Admissions

Admission to the GGIP is open for the Fall Quarter each year. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application materials reach the GGIP by the appropriate application deadline of January 15th for priority evaluation and funding opportunities and no later than April 1st for general consideration. Applications are completed electronically. The link to the application opens in September each year and can be found HERE on the Graduate Studies page under Prospective Students.

Prospective graduate students may apply for admission to either the MS or PhD programs. Admissions preference is given to PhD applicants.

GGIP is designed for students interested in studying mechanisms responsible for the development of disease at the organismal, cellular or subcellular level. Students interested in cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, immunology, or genetics should apply to the graduate programs in those subjects. But such students may find some of the courses taught by faculty in integrative pathobiology to be of great interest.

The Office of Graduate Studies has final responsibility for admissions. The Admissions Committee makes recommendations for admission on behalf of the GGIP to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Major Professor

A major professor is the faculty member you wish to conduct research with and is often called your mentor or the primary investigator (PI).

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Integrative Pathobiology faculty with whom they would like to study. A commitment of sponsorship from a faculty member, in the form of a sponsorship letter included in the application, is encouraged but not required. A student can be accepted without confirmed sponsorship. Such students would complete 1-2 laboratory rotations. Your major professor does not need to be an existing member of the Integrative Pathobiology group; any qualified UC Davis faculty can become a member of our group. Click here for a list of current faculty members. Contact the program coordinator if further assistance is needed.

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Undergraduate Preparation for Admission

For applicants without a professional degree, a strong background in the biological sciences is essential. Applicants must have completed course work in the areas of physical and organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, and zoology, as well as one or more upper division course(s) in morphology (anatomy - histology - embryology) and microbiology/immunology (bacteriology - virology - parasitology - immunology). It is expected that applicants will have taken additional biomedical courses (e.g., hematology, microbiology, immunology).

Potential Integrative Pathobiology students who do not have a medical degree will be notified by their academic adviser of any prerequisites to be taken before they are eligible to enroll in the required core courses. They may be accepted into the program provided their limited deficiencies can be corrected during the first year. You will be notified in the summer before you begin the program as to whom your academic adviser is. You should plan to meet with the adviser before registering for fall classes.

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