Apply to the Energy Graduate Group

Welcome! We are delighted that you are interested in joining us as a graduate student. The Energy Graduate Group (EGG) provides an opportunity to do interdisciplinary research to address pressing energy, environmental, economic, policy and social challenges facing California, the U.S., and the world.

EGG Admission Schedule

Admission to graduate studies requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Students are generally admitted for the fall quarter, but exceptional cases for off-cycle admission can be considered. The application deadlines for admissions are:

Priority Deadline:

January 15. Applicants who submit their application to the graduate program by the Priority Deadline will receive priority review for admission. These applications will also receive the highest priority in consideration of funding opportunities. We strongly encourage applications for any form of financial aid by this date as well.

General Deadline:

April 1. Applicants who apply by the General Deadline (but after the Priority Deadline) will have their files formally reviewed for admission by the graduate program but will not be reviewed on a priority basis.

Space Available Deadline:

June 1. Applicants who apply by the Space Available Deadline (but after the General Deadline) are not guaranteed to have their application reviewed by the graduate program. Their application will be reviewed only if the graduate program determines that they have additional space available.

EGG Admission Criteria

  • Master’s degree applicants must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the junior and senior years of college and must submit scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and three letters of recommendation. Master’s applicants who want to ultimately get a PhD are encouraged to contact a prospective research advisor and make clear to that faculty member and in their application that their degree goal is ultimately a PhD.
  • Doctoral applicants normally will have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and must also submit GRE scores and three letters of recommendation. Applicants who already have a related MS degree are admitted to pursue a PhD degree. Applicants in this category are strongly encouraged to contact prospective research advisors. The program has a policy of admitting only those PhD applicants for whom a member of the faculty has agreed to serve as research advisor.
  • International students are expected to achieve a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based or 80 on the iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an overall BAND score of 7 or more (on a 9-point scale) on the IELTS exam. TOEFL and IELTS scores expire after two years.

EGG Application Process


  • Apply Online - Admission FAQs
  • Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement. The Personal History Statement provides an opportunity for applicants to tell the Admissions Committee something about their unique backgrounds and personal histories. It may include information about other pursuits and interests of the applicant. It may give some details about any obstacles or disadvantages the applicant had to overcome, or inspiration for their pursuit of a graduate degree.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation. All letters must be submitted electronically by the referee.
  • 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 UC Davis Grad Studies.
  • GRE Scores – UC Davis Institution Code is 4834. A department code is not needed.
  • TOEFL Scores, if applicable. UC Davis Institution Code is 4834. A department code is not needed.
  • EGG Prerequisite listing (To be developed). (Prerequisite Frequently Asked Questions (To be developed))

EGG Change of Major or Double Major

If you are a current UC Davis graduate student and wish to change your major or add Energy Systems MS as an additional degree, you must file a Petition for Change of Graduate Major or for Double Major form. To apply to Energy Systems, please send the following information to EGG Graduate Coordinator, Annemarie Schaaf,

  • Petition for Change of Graduate Major or for Double Major form
  • Transcripts
    • Undergraduate
    • UCD Graduate
  • 3 new letters of recommendation
    • A level of diversity is desirable, however academia is acceptable
    • Please ask the letter writers to send their recommendations directly to the EGG Graduate Coordinator
  • GRE scores
    • Prior GRE scores used to enter program are acceptable
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Please highlight your academic preparation and motivation; interests, specializations and career goals; and fit for pursuing graduate study in Energy Systems.

After submission of this packet, the Energy Systems Admission Committee will review the application and inform the applicate of their decision. If accepted, signatures from both the current degree and EGG Staff Coordinators and Graduate Advisors will be collected and submitted on the provided Petition. The completed form is then forwarded to Graduate Studies for their approval.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us.