Application Deadlines

Admissions: January 15*
Fellowship : January 15

 *GGNB has one general deadline for admissions of January 15th. Any applications received after that time will be reviewed on a case by case basis with no guarantee of review.

 Please note that it takes up to 72 hours for the program to view an application once submitted. When the application shows in the system, transcripts can then be matched with the application. Plan your submission time accordingly.

Admissions Requirements

The primary requirements for admission into this program are:

  1. Evidence of intellectual achievement and potential for successful graduate study
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 and combined math and verbal GRE scores of 1000. Please reference the concordance table supplied by the ETS GRE website for old score to new score conversions.
  3. Acceptance into the graduate group by a faculty mentor - a list of GGNB faculty research interests is available online.
  4. A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree) with prior course work comparable to the GGNB prerequisites listed below.

GGNB Prerequisites

GGNB prerequisites and equivalent classes from UC Davis are shown below.  Descriptions of these courses are in the UC Davis Online General Catalog.  A limited number of deficiencies in these areas can be made up after admission to the graduate program. However, these make-up courses do not count towards graduate degree unit requirements.

  • General Biochemistry:  Biological Sciences 102, 103 or Animal Biology 102, 103
  • General Chemistry: Chemistry 2A, 2B, 2C
  • Organic Chemistry: Chemistry 8A, 8B
  • Mathematics: Six units including a course in Statistics (Statistics 13 or Agricultural Systems and Environment 120)
  • Nutrition: Animal Biology 102, 103
  • Physiology: Mammalian or other advanced course at a level that assumes prerequisite knowledge in biology (Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 101)

Highly Recommended:

  • Calculus: Math 16A, 16B, 16C
  • General Physics with lab: Physics 7A, 7B

Required Application Materials for International Students

  1. Apply online (there is a $100 non-refundable application fee)
  2. Three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online application. Instructions will be provided to you when you apply.
  3. GRE General Test Score – ETS Institution Code #4834, Department Code #0214. Please select "Nutrition" as there is no Nutritional Biology option.
  4. TOEFL or IELTS scores - required for international students (The minimum score required for admission to graduate study at UC Davis is 550 for the paper test, and starting with the fall 2011 admission cycle, a score of 80 is required for the Internet-based test or an overall 7 band score on the IELTS)

Application Procedure

  • Admission to the graduate program is generally open for the Fall Quarter only.
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application materials reach the Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology's administrative office by the deadline.
  • Applicants are encouraged to contact individual faculty members whose research interests are most compatible with the student’s objectives and discuss the possibilities of initiating graduate study with that faculty member. This is an important part of the admission process as it is the practice of the Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology to admit a student ONLY when a faculty member has agreed to serve as the student’s major professor.
  • Prospective graduate students may apply for admission to either the M.S. or Ph.D. programs. Students with a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply for the Ph.D. program if that is their ultimate goal. Generally, there are more funding sources available for Ph.D. students than for M.S. students.


  • The Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology's Admissions Committee will evaluate the applications, along with the other required materials.
  • Applications of those considered admissible by the committee will be available for review by the faculty, including those you have specified.
  • Fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships are awarded on an annual cycle beginning in the Fall Quarter.
  • Research assistantships and teaching assistantships are also available throughout the various departments. Applications for departmental assistantships can be obtained from the department office.
  • Other financial aid is available through loans, grants, and work-study. The Financial Aid Office can provide students with information and applications.
  • Graduate applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents or immigrants are required to file a "Free Application for Federal Student Aid " (FAFSA) as early as possible, but no later than March 1. This form, submitted directly to the Federal Student Aid Program Office, Iowa City, Iowa, is used to determine financial need only. Financial need is a component of the eligibility criteria for many fellowships, and for all forms of financial aid. The FAFSA may be obtained from any US institution of higher education or online.

Funding and Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office can provide students with information and applications. You are encouraged to apply for all forms of financial support for which you meet the qualifications. The Graduate Studies web site includes information about funding.

Additional Sources of Information

Information for prospective students is available online.

Information for International Students

Services for International Students and Scholars
(530) 752-0864
100 University House
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

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