Welcome Newly Admitted EPM Students!

Congratulations on your acceptance! See below for information pertaining to admitted students. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Coordinator. 

Summer '22 Timeline

May June August September
May 9th- Registration

UCD email address added to our slack channel and weekly newsletter

New Student Survey- gather interests and select top Faculty Advisors for matching Fellowship awards will be visible on myucdavis
  Book club launch- open to all EPM students & alumni  

Sept. 6th- Faculty Advisors assigned

  By July 1st, all communications will be to your UCD email address, so please check periodically for programmatic communication.    Sept. 13th- Graduate Studies Resource Fair
      Sept. 14th- EPM Orientation (tentative)
      Sept. 21st- Classes begin

Registration

You can see more information about registration here.

12-Month Track

The Environmental Policy and Management Graduate Program is typically completed in 2 academic years, though we also offer a 12-month option. Students who are interested in applying for the 12-month track must do so in Fall Quarter of their first year. The application can be found here.

New Student Orientation

Graduate Studies Resource Fair will be held September 13, 2022.

Graduate Studies is the administrative office overseeing all of UCD's 100+ graduate programs.  They set policy, approve & process paperwork relating to your milestones such as candidacy, comprehensive exams & filing for graduation.  They have fantastic resources relating to mentoring (& being a mentee), employment, professional development, mental health, disability, and more.  Their resource fair will have a lot of information directly related to your experience as a graduate student!  Grad Studies is now located in a newly renovated building, Walker Hall, that has space for grad students to study and meet (with or without children in tow) so you'll get to see this new space as well.

EPM will also host an in-person day-long orientation September 16, 2022. Further information will be provided over summer.

TA Orientation

If you plan to TA during any quarter while in the program, you are required to attend the UC Davis TA orientation. The TA orientation is usually only offered ONCE per year in September. If you do not attend the TA orientation in September, you will not be eligible to be employed as a TA for that academic year. We highly recommend that you attend the orientation even if you have not lined up employment as a TA yet. For more information and to register, please visit the CEE's website. 

Funding

Each year, a competitive subset of students are selected to receive funding based on academic history and professional experience. If you have been awarded a fellowships, it will post to your student account in the beginning of September. 

If you are interested in TA positions, please reach out to the associated hiring (usually undergraduate) departments in which you'd like to teach. Environmental Science & Policy (ESP) TA positions are emailed to students who have submitted the Statement of Intent to Register, in March of each year. 

Check out our Guide to Funding for other ways to fund your Masters program. You can see more information about the various types of student employment and how to find openings here.

Faculty Advising

Faculty Advisors serve as the program’s representative to the Office of Graduate Studies. As such, all forms and petitions pertaining to your graduate career are signed by a Graduate Faculty Advisor. Your Advisors will also give you guidance on selecting courses, feedback on the elements of your Comprehensive Exam as well as assist you in networking with local professionals based on your interests. You can see a complete list of Graduate Advisors here. Over the summer, the program will send out a survey to all admitted students to gauge field-of-study interests in order to assign advisors. 

Housing

Most leases in Davis will be for the full academic year, so be sure to do your research before signing a lease.

UC Davis-affiliated resources:

Non-UC Davis affiliated:

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

The University of California COVID-19 Vaccine Policy requires all employees and students to be fully vaccinated or hold an approved exception by September 8, 2021. 

Get vaccinated! (Click to schedule your appointment today).

Please continue to check the Campus Ready site for updates or the SISS Fall Planning page for International Students. 

UC SHIP- Health Insurance

All registered UC Davis Students are automatically enrolled in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) in order to meet the UC Regents mandate that all UC students have health insurance coverage as a non- academic condition of enrollment. However, if you are already covered by a health insurance plan, and do not wish to be enrolled in UC SHIP, you can waive enrollment by submitting a waiver application prior to the start of each new academic year. Waiver applications need to be submitted each academic year so that we have the most up to date information regarding your insurance coverage.  

Submit the waiver online

The deadline to submit the waiver for 2022-2023 online is around September 1.

Other Helpful Resources

  • Graduate Studies
  • Graduate Studies is the office that oversees policy & administration for all UCD graduate programs. 
    Their site has a wealth of info you'll access throughout your time as a grad student (for forms and deadlines, etc). 

    On their Newly Admitted Student page, you'll find important information about setting up your Computing Account and registering for classes.
  • Student Handbook
  • This handbook covers the rules that will govern the EPM Program and the granting of your degree, and is a reference for things you should know about the program, the campus and the city of Davis. Please keep a copy of this handy as a reference. If you cannot find the answers to your questions here, contact the EPM Program Coordinator.

    EPM Student Handbook_0.docx
  • Domestic Students: Establishing CA Residency
  • You must take steps to establish California residence at least one full year before the start of the quarter in which you wish to be classified as a resident and the sooner the better.  

    In other words, take care of all of the things bulleted below by the end of your first Fall quarter!! 

    For tuition purposes, physical presence and intent must be demonstrated for more than one year. Intent includes, but is not limited to:
        - having a California driver’s license or ID card (even if you don't own a vehicle)
        - registering your vehicle with CA DMV (vehicles must be registered in California within 20 days of arrival)
        - registering to vote and voting 
        - using a California permanent address on all records
        - paying state income tax as a resident

    Start your petition during the quarter preceding the one for which you seek reclassification (so, Spring before your 2nd year). Return the completed petition at least two weeks before the start of the quarter (Fall of your second year).

    Feel free to email the Residence Deputy at residencedeputy@ucdavis.edu with any questions or confirmations. 

    TIP: Go to the DMV and get a CA ID asap (even if you don't drive here!) and change all other addresses to your CA address.

    READ Info in these two links:

    https://grad.ucdavis.edu/admissions/newly-admitted-students/ca-residence-tuition-fees
    https://www.ucop.edu/uc-legal/_files/ed-affairs/uc-residence-policy.pdf 

  • International Students: Visa/Travel Resources

  • Services for International Students & Scholars (SISS) is your best resource for all visa and immigration documents, issues and questions as well as a welcoming place with events and community connection.

    International Student Pre-Arrival Checklist

    If you are applying for a new student visa, check the status of visa services at your nearest embassy or consulate; you may be automatically eligible to be considered for a National Interest Exception (NIE) to travel.

  • International Students: English Language Requirements

  • UC Davis has three English Language requirements for international students.  As an admitted student, you have already fulfilled the first admissions requirement!  If you do not plan to apply for a Teaching Assistant position, you do not need to fulfill the third requirement.  

    English Language Requirement
  • Other Program Resources
  • Other resources for prospective students, orientation, and involvement.