Apply to the Ph.D. Program


Applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, domestic or international, to be eligible for admission to a graduate program at the University of Notre Dame. Previous graduate work is not required. Prospective students interested in a master’s degree in peace studies should explore the Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies program.

Preparing Your Application

All applicants must submit the Graduate School Application for Admission online. No paper materials will be accepted for consideration. Applications must be completed and submitted by December 15 preceding the fall semester of admission.

Required Materials

The Graduate School Application for Admission requires the applicant to upload the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Statement of intent
  • Writing sample

In addition, you will be prompted for the names and contact information for three recommenders, GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable), and unofficial transcripts from prior institution(s).

The statement of intent (maximum 1,000 words) should describe your areas of interest and experience as explicitly as possible and list the faculty with whom you wish to study. The statement will be considered both by the relevant department admissions committee (Anthropology, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Theology) and by the Kroc Institute Doctoral Advisory Committee. Please address both your interest in peace studies and in the discipline of the partner department.

The writing sample should demonstrate your skills in writing, analysis, and peace research. It should represent your best sample of academic writing. If you send part of a longer work (for example, a senior or master’s thesis), please include an abstract of no more than 250 words describing the whole piece and its argument.

Our Admissions Process

After December 15, all completed applications will be reviewed by the Kroc Institute Doctoral Admissions Committee. Select applicants will be invited to visit campus February 6-8, 2020. The Kroc Institute will provide funding for travel, meals, and lodging. During this visit, applicants will meet faculty, administrators, and current students, and participate in an in-person admissions interview.

Official offers of admission will be made soon after the campus visit.

Financial Support

All graduate students admitted to the Ph.D. Program in Peace Studies are offered a full tuition scholarship, a generous stipend (view a cost-of-living comparison here), and additional support for research travel, conference presentations, and other professional development. Detailed financial arrangements are included in the formal offer letter from the Graduate School.

Apply now through the Graduate School Application for Admission.