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Deadline for 2018-2020 Cohort: February 23, 2018

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Graduate Education at UC Davis

Graduate Studies at UC Davis includes more than 90 dynamic degree programs and a diverse and interactive student body from around the world. Known for our state-of-the-art research facilities, productive laboratories and progressive spirit – UC Davis offers collaborative and interdisciplinary curricula through graduate groups and designated emphasis options – bringing students and faculty of different academic  disciplines together to address real-world challenges.

UC Davis master's and doctoral graduates become leaders in their fields – researchers, teachers, politicians, mentors and entrepreneurs. Graduates go on to guide, define and impact change within our global community. UC Davis graduates can be found throughout the world, making an impact in professions that affect all aspects of our lives from our health, environment and culture to even what we eat and drink. Students benefit from a wide range of academic and extracurricular programs, an interdisciplinary research community involved in local and global issues, and an abundance of opportunities to lead and make an impact on society. UC Davis offers students the experiences to discover what matters to them and to succeed after graduation.

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Graduate Application Fee Waiver

A graduate application fee of $105 (U.S. applicants) or $125 (international applicants) is required from all applicants. Applicants who choose to apply to more than one graduate program must pay an application fee for each program. The application fee is not refundable.

The application fee may be paid either a) by credit card at the end of the online application, or b) sending a check or money order made out to "UC Regents" to Graduate Studies. Do not send cash by mail to pay your application fee.

We strongly recommend that applicants submit their payment via credit card to avoid application processing delays. Applicants who choose to pay the application fee via check or money order will not have their applications processed until the application fee has been received.

UC Davis Graduate Studies offers application fee waivers only to applicants who have participated in or are affiliated with the following programs:

  • AGEP (Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate)
  • Bridges to the Baccalaureate/Doctorate - NIHBUILD (BUilding Infrastructure Leading to Diversity - NIH)
  • CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation)
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • GEM (National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science)
  • Guardian Scholars Program (or if you have ever been in foster care)
  • IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development - NIH)
  • IRT (Institute for Recruitment of Teachers)
  • LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation)
  • MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers - NIH)
  • MBRS (Minority Biomedical Research Support)
  • McNair Scholars
  • PREP (Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program - NIH)
  • RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement - NIH)
  • Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar (CSU)UC-HBCU Initiative Partnership
  • UC LEADS (Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees)

Applicants who are a part of these programs are required to indicate their participation AND must provide a name and contact information for their program coordinator in the relevant section of the online application system to receive an application fee waiver. If participation in the program cannot be verified the application will be canceled.

AB540 and Undocumented Students

The University of California Office of the President (UCOP) estimates a total of 900 undocumented students across the 10 UC campuses, of which graduate students constitute a small percentage of those students. UC Davis acknowledges the barriers undocumented students face and is committed to providing students' access to all levels of higher education that includes AB 540 and undocumented students. New legislation provides the opportunity to admit and fund both AB 540 and specific undocumented graduate students.

UC Davis AB 540 & Undocumented Student Center

UC Davis officially opened its AB 540 & Undocumented Student Center in the Fall of 2014. The Center offers personalized support to undocumented graduate and undergraduates students, their families and communities in overcoming many of the legal, financial, and professional obstacles they may face along the journey of obtaining higher education.

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