Graduate Admissions UC Davis BAE

Graduate Admissions

Welcome! The Graduate Program in Biological Systems Engineering (GBSE) at UC Davis provides a setting in which students can become leaders in biological, agricultural and natural resources, and food engineering research. We are a highly-ranked program where students develop knowledge through partnerships with faculty, industry and other students in various areas of engineering. Our program values diversity and inclusion as integral components of academic excellence. Learn more about our program by reading the GBSE overview.

We encourage prospective students to reach out to faculty members they are interested in potentially working with before the application deadline to learn more about their research and to ensure the faculty member is accepting new students. 

The College of Engineering is pleased to offer a limited number of graduate application fee waivers to US citizens and permanent residents applying to our PhD program. Please email for more information if you are interested in obtaining a fee waiver. 
Questions about the program or admissions process? Email for help.

Visit the Graduate Studies Website to Apply

Application Deadlines

Priority: Jan 15, 2020
General: Apr 1, 2020
Space Available: Jun 1, 2020
Prospective Student Fellowship: Jan 15, 2020
Continuing Student Fellowship: Jan 15, 2020

Additional Requirements

For students that do not hold a bachelor's of science in engineering, there are additional requirements that must be met. Please see the Additional Requirements (PDF) for more information. Prerequisites need to be met prior to admittance and deficiencies can be made up during the program.

Application Process

Before you begin, have the following ready:

Apply Today: Priority, Prospective Fellowship and Continuing Fellowship Deadline is January 15th

Admission Requirements for Non-Engineering Students

Highly qualified students with or without a BS degree in engineering may apply. However, there are some additional requirements for non-engineering students to ensure students have a grounded, functional knowledge of engineering fundamentals. Please click here for more information about additional requirements for non-engineering students.

Admission Criteria

Because we are a top ranked program, admission is competitive in order to ensure that students are well-prepared for overall success in the the program and beyond. During the application process, all components will be holistically reviewed. In other words, the whole application is taken into consideration instead of any one, single part. By doing this, we can gain a better understanding of you as a person as well as a student. However, please keep in mind that there is a minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.

Incoming Class Last Year

Average GPA: 3.4

Average GRE Scores: 160 Quantitative, 152 Qualitative, 3.54 Analytical Writing

Gender: 50% female, 50% male