Academic Units

The Graduate School

Established in 1918, the Graduate School has evolved into four divisions (engineering, humanities, science, and social sciences). It embraces 32 doctoral , nine terminal master’s degree programs and six professional master’s degree programs in and among 34 University departments, institutes, and programs. Of the approximately 2,200 degree-seeking Graduate School students, 99 percent are full time, 73 percent are pursuing a doctorate, 43 percent are women, and 26 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 graduate and undergraduate programs centered on a vision of business as a powerful force for good. Mendoza offers eight graduate business degrees: The Notre Dame MBA program, with both a one- and two-year format, as well as a dual MBA/MS in Business Analytics degree; Master of Science in Management, an intensive, pre-experience one-year program for non-business majors; Executive MBA for working professionals, offered on campus and in Chicago; and the Master of Science in Finance and the Master of Science in Business Analytics degrees, both intended for working professionals, which 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 areas such as intellectual property, business law, environmental law, and public policy. The school’s international curriculum includes Notre Dame’s London Law Centre as well as student exchange programs in China, Chile, Ireland, Switzerland, and Italy. Its extensive externship offerings include programs in the school’s Chicago and Washington, D.C., facilities. The Law 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 J.S.D. 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

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