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Graduate Program

While you can obtain specific information on the research opportunities for graduate students in each department from the departments in the College of Engineering, application and admission is granted through the University’s Graduate School.

A candidate for the Ph.D. must spend a minimum of three years in full-time study and research beyond a bachelor’s degree, display proficiency and high attainment in scholarly endeavor and independent investigation, pass written Ph.D. qualifying exam, pass both an oral and a written admission-to-candidacy examination, and present a dissertation and successfully defend it in an oral examination. All requirements are expected to be completed within five years following completion of residence requirements.

Additional options for graduate students include the... 


Bioengineering Graduate Program

Our interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in bioengineering offers training in a wide range of engineering and biological fields, including physical, chemical, and mathematical sciences. As an entering Ph.D. student, you are admitted into the University’s Graduate School (and bioengineering program) with simultaneous admission into one of the five departments within the College of Engineering. Faculty advisers help you plan an academic path that emphasizes a traditional engineering discipline while incorporating coursework in a specialized area of interest, such as orthopedics, medical imaging, tissue engineering, biotransport, or diagnostic devices. 



Master of Science in Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship (ESTEEM Graduate Program)

An 11-month degree, the ESTEEM Graduate Program (Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s) challenges students from technical backgrounds, such as engineering and science, to think “way  outside of the box.” Courses in technology business fundamentals — including finance, technical marketing, strategy, ethics, operations management, and R & D management, are paired with graduate-level technical classes. ESTEEM students are also teamed with faculty mentors, who guide them in the development of a working business plan for a technology start-up. In short, the ESTEEM Graduate Program emphasizes the action of entrepreneurship, not just the study of it, and students leave the program well prepared to take leadership positions at the intersection of business and innovation.


Professional Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

An accelerated program, the Professional Master of Engineering at Notre Dame offers two concentration areas — environmental engineering and structural engineering. Students in the program benefit from close interaction with professional engineers, a flexible custom-designed curricula, and individual attention from faculty with unique field experience. In addition to core courses, professional development and practice classes range from risk management and project scheduling to sustainability and resilience and career evolution. 



Graduate Minor in Computational Science
and Engineering

A rapidly growing field, computational science and engineering is becoming indispensable for a variety of disciplines, including national security, biology, weather prediction, and industrial design. Individuals possessing the necessary skills can expect exciting and rewarding career opportunities. Designed to allow doctoral students finishing graduate work that involves high performance computing to add a credential to their degree, the Graduate Minor in Computational Science and Engineering requires 12 credit hours of coursework in computations and related areas plus a dissertation involving high performance computing.