Academic Units

The Graduate School

Established in 1918, the Graduate School has evolved into four divisions (engineering, humanities, science, and social sciences). It embraces 26 doctoral and 11 terminal master’s degree programs and four professional master’s degree programs in and among 30 University departments, institutes, and programs. Of the approximately 2,200 degree-seeking Graduate School students, 99 percent are full time, 72 percent are pursuing a doctorate, 42 percent are women, and 27 percent are international students. Among U.S. students, 15 percent are from underrepresented groups. Prestigious multi-year fellowships are awarded to the top 15 percent of each incoming class. Approximately 97 percent of students in the Graduate School—both doctoral and master’s—receive full-tuition scholarships. Over the last decade, more than 90 percent of Ph.D. recipients have gone on to research-related (or degree related) occupations.

Graduate Business Programs

The mission of the Mendoza College of Business is to provide academically excellent programs that are centered on a vision of business as a powerful force for good. Mendoza offers seven graduate business degrees: The Notre Dame MBA program offers both a one- and two-year format. The Master of Science in Management is an intensive, pre-experience one-year program for non-business majors. The Executive MBA for working professionals is offered on campus and in Chicago. The Master of Science in Finance and the Master of Science in Business Analytics, both intended for working professionals, also are offered in Chicago. Additional Mendoza programs include the top-ranked Master of Science in Accountancy, Master of Nonprofit Administration, and a wide range of executive programs.

The Law School

The Notre Dame Law School offers seven programs of study in law and policy, such as intellectual property, business law, environmental and constitutional, and an international curriculum that includes the school’s London Law Centre and student exchange programs in China, Chile, and Italy. Its extensive externship offerings include a program in the school’s Chicago facility. The school offers several dual degrees, including a J.D./MBA, J.D./M.A. in English and J.D./Master of Engineering. Post-J.D. programs include an LL.M. that may be pursued either in South Bend or in London, and an LL.M. and a JSD in International Human Rights Law.

Other Professional Programs

The master of education degree is offered through the University’s Alliance for Catholic Education, and the Department of Theology offers the master of divinity degree (M.Div.).

Centers and Institutes

The Basilica and Main Building

The Times Higher Education world university rankings place Notre Dame as the No. 1 Catholic institution for higher learning in the world.