The University offers fellowships specifically designed to promote campus diversity and the group strongly supports this effort. We encourage underrepresented minorities to apply to the group and to apply for financial aid and affiliated preparation programs, such as the McNair Scholars Programs and the UC LEADS scholar program.


NOTE: Applications cannot be reviewed until all components are received. It is the applicant's responsibIlity to ensure their applications are complete and all materials received by the program on time. Applications are completed electronically via the link found on the Graduate Studies web page under Future Students.

Admission to the Graduate Group in Epidemiology (GGE) is competitive. Students are expected to have a strong quantitative inclination prior to matriculation. Methods, philosophy, and mechanics of epidemiological data analysis are stressed. Minimum requirements for admission are the same for both M.S. and Ph.D. applicants. Applicants should have an undergraduate Grade Point Average of 3.25 or higher. A graduate GPA, if applicable, must be 3.0 or higher.

Your quantitative background and admissions:

Students will do best in their required courses in the GGE if they have a strong quantitative background. For this reason, admissions decisions are influenced strongly by prior grades in calculus and statistics coursework as well as the quantitative portion of the GRE. If you have not had any college-level calculus or statistics courses, we will have difficulty assessing your application for admission. To improve your chances for admission, you should address such issues in your personal statement or take one or more classes in calculus and statistics at a local college, online for credit, or in some other fashion that allows us to see how well you performed.

Calculus and introductory statistics requirements prior to first year coursework:

Although calculus and statistics are not per se prerequisites for admission, they are prerequisites for our required classes at UC Davis. Before enrolling in required statistics classes for your PhD or MS in Epidemiology, you must have taken at least 2 quarters or 2 semesters of differential and integral calculus, and a course in introductory statistics. If your calculus coursework is recent, please refresh your knowledge of it to ensure you are up-to-speed and discuss with an adviser any concerns you have. 

If you took calculus for college credit (including AP course credit from high school) and it was more than 5 years ago, we will ask that you refresh your knowledge of calculus. Completion of your refresher calculus work is done on the honor system and doesn't need to receive course credit as long as you take this responsibility seriously and make sure you master the material.

If you took calculus in high school and have never received college credit for calculus, you either need to take calculus (2 quarters minimum) for college credit, or petition us in writing. The advisers may consider accepting the records of students who took calculus in high school, at their discretion, but only if the student demonstrates proficiency in more advanced courses, has excellent quantitative GRE scores, and can demonstrate their mastery of calculus to one of the statistics advisers whom we will assign to this task.

If you didn't receive A or B grades in college-level calculus, we strongly suggest (and may require, depending on the rest of your record) that you retake calculus.

We aim to provide on this webpage soon a set of self-study recommendations and a link to a pre-test students may take to determine for themselves how much additional calculus preparation they need to do.

Prior to their first year of GGE statistics, all students must have, on their college record, a course in introductory statistics or equivalent.

For both calculus and statistics, if you have not had these courses and do not take them prior to starting at UC Davis, you may take them in your first year here, along with electives, and start the required statistics series in year 2.  

The linear regression requirement

You must have linear regression as a prerequisite for the required statistics courses. In some cases we may allow an analysis of variance (ANOVA) or generalized linear model class to substitute,  but it depends on the course content and is at the discretion of the advisers. The decision to allow a substitute course will be based on an evaluation of the rest of your academic record. If all other prerequisites are completed, you may take linear regression in the fall quarter at the same time as you take your first required statistics class in the GGE

English Requirements

There is no foreign language requirement for the GGE. If English is not the applicant's native language or the student has not studied at an institution where English was the language of instruction, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted. The minimum TOEFL score required is 100 on the internet-based test. TOEFL scores are valid for two (2) years after the test date. Students from countries that do not have access to the internet-based test system may still submit paper based test scores.

Identification of a Major Professor is strongly suggested and will increase the success of your application.

AdmissionsHow to Apply!

All applicants for admission to graduate study in epidemiology must first meet the standards of Graduate Studies of the University of California.

In general, students are required to have an excellent scholastic record. A strong performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and letters of recommendation are important considerations for admission.

Applications are accepted for fall quarter admission only, and should be made as early as possible. Applications with all supporting documentation must be received by January 15 for priority consideration and funding opportunities.

The application fee is $105.00 for the domestic application and $125.00 for the international. 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. Fees are subject to change. The Graduate Studies web page should be checked for current fees.

Letters of Recommendation (3) must be submitted electronically through the online application. Do not have recommenders send letters in hard copy as they will not be reviewed.

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.  For more details visit

The Statement of Purpose is required and must include (a) your background, interests, and professional goals as they relate to epidemiology; (b) the specific area of study you have in mind, if any, for your thesis; (c) any honors or grants you have received; and (d) the name of the GGE faculty member with whom you have communicated or whom you wish to be your thesis advisor, if known. (NOTE: The Personal History and Writing Sample are optional). The Statement of Purpose must be uploaded directly into your application. If the system will not allow you to submit your application without the Personal History and Writing Sample, you may include publications or your CV in these sections.

Do not send CV's, publications or other hard copy materials to the program.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test codes for Epidemiology are School Code: 4834 and Department code: 0606. GRE scores must be less than 5 years old. The biology portion of the GRE is not required.

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students. Institution code: 4834 and Department code: 50.