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.
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.|
|Humanities Doctoral Programs||8||357|
|Soc. Sci Doctoral Programs||0||282|
|Master’s Only Programs||571|
|2016 Total: 2,250; Women 43% (965/2250); International 27% (599/2250)|
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.
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|
|Social Sciences Ph.D.||159||158||4.4|
Last edited: 3/7/2017