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UCI Division of Continuing Education

  • UCI Division of Continuing Education

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.


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

A continuing education certificate can provide a solid foundation for anyone looking to advance in their career or transition to a new one. Learning from experienced professionals and capitalizing on networking opportunities are vital building blocks for success. But the certificate alone is just the beginning of the journey. Honing interview skills, crafting a standout resume, and finding the best employment and internship opportunities are key to landing a lucrative dream job. UCI Career Services offers free resources to help you, wherever you are in your career journey.

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 the 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.