Admission to the Graduate Group in Integrative Pathobiology (GGIP) is open for the Fall Quarter each year. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application materials are submitted by the appropriate application deadline of January 15th for priority evaluation and funding opportunities or April 1st for general consideration. Applications are completed electronically. The link to the application opens in September of each year and can be found HERE on the Graduate Studies page under Prospective Students.

Prospective graduate students may apply for admission to either the MS or PhD programs. Admissions preference is given to PhD applicants.

GGIP is designed for students interested in studying mechanisms responsible for the development of disease at the organismal, cellular or subcellular level. Students interested in cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, immunology, or genetics should apply to the graduate programs in those subjects. But such students may find some of the courses taught by faculty in integrative pathobiology to be of great interest.

The Office of Graduate Studies has final responsibility for admissions. The Admissions Committee makes recommendations for admission on behalf of the graduate group to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Major Professor

A major professor is the faculty member you wish to conduct research with and is often called your mentor or the primary investigator (PI).

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Integrative Pathobiology faculty with whom they would like to study. A commitment of sponsorship from a faculty member is encouraged, but not required. A commitment of sponsorship can either be included in a letter of recommendation, or sent directly to the graduate program coordinator ( if your sponsor was not listed as a recommender in your application. A student can be accepted without confirmed sponsorship. Such students would complete 1-2 laboratory rotations during fall quarter of year one. Your major professor does not need to be an existing member of the Integrative Pathobiology group; any qualified UC Davis faculty can become a member of our group. Click here for a list of current faculty members. Contact the program coordinator if further assistance is needed.

Undergraduate Preparation for Admission

Admission requires an undergraduate degree (B.S. or B.A) in a biological science, which should include prerequisite coursework in statistics, physics, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and cellular biology. Upper division courses in molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics are encouraged.