UCI Graduate Division Application and Admission

It is the goal of UCI Graduate Division to award fellowships to many admitted students based upon merit or financial need.

In addition, diversity fellowships for new and continuing PhD and M.F.A. students are based on demonstrated scholastic achievement, full-time status, U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, and socioeconomic and educational limitations.

Each academic department identifies those students whose scholarship, background, and life experiences can best enhance the level of diversity within a department or discipline.


UCI Graduate Division Overview

With the exception of programs conducted by the School of Medicine for the training of physicians, and the J.D. program in the School of Law, the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, and Dean of the UCI Graduate Division administers graduate education in accordance with academic policies established by the University of California, the Irvine Division of the Academic Senate, and the UCI Graduate Council, a standing committee of the Irvine Division of the Academic Senate.

Graduate education includes those students engaged in the pursuit of a master’s degree, a doctoral degree, or a teaching credential, as well as individuals engaged in postdoctoral training at UCI.

There is no separate graduate faculty at UCI; all graduate work is supervised by academic units and faculty members who have concurrent responsibility for undergraduate education.

Information about UCI Graduate Division graduate education at UCI is published here in the UCI General Catalogue, on the Graduate Division website, and in individual graduate program publications.

The staff of the Graduate Division and departmental academic advisors are prepared to answer questions about admission, academic policies and procedures, graduate programs and degrees, financial assistance, student services, and other matters of concern to applicants or graduate students. The UCI Graduate Division is located in 120 Aldrich Hall; 949-824-4611, or visit the Graduate Division website.

The University of California believes that a diverse student and faculty population is integral to the advancement of academic excellence and is critical to promoting the lively intellectual exchange and the variety of ideas and perspectives that are essential to advance scholarly research and debate.

The University is committed to expanding student outreach, recruitment, and retention efforts. Through the UCI Graduate Division diversity programs, steps are taken to increase the participation of diverse groups of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been educationally or socioeconomically disadvantaged.

Admission to Graduate Standing

Applicants for admission to graduate study at UCI must apply for acceptance into a specific graduate program to work toward a specific advanced degree.

A general requirement for admission is that the applicant holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts, Letters, Philosophy, or Science (or an acceptable equivalent) from an accredited academic institution with degree standards equivalent to those of the University of California. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of at least B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) is required.

Each applicant’s file is comprehensively evaluated by the faculty admissions committee of the applicant’s specific graduate program on the basis of such factors as academic subject preparation, scholarship, letters of recommendation, test scores, and examples of previous work.

One critical evaluative question is whether the applicant’s academic objectives can reasonably be satisfied by a particular graduate program on this campus. Please note that the University of California does not have the capacity to accommodate/admit all applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements.

Application Procedure

How to Apply: Prospective students should apply online using the Application for Graduate Study available at the UCI Graduate Division website. Detailed instructions are included in the electronic application. For additional information, send email to grad@uci.edu or call 949-824-4611.

The mandatory application fee is $105 ($125 for international students) and is not refundable under any circumstances. (Please note, however, that the application fee for M.B.A. programs offered by The Paul Merage School of Business is $150.) Payment instructions are provided in the electronic application as well as on the UCI Graduate Division website.

Diversity program and/or financial-need-based application fee waivers may be available for a few domestic (U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident) applicants.

When to Apply

For all graduate programs, applications should be completed and submitted by the respective program’s stated deadline. Some programs have deadlines as early as December 1; others have deadlines of January 15, and still, others may accept applications until March or thereafter.

In order to process applications in time for the applicant to receive full consideration, letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and official test scores must be received before the published deadlines. Some schools and departments have earlier or later deadlines for filing the application.

Applicants should consult their prospective department or school for more detailed information. Contact information for the schools and departments may be obtained by visiting their individual websites or via the list of department and school contacts on the Graduate Division website.

Required Supporting Documents

Letters of Recommendation: Applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation uploaded to the application system, or forwarded directly to their prospective academic department or program.

Instructions for contacting recommenders and for uploading letters of recommendation are available on the application. Only one set of three recommendation letters needs to be submitted in support of an application for admission and fellowship or assistant­ship consideration.

It is important that letters of recommendation be completed primarily by professors or instructors in disciplines related to the proposed course of study who are in a position to analyze an applicant’s abilities and academic promise.

Admission and Registration

A formal notice of the admission decision is sent to each applicant as soon as possible after the application and complete records are received, and after the department has made a recommendation. The official notification will be mailed well in advance of the beginning of the quarter for which application has been made.

Admission to graduate standing does not constitute registration for classes. A student is not officially registered for classes until the entire registration procedure is completed each quarter, including payment of Tuition, Student Services Fee, and other University fees, and enrollment in courses.

Information on registration dates and procedures will be mailed to newly admitted students prior to the registration cycle. Extensive information for newly admitted students is available at the New Graduate Students website.

If an applicant wishes to defer admission to a later academic quarter (up to a maximum of three quarters after the original quarter of admission), the Graduate Division must be notified of the request in writing.

After formal admission has been offered, the request for deferral must also be approved by the academic program to which the applicant was admitted.

Graduate Degrees

  • Master’s Degrees
  • Doctor of Philosophy Degree
  • Theses and Dissertations
  • The Filing Fee
  • Nonresident Supplemental Tuition
  • Conferral of Graduate Degrees

Financial Assistance for Graduate Students

Several types of financial assistance are available to graduate students at UCI. These include fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, tuition fellowships for nonresident students, grants-in-aid, and student loans.

Financial support in the form of fellowships or assistantships is typically only offered to students admitted to the Ph.D., however, some programs may offer such support to students pursuing the master's degree at their discretion.

All domestic graduate students are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to access state and federal grants and loans. It is available at the FASFA website or in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships after January 1, with a submission deadline of March 2 each year.

The Financial Aid section in this Catalogue and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website contain information about assistance based upon the financial need that is administered by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Applicants interested in assistantships or fellowships should so indicate on their application when applying for admission. Many graduate programs have a deadline for completed graduate applications of January 15; however, many graduate programs have earlier, or later, deadlines.

Students should contact the academic program to which they are applying for accurate deadlines, particularly to receive full consideration for fellowship and assistantship awards. Continuing students interested in an assistantship or fellowship should contact the graduate advisor for their academic program. The awarding of fellowships to incoming students for the following academic year begins in the winter quarter.

UCI subscribes to the agreement of the Council of Graduate Schools of the United States, under which successful applicants for awards of financial support are given until April 15 to accept or decline such awards.

An award accepted from one of the member universities may be resigned at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance is given or left in force after that date commits the student to not accepting another appointment without first obtaining a formal release for that purpose from the awarding institution.

For more information about the UCI Graduate Division, visit their official website.

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