Application for Admission PRIORITY Deadline – January 2*
Internal Graduate Fellowship Application FINAL Deadline – January 2
Application for Admission FINAL Deadline - April 15
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Deadline – March 2
* If you are applying for admission and also applying for the UC Davis Internal Fellowships, the ABSOLUTE DEADLINE is January 2. If you are applying only for ADMISSION, the PREFERRED deadline is January 2; the FINAL deadline is April 15. Please note that between the January 2 and April 15 deadlines, IAD may reach its quota for new students and will not be able to accept any more students. The International Agricultural Development Graduate Program welcomes your application for admission and we encourage you to apply as early as possible.
Application for Admission
To apply for admission to the International Agricultural Development (IAD) Graduate Program, refer to the on-line application process through the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies’ Web page (http://www.gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/prospective/applicationlanding.html) and to the application procedures listed below. Fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships are awarded on an annual cycle beginning in the Fall Quarter.
The IAD Graduate Program’s admission decisions are based on the candidate’s entire application package which includes the candidate’s academic degree(s), transcripts for previous under-graduate and graduate course work and grade point average (GPA); personal statement of purpose; relevant experience; Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores / percentages; and letters of reference.
International applicants are required to also provide a TOEFL test score. The minimum required TOEFL scores are 80 for the Internet based exam, and 550 for the paper-based exam. Computer-based scores will no longer be accepted.
UC Davis requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
There are no minimum scores required for the GRE.
Before admission, applicants are encouraged to identify IAD faculty who have interests and background relevant to the applicant’s interests. The graduate program encourages applicants prior to admission or within the first year after starting the program, to identify an IAD faculty member who is willing to serve as major professor. A major professor is a faculty member who serves as the student’s mentor during the student's research for the thesis. If the applicant identifies a faculty member to serve as major professor and he/she is not currently a member of the IAD Graduate Group, application for membership can be provided. Please refer to the IAD Web page http://iad.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty.html to purview the list of faculty in the graduate group.
To be considered for admission to the IAD Master of Science Graduate Program, an applicant must:
- Complete and submit by January 2 an on-line “Application for Admission” through the Office of Graduate Studies’ Web site http://www.gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/prospective/applicationlanding.html. The priority deadline is January 2; the final deadline is April 15.
- Three essays are required within the admission application. (*Includes spaces.)
a. Research or Professional Interest - Describe your area of specialization or research interest – 2,000 character* limit,
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, and
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.
- The application fee is $80 for domestic applicants and US$100 for international applicants. The fee may be paid by personal credit card or e-check.
a. The fee must be paid before the application will be considered complete.
b. The fee must be paid for each application submitted to UC Davis.
Submit the following materials and information as instructed.
a. Transcripts – Request official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate study and send to the below address. “An official transcript is required from each undergraduate institution you attended; a summary of work transferred from another institution is not acceptable.” http://www.gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/prospective/application.html#6
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616 USA
If you are applying to more than one UC Davis graduate program, submit only one set of transcripts to your “first-choice” graduate program or the first completed graduate program application. The transcript(s) will be scanned and available on-line for all graduate programs for which you have applied.
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 Name "Agriculture - Other" (formerly known as 0199) to indicate the IAD Graduate Program. Please allow at least six (6) weeks for your scores to be submitted to UC Davis.
c. Three (3) letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted electronically. Your submitted on-line application will automatically notify your referees (via e-mail) and will provide them with instructions on how to submit letters.
d. International student applicants are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Use the identifying CODE 88 to request the TOEFL scores be sent electronically to UC Davis. Please allow six weeks for your scores to be submitted to UC Davis.
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. 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 required for the award of a living allowance (stipend), in-state fee fellowship, or a non-resident tuition (NRT) fellowship.
Internal Fellowships Applications are submitted on-line through the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies Web page, http://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/ssupport/internal_fellowships.html. Internal Fellowship* Applications will be accepted no later than JANUARY 2.
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, http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. 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.
Relevant Web Pages
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
IAD Graduate Program Coordinator
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