When is the annual application deadline for Fall admission?
First Priority and Fellowship/Funding Deadline:
JANUARY 2nd. Priority consideration will be given to those
applicants who submit ALL materials by JANUARY 2nd. We highly
recommend all applicants meet the Priority deadline. Applicants
who meet the January 2nd deadline will be considered for
fellowships, block grant awards and other funding opportunities.
Final Application Deadline: MARCH 15th.
Completed applications received between Jan 3 – Mar 15 will be
reviewed on a space available basis only. Applications received
or completed during this period will not be considered for
fellowships and may not be considered for block grant awards and
other funding opportunities
How much is the application fee
An electronic application fee of $80 (U.S.) or $100
(international) is payable by everyone applying for admission.
Visa, Mastercard and e-check are now available options for
payment of the application fee.
Please note that the fee is not refundable under any
circumstances, nor will an application be processed until the fee
is received. Checks should be made out to “UC Regents.”
Do you accept applications for admission in the winter or spring
The Graduate School of Education/Graduate Group in Education
accepts applications only for the fall quarter.
How long does it take to complete the program?
Students in the Ph.D. program typically complete the program in 4
to 6 years. Students must take approximately 2 to 2 1/2 years of
course work followed by preparing for and passing the qualifying
examination, and researching and writing the dissertation.
What prerequisite courses are required for admission?
The Education M.A and Ph.D. program has no specific prerequisite
majors. However, a prior program of study that provides a logical
foundation for your chosen emphasis area is necessary. And, for
Science Education or Math Education a background in the subject
area is required.
What is the minimum Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score requirement?
The School of Education/Graduate Group in Education does not have
a required minimum GRE score. High scores will not necessarily
guarantee admission and low scores will not cause applicants to
be denied admission. The admissions committee will look at GRE
scores as a part of your entire application package.
Institutional Code: 4834
Department Code: 3999
What is the minimum GPA requirement?
The UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies requires students to have
a minimum GPA of 3.0. If the School of Education/Graduate Group
in Education wishes to admit an applicant with a lower GPA, we
must ask special permission. If the applicant’s undergraduate GPA
is below 3.0, but their graduate (completed M.A) GPA is 3.0 or
above, the Office of Graduate Studies will use the graduate GPA
for purposes of admission.
Is a personal interview required?
What does the Admissions Committee look for in an applicant?
The Admissions Committee considers the following factors: GPA,
GRE (general test) appropriate foundation coursework, fit with
the program relative to current faculty interests, perceived
ability of the applicant to do scholarly research and writing as
gleaned from the statement of purpose, writing samples and
letters of recommendation. The goal of the M.A./Ph.D. programs is
to produce scholars who will be able to do outstanding
independent research and teaching.
Can I transfer units taken at another school to the School of
Education/Graduate Group in Educaton to count toward my M.A. or
Transferring units toward your UC Davis School of
Education/Graduate Group in Education M.A. or Ph.D varies from
case to case. The Education program adviser examines each case on
an individual basis and will not consider the transferability of
courses until after an applicant has been admitted into the
A maximum of 12 quarter units from a University of California
campus or six quarter units from another university can be
applied toward the fulfillment of degree requirements. Each
course must be at a graduate school level. A course cannot have
been used to satisfy a previous degree requirement. The final
decision is made by the graduate program adviser
Can I take individual classes without being admitted to the full
Yes, you may take classes through University Extension’s
concurrent enrollment program. Up to 12 units of this coursework
taken prior to admission may be counted toward the M.A. or Ph.D.
program, with the approval of the graduate adviser
Where are classes taught?
Most classes are taught in the School of Education classrooms in
When are classes taught?
Classes are generally taught in the late afternoon or evening.
However all students who enter the program must be available
throughout the day from time to time. Graduate classes are not
taught during the summer.
Can I work full-time and earn my M.A. or Ph.D. degree?
Many of our Education graduate students are employed outside the
program. However, most find it difficult to work full-time
throughout their program. It is important to provide yourself
enough time for adequate scholarly inquiry and School of
Education/Graduate Group in Education collegiality. Further, some
flexibility in work schedule is necessary in order to participate
in full-time course work required for the Ph.D. program.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, financial aid is available in the form of internal and
external fellowships, teaching assistantships, research
assistantships, Federal workstudy, fee and tuition scholarships,
and grants and loans.