University of California-Irvine Graduate Program Reviews

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96%
of students recommend
(4.15 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 161 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and MACTE
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 30,836 (25,256 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 7% part-time, 93% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $13,010 in-state; $28,112 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2018

Pros- A great reputation that is well deserved. Faculty are leaders in the field and make time for students. Grad students in most social science departments are well organized and support each other. There is also a lot of support for students with families. Cons- Irvine is not a fun place to live. It is in driving distance from beaches, mountains, and LA, but you need to have a car to access those things. A lot of students are rent-burdened. It is slightly cheaper to live on campus than off campus, but even on-campus rent is a high percentage of student stipends.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Environmental Engineering
Graduation Year: 2019

Great school, Irvine is not the most exciting city, but surrounding cities (Newport, Laguna, LA) are great!
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2020

The campus is mainly a commuter campus and there are many undergraduate events taking place on any given day. As a graduate student, there's enough to keep you engaged but also enough to make sure that you are working towards greater goals. Overall, the faculty are very responsive and care about their students.
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2022

This program has been a positive experience for me personally and professionally.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: good environment and helpful support from career center Cons: better to improve educational quality
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018

Pros: California school, good use of technology, good training Cons: Very expensive to live in the area, very little public transport
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2019

It is a very competitive and challenging program. A great learning experience!
2.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2018

The Paul Merage school has grown in rankings significantly helping the prestige and network that you'd want from an MBA - however the faculty are one of the most down to earth groups in any MBA program. They make the application process a joy and truly work to make a good mix for each section. Reading case studies is the norm for MBA programs but the professors all have PHDs and truly engaged in dialogue about the cases as opposed to talking 'at you' or lecturing in a patronizing way.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2018

The pros of this graduate program are the hands-on technical aspects or research. We have a multitude of clean energy systems that have impacts on a global scale. The directed and mature nature of our research tends to benefit people globally which is very inspiring. The only cons about this program are the stipend that isn't necessarily equal with the standard of living in Orange County and the isolation of Irvine's campus. These cons typically come with the territory anyway. so zot on! ZOT ZOT ZOT.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros: The chair is very involved and invested in the viability of the program. You get to know everyone in your program very well because the cohorts are small, as are the faculty to student ratios. Irvine is a great place to build your network. Cons: Newer program, so it is still working out its kinks. They are working on adding more classes and more practicum locations.
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