Graduate Admissions

Welcome! The Biological Systems Engineering (GBSE) graduate program at UC Davis provides a setting in which students can become leaders in biological, environmental, agricultural 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.

Research areas

Biotechnical Engineering

Food Engineering

Agricultural and Natural Resource Engineering

Application Deadlines

Priority: Jan 15, 2019
General: Apr 1, 2019
Space Available: Jun 1, 2019
Prospective Student Fellowship: Jan 15, 2019
Continuing Student Fellowship: Jan 15, 2019

Application Process

Before you begin, have the following ready:


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 make sure students have a grounded, functional knowledge of engineering fundamentals. Please click here for more information.

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