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How to Apply

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

Recruitment Weekend:
Earth and Planetary Sciences recruitment weekend is February 21-24, 2019.
Emails will be sent to invited students in mid- to late-January 2019.
All those invited to visit are expected to attend, with support from the program.

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 thesis 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 the online application.

  • The application portal opens in mid-October
  • All application materials must be received by UC Davis by December 15
  • 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 2018-2019 academic year:

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

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)
  • Unofficial 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