Find answers to questions about GRE codes, application fees,
financial aid and more.
When is the annual application deadline for Fall admission?
The application deadline is Dec 15th
How much is the application fee
A graduate application fee of $90 (U.S. applicants) or $110
(international applicants) is required from all applicants.
Please note that the application fee is not refundable, nor will
an application be processed until the fee is received. The
application fee may be paid by credit card at the end of the
online application or by sending a check made out to “UC Davis”
to Graduate Studies. To avoid delays in your application
processing, we strongly recommend that applicants submit their
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: 3101 (or any other Education code)
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 for an exception to policy by the Dean of Graduate
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 advisor 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 advisor
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 advisor
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.