PhD Program Information

PhD Admission/Application Requirements

Final Application and Fellowship/Funding Deadline: DECEMBER 15.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of Graduate Studies Admissions application
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Statement of Purpose and Personal History
  • 3 Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample
  • Satisfactory Graduate Record Examination scores (last 5 years)
  • Satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS score (International applicants only)
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended

There are no prerequisites for this program.

Application Information and Tips:

  • Online Application and Instructions are located on the Graduate Studies Website.  Applicable application fee is also required.
  • University Requirement:  Applicants must hold at least a Bachelors degree or equivalent with a B average.  
  • StatementsThe Statement of Purpose should focus on your academic and research goals and should address the following questions: What about educational research interests you? What is your intended research topic? Why are you choosing the PhD program at UC Davis? What do you plan to do with your degree?
    The Personal History should focus on topics you would like us to know about YOU. You might consider the following questions when developing your personal history: What have been your schooling experiences as a student and, if relevant, as a teacher? Was there an event in your life that lead you to the field of Education? Explain any discrepancies in your application package such as low grades or GRE scores.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation: Our recommendation is to select individuals who hold a PhD degree; who can attest to your ability to do well in our PhD program; who can verify your scholastic abilities.
  • Writing Sample: This should be a research-based paper preferably related to education and your research interest. We recommend a paper that shows your ability to select a topic/question, develop ideas through analysis of existing literature and/or data and formulate a conclusion. The paper should also illustrate your skills as a writer of expository text.
  • GRE: Please send GRE scores to University of California, Davis:
    Institutional Code: 4834.   We do not require a minimum GRE Score, however we do encourage you to prepare for the test and perform your best.
  • TOEFL or IELTS: (International applicants only) Please send scores to University of California, Davis:
    Institutional Code: 4834
  • Transcripts: 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
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae:  Applicants may upload their resume or CV to the online application.


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