Home > Graduate > Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements and Financial Support Application and Admission

An applicant for admission to the graduate programs in electrical engineering must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited American college or university, or from a foreign institution of acceptable standing. The applicant should have at least a `B' average in his or her most recent years of academic work.

Most applicants to this department have undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering. However, it has been our experience that individuals with degrees in physics, mathematics, chemistry and related scientific and technical areas are able to complete a graduate program in electrical engineering. Applications from such individuals are encouraged, with the observation that such students often are required to complete some undergraduate courses to gain an adequate background in electrical engineering. Such requirements are dealt with on an individual basis.

This program’s emphasis is on the PhD program, so we typically offer financial aid only to students who wish to pursue a PhD.  In your application, please choose the PhD program if you wish to pursue a PhD (including a master’s degree, if appropriate).  A master's degree is not required.  We typically admit very few students who want only a master’s degree.

All applicants are required to take the General Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The tests are given at regularly specified dates. For more specific information concerning this test, contact:

Graduate Record Examinations
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000

International applicants are required to furnish TOEFL or IELTS test scores. Applicants should request that the results be forwarded to:

University of Notre Dame
Office of Graduate Admissions
502 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556

An application fee of $75 is required of all applicants and payable to the University of Notre Dame. All materials should be uploaded to your online application prior to submission no later than January 15 for fall admission. Offers of admission and financial aid may be made in advance of that date if the application is complete.

Financial Assistance

Departmental Awards

Financial assistance in the form of graduate assistantships, research assistantships and fellowships are provided for most graduate students in residence. No separate forms are necessary to apply for financial aid. Stipends usually are awarded for the academic year; summer appointments also are possible. In addition, tuition scholarships are awarded to all full-time students receiving either a fellowship or an assistantship.

Because fellowships do not involve specific duties, they allow fellows to make more rapid progress in their program of studies.

Graduate assistantships carry the responsibility of assisting faculty with undergraduate or graduate instruction with a time commitment of about 12 hours per week. In general, research assistantships and fellowships are made available to exceptionally qualified applicants. Students with graduate assistantships or research assistantships normally enroll for 9-12 credit hours per semester with a maximum of 15 credit hours per semester.

Individual appointments and stipends are determined on a competitive basis. Several departmental and University fellowships are available to outstanding students, e.g., the Michael J. Birck Fellowship, the Burns Fellowship, the Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship for Women, and the Arthur J. Schmitt Presidential Fellowship.

National Fellowships

Prospective students are encouraged to apply for competitive national and international fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships. Students who receive these awards may have their stipends augmented as permitted by the donating agency in accord with departmental policy.

Students from foreign countries should also inquire with their governments as to the availability of financial aid. Augmentation of stipends from these awards may be possible.