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Steps to Applying

UC Davis graduate programs are no longer accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Application Deadlines

It is your responsibility to ensure your application is submitted by the deadline. Application deadlines are available on the Graduate Programs & Deadlines page. Applications close after 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on the day of the deadline. UC Davis does not extend or waive application deadlines for any reason, including technical issues experienced by individual applicants, so applicants are encouraged to apply well before the deadline.

The Online Application

Apply to academic graduate programs offered by Graduate Studies at UC Davis using the online application system.

Take the time to check the application before you submit it to make certain you have filled out all fields completely and correctly. Once you submit your online application, no changes or additions will be made. All required application sections must be submitted as a part of the online application - UC Davis will not accept email attachments or paper copies.

You may apply to multiple graduate programs during a single admissions period. You must file a complete application for each program, including a new online application and application fee.

Individuals who were once enrolled at UC Davis as graduate students and are seeking for readmission into the same program must apply for readmission using the readmission application form instead of the online application.

Test Score Requirements

Some graduate programs may require applicants to submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or subject test scores as a part of their application requirements.  In addition, UC Davis requires some applicants to submit English language examination scores.  For specific details regarding these requirements, please see our Test Score Requirements webpage.

Application Fees

A graduate application fee of $120 (U.S. applicants) or $140 (international applicants) is required from all applicants. Applicants who choose to apply to more than one graduate program must pay an application fee for each program. The application fee is not refundable and must be paid before the application can be reviewed. Instructions for payment will appear when you submit your online application.

Application fee waivers

Applications fees are only waived for applicants who have participated in or are affiliated with one or more of the graduate preparation programs listed below. Unfortunately we are not able to offer application fee waivers on any other basis (financial circumstances, participation in programs not listed below, etc.).

Graduate Preparation Program Participants

Applicants who are affiliated with these programs are required to indicate their participation AND must provide the name and contact information of their program coordinator in the "Other Information" section of the online application system. The application fee waiver will be applied immediately upon submission. Confirmation of the applicant's program participation takes place during application review.

  • AGEP (Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate)
  • The Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields.  The program objectives include: To support the development, implementation and study of innovative models of doctoral education, postdoctoral training, and faculty advancement for historically underrepresented minorities in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields; and to advance knowledge about the underlying issues, policies and practices that have an impact on the participation, transitions and advancement of historically underrepresented minorities in the STEM academy.
  • BUILD (BUilding Infrastructure Leading to Diversity - NIH)
  • BUILD awards consist of linked grants issued to undergraduate institutions to implement and study innovative approaches to engaging and retaining students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research, potentially helping them on the pathway to become future contributors to the NIH-funded research enterprise. BUILD awards differ from other NIH-funded training grants in that they aim to achieve simultaneous impact at the student, faculty and institutional levels. Through implementing a variety of innovative approaches to research skill building and training, mentorship and institutional change, the BUILD-funded institutions address various challenges faced by students, faculty and institutions. In addition, by disseminating effective interventions and strategies to diversify biomedical research, BUILD institutions contribute to broader transformational impact at an institutional level.
  • Cal-Bridge Scholars
  • Cal-Bridge, a CSU-UC bridge program in physics and astronomy, provides financial and mentoring support to undergraduates at California State University campuses as they look forward to the critical transition to graduate school. The aim is to increase the pool of CSU students who go on to doctoral study and research careers in physics and astronomy.
  • CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation)
  • Hosted on eight of the University of California campuses (including UC Davis), CAMP program seeks to increase minority participation in science, mathematics, and engineering fields through collaborative partnerships between institutions, faculty, student services, and students.
  • Envision UC Davis program participants
  • Envision UC Davis is a program offered by the University of California, Davis with the vision of creating a diverse and talented workforce at UC Davis, in the State of California, and for the nation. Undergraduate scholars from from a variety of California colleges and universities are invited to participate in a two-day event and provided with the opportunity to forge meaningful connections with UC Davis faculty and graduate students. For more information on Envision UC Davis, visit the program's website.
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program is a 1.6 billion dollar initiative funded by grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of the GMS program is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by: reducing financial barriers, increasing the representation of minority students in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences, and providing seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs.
  • GEM (National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science)
  • GEM recruits high quality underrepresented students looking to pursue Master’s and Doctoral degrees in applied science and engineering, and matches their specific skills to the specific technical needs of GEM employer members. Each year, GEM identifies and recruits more than 1,000 undergraduate students, graduate students, and working professionals for admission to advanced degree programs at the nation’s top universities. The combination of graduate study and field-related internships make GEM fellows more marketable and more competitive upon graduation. Note: You must be a current or former GEM fellow to qualify for an application fee waiver. Waivers are not available to prospective fellows who have applied but not yet been approved for the program.
  • Guardian Scholars Program (or if you have ever been in foster care)
  • Guardian Scholars is committed to improving the educational outcomes for foster youth and former foster youth by providing services and support to meet their needs through transition, graduation, and post-graduate planning.  They strive to maximize educational opportunities and university experiences through our comprehensive programs and holistic advising to help students achieve their academic and personal goals.
  • HSI Pathways to the Professoriate
  • This program is a collaboration between eight partner institutions (including UC Davis) with a goal to prepare undergraduate students in the humanities to pursue a career in the professoriate. Funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered through the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, HSI Pathways Fellows can expect preparation for humanities Ph.D. programs, engaged mentorship, development of academic and professional skills, a summer research program, a summer stipend, and other related research support.
  • IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development - NIH)
  • IMSD is a student development program for institutions. The goal of the program is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in biomedical research who complete Ph.D. degrees in these fields. The program offers an opportunity to develop new or expand existing effective academic developmental programs, including student research internships, in order to prepare students from underrepresented groups for competitive research careers and leadership positions in the biomedical sciences.
  • IRT (Institute for Recruitment of Teachers)
  • The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) empowers talented underserved and underrepresented future educators to teach and serve as leaders in American education because diversity is essential to excellence. Diversity of educators elevates the quality, expands the scope, and enhances the richness of education while impacting the learning of generations of students that will interact with diverse teachers. The heart of the IRT mission is therefore to expand educational access for talented underserved and underrepresented students, including students of color, first-generation, and low-income students by increasing collaboration with colleges and universities. Providing diverse students with educational and professional advocacy and mentorship in higher education will expand their career options as well as equip them to inspire more students as teachers, role models, and innovative thought leaders in education as well as advocate for positive changes in our education system.
  • LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation)
  • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is a funding program that assists universities and colleges in their efforts to significantly increase the numbers of students in high quality degree programs in (STEM) disciplines with a goal to diversify the STEM workforce. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming undergraduate STEM education through innovative, evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies, and relevant educational experiences in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines.
  • MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers - NIH)
  • Also known as “Maximizing Access to Research Careers,” MARC U-STAR awards provide support to institutions for the preparation of undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to improve their preparation for high-caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. level.
  • MBRS (Minority Biomedical Research Support)
  • The Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program aims to help fill the nation’s shortage of minority men and women in biomedical research careers. MBRS undergraduates or doctoral students are mentors by Rutgets-Neward faculty members to perform biomedical/behavioral research. Scholars receive salaries, research supplies, and travel funds to participate in scientific conferences. Doctoral students receive full tuition remission and the chance to coauthor and present research at conferences.
  • McNair Scholars
  • The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare first generation students with financial need or undergraduate members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society. or
  • MMUF (Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship)
  • The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program is the centerpiece of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s initiatives to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of institutions of higher learning. The fundamental objective of MMUF is to address, over time, the problem of underrepresentation in the academy at the level of college and university faculties. This goal can be achieved both by increasing the number of students from underrepresented minority groups (URM) who pursue PhDs and by supporting the pursuit of PhDs by students who may not come from traditional minority groups but have otherwise demonstrated a commitment to the goals of MMUF.
  • NIH Bridges to the Baccalaureate
  • The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program provides support to institutions to help students make transitions at a critical stage in their development as scientists. The program is aimed at helping students make the transition from 2-year junior or community colleges to full 4-year baccalaureate programs. The purpose of the program is to increase the pool of community college students who go on to research careers in the biomedical sciences and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research.
  • NIH Bridges to the Doctorate
  • The Bridges to the Doctorate Program provides support to institutions to help students make a critical transition in their development as scientists. The program is aimed at helping students make the transition from master's degree programs to Ph.D. programs. The purpose of the program is to increase the pool of master's degree students who go on to research careers in the biomedical sciences and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research.
  • PREP (Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program - NIH)
  • PREP awards encourage individuals from underrepresented groups who hold a recent baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science to pursue a research doctorate. PREP participants work as apprentice scientists in a preceptor's laboratory and participate in student development and education activities. This program is expected to strengthen the research skills and academic competitiveness of participants for pursuit of a graduate degree while also stimulating them to have an interest in addressing the health problems that disproportionately affect minorities and the medically underserved in the United States.
  • RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement - NIH)
  • RISE is a developmental program that seeks to increase the capacity of students underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to complete Ph.D. degrees in these fields. The program provides grants to institutions with a commitment and history of developing students from populations underrepresented in biomedical sciences as defined by the National Science Foundation. By supporting institutions with well-integrated developmental activities designed to strengthen students' academic preparation, research training and professional skills, the RISE Program aims to help reduce the existing gap in completion of Ph.D. degrees between underrepresented and non-underrepresented students.
  • Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar (CSU)
  • Sally Casanova provides chosen scholars the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty from CSUs and from doctoral-granting institutions in preparation for success in graduate studies. The program provides funding for activities such as summer research programs, campus visits, travel to national symposiums and professional meetings, membership to professionals organizations and journal subscriptions, and graduate school requirement fees.
  • UC Davis AB540 and Undocumented Student Center Mentorship & Professional Development (MPD)
  • The Mentorship & Professional Development (MPD) Fellowship Program provides junior and senior undergraduate students with the opportunity to participate in a culturally relevant mentorship and professional development program. The program provides transformative mentorship, intensive career preparation, and meaningful academic/vocational opportunities while addressing the specific challenges and concerns of upcoming college graduates. This is experienced in an intensive, two-quarter professional development journey during the Winter and Spring Quarters to gain a multifaceted understanding of and preparation for the professional world and graduate school options after undergraduate education.
  • UC Davis College of Engineering Equity Program participants
  • The UC Davis College of Engineering (COE) believes diversity and inclusion are essential components of doctoral (PhD) training in engineering. In 2019, COE launched a collection of strategies designed to improve the diversity of the applicant pool among our engineering graduate programs. These strategies are collectively referred to as the COE Equity program. Students selected for participation are eligible for application fee waivers.
  • UC-HBCU Initiative Summer Research Program
  • The UC-HBCU Initiative is a program offered by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) which connects faculty and undergraduate scholars at both UCs and HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Through faculty-guided summer programs, undergraduates learn how to conduct research and develop professional skills and knowledge of graduate school in a variety of academic disciplines.  A goal of the program is to increase the pool of talented, competitive, Black and African American students who apply to and pursue graduate degrees and professional training at one of the ten UC campuses. or
  • UC LEADS (Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees)
  • The University of California's Leadership Excellence through Advanced DegreeS (UC LEADS) program identifies and prepares promising students who have experienced situations or conditions that have adversely impacted their academic advancement for advanced education in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM). The UC LEADS benefits include: a two-year program of scientific research and graduate school preparation guided by individual faculty mentors, paid summer research experience, symposium experience, the chance to travel to other UC campuses and professional or scientific society meetings, and graduate school preparation.
  • UCDGAP (Graduate Admissions Pathways)
  • UC Davis Graduate Admissions Pathways (UCDGAP) is a summer research program that seeks to address the barriers that prevent full participation of under-represented minority (URM) students in graduate education and research careers. UCDGAP provides the opportunity for California State University and Historically Black Colleges and University undergraduates to research and learn from UC Davis faculty and graduate student mentors, with the intention of using the experience to pursue graduate degrees and professional training at UC Davis. This faculty-guided summer program teaches undergraduates scholars how to conduct research and develops professional skills in a variety of academic disciplines.


UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended.  You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application.  For more details visit

Confirming Your Application is Complete

After you have submitted your online application and other application materials, you can check the status of your application by logging in to our system (using the instructions provided the email you received) seeing which materials have been received. Please allow the graduate program some time to receive and review your materials before contacting them to inquire about the status of your application.

Notification of Decision

Your completed application and supplemental materials will be evaluated by your graduate program. The Graduate Admissions Advisory Committee in the graduate program will submit its recommendations to the dean; final admission decisions rest with the dean of Graduate Studies. This approval procedure applies to all applicants including those applying to UC Davis from another UC campus.

Official notification of an admission decision will be sent to you by Graduate Studies via e-mail once the graduate program has notified our office of their decision. Please be certain to check your e-mail account (including your Junk Mail or Spam folder) frequently for updates regarding your application status.