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
Please visit our Graduate
Studies website for information on the cost of applicant fees
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.
Is the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test required?
NO – we do not require the GRE Test.
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,
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
Can I transfer units taken at another school to the School of
Education/Graduate Group in Education 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?
Graduate courses may be taught at any time during the week.
Graduate classes are not taught during the summer. Please
visit our Course Schedules
website for information on Education courses.
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 support 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. Learn more