Quick Facts


The Graduate School is responsible for broad policies and procedures governing post-baccalaureate programs in engineering, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

Notre Dame’s programs in law, business and architecture are administered separately.

Did you know?

  • The University of Notre Dame is one of the few US institutions to offer grant and fellowship advice tailored just to graduate students.
  • Notre Dame is currently ranked #2 in the country for the number of grantees in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program
  • In 2016-17, Notre Dame graduate students were offered over $6.47 million in funding from external organizations like the National Science Foundation, Institute for International Education, and other agencies.
  • Each year, graduate students schedule over 2000 individual meetings with Fellowship Consultants from the Office of Grants and Fellowships to find awards, connect with campus resources, and strengthen their applications through targeted feedback.
  • In the last 5 years, 71 Notre Dame students have won the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. A further 63 received honorable mention.
  • Graduate students have won funding to represent Notre Dame and the United States in over 50 countries through programs like Fulbright, USAID, Chateaubriand, and the Lindau Meetings with Nobel Laureates.

Did you know? section last updated in August of 2017

Graduate Population

At the start of the 2016–17 academic year, the Graduate School enrolled 2,250 advanced students in 28 doctoral, 11 terminal master’s and 4 professional master’s degree programs in and among 30 University departments, institutes, and programs in engineering, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. About 73 percent of this number were enrolled as Ph.D. students.

Distribution of Students Master’s Ph.D.
Engineering Programs 26 490
Humanities Doctoral Programs 8   357
Science Programs 7 509
Soc. Sci Doctoral Programs 0   282
Master’s Only Programs 571  

Student Support

Almost all Notre Dame graduate students in good standing received tuition scholarships. Almost all incoming doctoral students received multi-year assistantships or fellowships that provided 12-month stipends.

Degrees Awarded

The University awarded 490 master’s degrees and 215 Ph.D. degrees during the 2015–16 academic year.

Time to Degree

Average time to the Ph.D. was 5.9 years, ranging from 5.4 years for engineers to 6.1 years for students in the humanities and social sciences. This is at least a year less than national averages.

Admission Profile for Fall 2016

The Graduate School received 4,376 applications, including 3,392 doctoral applications, for Fall 2016. Approximately 15 percent of applicants were admitted, of which 63 percent (338 doctoral and 124 master’s students) confirmed their intent to enroll.



Objective Scores for Fall 2016

Program GRE Verbal GRE Quantitative GRE Analytic Writing
Engineering Ph.D. 155 163 3.8
Humanities Ph.D. 165 157 4.8
Sciences Ph.D. 156 161 3.9
Social Sciences Ph.D. 159 158 4.4
Master’s 159 154 4.4

Last edited: 3/7/2017