University of Notre Dame's PhD Program
The University of Notre Dame is one of the most important Catholic and ecumenical centers in North America for advanced study in theology.
As a doctoral student at Notre Dame, you will be mentored by world-class scholars, access vast research and learning opportunities, experience both depth and diversity in your curriculum, and be a member of a community of students from a wide range of churches, as well as from other faith traditions, who are preparing for careers in research, teaching, and church service.
The doctoral program places a high percentage of its graduates in academic positions, the vast majority of which are tenure-track.
Areas of Concentration
The doctoral program offers six areas of concentration and two joint areas of concentration.
- Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity (CJA)
- History of Christianity (HC)
- Liturgical Studies (LS)
- Moral Theology/Christian Ethics (MT)
- Systematic Theology (ST)
- World Religions and World Church (WRWC)
Joint Programs/Area of Concentration
- Peace Studies/Theology
- Theology/History and Philosophy of Science
The Department of Theology has become the international locus for Latino theological studies and our ambitious program of globalization and diversification is increasing its connections to the Church in Africa—leading to a growing program of exchanges with African clergy and religious.
As part of a world-class research university, Notre Dame scholars and students enjoy the benefits of resources in other academic units across the university.
How to Apply
Notre Dame uses an online application. For instructions please consult the Application Instructions link from within the application itself once you have received your PIN and logged in.
Requirements for Admission
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and a master's degree in theology, or the equivalent
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, with an expectation of at least 4.5 on the analytical section and 310 cumulative on the other two sections (1200 for GRE exams prior to 8/2011), the score for the verbal component being the more important of the two
Facility in some of the languages required for study in the department
The following materials must be submitted via the online application system:
- A statement of intent (300 to 600 words) and a C.V.
- Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended • GRE scores (and, for all nonnative speakers of English, TOEFL scores)
- Three letters of recommendation
- A Waiver of Access form for each letter of recommendation
- A Writing Sample with a recommended length of 4,000 to 6,000 words
Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships
Full-time students in good standing are eligible to receive a 12-month annual stipend (an amount of $23,000 for students starting in 2018-2019) for up to five years and a full-tuition scholarship for up to eight years.
5 + 1 Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Students who complete the program in five years are eligible for a one-year teaching postdoctoral fellowship at Notre Dame.
The Graduate School awards premier fellowships on a competitive basis. These fellowships provide full tuition, an increased stipend, and full coverage of the university's health insurance premium. For more information see the Graduate School website.
In cases where students are funded by an extramural source (e.g., a religious order), the University normally covers tuition costs.