Diversity in Admissions

The diversity of our scholarly community ensures UCLA’s status as one of the world’s top universities, and we are committed to increasing diversity in graduate education. We celebrate our racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, sexual, gender, class, ability, and political differences, and we know that we achieve more together than we do alone. The Division of Graduate Education’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Admissions (DIA) at 1247 Murphy Hall is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm to answer any and all admissions questions and to support campus efforts to promote graduate diversity and inclusion. If you need online assistance with your application, please email DIA. The on-campus, UC-wide, and California-based programs that DIA and other UCLA units sponsor for current and aspiring graduate students can be found on the diversity resources page.

As a UC, our mission is to serve the people of California. Thus, we continually strive to ensure our graduate student demographics more closely reflect the demographics of the state and nation. We offer training in holistic admissions practices and heartily support departments seeking to make their admissions processes more inclusive. Our recruitment and admission practices embody the commitment to diversity reflected in the UC Guidelines For Addressing Race and Gender Equity in Academic Programs in Compliance with Proposition 209 and UC Regents’ Policy 4400 (the “Diversity Statement”), which UCLA Chancellor Gene Block echoes in his own statement of diversity. Diversity statistics are available within each graduate program’s statistics section. Search for a program here, then head to the Program Statistics tab.


UCLA is proud of the broad intellectual interests, beliefs, and identities reflected in our graduate population. Beyond rhetoric, however, we seek to acknowledge, cultivate, and uplift those differences that will catalyze the greatest change and move us towards a more just and equitable future.

Marissa López
Professor of English and Chicana/o and Central American Studies
& Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Admissions 

Funding for Incoming Students

Our Office of Fellowships and Financial Services maintains general scholarship and fellowship information. In addition, UCLA has diversity-specific funding resources aimed at supporting underrepresented students.


Summer research opportunities for undergraduates

Our outreach efforts extend to undergraduate students, too. As a prospective graduate student, you know how important it is to explore your options early in your academic career. These programs are designed for undergraduates who wish to learn more about the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research.