Funding & Internships


Every DMA student receives a full scholarship covering the cost of tuition. In addition, everyone working in an internship receives a stipend or salary in the neighborhood of $19,000.00 per year, for 13 hours of work per week. The student usually remains in the same placement over the entire course of their study. Both the student and the mentor each receive a copy of the handbook “Supervision in the Internship” that spells out the procedures. The Field Supervisor Paul Walker will be in touch with all mentors to ensure that the internship is as enriching as possible. Any problems should be reported promptly to Professor Walker. It is to be noted that internships and their stipends are for the academic year only; work (and pay) begins in late August and ends mid May. Fall and spring breaks as well as Christmas and summer vacations are not part of the intership; the church may arrange to compensate the intern seperately during these periords. Exact dates are determined by the Academic Calendar of the University of Notre Dame.

In addition, starting in the 2015-2016 academic year, the University of Notre Dame will offer a full health subsidy for eligible graduate students.  Eligible graduate students are those who are enrolled in the university plan, receive full tuition support and receive a stipend at or above the eligible threshold for the degree level ($18,900 for students in doctoral programs). Students who are covered through a different plan will receive $200 that they may apply to that plan.

As stated in the Graduate School Academic Regulations: All degree-seeking students are expected to maintain full-time status and to devote full time to graduate study. No degree student may hold a job, on or off campus, without the express permission of his or her department and the Graduate School.


One of the great strengths of the DMA program at Notre Dame is the internships. Each student works in a local church, directing a children's choir and carrying out other parish music duties. In addition to their full tuition scholarships, every student receives a stipend for this work. All internships are under the auspices of Professor Paul Walker, our Field Supervisor, who meets with every student at the beginning of the academic year to outline goals and expectations, and to draw up a contract between the student and his or her field mentor. Paul Walker meets with every student at the end of the academic year to assess progress, conducts observation in the field, and is present throughout the year as an advisor to students in regard to their fieldwork. Professor Walker is assisted in this work by Dr. Mark Doerries, the Associate Director for Community Outreach for Sacred Music at Notre Dame. 
Just as Notre Dame is a campus of chapels, so too the greater South Bend area is home to numerous churches, of every kind, nature, and denomination, offering extraordinary opportunities to join with our musical and theological faculty in reading the pulse of contemporary worship. Since Notre Dame is in the religious heartland of the USA, our graduate students have opportunities to come away from their studies with a particular kind of sophistication.
Explore where some of our students intern (green) and work (yellow) in the community: