How to Apply

Applying to the MCIP Graduate Group

Prospective graduate students may apply for admission to either the M.S. or the Ph.D. programs. Admissions preference is given to Ph.D. applicants.

Applications are accepted for fall quarter admission only. 

Program application deadline is December 15. The application system for this graduate group will shut down at midnight on this date, US Pacific Standard Time. Admissions review will start shortly after the deadline, and incomplete applications will not be considered. Please ensure that all supporting materials (transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation) are submitted by the deadline as well.

Holistic Review

The MCIP graduate group evaluates applicants using holistic review. Many criteria are considered when reviewing individual applications for admission into the MCIP graduate group:

  • Academic Preparation: Are you prepared to pursue a degree in physiology, including success in related/foundational coursework? Is there evidence of self-directed study, etc.?
  • Research Interest and Experience: What research questions interest you and why? Do you have experience conducting original research? If so, what research question did you and your team tackle, and why? What did you learn from that experience, and how does that inform your future goals?
  • Potential/Promise: Do you have the work ethic, motivation and ability to achieve goals? Is your creativity, perseverance, and balance between focus and flexibility in alignment with the graduate program?
  • Leadership and Service

Application Process: What You Need to Know

  • The graduate group cannot review an application until all of the application components are received.
  • Letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online application. Please do not have recommenders send letters in hard copy.
  • UC Davis requires 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
  • As of 2019, the MCIP Graduate Group no longer requires the GRE for admissions.
  • Please use the Institutional Code 4834 for reporting electronic scores such as the TOEFL. 
  • If you are submitting IELTS scores instead of the TOEFL, those should be sent to:
    College of Biological Sciences Dean's Office
    Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology Graduate Group
    227 Life Sciences
    University of California
    One Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA 95616-5294

Visit Grad Studies website to begin the application process