For Prospective Students

The Energy Graduate Group is designed to meet the world’s growing needs for highly qualified, thoughtful and dedicated leaders in sustainable energy systems. In addition to coursework and research, students interact with researchers and leaders from industry, government, public interest groups, and academia through seminars, internships, and visiting lectures.

Our interdisciplinary approach transcends the boundaries of traditional engineering-based studies to include social and behavioral sciences, ecology, and management. The EGG program offers two tracks of study:

(1) Energy Science & Technology, and
(2) Energy Policy & Management*

Master’s and Ph.D. Degree Requirements

For more degree information please click here.

*Interested in a PhD focusing on energy economics?  Please read more here about the Davis Energy Economics Program (DEEP) and if you're interested in working with Energy Economics Faculty (see here), contact them directly about the graduate program in which they prefer to advise PhD students.

Funding Support Information

  • Approximately 95%  of our students receive funding

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How to Find a Faculty Advisor

Research Faculty

Look for faculty members that work in your field of interest. Try reading faculty webpages to assess their current research projects: do these studies seem interesting and relevant to you? It is important to ensure that your academic and professional goals closely align. Don’t limit your search to one faculty member either; because many professors are busy researching or developing their own projects, it is important to find multiple potential advisors rather than fixating on one.

Reach Out

Once you’ve selected a few potential advisors, email the faculty to notify them of your interest. Be sure to tailor your email to each faculty member and specifically state how your interests and experience align with theirs. Keep in mind that professors receive many inquiries on a daily basis, and may take some time to respond. If a reasonable period of time has passed with no response, send another brief email.

Undergraduate Preparation

The EGG program is designed to accommodate persons of diverse backgrounds who have sound educational foundations in areas that may include engineering, science, policy, economics, planning, or management. All students will be expected to have completed at least one upper division college level course in statistics and one year of calculus prior to admission. For students interested in the Energy Science and Technology track, the admission policy will require at least two undergraduate courses in chemistry and physics. For students interested in the Energy Policy and Management track, intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics will be required.

Highly competitive applicants will have a GPA greater than a 3.6 in their prior programs and GRE verbal and quantitative scores greater than 60% and 90%, respectively. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the undergraduate program and in any prior graduate program is required for admission. The program follows the policies of the UC Davis Graduate Council for evaluating international applicants and their test scores. For applicants who meet the admission requirements, the group will admit those who are academically outstanding and who demonstrate an interest in advanced energy systems, including technologies, policy, planning, and management in their applications.

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