General Requirements for CANDEL Program

General Requirements:

  • An earned baccalaureate and master’s degree from accredited institutions of higher education
  • Minimum GPA for admission to the University of California (see below)
  • Experience in leadership roles in an educational institution or related area
  • Substantial Professional work experience
  • GRE test scores (no older than five years) 

Minimum GPA for admission to the University of California:
GPA in all coursework taken in a completed master’s program is at least a 3.5 or GPA for all undergraduate work coursework is at least a 3.0 or
GPA for all upper division undergraduate coursework is at least a 3.0 or
GPA for all upper division coursework taken during the last two as an undergraduate is at least a 3.0

You will need to submit six (6) items for a complete application

The first five (5) items are completed online: the online application, transcripts, three (3) letters or recommendation, your GRE scores, and a current resume.

The last  documents, The Statement of Employer Support, is to be sent to the program

A) Online items

Completed the Online Application and pay the application fee: When you first go to the application online, you will be asked to create an account, so you can save your information as you go along, and you can sign-out and log back in at your convenience. This will be the one and only application to complete.

Tip: Hang onto your login and password!  Once an application decision has been made it will appear in your  account.

Three Letters of Recommendation: Within the online application, you will be asked to provide email addresses for three (3) people to upload their letters of recommendation. Your recommenders will receive an email message from UC Davis with instructions on how to upload their letters.

Tip: We strongly recommend contacting your recommenders prior to submitting their email addresses to avoid the email notification going into spam filters, firewalls, etc. 

Resume:   This document can be copied and pasted into the online application once you have reached this portion of the application.

Official Transcripts of all colleges and universities attended. 

Current GRE scores


You will need to enter your scores on the application.

Scores 5 years or older will not be accepted. If so, please make arrangements to retake the test. 

The GRE measures reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. Please review the website to for the most current information. 

When you take your test, you will need to indicate the Institutional Code and Department Code for CANDEL:

GRE Institutional Code No: 4834 Department Code: 3001 

Tip: Register now for the GRE and take it as soon as possible. Don’t wait to the last minute to complete this important step – scores often take a few weeks to arrive and can jeopardize your application review.

B) Document to be sent to the CANDEL Program

Statement of Employer Support: A short letter written by your employer on department letterhead clearly stating his/her support of your participation in CANDEL, and acknowledging your absence every 3rd Friday for the duration of the program.

Remember to send the Statement of Employer Support directly to:
CANDEL Program, School of Education
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616

I have submitted my completed application – what’s next?

Once the application deadline has passed, the Admissions Committee will review the applications.  They will determine which applicants will go on to the next phase — the interview.  It can take up to four weeks before applicants are notified about the interview.   After the interviews have taken place, the Admissions Committee will meet again and make their final decision.   Again, this may take another three weeks before official word from the CANDEL Director and UC Davis Graduate Studies is sent to applicants.  You will receive your official decision letter in your online application account.

Please feel free to email the CANDEL Program office at if you have any questions about the application process.

Or you may contact the CANDEL Associate Director:
Rosaisela Rodriguez
(530) 754-6664

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