Graduate Studies

Graduate Study is a Career Choice at UC Davis

The UC Davis College of Engineering consistently ranks among the top engineering schools in the nation.

We integrate teaching, research and service to society to offer highly qualified students the opportunity to advance the leading edge of engineering knowledge and find answers to society’s most challenging problems. At UC Davis, engineering serves as a vital bridge that connects areas of study to solve complex problems. Faculty and graduate students make important contributions to research understanding and societal well-being to serve California, the nation and the world.

  • One of the largest engineering schools in California
  • Award-winning, highly productive faculty researchers
  • A uniquely friendly, open society of rigorous scholarship
  • An exceptionally collaborative, cross-disciplinary culture
  • State-of-the-art research facilities
  • Record levels of research funding
  • Robust partnerships with industry and national laboratories
  • Ranked 3rd in the nation among top 50 engineering programs for percentage of female faculty
  • Ranked 6th among U.S. universities based on their contributions to society (Washington Monthly 2010)

Engineering 98: Gearing Up for Graduate School Seminar

The program consists of a 10 week seminar series for current UC Davis students that explores the value of graduate education in engineering.  Topics include:

  • The Ph.D. degree
  • The Master’s degree
  • The MBA for engineers
  • The importance of undergraduate research experience
  • Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE preparation
  • Financing graduate education in Engineering

The seminar is offered during Winter Quarter each year.  While most appropriate for students in the sophomore or junior year, all major and grade levels are welcome.

Financial Support

Contact the department you are interested in for more information about financial support and refer to UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies Student Financial Support.

Other sources of financial support include:

The TOPS program (Toward Outstanding Postgraduate Students) awards fellowships in the form of research assistant positions plus full-fee waivers for disadvantaged students. Nonresident tuition fellowships are available to select students as well.

UC Davis is a member of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM) awarding M.S. and Ph.D. fellowships.

GIBBS Engineering Network

The UC Davis College of Engineering is a founding member of the GIBBS Engineering Network, a consortium of engineering schools and colleges initiated to facilitate the exchange and transfer of high quality, domestic, graduate students into each partner’s respective graduate programs.