Admission is accepted for fall quarter every year.  For admission to the fall 2021 program, the following deadlines apply.

  • Priority Deadline: February 15, 2021
  • General Deadline: April 15, 2021
  • Space Available Deadline: June 1, 2021


UC Davis Graduate Admission Requirements

  • A minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) from the institution where you have earned or will earn your bachelor's degree.
  • By the time they enroll, successful applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent that is comparable to a degree from the University of California both in distribution of academic subject matter and in scholarship achievement. In general, regional accreditation for U.S. institutions and authorization by a national higher education authority for international institutions are considered acceptable.
  • Applicants whose native language or language of instruction is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, unless they 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 or university which provides instruction solely in English. See the English Language Requirement  for details.

Specific Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires a bachelor's degree with prior coursework that includes one year of general chemistry, two quarters of organic chemistry, a course in statistics, one course in general physiology and two quarters of the biochemistry of nutrition.
Note: One semester equals two quarters.


Complete a UC Davis Graduate Studies online application form.

Application Process

  • You will be asked to provide a curriculum vitae/resume, a statement of purpose and a personal history statement as part of the electronic application. The statement of purpose is one of the most important requirements of your application. Be sure to draft your statement of purpose carefully and specifically. Your statement should reflect your experience and interests as related to this program and be well-organized and concise. For the applicant who is already working in the field of maternal and child nutrition, the statement should contain specific reference to your recent experience and accomplishments.
  • Three letters of recommendation from former professors or persons familiar with your capability and expertise and able to evaluate your readiness for graduate study in maternal and child nutrition. Letters must be submitted electronically through the online application. You will be asked to include the name and email address for each of your recommenders. The recommender will automatically be notified by Graduate Studies with the instructions on how to submit his/her letter. Do not have your recommenders send letters in hard copy. Letters must be received by the application date.
  • Application fee—a non-refundable fee of $120 (domestic applicants) or $140 (international applicants) is required and must be paid when the application is submitted. The fee may be paid by credit card or e-check. The fee must be paid before the application will be considered.
  • Transcripts—You must upload academic records for every college-level institution you have attended or are currently attending (including community college, transfer coursework, study abroad, summer session, etc.). You may upload your transcripts in the Academic History section of the application or after submitting your application using your Application Status Page. Current and former UC Davis students must also upload a UC Davis transcript. International transcripts have additional requirements. Read the full list of instructions by visiting It is very important that you follow the instructions. Documents which are uploaded incorrectly will prevent your application from being reviewed.