Deadline: Applications completed by January 15, 2023 will receive full review. The final application deadline is June 1, 2023, but after January 15 we review applications only if space remains available.
All materials should be received by the deadline.
Admission is for the Fall quarter only. We do not accept applications for the Winter or Spring quarters.
Information for Fall 2023 Admissions
On November 19th, 2022, at 10 am PST, the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UC Davis will be hosting a 2-hour online open house to introduce prospective graduate students to our PhD program. Students will be able to meet with faculty and current graduate students to learn about our graduate program, research, and life at UC Davis. For more information about the event, and to register, they can be found here.
Admission Requirements for Fall 2023
The Online application includes the following mandatory items. Items not submitted through the online system will not be considered.
- Statement of Purpose
- Personal History Statement
- 3 letters of recommendation (additional letters not allowed)
- GRE required
- TOEFL scores - International applicants only
- Transcripts from each institution you listed in your application - You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application. For more details visit https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/submit-transcripts.
- $135 fee for U.S. Applicants and $155 fee for International Applicants. Information on fee waivers below.
If your application is missing any of the required application materials, we will not be allowed to recommend admission and your application will be canceled.
Supplemental materials such as curriculum vitae, resume and/or writing sample are neither required nor accepted. Applicants will not be allowed to upload these materials as part of the application, and they will not be reviewed if they are mailed to the department.
Application Fee Waiver
Option 1: for participants of Graduate Preparation Programs
Application fees are waived for applicants who are affiliated with one or more of the Graduate Preparation Programs listed here (https://grad.ucdavis.edu/graduate-preparation-programs-eligible-fee-waivers). Applicants who are affiliated with these programs are required to indicate their participation on the application and must provide the name and contact information of their program coordinator in the "other Information" section of the online application system. The application fee waiver will be applied immediately upon submission. Confirmation of the applicant's program participation takes place during application review.
Option 2: For highly qualified candidates who can demonstrate financial need and are not affiliated with a Graduate Preparation program
Applications for this program are now closed. You will be contacted by December 15 to let you know if your request was accepted. If accepted, the fee waiver will be applied after you have officially submitted your application to the program. Complete your application before the application deadline of Jan. 15, but do not pay the application fee yourself; we cannot refund you the application fee if it is already paid.
The fellowship application must be completed and submitted electronically along with the university application for admission. We strongly recommend applicants complete the fellowship application.
The fellowship application deadline is Jan. 15th, 2023.
The minimum cumulative GPA required for admission to graduate study at the University of California, Davis is 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale. Students coming from universities where a GPA is not calculated are evaluated using other aspects of their file and letters bearing on class performance when available. The average GPA for students admitted into the program is 3.7.
All international students who do not speak English as their 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 from the past two years. The university requires a minimum score of 80 (internet based TOEFL), 550 (paper TOEFL), or 7 (IELTS).
Upon arrival at the university, international students with TOEFL scores below 105 or IELTS scores of 7 may be required to complete an English proficiency examination, and as a result of this exam may be required to take additional courses in the English language.
To serve as a Teaching Assistant (TA), all students who are not US citizens must have a TOEFL speaking subscore of at least 26 or an iBT score of at least 8, or must pass one of two exams administered at UC Davis, SPEAK and TOEP. These exams may be taken upon arrival in Davis, in the weeks just before the fall quarter begins. First-year graduate students usually have TA positions. Since funding first-year students through other means is possible but more complicated, we give some admissions preference to students with TOEFL speaking subscore of at least 22, who are likely to pass the TOEP exam.
Physics Graduate Program
Department of Physics
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8677
For more information about the university graduate requirements, services, and the on-line application, please visit Graduate Studies.