Admission to Animal Biology Ph.D. Program

Admission to the Ph.D. requires a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an institution of acceptable standing. An undergraduate major in a biological discipline or equivalent preparation will be considered adequate preparation for admission. The University of California Davis requires an minimum grade average of B (3.0) in upper division coursework or other evidence of comparable scholarship for admission to graduate status. Meeting the minimum requirement does not ensure admission; students who are admitted are selected from among those surpassing the minimum requirements: selection is based on all parts of the application, and no student is admitted without a major professor.

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. A minimum 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