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.

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