The Application

Apply to the Graduate Group in Ecology using the convenient online UC Davis Graduate Studies admissions application system.  The application fee is $90 (US) or $110 (international).

You may apply to multiple graduate programs during a single admissions period. You must file a complete application for each program, including a new online application and application fee.


The deadline for all ecology programs is December 15th. 

GRE Scores

Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical GRE scores are required of all applicants.  Subject area GRE scores are optional, but can be helpful to the Admissions Committee, and you are encouraged to take them. The Admissions Committee looks for consistency between GRE scores and GPA's. The Educational Testing Service will not report test scores that are older than five years. If this applies to you, you should retake the exam. GRE scores to be sent to institution code 4834, major field code 0207. Please ask ETS to forward electronic scores to this institution and department code.

English Language Exam Scores

All international students not having English as a first language, or who have not studied at an institution where English is the language of instruction, must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper based test) or 80 (internet based test). The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 7.0. If admitted, an international student may also be required by the university to complete an English proficiency examination upon arrival at the university and, depending upon the result of this exam, may be required to take English language courses.


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

Letters of Recommendation 

Writers of recommendation letters may reflect a mix of backgrounds (academic or employment). Three letters of recommendation are required, but you should seek to include at least two who are qualified to evaluate the quality of your scholastic achievements and academic training as well as your ability to carry out independent research. This is especially important if you have previous research experience. One character or personal recommendation is permissible. It is helpful to tell your references to address those characteristics that are important to your admission.

Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose is one of the most important components of your application, and is the key to helping you find a major professor.  Be sure to draft your statement of purpose carefully. Your statement should reflect your experience and interests in the program, it should be well-organized and concise, and most of all it should identify your own research interests. 

Research/Specialization Essay

For this essay you want to describe your research interests. For more experienced students, the statement should also contain specific reference to your research experience and results.


The Graduate Group in Ecology will review each application for an applicant's potential for leadership in diversity.  The GGE is committed to the university's mission of diversity and equality in higher education and will evaluate each applicant's potential to contribute to diversity in our program and field.  Applicants can reflect their leadership in diversity in the Personal History/Diversity Statement portion of the application.