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Graduate Program


Master’s programs in the College of Engineering require a minimum of two semesters in residence. At least 30 semester hours of graduate credit, which may include six credits for a thesis, must be satisfactorily completed to obtain the degree.

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.

While you can obtain information from each department in the College of Engineering, application and admission is granted through the University’s Graduate School.

Graduate Studies in Bioengineering

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 departments within the College of Engineering. This is your home department for administrative support and funding. Faculty from this department help you plan an academic path that emphasizes a traditional engineering Graduate student working in the labdiscipline while incorporating coursework in a specialized area of interest, such as orthopedics, medical imaging, tissue engineering, biotransport, or diagnostic devices. For more information, visit http://bme.nd.edu

Graduate Minor in Computational Science
and Engineering

High Performance Computations have been identified as a major competitive advantage for institutions and corporations and individuals possessing the necessary skills can expect exciting and rewarding career opportunities. The Graduate Minor in Computational Science and Engineering is designed to allow doctoral students finishing graduate work that involves high performance computing to add a credential to their degree, acknowledging their expertise in the area.

For more information, visit the Graduate Minor in Computational Science and Engineering website.

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

ESTEEM Program

Another graduate study option open to individuals seeking a career in engineering is the yearlong ESTEEM (Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s) degree program. For those interested in becoming leaders and in driving engineering and scientific discovery to a viable commercial product, ESTEEM provides a strong foundation for success. From graduate-level engineering and science courses to further refine technical skills ... to courses in technology business fundamentals — including finance, technical marketing, strategy, ethics, operations management, and R & D management, ESTEEM students are teamed with faculty mentors, who guide them in the development of a working business plan for a technology start-up. Students are also challenged to think “way outside of the box.” For more information, visit http://esteem.nd.edu.

Master of Science in Patent Law

Notre Dame’s Master of Science in Patent Law offers a unique opportunity for individuals interested in the intersection of law and technology.  This one-year, graduate-level program builds on the technical backgrounds of students holding either a science or engineering bachelor’s degree, providing hands-on experience and preparing them to pass the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Bar.

Master of Science in Patent LawTaught by practicing patent attorneys and registered agents, students in the program work closely with inventors on a real, Notre Dame-owned invention. In addition, they learn how to evaluate invention disclosures, assess the patentability of proposed inventions, draft fileable patent applications, and analyze and craft responses to the USPTO’s rejections of a patent application.  And, unlike a J.D. program, the Patent Law program requires a shorter commitment both in terms of time and tuition, without sacrificing patent-related content.

Master of Science Patent Law Brochure

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ND Engineering and Graduate Fellowships

In this video Dean Peter Kilpatrick talks about the importance of quality graduate students to the overall engineering program at Notre Dame: how they motivate and animate faculty, research programs, and classrooms (as teaching assistants).