Admission to Animal Biology Masters Program

Admission to the M.S. requires a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an institution of acceptable standing. The degree must represent a program of study substantially equivalent, both in distribution of academic subject matter and in scholarship achievement, to a comparable degree at the University of California. A minimum grade average of B in upper-division course work taken as an undergraduate or other evidence of comparable scholarship is required for an applicant to be recommended for admission. Meeting the minimum requirement does not ensure admission. Students who are admitted are selected from among those meeting the minimum requirements.

Animal Biology Prerequisites

In addition to the requirement for overall academic achievement, applicants to the M.S. program must be adequately prepared in the disciplines on which animal biology is based. Applicants should have had, as undergraduates, preparation in upper-division courses in biochemistry, genetics, nutrition, physiology, and integrative animal biology such as animal management. Some deficiencies in these areas may be remedied by enrolling in these courses while in the graduate program, but credits earned will not count toward units required for the graduate degree. In addition to academic excellence, successful applicants will exhibit a desire and commitment to complete and satisfy degree requirements.

Applicants are expected to have the same or equivalent of the following UC Davis courses:

NPB 101  Systemic Physiology 5 units
ANG 107 Genetics & Animal Breeding 5 units
NPB 121 Physiology of Reproduction 4 units
ANS 124 Lactation 4 units (except aquaculture students)
ANS 123 Animal Growth & Development 4 units
ABI 102/103 Biochemistry & Metabolism 10 units
CHE 8A/B Organic Chemistry 6 units
STA100 Applied Statistics 4 units

Integrated Animal Biology course such as
ANS 146 or Dairy Production 4 units
ANS 119 or Invertebrate Aquaculture 4 units
WFCB 111 Biology and Conservation of Wild Animals 3 units

Students whose undergraduate preparation has been in a language other than English must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). A minimum score of 80 on the computer version is required for admission.

Components of a Complete Application for Admission **

  1. Complete and submit the Online Application for Graduate Admission, it is available via the World Wide Web at

  2. The application fee of $105 for Domestic students, or $125 for International Students, must be paid before an application will be evaluated.  The fee may be paid by credit card or e-check. (The application fee must be paid for each application submitted.)

  3. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online application.  Do not have recommenders send letters in hard copy; all letters need to be submitted online.

  4. 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

  1. General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.  We strongly suggest you have your scores reported by ETS directly to our campus electronically. PLEASE NOTE:   GRE scores are considered as part of the entire application package and there is no minimum score. Higher scores are more important if academic performance is closer to the minimum GPA for admission. It is not necessary to take an advanced subject test.

                                                GRE Codes
                                                Department 0105
                                                School/Institution 4834

  1. TOEFL scores if applicable.


** The Animal Biology Graduate Group has a priority deadline of January 15. Please note, in many cases the Animal Biology Graduate Group will accept applications after this deadline, but keep in mind that an application received after this deadline will have significantly reduced opportunities for financial assistance. To learn if your situation merits extension of this date, please contact the Animal Biology Graduate Program Coordinator.

Following the receipt of all materials, applications will be evaluated by the admissions committee. Acceptance by the Group assures that a major professor, space, research support, and facilities will be available. Final approval on admissions is made, and communicated by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

NOTE: It takes 24-72 hours from the date/time that an applicant submits his/her application before it shows up in the application system. In addition, we do not receive applications on weekends nor holidays.

In order for your application to be marked complete, all test scores, letters of recommendation & transcripts MUST be received by January 15th.

Teaching and/or Research Assistantships:

We recommend that students apply for teaching and/or research assistantships.

The Animal Science Department Application for Teaching Assistantships at UC Davis should be completed and submitted to the Animal Science Department. To insure consideration, this application form, along with copies of all transcripts, and three letters of recommendation, should be submitted by March 1 to the Animal Science Graduate Advising Center.

The instructions and forms to apply for teaching assistantships from other campus departments should be obtained from each department. Contacting departments directly that you feel you are qualified to instruct for is strongly encouraged.  A limited number of these opportunities are also advertised at the Graduate Studies website at