Admissions and Funding

Our students come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds: from the humanities, sciences, and engineering. Some previous knowledge of the history or philosophy of science is desirable. All applicants must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.  Applicants to the Theology and Science track must already possess a master’s degree in theology or its equivalent.


Applicants should initiate the application process by going to the Graduate School's online application page and application form. When applying, be sure to indicate on the application form or in the statement of purpose the track to which you intend to apply: the history track, philosophy track or theology track.

The application for admission should include:

  • All admissions materials (academic transcripts, at least three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a relevant writing sample).
  • The application fee. 
  • Your statement of purpose is important, and should clearly explain your research interests, and why you think Notre Dame's HPS Program would be a good place to pursue them.

Applications are due annually on January 4.


The Ph.D. program is fully funded for five years, with a competitive stipend, and tuition fees are waived. Students are also eligible for travel and professional development funding from the Program, and there are extensive resources available on campus to help secure additional internal and external funding.

Students who complete their degree in five years are guaranteed the College of Arts and Letters 5+1 Postdoctoral Fellowship.