Hort & Agronomy Graduate Group
APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR FALL QUARTER ARE:
- JANUARY 5 priority admissions deadline and campus fellowship deadline
- APRIL 1 general admissions deadline
Application materials to be submitted:
• On-line application
• Application fee
• Three letters of recommendation
• GRE scores
• TOEFL or IELTS score (international students only)
• Fellowship application (if applying for fellowships)
A number of our current graduate students have volunteered to answer questions
you may have about the application process, the Horticulture & Agronomy Graduate
program, and life in Davis -- from a student perspective. Click here for their contact information.
Students are required to apply
via the web. (Please note: Current UC Davis graduate students should not apply on-line; they
should contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Lisa Brown -- email@example.com, 530-752-7738 --
regarding the application process.)
Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose section of the on-line application is one of the most
important components of your application, and is the key to helping you find a
Major Professor. (Your recommenders may find it helpful, too.) Be sure to draft
your Statement of Purpose as carefully and as specifically as you can. It should
reflect your experience and interests in the program, it should be well-organized
and concise, and most of all it should identify your own research interests. For
more experienced students, the statement should also contain specific reference to
your research experience.
The University application fee is $105 for domestic applications, $125 for
international applications, and may be paid by credit card or e-check. The
application fee must be paid before the application will be considered complete.
A fee must be paid for each application submitted.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online
application. Do not have recommenders send letters in hard copy.
Letters of recommendation may reflect a mix of backgrounds (academic or employment),
but you should seek to include at least two from people who are qualified to
evaluate the quality of your scholastic achievements and academic training, as well
as your potential to carry out independent research. It is helpful to tell your
references to address those characteristics that are important to your admission.
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
Only the general GRE test (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing) is required.
There are no minimum required scores; the scores are just one factor used to
determine admissibility, and will be considered along with GPA, academic background,
letters of recommendation, and previous research experience.
To have your GRE scores sent to the Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group,
select Agronomy (Dept Code 0104), and specify Institution Code 4834 or select U CA Davis. It is recommended that you request ETS to forward your scores electronically to this institution code. Do not select U CA Davis Grad Sch Mgmt.
More information about the GRE, including test dates
and the location of testing centers, can be found at www.gre.org.
TOEFL or IELTS Scores
All international students whose first language is not English, or who have not
completed a degree (preferably a four year degree) at an institution where English is the official language of instruction, must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score. This is a Graduate Studies requirement.
The minimum acceptable TOEFL scores are:
• 550 (paper based exam)
• 80 total (IBT or web based exam)
Official score reports must be sent electronically to U CA Davis (4834). Please select 40
for the Department Code, or select Forestry from the drop-down list.
For information on the IELTS exam, consult our
Fellowship applications are submitted electronically, along with your application
for admission. Your admissions/fellowship application packet -- application, fee, transcripts, letters, GRE, and
TOEFL (if required) -- must be complete by January 5th in order
to be considered for a campus fellowship.
All applicants who are US citizens, permanent residents or immigrants, and who
wish to be considered for fellowships, should file a
FAFSA by the end of February.
Brief Description of the Admissions Review Process
Step 1: You submit your paid application to UC Davis electronically. You will be able to track the status of your application packet by logging back into the on-line application system to see which materials have been received.
Step 2: Your application packet is reviewed by the Horticulture & Agronomy
Admissions Committee. High scholastic ranking in an
appropriate undergraduate curriculum,
satisfactory performance on the GRE (and TOEFL or IELTS, if required), and positive
recommendations are the key factors in admission to this program; previous research
experience is beneficial.
Step 3: If the Admissions Committee recommends acceptance, you will be
notified via e-mail, and we will work with you to identify a suitable Major Professor.
You must have a Major Professor who is a member of the Horticulture & Agronomy
Graduate Group in order to be admitted into the program. A list of Horticulture
& Agronomy faculty is available on our faculty webpage.
If no Major Professor is found, your application will be returned to Graduate
Studies for denial of admission.
Step 4: Once a Major Professor is identified, your application will be
submitted to Graduate Studies, with a recommendation for admission; if they approve,
they will send an official offer of admission.
If your plans change at any time during this process, or if you accept admission at
another institution, we would appreciate notification so your application can be
withdrawn. Application withdrawals should be sent via e-mail to Lisa Brown