COE Equity Program

Maria Munoz, graduate student at UC Davis, out in the field

The UC Davis College of Engineering believes diversity and inclusion are essential components of doctoral training in engineering.

In 2019, the College of Engineering (COE) launched a collection of strategies designed to improve the diversity of the applicant pool among our engineering graduate programs. These strategies are collectively referred to as the COE Equity program.

Chancellor May speaks at the UC Davis Black Graduation at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on June 16, 2019.
Chancellor May speaks at the UC Davis Black Graduation at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on June 16, 2019.

This program is intended for individuals with the potential for leadership towards achieving the goals of improving diversity in engineering. Examples of this potential include, but are not limited to:

  • overcoming disadvantages (economic, social or educational)
  • a record of service to advance underserved populations (including tutoring or mentoring)
  • or a research topic that will ultimately assist historically underserved populations

The UC Davis College of Engineering recognizes the financial burden that the graduate application fee represents for many students, particularly students from underrepresented communities. Therefore, domestic PhD applicants selected for participation in the COE Equity program are eligible for an application fee waiver (valued at $120) for Fall 2021 admission. The UC Davis College of Engineering fully funds this program.

CLICK THIS LINK HERE to request an application fee waiver! Application fee waivers will be provided through January 15, 2021.

Apply for a fee waiver

Application fee waivers provided through this program are available for domestic PhD applicants only. Waivers for international applicants are not available.