1. Application Fee

Applications must be submitted online. The application fee is $120.00 for domestic applications and $140.00 for international applications. The fee must be paid before the application will be considered as complete, and the fee must be paid for each application submitted.

2. Three Letters of Recommendation

All letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically by the referee. The online application will automatically notify the referee and provide instructions on how to submit their letters.

3. Transcripts

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 

4. TOEFL scores

TOEFL or IELTS is required if English is not your first language or the primary language of instruction for your degree. The minimum TOEFL IBT score is 550, or 213 if using the computer-based test. The minimum score for the new TOEFL iBT is 80. The minimum IELTS score is seven on a nine point scale. Submit scores to School Code 4834; Department Code 30.

The deadline for all applications is December 15.

GRE scores are no longer required for admission consideration.

*We strongly advise international applicants to seek fellowship support from their home countries. Only exceptional international students without financial support can be accepted into the program. Please contact the Graduate Group ( prior to seeking admission.