FAQ

I'm already a Notre Dame graduate student. Is there an annual “window of opportunity” for transferring into the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program?

There is no set time during the year for a student’s transfer into the program. Once you have discussed your interest with your advisor and decided this is the right move for you, then you should move forward with transferring into the program. It can be done in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

I'm applying to the Graduate School at Notre Dame. Is funding available to MSE students in the form of teaching or research assistantships?

All graduate students involved in the MSE graduate program will be supported by funding either in the form of teaching or research assistantships during their time at Notre Dame as long as they remain in good standing with their home department.

Do I need to identify a faculty advisor before I can apply?

You are not required to secure an advisor before coming to Notre Dame. However, we encourage you to spend time learning more about faculty in the participating departments/programs. When you find faculty with research of interest to you, please reach out and let them know of your interest.

What is the deadline for applying to the MSE doctoral program?

Notre Dame's MSE doctoral program is interdisciplinary. This means that students will apply through one of the participating departments/programs in the College of Engineering or College of Science. Those are listed here: https://nano.nd.edu/materials-science/phd-program/#incoming

Applicants will follow that department's application process and requirements. The application deadlines vary by department/program and are listed here: https://graduateschool.nd.edu/degree-programs/

What degree is earned?

For example, if a student is admitted through the Chemistry Department or Electrical Engineering Department and successfully completes all requirements, the interdisciplinary degree earned would be "Chemistry: Materials Science and Engineering" or "Electrical Engineering: Materials Science and Engineering."

Does the MSE program offer fee waivers?

Applicants can direct questions about fee waivers to the admitting department. Information about fee waivers is also available on the Graduate School website: https://graduateschool.nd.edu/admissions/application-requirements/application-fee-and-waiver/

When will I be notified of the decision on my application?

The admitting department/program can also advise applicants about when to expect a decision on their application.

What is required for the Graduate School application?

A wealth of information is available to assist applicants on the Graduate School website.

If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us at mse-list@nd.edu!