University of California graduate admissions


Rigorous academics, leading-edge research and leadership development rank UC Irvine among the nation’s top universities, with a growing list of professional schools and programs and new degrees in public health, pharmaceutical sciences, nursing science and law.

Our campus is on the Southern California coast in Irvine, ranked the safest city of its size for 16 consecutive years and home to many multinational industry leaders. All doctoral students are guaranteed a place in one of 7 housing communities, and more than half choose to live on campus. The UCI Childcare Center provides quality childcare for student, staff and faculty families. UC Irvine offers more than 40 campus clubs and organizations for graduate students, from student government to diversity-focused and professional groups. Aldrich Park, a 19-acre botanical garden, is the centerpiece of campus. The Anteater Recreation Center is a state-of-the-art facility that provides diverse sports, lifestyle and fitness activities that embrace personal wellness and social communities. Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Disneyland are all within a half-hour drive.

Rigorous academics, cutting-edge research and leadership development rank UC Irvine among the nation’s top universities, with a growing list of professional schools and programs, and new degrees in language sciences, pharmacy, psychological sciences concentration in clinical psychology, global studies and data science. UC Irvine is known for excellence in science: Three of its researchers have won Nobel Prizes in chemistry and physics. The campus also excels in humanities and the arts: Three alumni from the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program have won the Pulitzer Prize. The campus is home to the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, as well as Shakespeare Center, among other leading research centers and institutes. The Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center is the central hub to access academic and professional development support services and programs throughout the year.

UC Irvine is committed to diversity and is both a Hispanic-Serving and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Graduate Division’s Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) program promotes and supports inclusive excellence at the graduate level. UC Irvine also offers doctoral students a 5-year funding guarantee. And dedicated academic counselors support the success of graduate students by working with them in areas such as communication and stress management.

Undergraduate research programs

Completing a research project before you apply to graduate school can help you be a competitive applicant. You don't have to be a UC Irvine student to take advantage of the campus's programs. 

Contact information

UC Irvine Graduate Division
Graduate studies contact:
(949) 824-4611