How to Apply

Applications for the Department of Philosophy's graduate program are accepted from September until January 15.

The admission application (required) and fellowship application (encouraged, but not required) must be completed through the online application system. The admission application and fellowship application, along with instructions, are available through the Office of Graduate Studies website beginning in early September. Applications are accepted for fall quarter only.

For full consideration and review your application must be completed by January 15, and any transcripts must be postmarked by January 15.

The following information is required and must be submitted online as part of your online admission application:

  • Initial application (online).
  • Application fee, 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. Consult the Graduate Studies website for fee information.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation. Your letter writers must upload their statements through the online application system; no paper letters will be accepted. Your recommenders will receive instructions for submitting their recommendations online.
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. These scores must be current (taken within the past five years) and should be sent electronically directly from ETS to UC Davis. The ETS code for UC Davis is 4834.

This table shows the average scores for 2011 applicants.


GRE verbal

GRE quantitative

GRE analytical writing

Undergraduate GPA

All applicants





Admitted applicants






  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores if you have not studied at an institution and received a degree where the language of instruction is English. These scores must be current (taken with the past two years). TOEFL should be sent electronically directly from ETS to UC Davis. IELTS scores should be mailed directly to UC Davis from IELTS.
  • Writing sample must be submitted electronically as part of the online application.
  • Transcripts. All applicants must upload PDF versions of their transcripts or academic records (for all institutions of higher learning they attended) directly to our system. Paper transcripts are not acceptable. Consult the Graduate Studies website for instructions about uploading transcripts.