How to Apply

UC Davis Graduate Admissions Procedures

UC Davis

Online application for Graduate Admission to UC Davis.

Please direct any questions regarding admission to the Geology Graduate Program
to the Graduate Program Coordinator at (530) 752-9100 or gel-advisers@ucdavis.edu


How to apply to the Geology Graduate Program at UC Davis:

Our people pages contain brief descriptions of the research interests of our faculty and scientists. You can also read about the primary research groups in the department. Only members of the Geology Graduate Program can be major advisors for graduate students. We encourage you to e-mail, write directly, or call individuals who may be working on research problems in which you are particularly interested, to discuss with them your plans for graduate research in our program. We encourage applicants to identify potential faculty mentors prior to completing their application.

Complete and submit this online application

  • The application portal opens in mid-October 2017
  • All application materials must be received by UC Davis by December 15, 2017
  • We recommend that you follow up on all application materials to make sure they have been sent and received.

The Earth and Planetary Sciences Department application deadline for admission for the 2017-2018 academic year:

  • General Deadline: December 15th
  • Space Available Deadline: May 1st

The General Deadline is the date by which all materials should be submitted for full consideration in our review process. We typically fill all available positions from the pool of applications submitted by this deadline. The Space Available Deadline is provided for cases in which an opening becomes available after our normal review process is complete. Potential applicants who miss the General Deadline should contact prospective faculty advisors to determine if the faculty members are still looking for new students, before submitting an application.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Personal History Statement
  • List of Faculty Mentors
  • Prior Experience Statement
  • CV/resume
  • Three letters of recommendation1
  • GRE scores2
  • TOEFL scores3 (if applicable)
  • Official transcripts4 from previous institutions attended
  • Application fee of $105 (U.S.) or $125 (international).

The Internal Fellowship Application must be completed as part of the online application. In the online application, when asked if you will be applying for fellowships, please answer “yes”.


1Three letters of recommendation are required.
They must be submitted electronically by the recommenders; instructions are in the online application.

2GRE scores from the general test only (not a subject test) are required.
Scores should be sent electronically to the Office of Graduate Studies, UC Davis (Institution Code 4834).

3TOEFL is required for all applicants whose native language or language of instruction is not English. UC Davis will also accept scores from the IELTS.
Scores should be sent electronically to the Office of Graduate Studies, UC Davis (Institution Code 4834). Additional information for international applicants.

4UC 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.

Please direct any questions to the Graduate Program Coordinator at gel-advisers@ucdavis.edu