Admissions

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Qualifications for Admission 

Thank you for considering applying to UC Davis.  As you prepare your graduate school application, keep in mind that our admission committee will be looking for two main things: 1. evidence that you have the potential to succeed in our graduate program and 2. evidence that our program is a good fit for you (there are faculty who are part of our program working in the area(s) you wish to study who could be good mentors for you).  Make sure the required items below speak to these two criteria.  Qualified Ph.D. applicants must hold a Bachelor's or Master's degree in a discipline relevant to the Study of Religion, such as Religious Studies, History, Philosophy, or Anthropology. Applicants should also have begun the study of at least one language relevant to the intended area of primary research (for example Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hebrew or Sanskrit). Further language study can be continued in parallel with the Ph.D. program. Applicants must also have a member of the Study of Religion Graduate Group Faculty willing to serve as his/her Major Professor (mentor/research adviser) in order to be admitted. To this end, applicants are encouraged to look closely at faculty research profiles to ensure that mentorship is available in their desired specialty.  Potential Major Professors for each applicant will be discussed by the admissions commitee during the admissions process. Finally, applicants must submit all of the following material by the deadline (Jan. 15th) to be considered for admission the following fall.

Commitment to Diversity

What would the study of religion be without a diversity of ideas, cultures, and backgrounds? We welcome graduate student applicants who can bring perspectives and experiences that have not often received attention in higher education. Such training strengthens and enriches our research, scholarship, and teaching. A diverse graduate student population also enhances the academic experience for all students.

We are committed to a multicultural academic environment that supports the success of all graduate students. Diversity among students, faculty, and staff is an integral factor in graduate education at UC Davis, to achieve an equitable, hospitable, and inclusive educational environment. For more information on diversity at UC Davis, please visit http://www.gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/diversity.

Visiting UC Davis

If you are planning a visit to UC Davis, please feel free to contact Maria to arrange an appointment: religion@ucdavis.edu.

Funding

Top applicants to the Ph.D. program will receive generous financial support packages. To be considered for financial support, please submit all application materials listed in the application checklist below. For more information, see http://religiongradgroup.ucdavis.edu/funding

Application Deadline for Next Round of Admissions: January 15th 2020.

Application Checklist

Click here to begin the online portion of the admissions & fellowship application:

  1. Application Fee: $120 domestic, $140 international.
  2. Statement of Purpose (4,000 character limit, including spaces)
    Please highlight your academic preparation and motivation; interests, specializations and career goals; and fit for pursuing graduate study at UC Davis.
    • preparation and motivation may include your academic and research experiences that prepare you for this graduate program (for example: coursework, employment, exhibitions, fieldwork, foreign language proficiency, independent study, internships, laboratory activities, presentations, publications, studio projects, teaching, and travel or study abroad) and motivation or passion for graduate study.
    • interests, specializations, and career goals may include your research interests, disciplinary subfields, area/s of specialization, and professional objectives.
    • fit may include how your preparation, experiences, and interests match the specific resources and characteristics of your graduate program at UC Davis. Please identify specific faculty within your desired graduate program with whom you would like to work and how their interests match your own.
  3. Personal History Statement (4,000 character limit, including spaces)
    The purpose of this essay is to get know you as an individual and potential graduate student. Please describe how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. You may include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, community service, outreach activities, residency and citizenship, first-generation college status, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how your life experiences contribute to the social, intellectual, or cultural diversity within a campus community and your chosen field; or how you might serve educationally underrepresented and underserved segments of society with your graduate education.
    This essay should complement but not duplicate the content in the Statement of Purpose.
  4. Writing Sample
    The sample of your written work should be a research paper or critical analysis. It can be an essay previously submitted for a class. It will be submitted online during the application process. While there is no length requirement, most successful samples are at least 10 pages long.

Please make sure that all information in your online application is correct and that all statements & writing samples are revised/uploaded before submitting. No changes can be made to your application once it is submitted.

Additional Required Materials for ALL Applicants - Must also be received by the deadline

  1. Three letters of recommendation (from professors)
    During the online application process, you will be required to provide your recommenders' contact information, including email addresses. Your professors will be contacted to submit their recommendations electronically once you have provided this information.  No letters sent by mail/email will be accepted. Letters must be submitted online in the Apply Yourself system.
  2. Transcripts:  We require 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 https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/submit-transcripts.   Upon admission, an official transcript must be shown to graduate studies as a condition of admission, but may be retained by the student. Falsified records will be immediate cause for revoking any offer of admission and funding.
    International Applicants: Certified English translations of your transcripts must be uploaded along with the original-language transcript.

Additional Required Materials for International Applicants - Must also be received by the deadline

  1. TOEFL Scores - International Applicants must submit TOEFL Scores. The minimum requirements for admission are a total score of 80 in the internet-based test. Typically successful applicants score significantly higher than the minimum. Applicants must score at least 22 on the speaking section to be considered for Teaching Assistant positions.  A speaking score of 26 is preferred. Students scoring 22-25 must pass an additional English Exam when they arrive in order to be eligible to TA. Please request OFFICIAL SCORES from ETS using the following codes:
    UC Davis Institution Code: 4834
    Religion Department Code: 21
    (If you have earned a B.A. or M.A. from a university where English is the language of instruction, we can waive the TOEFL requirement. Please make sure this university is listed on your application with the degree received and the date.)
  2. Transcript Translations - As mentioned above, certified English Translations are required for all transcripts issued by the institution in a foreign language. Please upload both the non-English transcript and the English translation. For more information, please see the graduate studies website: https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/prospective-students/international-applicants.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Did you receive my materials? Once we have processed your application materials, we will email you a courtesey notice to let you know if any items have not been received.  This will typically take about 1 week.  You can also check online (in the Apply Yourself system) to see if your letters of recomendation have been received.
  • When I preview the application, it seems like I didn't fill in some of the information, but I wasn't asked.  What should I do?  Our graduate program opted out of asking some questions because we felt they were redundant. You will not be able to fill in the following sections: GRE Scores; Prior Experience; Prerequisite Course History; Future Interests or Goals; Resume/CV (upload).
  • Is funding available for International students?  Yes. Funding is available for international students, but it is quite limited. 
  • Is funding available for undocumented or DACAmented students?Some scholarships and loans may be available to undocumented students thanks to the California Dream Act. In order to work as a Teaching Assistant or Graduate Student Researcher, students must be authorized to work (by DACA or other means). To learn more, please visit the Undocumented Student Center website.
  • How do I apply for the M.A.? We do not accept applications for terminal M.A. degrees.  While Ph.D. students may earn an M.A. en route to the Ph.D., we do not accept students directly to the M.A. program.
  • How do I apply for Spring admission? Applications for admission are accepted for fall quarter only.
  • I made a mistake in my online application.  Can I send you a corrected version? Unfortunately we are not able to alter your application once you have submitted it. Please take care to proofread your documents before the final submission.

For questions about the admissions process or more information about the Study of Religion Ph.D. program, please contact religion@ucdavis.edu.