Graduate Division



Diversity is a central theme to graduate education at UC Irvine. We strive to create and nurture an environment that not only brings diverse students and faculty to campus but also encourages them to participate in outreach programs that foster equity and access. At UC Irvine, diversity flourishes in the support we provide, the education you receive and the people you meet in our multicultural community.


UC Irvine is home to students from all walks of life and our graduate programs are no exception. UC Irvine graduate students hail from each and every state in the nation as well as from over 65 countries around the world. In addition, our graduate population represents varied interests, social, religious and ethnic backgrounds and a range of life experiences. It’s this unique mix of talent and perspective that helps make UC Irvine one of the most dynamic campuses boasting a truly Global Reach in the UC system. Just see for yourself. Have a look at our graduate student demographics.


The Graduate Division can help you navigate university resources by providing referral services based on your individual needs. For more information, visit the links below:

Graduate Preparation Programs

UC Irvine offers Graduate Preparation Programs for prospective applicants, as well as graduate student programs aimed at maintaining and supporting a diverse graduate student population.   

Diversity Fellowships

The UCI Graduate Division provides internal fellowship opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds, designed to help them focus on their research and academic progress by eliminating the need for employment.

Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) Program

In 2014-15, the Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) was institutionalized and is now housed under the ADVANCE program. DECADE continues its mission to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities receiving doctoral degrees at UCI. All graduate students are encouraged to participate in the DECADE program.

Prior to its institutionalization, DECADE was sponsored by a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to its mission to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities receiving doctoral degrees at UCI, DECADE seeks to establish a national model for advancing access and inclusion for women and minorities in doctoral education by using successful models established through the UCI Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Program and the UCI ADVANCE Program. To accomplish this, the Graduate Division and UCI ADVANCE have partnered to deliver a multifaceted program that features involvement of faculty, students and administration, and fosters collaborative efforts between faculty and graduate students in working to improve climate, access and inclusion. Read more about this multifaceted program.

Campus Student Service Centers

UC Irvine supports the intellectual, personal, social and professional development of all students by providing resources that help enhance academic success and prepare students for leadership roles in a diverse, dynamic and global society. Click here for a list of campus centers that address a range of needs, including multicultural issues and opportunities for students with disabilities.