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UCI Division of Continuing Education

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Transforming the Learning Experience

UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) was established in 1962 and has served the lifelong learning and career development needs of individuals, organizations, and the community on a local, regional, and global scale. Through a wide range of educational opportunities including certificate and specialized studies programs, short courses and strategic partnerships, we provide learning pathways for those seeking career advancement or personal enrichment. Today, we offer 80+ industry-relevant certificates and specialized studies programs on campus, online, and at corporate sites. We also serve as a gateway for our students to reach other UC Extensions and campus amenities such as the UCI Alumni Association and the Chancellor’s Club.


UCI DCE has been led since 2000 by highly respected industry leader and visionary, Gary Matkin, Ph.D, Dean of Continuing Education and Vice Provost of Career Pathways. Dean Matkin is an UPCEA Nolte Award winner—the most prestigious academic and administration accolade in continuing education.

Dean Matkin has been an impressive supporter of the Open Education Movement. In fact, with his leadership and direction, UCI was the first west coast university to be involved in the movement, joined by MIT. In addition, Dean Matkin has led the charge at the University to be one of the first UC campuses to offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through our partnership with Coursera.

Dean Matkin is also leading the Alternative Digital Credentials (ADCs) movement at UCI. Under his leadership, UCI is offering competency-based ADCs aligned with professionally relevant skills. Unlike traditional transcripts, ADCs offer a digital, verifiable record of specific educational achievements that students can share with their personal and professional networks via social media.

The 60-year curriculum, an idea developed by Dean Matkin, begins in an undergraduate student’s freshman year and serves students well after graduation and throughout their lifetimes. Whereas “lifelong learning” expresses the need for an individual to continue learning, the 60-year curriculum expresses UCI’s goal to provide lifelong learning opportunities in the form of formal education courses and programs.

A Global Education Partner

UCI DCE partners with UCI campus, businesses, professional organizations, and leading higher education institutions around the world to provide a wide range of programs that drive success. Learn more about our Corporate Education and Global Partnerships opportunities.

Career Resource for UCI Students

Under Dean Matkin’s leadership, the Division of Career Pathways (DCP), led by Assistant Vice Provost Suzanne Helbig, is the University’s hub for career development and preparation for our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and professionals, and serves as the recruitment center for local, regional, and national organizations. Our student-centered career programs strengthen the University’s mission to deliver continuing and lifelong education. And this illustrates our significant commitment and investment in supporting your career aspirations.

Open Education

UCI DCE also is part of the Open Education Consortium, a non-profit, global, member-based network of open education institutions and organizations. UCI was first University of California campus and West Coast University to become a member of the OER and is joined by well-renowned universities such as MIT and Tufts University. UC Irvine’s membership in the Open Education Consortium is consistent with its public and land-grant missions and its desire to play a significant role in contributing to the social welfare of the state, the nation and the world. Open Educational Resources (OER) showcase the University’s high quality education and makes courses and course materials free for everyone in the world. Learn more about UCI Open Education initiative.

About UCI

UCI is ranked 8th best public university in the nation and 35th among all American universities – public and private, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” 2020 survey.

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy.

UCI is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. All courses and certificate programs offered by UCI DCE have been developed and are administered in accordance with UCI Division of Continuing Education policy and the regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California.