Key Dates

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  • Priority Admission Deadline/Internal Graduate Fellowship Deadline: January 5
  • General Admission Deadline: April 15
  • Space Available Deadline: May 15
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Deadline: March 2

Note: If you are applying for admission and internal fellowships, the final deadline is January 5.  If you are applying only for admission, the preferred deadline is January 5 and the general deadline is April 15. Applications will be accepted until May 15, but, if our quota of students has been reached, those applications will not be reviewed. We welcome your application and encourage you to apply as early as possible.


To apply for admission to the International Agricultural Development (IAD) Graduate Program, complete the UC Davis Graduate Studies on-line application ( and the application procedures listed below.

Application requirements for international students, please visit:

Admission Criteria

IAD admission decisions are based on the candidate’s entire application package, including academic degree(s), transcripts (prior academic performance), statement of purpose and personal statement, relevant experience, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, letters of reference, as well as  room in the program. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a commitment to international agricultural development through their work and/or volunteer experience.

International applicants must provide a TOEFL test score.  The minimum required scores are 80 for the Internet based exam, and 550 for the paper-based exam. Computer-based scores are not accepted.

UC Davis requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

There are no minimum scores required for the GRE.

In addition, applicants are expected to have the equivalent of the following UC Davis prerequisite courses:
ARE 100A - Intermediate Microeconomics (4 units)
PLS 120 - Applied Statistics in Agricultural Science (4 units)
PLS 111 [formerly 110A - Principles of Agronomic Crop Production in Temperate and
Tropical Systems (3 units); and PLS 110L - Principles of Agronomy Laboratory (1 unit)]
or PLS 110 [formerly PLS 110C - Crop Management Systems for Vegetable Production) (4 units)]

Students may take these courses the Summer prior to entering the program. If not possible, coursework deficiencies should be made up by the end of the first academic year following initial enrollment by earning a letter grade of “B” or better.

Admissions Process

To apply for the International Agricultural Development (IAD) Graduate Program, please complete the steps listed below.

1. Complete and submit an Application for Admission (online) through the Office of Graduate Studies.  The priority deadline is January 5; the general deadline is April 15. Three essays are required in the admission application.

a. Research or Professional Interest - Describe your area of specialization or research interest – 2,000 character limit, including spaces

b. Statement of Purpose - Describe your motivation, academic preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UC Davis; academic plans and research interests, specialization within your academic field, research experiences and career goals. – 4,000 character limit including spaces

c. Personal History Statement - Discuss personal background that informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey. Include how your life experiences contribute to the social, intellectual, or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and / or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree. – 4,000 character limit including spaces.

2. Pay an application fee: $105 for domestic applicants and US $125 for international applicants.  The fee may be paid by credit card or e-check. The fee must be paid before the application will be considered complete, and must be paid for each application submitted to UC Davis. The fee must be paid before the application will be considered complete.

3. Submit the following materials and information as instructed.

a. 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

b. Request that your Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores be submitted electronically to UC Davis. Only the GENERAL GRE is required. Please use Department Code 0199 – “Agriculture, Nat Resources, and Conservation – Other” and Institution Code 4834 – for UC Davis (NOT UC Davis Graduate School of Management). Please allow at least six (6) weeks for your scores to be submitted to UC Davis.

c. Three (3) letters of recommendation, which must be submitted electronically. Your on-line application will automatically notify your referees (via e-mail) and provide them with instructions on how to submit letters. 

d. International student applicants must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Use the identifying code 4834 to request the TOEFL scores be sent electronically to UC Davis. Please allow six weeks for your scores to be received bu UC Davis. More admissions info for international applicants are available at Grad Studies website.

Admissions FAQ's: Link

Funding Application Process

Application for Fellowships

Student applicants are encouraged to apply for graduate fellowships that are available to U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., immigrants, and to international students.  Please note that different fellowships have different eligibilities. Graduate fellowships are awarded primarily on the basis of scholarship and the promise of outstanding academic and professional achievement.

Consideration is given to the quality of previous undergraduate and graduate work, evidence of creative accomplishment or research ability, evidence of intellectual capacity, and promise of productive scholarship, as well as evaluation of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, undergraduate and graduate grade point averages (GPA), academic transcripts, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and other documentation such as publications or awards. The minimum cumulative undergraduate or graduate GPA is 3.0 (A=4.00) and is required for the award of a living allowance (stipend), in-state fee fellowship, or a non-resident supplemental tuition (NRST) fellowship.

Internal Fellowships Applications are submitted as part of the application for admission through the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies Web page,  Internal Fellowship applications will be accepted no later than JANUARY 5.

Application for Financial Aid

External financial support is available through the UC Davis Financial Aid Office.  Domestic IAD Graduate Student applicants are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line at the FAFSA Web page,  The priority deadline for applying for financial aid for Fall Quarter is MARCH 2. 

Note:  The FAFSA must be submitted in order to be eligible for Internal Fellowships.

Quick Links for Admissions Information

Admissions Information contains details about double majors, multiple applications, general and master’s degree requirements, fees and expenses, housing, and campus services.

Application for Admission

Application Checksheet

International Applicants



Angie Nguyen
Staff Advisor/Graduate Coordinator