Application Requirements


Cultural Studies at UC Davis is an interdisciplinary graduate group that draws from scholarship and faculty across many departments and programs. Unlike traditional disciplines, in which students select faculty mentors and course offerings from within a single department, Cultural Studies students are encouraged to build a dissertation committee with graduate group faculty members from a variety of departments; they also have the opportunity to construct a highly individualized and project-oriented course of study. The flexibility and relative decentralization of the Cultural Studies program works best for students who are self-motivated, resourceful, and disciplined. Admission to the Cultural Studies graduate program is competitive; we receive between 70 and 100 applications each year for approximately 5-10 positions. The admissions committee is composed of 10 affiliate faculty from a variety of departments and 2 graduate students in the program.  We do not use a waiting list. At this time, we are not accepting applications for the M.A. program.

In what follows we offer you guidelines for making a strong application to our program. We cannot admit everyone who applies. But we can give you the fairest opportunity to do your best if you think we are a good fit with your interests and goals. After reading the information on this site, if you have additional questions regarding the application process or materials, please email:

You can apply for graduate admission online. Please use this on-line application to submit all of your application materials. Applications must be completed by December 15.  The application fee is $90 for the domestic application and $110 for the international. The fee may be paid by credit card or e-check through the Office of Graduate Studies admissions. The fee must be paid before the application will be considered complete.