Graduate Division

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FAQ For International Students

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Welcome! UC Irvine offers a wide variety of highly ranked academic and professional degree programs, and we encourage talented and forward-thinking students from across the country and around the world to apply. Our graduate programs are designed to enable you to achieve your potential through rigorous training, the opportunity to work with faculty who are the top in their field, and an environment that provides you with the resources that you need to be successful. We value our graduate students as important participants in the scholarship and research conducted at UC Irvine.

"I chose UC Irvine because of the opportunity to work with world-class faculty to develop scholarly skills."

Apply to UCI using the convenient online application.

The Graduate Division Admissions staff process more than 14,000 applications each year and provides a wide range of services to prospective students, applicants, admitted students, faculty and staff. The links below will provide information and resources to help you navigate the graduate admissions process.

To learn about how to apply, please see the Applying to UCI page.

Applicants who have already submitted their application can check their status on their application status page

Admissions Criteria

All applicants must meet the following minimum academic requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognized academic institution with degree standards equivalent to those of the University of California
  • Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Provide official standardized test scores (GRE) when it is applicable. The GRE test is required for most programs, but please check the requirements of the specific program you're applying to below. 

Please note that this list is valid through 6/30/21 and will be updated for the Fall 2022 application cycle this coming July.

Please note that individual graduate programs may have additional requirements for admission.


International Students

UCI welcomes applications from students with U.S. bachelor’s degrees or equivalent degrees from institutions of recognized standing in other countries. Assessment of a degree from an international institution is based on the characteristics of the national system of education, the type of institution attended, and the level of studies completed.

More detailed information specific to international applicants is available on the International Admissions page.

In addition to the admissions criteria listed above, international students must meet other requirements and must demonstrate English language proficiency.


Financial Support

There are many ways in which graduate students may finance their graduate career. Many graduate programs provide some level of financial support. More information is available on the Financial Support page in this section of our website.