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About Graduate Studies

Graduate Education at UC Davis

For nearly a century, graduate ​education has been a major feature on the UC Davis campus. In 1925, the first 12 graduate students enrolled in the College of Agriculture.

Since then, we've expanded to offer more than 100 graduate and professional degree programs and boasts a diverse student body from around the world. Known for our state-of-the-art research facilities, productive laboratories and progressive spirit – UC Davis offers collaborative and interdisciplinary curricula through graduate groups and designated emphasis options – bringing students and faculty of different academic disciplines together to address real-world challenges.

How Graduate Studies Serves UC Davis

Graduate Studies serves our community of almost 7,000 graduate students, 1,000 postdoctoral scholars, and more than 100 graduate degree programs through a variety of functions. 

We operate as a central hub for the various campuses, guiding and supporting graduate students from the moment of admission, through the various milestones of their progress, to the completion of their degree requirements. We provide academic, financial, personal, and professional support services that support the success and well-being of UC Davis graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. 

As the primary resource and advocate for graduate education and the needs of students and scholars, Graduate Studies ensures the equitable administration of policies governing graduate studies across UC Davis' schools and colleges. We partner with the faculty and staff of each program and the deans of each school and college to maintain the quality of graduate education at UC Davis. 

Our Functional Areas

  • Admissions, Recruitment and Outreach

  • Student and Postdoctoral Support

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Analysis and Policy

  • Strategic Initiatives and External Relations

  • Business Administration and Human Resources

To learn more about our team or to contact Graduate Studies, visit our staff directory.