Graduate Division

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Welcome From The Dean


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Welcome to UCI!

Since our foundation in 1965, the University of California, Irvine has quickly grown to become a world-class research university. Our faculty and graduate students continue to create new technologies, explore innovative approaches to research challenges, and foster excellence in scholarship. We were recently ranked by Times Higher Education as first in the U.S. and fourth in the world of the best universities less than 50 years old. UC Irvine is also the youngest university to gain membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Today, UC Irvine holds the 34th position among the Top 50 doctorate granting institutions in the United States. We are also recognized as being one of the top producers of underrepresented minority Ph.D.s in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Our campus offers challenging and intellectually rich curricula designed to help our students achieve academic and professional fulfillment.  The combined efforts of our accomplished faculty, dedicated administrators and staff allow us to remain at the forefront of academic excellence. Among our current instructional faculty are Nobel Prize laureates, Medal of Science recipients and the 2010 winner of the prestigious Templeton Prize. UC Irvine’s notable alumni — pioneers and leaders across our 53 master’s and 45 Ph.D. programs — include three Pulitzer Prize winners.  Our graduate students become leaders in their fields – paving the way for tomorrow’s next generation of researchers, entrepreneurs, teachers and mentors.

Our mission in the UC Irvine Graduate Division is to foster the success of our graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. My staff and I have worked to strengthen UC Irvine's commitment to all dimensions of graduate education. Our graduate services are unparalleled; in fact, our Graduate Resource Center (GRC) is one of the first such centers in the country, offering a wide variety of personal and professional development opportunities — including funding workshops, peer review sessions and work-life balance discussions — for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The GRC also offers writing consultants and space for students to study or to meet in small groups. We have also recently begun a landmark Graduate Division program designed to ensure the health and wellness of our graduate population. We understand the academic rigors entailed in graduate education, and our Graduate Division Counselor, an experienced professional with three decades of counseling experience, is available to help when you hit bumps in the road.

I hope you find our campus to be as interactive, collaborative, energetic and supportive as I did during my first visit 30 years ago, and as I still do today.


Frances Leslie
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division
Professor of Pharmacology and Anatomy & Neurobiology

Provost-Dean with students