing that I belong here."

Prospective Students

"I came to UC Irvine because it is one of the top universities for my field."

UC Irvine is where the world comes to discover new gateways for academic, research, leadership and character excellence. We are looking for students who are passionate about learning and about advancing our culture of discovery. Since the campus opened in 1965, UC Irvine has helped drive the growth of new technology, business innovation and understanding of issues that bear on the health and livelihood of every citizen. Our graduate students give life and breadth to each of these endeavors. The campus offers a wealth of services to help ensure that our students succeed. In particular, our Graduate Resource Center provides specific support for your academic, professional success and personal needs. 

In addition,  ten of the biomedical PhD programs on campus participate in a new  professional success program funded by a NIH-BEST award.  UC Irvine's Graduate Division has also recently launched the Graduate Professional Success (GPS) program that is designed to ensure that graduate students and postdoctoral scholars understand the relationship between post graduate training and career potential.

Surrounded by coastline, mountains and desert, UC Irvine offers an incomparable Southern California location in which to live and study. With a commitment to sustainability at the heart of our mission, UC Irvine ranks highly in the Sierra Club’s top 10 ‘Coolest Schools’.

UC Irvine is the youngest member of the Association of American Universities, the 61 premier research institutions in North America. Identified by Times Higher Education as first in the U.S. and fifth in the world among the best universities under fifty years old, UC Irvine also ranks 34th nationally in the number of doctoral degrees conferred each year.

For specific information about your discipline of interest, please contact the appropriate academic program. You are welcome to contact faculty as well, with questions specific to their research programs. For general questions about applying for graduate studies at UC Irvine, please e-mail the Graduate Division.

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Who We are

We are a thriving, diverse campus where faculty and students create new knowledge that positively impacts society. Learn more about us on the following pages:

Applying to UC Irvine

In the Applying to UC Irvine section you will find everything you need to know to apply. To determine whether UC Irvine offers just the right graduate program for your interests, please see the Degree Programs page.

Funding Your Graduate Education

There are many different ways to fund your graduate education at UC Irvine. Doctoral and master of fine arts funding packages may include various combinations of types of funding mechanisms such as Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, or fellowships, including Diversity Fellowships for incoming and continuing diversity students.  UC Irvine also offers a range of intramural funding opportunities for incoming and continuing graduate students. We encourage you to learn more about the most commonly used types of funding by visiting the Funding section of our website, and we will help you to apply for extramural fellowships through services offered by the Graduate Resource Center.

Master's students are typically self-supported but may be eligible for these resources. Check with the individual department/program for Master's degree funding opportunities.

Current fees can be found on the University Registrar's website.

International Students

UC Irvine welcomes international students! The International Students section of our website provides important information for prospective as well as newly admitted international students. Among other helpful resources, we are pleased to offer you our unique Graduate InterConnect Program for all incoming international graduate students. Graduate InterConnect helps to connect new international graduate students to the UCI community and to the wealth of available resources. Among other international agreements, we are proud of our agreement with the Brazilian government that allows qualified Brazilian citizens to join UC Irvine through the Brazilian Science Without Borders program. Please see the International Students section for more information about graduate study at UC Irvine!

Graduate Preparation Programs

Preparation for graduate school takes time, effort and a strong support network to help guide you through the process.  The Graduate Division sponsors many programs for students interested in pursuing a graduate education.  Most of our programs focus on diversity and are targeted to students both from UC Irvine and beyond.

UC Irvine and other undergraduate students interested in graduate school should visit the Graduate Preparation Programs page for more information.

Recruitment & Outreach

Graduate Division representatives attend graduate recruitment events on campuses around the country as well as at national conferences. To meet us at one of these events, please visit UC Irvine on the Road. Or better yet, come visit us! For more information, please see Visit UC Irvine.

Students With Disabilities

In collaboration with the Disability Services Center, UC Irvine Graduate Division is committed to providing equal opportunities for students with disabilities . Students with disabilities are encouraged to look into the Graduate Division diversity fellowships and, if eligible, apply. The Graduate Division will also work with academic programs to provide disability accommodations, as appropriate, when recommended by the Disabilities Services Centers.