UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the application deadline?
  2. Will my application still be considered if my application is not complete by January 15?
  3. What are the minimum requirements for admission?
  4. Do I need a Master's degree to be accepted in the PhD program?
  5. Can I upload my transcripts?
  6. If I apply to more than one program do I need to send multiple transcripts?
  7. What if my transcript is missing my final grades?
  8. Which GRE and TOEFL codes should I use?
  9. What is the minimum GRE and TOEFL scores acceptable?
  10. Can I submit an IELTS instead of the TOEFL?
  11. Can I get a TOEFL waiver?
  12. How many letters of recommendation is required?
  13. I have asked individuals for their recommendations; is there a form or a special website where they will submit the letters, or do they register on the same graduate school admissions website where I will submit my information?
  14. I have listed a professor as a recommender that doesn't want to submit a letter online, can I add another recommender?
  15. My recommender is having problems submitting his letter, what can I do?
  16. Is a writing sample required?
  17. How can I check my application status?
  18. How many students do you accept each year?
  19. How many international students do you admit?
  20. I made a mistake on my application. Is it too late to make changes to my application?
  21. Does the program offer financial support?
  22. Can I apply for fellowships?
  23. How can I apply for Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships?
  24. What should I write about in my Personal History Statement?
  25. What should I write about in my Statement of Purpose?
  26. Should I indicate the Area of Interest in the online application?
  27. Should I list the courses in the Prerequisite History?
  28. What should I write about in Future Interest or Goals?
  29. Should I contact faculty directly about research opportunities before applying?

1. What is the application deadline?

The Priority/Fellowship deadline is January 15. While the Final deadline is March 15, PhD applicants should aim to complete their applications and have all materials submitted and received by the Priority/Fellowship deadline in order to receive full consideration.

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2. Will my application still be considered if my application is not complete by January 15?

Yes, but your application will not be reviewed for University Internal Fellowships. The admissions committee begins reviewing PhD applications after the Priority/Fellowship deadline of January 15, so the sooner you complete your application the better. The committee makes first round admission decisions in February. If your application is incomplete in February, it is unlikely to receive carefully review.

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3. What are the minimum requirements for admission?

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. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for the General Test are required for all students. Although there is no minimum GRE score, we rarely admit students with Quantitative GRE scores below the 75th percentile.

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.

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4. Do I need a Master's degree to be accepted in the PhD program?

No

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5. Can I upload my transcripts?

Yes, 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 https://grad.ucdavis.edu/prospective-students/admissions-application/submitting-your-transcripts.

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6. If I apply to more than one program do I need to send multiple transcripts?

Yes, each program requires all material.

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7. What if my transcript is missing my final grades?

Many students apply before completing a bachelors or master’s degree thus many transcripts are incomplete. Submit your transcript as is, and if you are admitted you will be required to submit a final degree transcript.

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8. Which GRE and TOEFL codes should I use?

Institution code 4834 and Department code 0101. TOEFL code use 67. We understand that there is no official code number for Agricultural & Resource Economics but Graduate Studies assigned the number 67 to our department so please use this number. The TOEFL scores do get to us this way.

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9. What is the minimum GRE and TOEFL scores acceptable?

There is no minimum GRE score. The Quantitative portion of the exam is the most important and the committee is looking for a score in the 75 percentile or higher. The minimum TOEFL score is 80.

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10. Can I submit an IELTS instead of the TOEFL?

Yes, the minimum score is 7.

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11. Can I get a TOEFL waiver?

Applicants whose native language or language of instruction is not English must take the TOEFL or IELTS.  However, if you have earned or will be earning a degree from a U.S. university, you will *not* be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS. 

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12. How many letters of recommendation is required?

Three letters of recommendation submitted online.

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13. I have asked individuals for their recommendations; is there a form or a special website where they will submit the letters, or do they register on the same graduate school admissions website where I will submit my information?

Once you submit your application, your recommenders will receive an automated email inviting them to submit their letters via the UC Davis online admissions system.

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14. I have listed a professor as a recommender that doesn't want to submit a letter online, can I add another recommender?

Log onto your application, go to "Recommender" section. If the recommender has not submitter his/her letter, you can remove that recommender and add another. You can also request a follow-up reminder email to be sent to your recommender from this page. Or you can ask technical support at support@hobsons.com.

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15. My recommender is having problems submitting his letter, what can I do?

If you have a faculty recommender who is unable to use the online letter service provided through the online application, please ask the recommender to contact the technical help service at support@hobsons.com.

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16. Is a writing sample required?

No

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17. How can I check my application status?

Log on to your application and go to Application Status.

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18. How many students do you accept each year?

Although it varies from year to year, our PhD cohorts tend to include 15-18 students. Our MS cohorts range from 15-25.

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19. How many international students do you admit?

Although it varies from year to year, we typically admit 3-5 international PhD students and 10-12 international MS students.

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20. I made a mistake on my application. Is it too late to make changes to my application?

Corrections, additions and edits are not permitted once an application has been submitted.

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21. Does the program offer financial support?

There are several ways in which students can receive financial support. The ARE department offers funding to our PhD students in the form of guaranteed employment as either a Teaching Assistant (TA) or a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) and/or departmental fellowships.

Our MS students are not guaranteed employment, but can apply for employment and usually several students are hired as Readers each quarter.

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22. Can I apply for fellowships?

Yes, to be considered for university fellowships, you will need to complete both the program and fellowship applications by our Jan. 15 priority deadline. Please note that there is a separate fellowship application that you will need to complete in the online application.

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23. How can I apply for Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships?

Employment assignments are made on a quarter-by-quarter basis. A call for student employment requests will be sent out about 6-8 weeks before each quarter begins. We try our best to match faculty and student requests with departmental needs. Graduate Student Researchers (GSR) are supported from funded research projects undertaken by individual faculty members subject to the availability of funds and the preferences of the faculty, and the approval of the Department Chair. Normally, GSRs are expected to work 20 hours per week and will be appointed at 46.9% of fulltime during the academic year. Fulltime appointments during the summer are possible if funding is available. GSR appointments at 25% or greater entitles the student to a fee remission that covers all fees for the quarter in which the student is employed.

Teaching appointments titles, TA positions, and Readers in the ARE department are limited and competitive. TA appointments are usually 50% of fulltime. Reader appointments are usually 25% of fulltime. Appointments are 25% or greater entitles the student to a partial fee remission that covers all instate fees each quarter in which the student is employed as a TA (except campus enhancement fees totaling approx. $260.00 which the student is responsible for).

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24. What should I write about in my Personal History Statement?

In an essay, discuss how your personal background forms your decision to pursue a graduate degree. You should include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, community service, outreach activities or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how your life experiences contribute to the social, intellectual, or cultural diversity within your chosen filed; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree.

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25. What should I write about in my Statement of Purpose?

Describe your motivation, academic preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UC Davis. you should describe your academic plans and research interests, your specialization within your academic field, your research experiences and your career goals. You may consider how your past experiences and the opportunities you recognize at UC Davis (i.e. specific faculty and resources) will converge in the work you anticipate doing for the degree.

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26. Should I indicate the Area of Interest in the online application?

YES.

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27. Should I list the courses in the Prerequisite History?

YES.

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28. What should I write about in Future Interest or Goals?

This may overlap a bit with your Statement of Purpose, but you should describe what you plan to do with your degree.

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29. Should I contact faculty directly about research opportunities before applying?

Students typically do not begin working on research with faculty until after their first few quarters of coursework. As a result, there is no need to contact faculty to seek research positions before arriving. Applicants are welcome to contact faculty to inquire about their current research project and interests that are not apparent from faculty webpages and publications.

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Main Office: 530-752-1515

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