Hort & Agronomy Graduate Group
APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR FALL QUARTER ARE:
- JANUARY 5 priority admissions deadline and campus fellowship deadline
- MARCH 15 general admissions deadline
Application materials to be submitted:
• On-line application
• Application fee
• Three letters of recommendation
• 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 -- firstname.lastname@example.org, 530-752-7738 --
regarding the application process.)
There are many sections of the application, including the Statement of Purpose, the Personal History and Diversity Statement, Research Interests, Course History, and others. We recommend you look through the application early, section by section, so you will know what to prepare and what the character limits are for each of the essay/statement sections.
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 statement is limited to 4000 characters; we recommend
you prepare the statement in another program, then copy and paste it to the application.
In the Course History section, list the classes you have taken that you
feel satisfy our program's prerequisites, which are listed on our
Preparation Requirements webpage.
The graduate application fee is $120 for domestic applications, $140 for
international applications. The application fee must be paid before the application will be considered complete. More information can be found on Graduate Studies' application information website.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online
application. Do not have recommenders send letters in hard copy. There is a section
of the application for you to enter the names and e-mail addresses of your three recommenders. When you submit these, the application system send them an official request for their recommendations, along with information on how to submit them. You do not need to wait until you complete your application to submit the names of your recommenders.
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 Graduate Studies'
Submitting Your Transcripts and Academic Records webpage.
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 sole 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).
For information on the IELTS exam, consult Graduate
International Applicants webpage.
Fellowship applications are submitted electronically, along with your application
for admission. Your admissions/fellowship application packet -- application, fee, transcripts, letters, 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. We evaluate applicants using holistic review to identify people who are likely to be successful in our program. Criteria considered when reviewing applications include academic preparedness, indication of passion for research and intellectual growth, prior research experience, contribution to diversity, research and long-term goals that fit well with our program, resilience and adaptability, and positive recommendations; also,
satisfactory performance on the TOEFL or IELTS (if required).
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