The Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame is home to more than 2,200 students pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees in engineering, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. We invite you to explore all that the Notre Dame Graduate School has to offer!
Strong Financial Support
97%+ of students in the Graduate School receive full-tuition scholarships. Among doctoral students, 94% receive multi-year assistantships and fellowships, starting from $23,000 over twelve months, depending on the academic program. Additional funding, including select fellowships offering up to $40,000, health insurance subsidies, and additional grants, combined with a low cost of living index enable you to live your life while you focus your efforts on your academic program. Learn more.
Students discuss their research at the Kellogg Institute's Human Development Conference
Notre Dame’s vibrant academic community, led by its world-class faculty, fosters a strong environment in which your research matters. Over the last 14 years, our faculty have won more National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships (49) than any other school in the country. Our research expenditures have grown rapidly over the past few years, and our science and engineering programs enjoy state-of-the-art facilities for conducting research. Recent graduates have gone on to become faculty at leading universities around the world, while others have gone into the professional world with companies such as Boeing, IBM, ExxonMobil, Eli Lilly & Company and DuPont.
PhD students at a mathematics department panel discussion and tea
We believe that because your research matters, you should pursue it in an environment that empowers you to thrive and succeed. Our approach to graduate training is holistic, emphasizing professional development and student well-being. This allows us to embrace the student not just intellectually, but mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Learn more.
Jonathan Gondelman, Political Science PhD student, presents at the Three Minute Thesis competition finals
Because your research matters, your professional development should be advanced, enabling you to enter powerful careers – whether in academia, the private sector, government or non-governmental organizations – fully prepared and with confidence. To that end, a variety of events and resources, centered around core components like Expertise, Teaching, Ethics and Leadership, will empower you to develop all of your skills to your greatest potential. Learn more.
Graduate Student Life
New graduate students enjoying downtown South Bend at orientation
We believe that when scholars are embraced not just intellectually, but physically, emotionally, and spiritually, an emphasis on well being, allows the greatest likelihood of producing research that matters. That is why we provide our graduate students with an environment that is nurturing and rich. Studying at Notre Dame means belonging to a dynamic community, from the faculty and students within your degree program, to fellow graduate students across campus, to greater South Bend at large, which features the recreational and cultural amenities of a large city while maintaining a small-town feel. Additionally, Notre Dame and South Bend enjoy close proximity to Chicago and all of the opportunities that the nation’s third-largest city has to offer. Learn more.