Key Dates

  • 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.

How to Apply


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. Please note that our course in intermediate microeconomics (ARE 100A) has its own prerequisites that you may also need to complete (one year of calculus and introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics). Also our course in crop production (PLS 110/PLS 111) has its own prerequisite in plant biology/botany.