Application Procedures

Hort & Agronomy Graduate Group


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)

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On-Line Application

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 --, 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.

Course History
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.

Application Fee

The University application fee is $105 for domestic applications, $125 for international applications, and must be paid by credit card. 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

GRE Scores

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


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
Graduate Studies website.

Fellowship Application

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 (