Philosophy graduate student Rena Goldstein operates the "ask a philosopher" booth at a farmers market in Long Beach. File photo: Steve Zylius/UCI

Graduate programs have been forced to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, adjusting both their admissions processes and their classroom experiences.

It’s been no different at UCI, where students are enrolled in an array of programs, from master’s degree programs in public health and dance, to PhD programs in history and physics, to a juris doctorate law program. For many of these degree offerings, UCI has suspended requirements for applicants to submit standardized test scores, both because of pandemic-related challenges and the inherent biases of the tests themselves.

What is the future of graduate education? Three UCI deans joined this panel interview to discuss UCI’s pandemic response, the reasons for suspending standardized test requirements, the need for diversity in graduate programs and why graduate education is vital to society.

In this video:

Gillian Hayes, dean of Graduate Division

Song Richardson, dean of the School of Law

Tyrus Miller, dean of the School of Humanities