Please highlight your academic preparation and motivation; interests, specialization and career goals; and fit for pursuing graduate study at UC Davis. (4,000 character limit, including spaces).
- Preparation and motivation may include your academic and research experiences that prepare you for this graduate program (for example: coursework, employment, fieldwork, foreign language proficiency, independent study, internships, laboratory activities, presentations, publications, teaching, and travel or study abroad) and motivation or passion for graduate study.
- Interests, specializations, and career goals may include your interests, disciplinary subfields, area/s of specialization, and professional objectives.
- Fit may include how your preparation, experiences, and interests match the specific resources and characteristics of your graduate program at UC Davis. You may identify specific faculty within the program with whom you would like to work and how their interests match your own (PhD only; not required for admission).
- Personal History & Diversity Statement
The University of California Davis, a public institution, is committed to supporting the diversity of the graduate student body and promoting equal opportunity in higher education. This commitment furthers the educational mission to serve the increasingly diverse population and educational needs of California and the nation. Both the Vice Provost of Graduate Education/Dean of Graduate Studies and the University of California affirm that diversity is critical to promoting lively intellectual exchange and the variety of ideas and perspectives essential to advancing higher education and research. Our graduate students contribute to the global pool of future scholars and academic leaders, thus high value is placed on achieving a diverse graduate student body to support the University of California’s academic excellence. We invite you to include in this statement how you may contribute to the diversification of graduate education and the UC Davis community.
The purpose of this essay is to get to know you as an individual and potential graduate student. Please describe how your personal background has informed your decision to pursue a graduate degree. You may include any educational, familial, cultural, economic or social experiences, challenges, community service, outreach activities, residency and citizenship, first-generation college status, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how your life experiences contribute to the social, intellectual or cultural diversity within a campus community and your chosen field; or how you might serve educationally underrepresented and underserved segments of society with your graduate education. (4,000 character limit, including spaces).
This essay should complement but not duplicate the content in the Statement of Purpose.