Admissions and Financial Support


Applications must be completed online using the Graduate School's website. Please go to the Graduate School's website link to apply. The application deadline for fall admission is January 8. In addition to the general Graduate School requirements, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures requires the following materials which should be submitted along with the Graduate School's on-line application (not sent to the Graduate School or the Department):

  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which must be submitted by professors in the proposed field of graduate work with whom the candidate has recently studied.
  •  Results of the GRE and TOEFL, for non-native English speakers (optional)
  • Two academic writing samples, one in English and one in Italian (max 25 pp. each).

The following is also required by the Department and should be sent to Linda Rule,, by the application deadline: a one - two minute MP3 file, which should demonstrate your competency in Italian if you are native speaker of English, or in English if you are a native speaker of Italian. You need not prepare an original speech for this purpose but may simply read aloud. 

All finalists to the M.A. program in Italian are interviewed by at least two faculty members in Italian. Linguistic competence in both English and Italian is also evaluated at this stage.

Financial Support

Support packages typically include teaching assistantships, tuition waivers and/or stipends. Notre Dame stipends are competitive with those of other universities, and many students find the stipends even more attractive when the cost of living here is considered. Housing and other living costs in the South Bend area are well below the average for urban areas throughout the country. Over half Notre Dame's advanced students live in campus housing on or directly adjacent to the University.

For More Information

Online applications and general information are available through the Graduate School. If you would like more information, please contact the Department's Senior Administrative Assistant, Linda Rule If you have specific questions about the application process or program in Italian.

For specific questions about the Italian Studies M.A. degree and/or general questions about the Graduate program, please contact Professor Zyg Barański: