Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to understand your own emotions and the emotions of others, and to use that understanding to effectively solve problems and make decisions. In practice, people with high EQ are associated with better physical and mental health, social relationships, adaptive coping skills, and academic/job performance.
This graduate-level certificate program is designed to help you learn, practice, and apply social and emotional skills in your personal, academic, and career contexts. You will learn the art and science behind emotions: from what research tells us about emotions, to how to stand out in job interviews, to how to harness your emotions for purpose and resilience.

About the Instructor: 

Dr. Jenny Woo is the founder/CEO of Mind Brain Emotion.

She is a Harvard-trained educator, researcher, and executive coach. Jenny dedicates her career to helping people realize their potential, from classrooms to boardrooms. She has worked as a school administrator at a network of Montessori schools, an MBA career coach and instructor at UC Berkeley, a Deloitte Human Capital consultant, an HR Talent Strategy Manager, and a cognitive science and memory researcher. She is the creator of the award-winning 52 Essential Emotional Intelligence games, used in 50+ countries. She has spoken at companies such as Google, Accenture, and Edwards LifeSciences, and has been featured in TEDx, Forbes, CNBC, FORTUNE, Inc, Parents, and Business Insider.

What You’ll Learn

By the end of the program, you will have been exposed to the essential knowledge and skills necessary to function as an emotionally and socially competent individual, as well as opportunities to build friendships with others in the program.

Program Format: 

  • 6-week hybrid certificate program
  • Includes weekly online pre-recorded lectures and real-world exercises (accessible anytime) and a weekly 30-min live Zoom session for EQ games and peer-based learning.
  • You will be paired in small support groups based on your personal and/or professional interests.

Who Should Apply

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from all disciplines are welcome to submit an interest form. Priority enrollment will be given to students close to graduating. 

Certificate Requirements

This is a 6-week certificate program. You must attend all Zoom sessions to receive the certificate of completion

Course Schedule

  • 2024 Spring Schedule 
    • 12:00-12:30PM on Wednesdays from April 17 to May 15  

How to Apply

Complete and submit the Emotional Intelligence Interest Form. The Interest Form will be open until program capacity is reached.

View the full curriculum here: Mind Brain Emotion 

“Dr. Woo is a passionate emotional intelligence instructor and very approachable for difficult conversations. Her workshops were interactive, fun, and incredibly easy to integrate into my busy schedule. I looked forward to each Friday morning and I often thought, “wow where did the time go?” or “I wished we had more time.” So grateful for her workshop especially as a young professional working in and leading teams. Her course permeates all aspects of life from professional to personal. Thank you Jenny!” – Joanne Ly, Ph.D. Biomedical/Medical Engineering

“I would 1,000% recommend this program to everyone. In fact, this program should be an elective that gets offered to all executive level MBA classes or anyone in a leadership role. The material covered in the program is relevant, easy to understand and can be applied to every aspect of one’s life (personal and professional).” – Robynne Curry, M.A. Business Administration

“Jenny kept the live zoom sessions very engaging and touched the topics that we wouldn’t generally discuss in the public, openly. All the conversations that we had were extremely meaningful and enlightening. The biggest take-way for me was the fact that I was introduced to so many people with vivid backgrounds. This really helps you understand the perspectives that different people have towards dealing with their emotions and collectively learning about navigating through them in a fun-filled environment was extremely rewarding. I would most definitely recommend this program to all UCI graduate students.” – Aneesh Thakur, M.A. Computer Science


Questions? Email the Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars Resource Center at gpsrc@uci.edu