Current Graduate Students

Resources for MAE Graduate Students

Registration and Courses

Our registration and courses page contains information about MAE courses, including descriptions, suggested core courses and sample plans of study by research area. It also contains information on registering for courses, receiving unit credits for research and frequently asked questions.

Academic Calendar

The Office of the University Registrar houses the academic calendar for UC Davis. Please make sure to take special note of the Fees and Billing and Quarter Dates and Deadlines calendars they maintain. The Office of Graduate Studies also maintains an academic calendar for graduate students, which includes additional information such as deadlines to file to graduate. Take some time to review these calendars each year and copy important dates into your personal calendar.


UC Davis Graduate Studies defines mentoring as "a close relationship between a graduate student and a faculty member who provides guidance, support and research advice in an individualized manner." Both faculty and graduate students have key responsibilities when it comes to this mentoring partnership. The expectations of both the mentor and mentee are outline in the Mentoring Guidelines. Take some time to review these guidelines, as well as Graduate Studies' mentee resources.

Department Resources

MAE Graduate Student Handbook

The MAE Graduate Student Handbook (PDF) is a useful document that gives specific information about departmental policies such as employment, use of facilities, safety information, computer resources and reimbursement for out-of-pocket purchases and travel. It also contains information about University-wide policies such as admission, registration, grading policies, withdrawal, leaves and readmission.

MAE Degree Requirements

You can find the MAE degree requirements for our Graduate Program in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Ph.D. and .M.S. Degree Requirements document.

MAE Graduate Student Forms

You can find forms specific to MAE graduate students below:

A complete list of forms and petitions pertaining to all graduate students can be found on the Office of Graduate Studies website.

MAE Graduate Student Organization

The MAE GSO aims to bring together students in the mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate program, as well as create closer ties between students and faculty. They host several events each quarter to help create a stronger community within the program. See the MAE GSO page for more information.

Campus Resources

As a graduate student, you have access to a wide range of resources and agencies on campus ready to help with any problem you may be facing. A full list of all the resources offered to graduate students is available on the Graduate Studies website, including a comprehensive list of those aimed at diversityprofessional development and work life and wellness. We have highlighted a couple of the most commonly-used resources below:

Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) 

Student Health and Counseling Services houses on-campus medical care facilities, as well as counseling services. As part of the counseling program, a psychologist dedicated to graduate students, Bai-Yin Chen, regularly holds appointments in Graduate Studies to enable greater confidentiality. This office also handles all UC SHIP insurance questions through their insurance services unit, including instructions for opting out of UC SHIP.

Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) 

This office is your one-stop shop for all matters regarding your status as an international student on campus. Their staff and advisors handle everything from distributing your I-20 to processing your OPT application. The majority of SISS forms, such as the CPT application, are processed through an online system, iGlobal, and then automatically routed to your graduate coordinator for approval. SISS also coordinates activities for the partners and families of international students and assists with information regarding family visits.

Internship and Career Center (ICC) 

The Internship and Career Center is the place to find job and internship listings and attend workshops, seminars and events to help improve your chances of finding the perfect job. The ICC has dedicated advisors for graduate students who can advise on jobs in industry and academia. If you’re not sure which path to take, the ICC has you covered: you can attend one of the career treks (field trips to local companies) or faculty panels on hiring in academia. The ICC also hosts quarterly internship and career fairs, with a special graduate student career fair in the fall.