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A Message from Dean Nancy Guerra

Welcome to the School of Social Ecology—a truly exciting place to be! I would like to extend my warmest personal welcome to everyone, and also want to welcome you on behalf of our Associate Deans, Susan Coutin and Richard Matthew, the Department Chairs, and all faculty, staff, and current students. 

In Social Ecology, we realize that the 21st century presents us with significant challenges and a wide array of opportunities for creating a better world.  We also realize that research universities such as UC Irvine and schools such as Social Ecology provide an ideal venue to solve some of these important social and environmental problems.  Faculty in our three highly ranked departments—the Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy; the Department of Criminology, Law and Society; and the Department of Psychological Science, as well as faculty who support our Social Ecology-Core program—work within and across disciplines to address some of the most important concerns facing us today.  As our motto—Science Driving Solutions—reveals, we engage in translational research and education defined by its “end use” to strengthen communities and improve lives.

As we begin the new academic year, we are planning to increase our global focus and organize our work around three interdisciplinary themes or global hubs: Healthy People and Places; Criminology and Social Justice; and Technology and Human Potential. Within and across these themes, faculty and students study issues ranging from poverty to prison overcrowding, from gang violence to healthy child development, from health risks to aging to community development and empowerment. We encourage flexibility and independent thinking among faculty and students and support collaboration across different fields and with diverse types of people. We embrace diversity in experience, thought, and action, and we put it to good use in our classrooms as well as in our local, regional, state, national, and global communities.

For those who are interested in learning about people, communities, and the world, the School of Social Ecology is an ideal place to be. It's a place where students enjoy a world-class education, setting the stage for a successful and meaningful future beyond UC Irvine. It’s also a place where we care about our students’ well-being, personal, and professional development. As Dean, I am always willing to listen to you and to help you navigate your graduate and professional career decisions—please feel welcome to send me an email ( or request an appointment with my executive assistant, Nancy Le (

I also encourage you to take a look at our news and events page to learn more about the many things going on in the School of Social Ecology.  You'll see that our outstanding faculty, students, alumni, and supporters continue to be at the center of impressive accomplishments.

Information for Incoming Graduate Students

Incoming graduate students should first review the information provided on UCI Graduate Division's webpage for admitted studentsAdditionally, incoming students should review the Social Ecology Academic Services page for details regarding tuition and fees, the Social Ecology Graduate Handbook, and other campus resources.

  • Domestic students: please review and complete the Pre-Arrival and Post-Arrival checklists.
  • International students: please review and complete the Pre-Arrival and Post-Arrival checklists, specifically for incoming international students


UCI Campuswide Online Graduate Student Orientations


Social Ecology Online New Graduate Student Orientation

2020-2021 Social Ecology Graduate Orientation - Complete by October 1 (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 10/16)


Additional Online Orientation Events for Doctoral Students

  • Social Ecology Statistics Boot Camp for Incoming Doctoral Students (9/8/2020 - 9/11/2020)
    • Tuesday, September 8th, to Friday, September 11th.
    • An optional, 4-day workshop for incoming doctoral students.
    • For more information, email Director of Graduate Affairs, Jennifer Craig Welti.
  • Teaching Assistant Professional Development Program (REQUIRED for all incoming PhD students)
    • Check back for updates in late July/early August