UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics


University Graduate Studies Application

UC Davis uses an all electronic application process as described in detail . Required application materials include:

  1. Graduate application including Statement of Purpose and Personal History
  2. Application Fee: $120 Domestic, $140 International
  3. GRE Scores
  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.  Click here for more details.
  5. Three Letters of Recommendation (must be submitted online by recommender)
  6. TOEFL - Graduate Studies requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English or your instruction has not been in English.

Application Guidelines

  • Applicants MUST apply online. Online application. PhD applicants should submit by the priority deadline, January 15.
  • The application fee is $120 for the domestic application and $140 for the international. The fee may be paid by credit card or e-check. The fee must be paid before the application will be considered as complete, and the fee must be paid for each application submitted.
  • 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. Click here for more details.
  • An official transcript from each institution you attended is required. Official records are defined as original documents issued by the institution which bear the actual signature of the registrar and the seal of the issuing institution. If your official records are not issued in English, you must submit those records in their original language with the authorized complete and exact English translations.
  • GRE scores should be sent electronically to Institution code 4834 and Department code 0101.
  • COVID-19 Update: TOEFL and GRE Testing
  • TOEFL scores should be sent electronically to Institution code 4834 and Department code 67. TOEFL scores expire after two years. Minimum score is 80.  As an alternative, you may submit scores from the Academic Modules of the international English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Letters of Recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online application. Please do not have recommenders send letters in hard copy, but rather to submit all recommendations online once the online service is available.

Please refer questions to our Graduate Coordinator, by e-mail at: GradAsst@primal.ucdavis.edu or telephone 530-752-6185.


  • Priority application deadline to guarantee consideration is January 15.
  • Fellowship application deadline is January 15.
  • No applications accepted after April 15.

Admission Criteria

Acceptance into the M.S. and Ph.D. programs is based on a review of the applicant's past academic performance. To be considered for admission to the M.S. program, a student must have had a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher in either all upper-division course work or in cumulative study at an accredited institution. For admission to the Ph.D. program, a higher level of performance (at least a 3.3 GPA) improves chances, as does the difficulty of an undergraduate program or an M.S. degree itself. Although Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for the General Test are required for all students, there is no minimum performance required. (The score on the quantitative section is the most important.) That is, the entire set of qualifications is considered. (The score on the quantitative section is the most important, we rarely admit students with Quantitative GRE scores below the 75th percentile). That said, the entire set of qualifications is considered.

Before enrolling in graduate courses at Davis (courses numbered 200 and higher), a student should have completed a program of study equivalent to that leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Davis. Key areas are:

  • courses in intermediate microeconomic theory
  • intermediate statistics (including regression analysis)
  • calculus

Additional course work in macroeconomics, statistics, and mathematics is highly desirable and recommended.

We allow Ph.D. students lacking a strong economics background, but otherwise eligible for admission, to spread the core Ph.D. required courses over two years. A typical pattern is to take our M.S. sequence in microeconomic theory along with Ph.D. econometrics in the first year and the rest of the Ph.D. core in the second year. By “splitting the core” in this way students gain a deeper understanding of core economic principles, which better prepares them for dissertation research. Thus, we can use our M.S. program to allow less rigid enforcement of background requirements for admission to the Ph.D. program.


The Graduate Program in Agricultural & Resource Economics reviews each application for leadership potential in diversity. As a Graduate Program, we are committed to the University's mission of diversity and equality in higher education. Along with other admission criteria, we take into account applicants’ potential to contribute to diversity in our program and field in our admission decision. We encourage applicants to reflect their leadership potential in diversity in the Personal History and/or the Statement of Purpose portion of their application.

For more information on graduate studies, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies

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