Graduate and Professional Students

The university is continuously engaged in building its community of educators, researchers and innovators. This means both students and university leaders must look beyond the bachelor's degree to advanced programs that will develop the next generations of scientists, scholars and faculty members.

With programs that support students from underrepresented groups in their pursuit of graduate school, UC is developing a new cohort of academic mentors and leaders who reflect the full, diverse spectrum of our larger society.

Systemwide graduate and professional school initiatives

  • California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
    This graduate education forum, planned by a consortium of public and private colleges and universities throughout California, has been designed to meet the needs of advanced bachelor's and master's candidates who belong to groups that are currently underrepresented in doctoral-level programs.
  • Diversity and international initiatives
    UC has launched a number of programs to enhance the educational experience of students from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds, including those who are undocumented and/or first-generation college students.
  • Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders (SIEML)
    This institute provides an all-expenses-paid immersive business and career leadership experience for students currently enrolled in their sophomore or junior year at an HBCU (historically Black college or university) or HSI (Hispanic-serving institution).
  • UC-HBCU Initiative
    Through this initiative, the Office of the President encourages UC faculty to collaborate and cooperate with faculty and students at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
    UC Programs in Medical Education (UC PRIME) is a unique medical school program that supplements standard training with additional curriculum tailored to meet the needs of various underserved populations.


Applying to Grad School?

Get insider tips and advice on the application process with UC's graduate admissions brochure, What's Next?