How to Apply

How to Apply

Instructions for Applying to the Graduate Group in Computer Science.

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All applications must be submitted online and all transcripts must be received by January 5th. Applications received after January 5 will not be considered and the application fee will not be refunded. We do not mail paper applications. We also do not accept paper applications or paper transcripts.

The Office of Graduate Studies requires that each applicant has the equivalent of a 3.0 minimum GPA, on the 4.0 scale used within the United States. Applications that do not meet this minimum will not be considered for admission.

All applications must include the following materials in order to be considered complete. An application will not be reviewed until it is complete.

  • Application
  • Completed application form including statement of purpose and personal history and diversity statement. The online application will become available to applicants every September for admission for the following academic year; the link to the application, when available, is posted on the Office of Graduate Studies’ application page. All applications must be submitted online and all transcripts received by January 5th. Applications received after January 5th are not considered.
  • Application Fee
  • The application fee is required for all applicants. For more information about the application fee, see the Office of Graduate Studies’ FAQ on the application fee. We do not process any application materials until the application fee has been paid. 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.

  • Areas of Interest
  • In your online application, please explicitly state your area(s) of interest, as we will use this information to distribute your application to faculty in these areas for review. Be specific. Avoid entries such as “see hardcopy” or “Computer Science.” Suggested (non-exclusive) areas may include:

    ♦   Artificial Intelligence
    ♦   Algorithms
    ♦   Architecture
    ♦   Bioinformatics
    ♦   Compilers
    ♦   Computational Biology
    ♦   Computational Geometry
    ♦   Cryptography
    ♦   Data Analysis
    ♦   Data Management
    ♦   Data Mining
    ♦   Databases
    ♦   Distributed Systems
    ♦   E-commerce
    ♦   Graphics
    ♦   Information Systems
    ♦   Knowledge Representation
    ♦   Machine Learning
    ♦   Networks
    ♦   Operating Systems
    ♦   P2P
    ♦   Parallel Computing
    ♦   Programming Languages
    ♦   Scientific Computing
    ♦   Scientific Data Management
    ♦   Security
    ♦   Software Engineering
    ♦   Virtual Reality
    ♦   Visualization
    ♦   Wireless Networks

    You may enter one or more areas. You may also enter more specific areas than what is listed above.

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. The referees must submit all letters of recommendation electronically. The online application will automatically notify the referee and provide instructions on how to submit their letter. Please do not send hard copies of letters. Only letters submitted online will be accepted. For more details, see the Office of Graduate Studies’ international applicants page

  • Statement of Purpose
  • The statement of purpose plays a critical role in the review of an application. It should be well written and free from technical errors and second language interference. It should define your background, and the interests and experiences that qualify you for graduate study. It must explicitly state your areas of interest for graduate study, and detail how the program at UC Davis will help you attain your educational and research goals. It would be helpful to describe how your plans fit into the ongoing research in computer science at UC Davis.

  • Personal History and Diversity Statement

  • The purpose of the personal history and diversity statement is to get to know you as an individual and potential graduate student. It should describe your personal background and how your experiences inform your decision to pursue a graduate degree. This essay should complement but not duplicate the statement of purpose. For more details, please see the Graduate Studies'  Statement of Purpose and Personal History and Diversity Statement website

  • GRE Scores [Updated for Fall 2022 Admission]

  • Due to COVID-19, the GRE will not be required or accepted for Fall 2022 admission.

  • TOEFL or IELTS Score (If Required)
  • Those who plan to, or who will complete, a bachelor’s degree from an English-speaking institution do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. For all other applicants, a TOEFL or IELTS score is required. Please make sure the name listed on the application for admission exactly matches the name listed on the TOEFL or IELTS.  If the names do not match exactly, the processing time of the application will be delayed.  All official test scores should be sent electronically directly to the institution from ETS or by using the IELTS Results Service E-Delivery. For more details, see the Office of Graduate Studies’ international applicants page.

  • CV (Curriculum Vitae) or Resume

  • Your CV or resume must be submitted electronically through the online application. CVs will not be accepted by mail or e-mail. Resources for formatting your CV are available from the UC Davis Internship and Career Center.
  • Transcripts
  • 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. If your transcripts are not in English, Graduate Studies requires official translations of all transcripts. Do not send high school transcripts or certificates of training courses. For more details, see the Office of Graduate Studies’ transcript page.