An Overview of the Notre Dame Physics Graduate Program

Our graduate students are an indispensable part of ND Physics, contributing to and energizing research in experimental and theoretical physics from a wide range of areas. During a typical year, approximately 100 graduate students collaborate with the 60 faculty members, and ~20 post-doctoral researchers who comprise the department.

All admitted students receive full tuition support and a stipend. Beginning doctoral students typically work as teaching assistants (about 15 hours per week) during the academic year. During the summer most students hold research assistantships. The majority of advanced students work as research assistants funded by external research grants. Applicants with strong academic records are automatically considered for fellowships.

The APS cites the Notre Dame Department of Physics as a female-friendly physics department with over 40% female graduate students.

The Notre Dame Difference:

Notre Dame offers the research opportunities of a large university coupled with the environment of a smaller, private university. The Notre Dame Department of Physics prides itself on its collaborative and supportive environment.

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Message From the Chair

Choosing the right graduate physics program can be a difficult decision. An ideal graduate school blends world-class facilities, renowned faculty who are thoughtful teachers and mentors, and opportunities for professional development. The University of Notre Dame combines all of these. We offer the research opportunities of a large university coupled with a smaller, tight-knit community of graduate students working together to push forward the front lines of modern physics research. I encourage you to learn more about our programs, and to consider joining our thriving research community. --Professor Peter Garnavich, Department Chair

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Programs at a Glance

Graduate students are an indispensable part of ND Physics, contributing to and energizing research in a wide range of experimental and theoretical research areas.

  • 100%All graduate students receive full tuition support, a competitive stipend, and full medical insurance subsidy.
  • 33%Thirty-three percent of our graduate student class is international.
  • 24%Twenty-four percent of our graduate student class is female.
  • 2,200The University of Notre Dame is home to more than 2,200 students pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees in engineering, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

Graduate Programs

  • Astrophysics

  • Biophysics

  • Complex Systems

  • Condensed Matter Physics

  • High Energy Physics

  • Nuclear Physics

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ND Physics has long emphasized the vital importance of public outreach as part of the mission of scientists, and graduate students are core contributors to the department's exceptional range of outreach programs. Department members run camps and workshops, lead physics activities in local and regional schools, and involved high school students and teachers in research. A Physics Demo team is lead by physics graduate students, providing demonstrations throughout the community.

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