About the Graduate School

Our Commitment to Academic Excellence


We believe that our voice is best heard through the success of those we train at the highest level to become the academic and professional leaders of tomorrow. To that end, we work in concert with a world-class faculty across a variety of disciplines to mentor and develop our students by engaging them in meaningful research and other professional activities.

The University of Notre Dame is renowned worldwide for academic excellence, and gifted students from around the globe join us to be part of our vibrant intellectual community. As a graduate student at Notre Dame, you will benefit from generous financial support that allows you to focus on your degree objectives and from exposure to and participation in innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary pursuits.

All of this takes place in a setting that is small enough to provide you with individual attention and large enough to provide you with all the tools necessary for your transformation from a student of a chosen discipline to a steward of that discipline—an academic or professional who uses his or her considerable knowledge and skills to enter the arena of public discussion on pressing contemporary issues, to help solve the world’s problems, or to contribute to a greater understanding of our humanity.

A few markers of our academic excellence are:

  • The University of Notre Dame has received $128 million in research funding for fiscal year 2016 — the second highest in its history. In fiscal year 2015, the University’s research funding was its highest of all time, reaching $133 million. Of the awards received in fiscal year 2016, 57 percent came from federal funding, with 16 percent from foundations and 15 percent from industry. The remaining 12 percent came from other sponsors, including foreign entities, local and state governments and nonprofit organizations.
  • The exceptional scholarship of the Arts and Letters faculty has a strong record of attracting research funding from private foundations, corporations, and the federal government. Over the past 17 years, the number of faculty who have received major national fellowships in the arts, humanities, and social sciences—including Guggenheim, ACLS, and Fulbright awards, among others—places Notre Dame among the Top 5 private research universities in the nation. Our faculty has also had record success with the National Endowment for the Humanities—earning more than any other university in the country since 1999.
  • Extremely selective and attractive programs — some matriculate only 9% of applicants and attract 90% of the students to whom they make offers of admission.
  • Recent graduates have accepted positions at such leading universities as Boston College, Brown University, Harvard University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale University; and with the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Amazon, GE Global Research, Intel, Bloomberg LP, and Advanced Bionics.

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Last Updated: July 2017