Admission Requirements

You may apply to the Department of History Graduate Program through a convenient online submission process.

Apply Now! Submit your application here by January 5th to study at UC Davis in Fall 2018.

The general admission deadline for the Fall 2018 application cycle is January 5, 2018. Be certain to observe deadlines. To ensure fairness for all applicants, deadlines are firm and no additional materials are accepted — no exceptions can be made.

Application Fee:

The application fee is $105 for domestic applicants and $125 for international applicants. Payment may be made by credit card, or by sending a check or money order made out to "UC Regents" to Graduate Studies. Do not send cash by mail to pay your application fee. The fee must be paid before an application will be considered complete, and a separate fee must be paid for each application submitted. Consult the Office of Graduate Studies for information about financial support or to obtain a fee waiver.

Letters of recommendation:

Three (3) letters must be submitted electronically through the online application. Please do NOT submit a hard copy. Submit all recommendations through the online program.


UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended, as the Office of Graduate Studies describes. You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application. You must upload your transcript(s) by February 1. Current UC Davis Student and Alumni transcripts will be automatically uploaded into the application.

GRE scores:

Please submit General Test GRE scores electronically through ETS. The University code is: 4834. The History Dept (other) code is 2799.

International Applicants:

Per the Office of Graduate Studies, all international graduate students whose native language or language of instruction is not English must take the TOEFL or iELTS, unless you have earned or will be earning a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree from either: a regionally accredited U.S. college or university OR a foreign college/university which provides instruction only in English. 

The minimum scores required for admission are as follows:

TOEFL Internet Based Test (iBT) 80
TOEFL Paper Based Test (PBT) 550
IELTS 7.0 (on a 9-point scale)


There is also an additional subset of required scores in order to serve as a teaching assistant, please visit the UC Davis International & Academic English website for more information on these requirements and graduate language support on campus.


For further information on expected level of study, TOEFL, IELTS, and visas for international graduate students, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website here.


Writing sample:

Applicants must submit writing samples in English of 10 to 30 pages with the online application. The online application includes a section through which to upload those materials. Please do NOT send a hard copy to the department.

Statement of purpose:

Each applicant must compose a statement of purpose that clearly defines and delineates your research interests. Further guidelines on the personal statement may be found in the application and on the Office of Graduate Studies website.

Personal history and diversity statement:

Applicants should describe how their personal background informs their decision to pursue graduate school. This statement should complement, but not duplicate, the statement of purpose.

Research Interests:

Applicants should select the primary geographic area of interest from the drop down menu first, followed by subsequent areas of interest or research specializations. Applicants may further elaborate on their research interests in the statement of purpose.

Internal fellowship application:

Application for an internal fellowship, which is required of all applicants, allows the Department of History to nominate potential graduate students for university and department fellowships. This application is a component of the online application process. Applications must be submitted by the January 5th deadline, and transcripts must be received by February 1 to be eligible for internal fellowships.