Graduate Application to the Department of Mathematics

Info Session 2021

If you are interested in learning more about our graduate programs, please visit our virtual event held from November 30- December 1st. More information can be found HERE.

The application period for Fall 2022 is now open!


Application Deadlines

January 5, 2022: Applied Mathematics (Graduate Group in Applied Mathematics, MS and PhD). Although it is definitely not recommended, we do consider late applications, but only if submitted before June 1, 2022. The online system will no longer accept applications after this date.

January 5, 2022: Mathematics (MA and PhD). Although it is definitely not recommended, we do consider late applications, but only if submitted before June 1, 2022. The online system will no longer accept applications after this date.

Note: It is NOT necessary to submit a separate Teaching Assistant (TA) application. The information provided in your graduate admissions application is entirely sufficient. All of our applicants are automatically considered for all sources of departmental funding, including fellowships and TAships. If you wish to be considered for campus-based fellowships, however, you must submit a Fellowship application by January 5, 2022.

You may find general information about the programs here:

  1. Graduate Programs in Applied Mathematics (Ph.D. or M.S.)
  2. Graduate Programs in Mathematics (Ph.D. or M.A.)

Admission Application Materials

To apply to the above programs:

Use the UC Davis on-line graduate application system. When you apply, you must designate to which program you are applying. If you have applied to the wrong program, you have to reapply to the correct one. Also, applying to the wrong program will prevent proper consideration by the correct committee. If you have any questions about which graduate program is right for you, please send an email to

Application Fee

For the Fall 2022 application period, the current application fee is $120 for the domestic application and $140 for the international application. The application fee can only be paid by credit card.  If you apply to multiple graduate programs, you must pay the application fee for each application submitted.

Information on fee waivers -Grad Studies website.

Statement of Purpose

UC Davis requires that applicants to all graduate programs submit both a Statement of Purpose and a Personal History and Diversity Statement. Each essay can be no longer than 4,000 characters (including spaces). To allow prospective applicants the opportunity to prepare these essays before starting the application, the prompts for each essay are listed below. More details...HERE.

Personal History & Diversity Statement

The purpose of this essay is to get to know you as an individual and potential graduate student. Please describe how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. You may include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, community service, outreach activities, residency and citizenship, first-generation college status, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how your life experiences contribute to the social, intellectual, or cultural diversity within a campus community and your chosen field; or how you might serve educationally underrepresented and underserved segments of society with your graduate education. This essay should complement but not duplicate the content in the Statement of Purpose.

Recommendation Letters

The online application requires three letters of recommendation, they MUST BE SUBMITTED electronically through the online application system. Hard copy letters ARE NOT ACCEPTED under any circumstance.


GRE scores are NOT required (and NOT considered) with the 2022 application Due to COVID19, neither the GRE general nor the GRE Subject Exams will be required this year for applying to Mathematics and Applied Mathematics in the 2022-23 cycle of admissions and will NOT be considered (in a typical admissions season Mathematics and Applied Applied Mathematics require both the General GRE and Subject GRE).

[During a typical non-Covid admissions year: The Mathematics program requires both the GRE General exam and the GRE Subject Exam in Mathematics. The Applied Mathematics program requires the GRE General plus one GRE Subject Exam on any subject (i.e., not restricted to the Mathematics exam). Please note that photocopies or unofficial scores will not be accepted. When arranging to have your scores sent electronically, be sure that you include the correct institution and department codes. The institution code for UC Davis is 4834. The program code for Mathematics is 0703. The program code for Applied Mathematics is 0702. For more information about sending your scores electronically or to receive information on taking the GRE exams, including test dates, go to the ETS homepage and reference the GRE exams.]

English Testing Requirements

TOEFL or IELTS Scores: International students are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Photocopies or unofficial scores will not be accepted. Do note that the minimum TOEFL score required for admission to graduate study at UC Davis is a score 550 for the paper test and a score of 80 on the Internet-based test. For the IELTS, your most recent overall BAND score must be at least 7 on a 9-point scale. TOEFL and IELTS scores that are older than two years will not be accepted. When arranging to have your scores sent electronically, be sure that you include the correct institution and department codes. The institution code for UC Davis is 4834. The program code for Mathematics is 72. The program code for Applied Mathematics is 54. For more information about sending your scores electronically, go to the ETS homepagePLEASE NOTE: Our programs are only able to provide financial support in the form of teaching assistantships for students who have a TOEFL speaking score of at least 26. Students with a lower score are strongly encouraged to take an English language course focused on speaking and to retake the TOEFL exam.

More info on DUO and Exemption Eligibility HERE.


UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended.  You will be instructed to upload copies of your transcripts during your application process after you have submitted your online application.  For more details visit the grad studies Transcript Page.


Please note - funding is currently only offered to Ph.D. applicants.  Ph.D. students are typically offered a 5-year financial aid package (4 if coming with a Master's) in the form of fellowships, employment as a Teaching Assistant, or as a Graduate Student Researcher. Teaching Assistants and Graduate Student Researchers are eligible for tuition remissions. There are also a limited number of fellowships available to help pay for non-resident tuition. Students who apply for the Ph.D. program before January 5  will be automatically considered for financial support.  Additionally, Internal Fellowships are offered by Graduate Studies; you can submit an online application for Internal Fellowships at the time of application, if applying before January 5 Instructions will be given in the online application system.

Please visit HERE to learn more about graduate school fees at UC Davis.


The University of California Davis, a public institution, is committed to supporting the diversity of the graduate student body and promoting equal opportunity in higher education. This commitment furthers the educational mission to serve the increasingly diverse population and educational needs of California and the nation. Joining the Vice Provost of Graduate Education/Dean of Graduate Studies and the University of California, both the Department of Mathematics Vice-Chair for Graduate Matters and the Chair of the Graduate Group in Applied Mathematics affirm that diversity is critical to promoting lively intellectual exchange and the variety of ideas and perspectives essential to advancing higher education and research. Our graduate students contribute to the global pool of future scholars and academic leaders, thus high value is placed on achieving a diverse graduate student body to support the University of California’s academic excellence. We invite you to include in your Personal History and Diversity Statement how you may contribute to the diversification of graduate education and the UC Davis community.

For Additional Help

If you experience any trouble with the online application or would like to receive more information about our graduate programs in mathematics, feel free to contact our Graduate Coordinator at