Following the campus guidelines for Coronavirus all UC Davis classes, lectures, seminars, labs and discussion sections will move to virtual instruction and remain virtual through the end of Summer Session 2021, including final exams. Given this, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions. To contact staff members of the department via e-mail or phone, please go to our administrative staff contact page.  We anticipate a return to campus for Fall 2021.


When are applications and letters of recommendations due? Are GRE, TOEFL and transcript submission deadlines flexible? The answers are here.

What is the application deadline?

What is the application deadline?

You must apply by December 15, 2018, for fall 2019 admission.

Due date for recommendation letters

Must all recommendation letters be submitted by Dec. 15?

Submitting letters of recommendation by December 15 is preferable. But if you submit your admission application by December 15, recommenders can still submit letters after that date (and doing so will not disqualify you). Recommenders cannot submit letters until after the application has been submitted; we advise waiting until after the application fee has been paid.

What if I have two or more GRE scores?

If I have taken the GRE exam more than once, how do you consider the scores?

UC Davis will review all of the scores. We take your best scores for each section of the exam into consideration.

Submit GRE or TOEFL after deadline?

If GRE or TOEFL scores or recommendation letters are not able to be submitted by the deadline, can I still be considered for admission?

Yes, you can still be considered for admission. Just do your best to have those items submitted as soon as possible. However, the admission application, statement of purpose, personal history statement and résumé (c.v.) all must be submitted online by the Dec. 15 deadline. Your application will not be reviewed, however, until after all items have been received.

Admission deferral after acceptance

If an applicant is accepted to enter the UC Davis Graduate Program in the fall but then is unable to travel to Davis when classes begin, can the admission be deferred to the next year?

Admission is not deferred to the next year, but you can apply for admission again for the next year in competition with other applicants.

Updated transcript after deadline

If I already submitted my transcripts to meet the December 15 deadline, but later receive fall quarter or semester grades, can I submit an updated transcript?

Yes, but you would first need to contact the Graduate Program Coordinator at to inform her that you have an updated transcript with fall grades available and ready to submit.  She would then need to "reject" the earlier transcript you submitted before the system would allow you to submit your updated transcript.