Tuition & Fees

Graduate Program

The Notre Dame School of Architecture recognizes that electing to attend graduate school is a major commitment for students (and their families) in terms of work, time, and finances and seeks to mitigate the impact that tuition and other expenses might have.

All graduate students are eligible for financial support during the regular academic year and while progressing through the curriculum in a normative sequence in accordance with the conditions of the Graduate Student Handbook.  Application for scholarships is understood to be integral to the program application and no additional scholarship application is required.  Students will be informed about scholarship financial support, and stipends as appropriate, upon acceptance to the program.

Student loans and other non-scholarship financial support is administered through the Office of Financial Aid.  Questions about loan requirements, application deadlines and additional information should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid.


Tuition:  $51,264, including Health & Technology Fees (2017-2018)

Summer Introductory Session Tuition: $1,200.00

Summer courses between academic years may be of interest to some graduate students as electives.  Scholarships from the School of Architecture do not apply to these summer courses and so tuition would be based on a per credit rate, $589 per credit hour (Summer 2015).

M.ADU post-professional (Path A) students receive financial support in the form of stipends and full-tuition scholarships through teaching assistant positions and fellowships including the Bond-Montedonico Fellowship program, the Joseph Z. Burgee and Joseph Z. Burgee Jr. Fellowship program, the James A. Nolen Jr. Fellowship, and the Joseph M. and Virginia L. Corasaniti Architecture Fellowship.  Requirements for M.ADU students receiving stipends are comprised of three semesters—the three semesters spent in South Bend—serving as teaching assistants with additional office/program support duties required on an as-needed basis during the Rome semester.  (As a teaching assistant, a student is expected to attend all class meetings and, depending on the nature of the course, will be asked to lead discussion groups or study sessions, assist with grading, and/or provide studio desk crits.)

Professional degree (M.Arch) and Historic Preservation (MSHP) students are eligible for financial aid in the form of partial tuition scholarships, student loans and work study.  Three-year M.Arch (Path C) students are not permitted to have work study jobs during their first semester in the program, though they may be approved on an individual basis by the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies in subsequent terms.  When opportunities arise, Path B and Path C students after their first semester may have an opportunity to serve as teaching assistants. 

Fellowship Opportunities


All students enrolled at the University of Notre Dame are required to provide proof of insurance (which is valid for care locally) or to purchase the University-sponsored health insurance plan for the entirety of their time at the University.

The School of Architecture provides a subsidy of the health insurance premium cost for full-time, fully-funded post-professional degree students who purchase the University plan.  For the 2015–16 academic year, the standard subsidy will cover the full student premium. 

Professional degree graduate students who wish to purchase the University plan can expect to pay $2,313.00 (2015-2016) per year. 

First-semester incoming graduate students will be billed for insurance at the beginning of the summer workshop, increasing the annual insurance premium to $2,402.00 (2015-2016).

Additional information on the plan and the cost for spouses and dependents can be found on the University Health Services website.


Book and supply costs vary significantly from one student to the next based on their background and therefore what supplies they might already have as well as which course of study they will be engaged in-and how many technical courses they will need to take.  A typical three-year pre-professional student in their first year might expect to purchase approximately $800 in required texts while someone with significantly fewer technical courses might require $2-300 in books.  Note: Required texts for all courses are held on reserve shelves in the Architecture Library for student use.

Those students who are beginning their first architectural study might expect an initial one-time purchase of $1000 for tools and supplies which can be used throughout the academic program and beyond in professional practice. Faculty make an effort to help prioritize the supply list so that students might budget more effectively; and the School offers the opportunity to purchase some of the larger-scale items through the School's website at a small discount—and to ease the issue of transport.  Renewable items such as paper, pencil lead, etc. might expect to cost $150 per academic year, depending on the nature of the studio courses in a particular year.


A print quota is set for all graduate students on campus for "regular" printing on 8.5x11" and 11x17" sheet sizes of $35 per semester (at a rate of $.02 per B&W page and $.12 per color page).  Students may add to their print quota through the Office of Information Technologies.  Access to plotters and large scale scanners is free of charge for all School of Architecture students.  A laser cutter is available for course-related projects at no charge; for personal projects, there is a fee of $5 per 10 minutes of laser time.  3-D model printing may be arranged through the School of Architecture Library at a cost of $0.25/gram.

The School of Architecture reimburses graduating graduate students for the printing costs of the three copies of thesis books (with some limitations).


The majority of costs associated with the required semester abroad in Rome and with other travel for coursework (domestic and international) are covered by the School.  These costs include:

  • Round trip airfare from a selected city on the U.S. Eastern seaboard to Rome (1 ticket)
    • Students travelling to Rome with spouses and children must cover the additional tickets required.
  • Food stipend in Rome (to make up the typical difference between South Bend and Rome). These funds are deposited directly into the student's American bank account each month.
  • Housing costs. These costs are fully covered and housing is arranged for single students.  An equivalent amount of funds is directly deposited in the bank account of any married student who elects to bring their spouse and/or children to Rome.  Assistance is offered to all married students in arranging their Rome apartment rental.
  • Train and bus fare for field trips (Spouses and children of students are not allowed to participate in field trips due to liability issues.)
  • Museum entrance fees for field trips
  • Per diem for meals (to make up the typical difference between South Bend and the city in question)



Housing costs vary greatly from one student to another depending on whether they elect to live alone or to seek roommates, whether they choose to rent a house, to rent an apartment, or to seek on-campus housing, etc.  Housing costs (without utilities) can be expected to range from $250 to $1000 per month.  For more information on on-campus housing visit the Office of Housing.


Like housing, food expenditures can vary significantly from one student to another depending on how much an individual prefers to eat out, cook at home, or use the dining halls and other on-campus facilities.  While architecture grad students do generally find it least expensive to cook at home and bring meals to campus, many students do choose to participate in a meal plan through Notre Dame Food Services for at least a portion of their time on campus.  Meal plans are highly customizable and information can be found at Campus Dining.


Cars and Parking

Students wishing to park a car on campus are required to purchase a student parking permit.  For the 2016-17 academic year, a student permit is $130.  This cost is covered for all students serving as a teaching assistant in the School of Architecture. 

Car sharing opportunities are also increasingly popular and Zipcar is available on Notre Dame's campus in the bookstore parking lot.  Ride-sharing via Uber and Lyft is also available.


Register your bike for free with NDSP.

Shuttles and Public Transporation

In addition to private transportation, shuttle and public bus services are available on campus and downtown for free or at low student rates.

Transportation to Chicago

Public transportation to Chicago and area airports is available on the South Shore Train or via the Coach USA Airport Shuttle.