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.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required of all professional degree applicants (Path B and Path C) applicants seeking financial aid.  (International students are exempt from this requirement.)  The School of Architecture addresses scholarships, stipends, health insurance and technology fees, etc. while student loans are 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:  $55,308, including Health & Technology Fees (2019-2020)

Additional Summer Tuition

Summer courses between academic years may be required of or of interest to some students. Scholarships from the School of Architecture do not apply to these summer courses and so tuition would be based on a per credit rate, $805 for 2019.
No fee is required for the 1 credit Professional Internship course offered to international students seeking a paid summer internship in the U.S


M.ADU post-professional (Path A) students receive financial support in two ways.  First, in the form of stipends to assist with living expenses and in part as payment for teaching assistant positions which is an integral part of the professional educational experience.  And second, in full-tuition scholarships through 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.  

M.ADU students receiving stipends are required to serve as teaching assistants for their three semesters on campus with additional office/program support duties required on an as-needed basis during the Rome semester. 

Professional degree (M.Arch) students are eligible for financial aid in the form of partial tuition scholarships, student loans and work study.

MSHP students are eligible for tuition support up to full tuition scholarships based on merit and financial need.  

Students in any program should not expect to work full-time at any point during the school year due to the intensity and rigor of the academic curriculum.  Part-time work study may be approved by the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, dependent upon one’s academic standing and progress.  Path B and Path C students may have an opportunity to serve as teaching assistants as needs arise and as they may be qualified to do so.


The School of Architecture keeps a regularly updated list of fellowships and grants that have proven useful to its graduate students.  

Fellowship Opportunities

Students are encouraged to seek additional scholarship and fellowship opportunities as might fit their personal background, research interests, etc.  The School of Architecture is happy to assist where needed with applications, etc.  


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 2018-19 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 $2,265.00 (2019-20) 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 $2,352.00 (2019-2020).

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 $200-300 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.

To promote an environment of economic inclusivity that empowers students to thrive in the School of Architecture, the Architecture Student Opportunity Fund helps offset the cost of architectural equipment, supplies, and other resources and opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with limited economic resources. Each year, eligible students are able to receive funds to help purchase the drawing tools, renewable supplies, and other materials they need. Eligibility is determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Funding for the Architecture Student Opportunity Fund is made possible through the generosity of School of Architecture alumni and friends


An annual print quota is set by the University’s OIT for all graduate students on campus for "regular" printing on 8.5x11" and 11x17" sheet sizes.  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 charged per 10 minutes of laser time.  3-D model printing may be arranged through the School of Architecture Library.  Students are encouraged to inquire in the Library for current material and time charges.

The School of Architecture reimburses graduating graduate students for the printing costs of the three copies of thesis books (up to a specified dollar amount).


The majority of costs associated with the required semester abroad in Rome 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 traveling to Rome with spouses and children must cover the additional tickets required.
  • Food stipend (to cover the typical cost difference between South Bend and Rome). 

  • Housing costs. These costs are fully covered and housing is arranged for single students.  Students traveling to Rome with spouses and/or children will receive a housing supplement and assistance in identifying housing options. 

  • 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

  • Lodging for field trips

Travel required for on-campus studios and other required coursework, international and domestic, is also covered by the School.  This includes airfare, car rentals, hotels, museum entrance fees, required class meals, etc.  Students on extended trips may receive a food stipend for certain locations that are significantly more expensive than South Bend.  Students traveling to more modestly-priced locations or for shorter day trips may expect to purchase their own food.  The School seeks to locate students in lodging where breakfast is included wherever possible.



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 Residential Life.


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 Transportation

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.