Apply to the Ph.D. Program

The Fall 2021 application has closed.
The Fall 2022 application will open in September 2021.


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. It is also anticipated that applicants will have related training or research experience in the joint area to which they are applying. Previous graduate work is not required except in the case of Peace Studies and Theology for which a master's degree in theology is 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)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score - required for all areas except Anthropology and Psychology (Fall 2021 cycle)
  • Statement of intent
  • Writing sample

In addition, you will be prompted for the names and contact information for three recommenders and unofficial transcripts from prior institutions and in-progress degrees. International applicants must also provide a TOEFL or IELTS score. However, if you hold a degree from an institution where English was the language of instruction, the language testing requirement is automatically waived.

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 must be single-authored and 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 a virtual visit February 8-12, 2021. They will meet via Zoom with faculty, administrators, and current students; participate in an admissions interview; and observe classes and other sessions. Official offers of admission will be made soon after the virtual visit week.

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.