Funding & Assistantships


Every admitted MSM student receives a full scholarship covering the cost of tuition, as well as a yearly stipend in the neighborhood of $12,500 per year, for their work in an assigned assistantship. In addition, the University of Notre Dame offers a full subsidy for the university health insurance plan. Students who wish to be covered through their own plan will receive $200 that they may apply to that plan.


In addition to their full tuition scholarships, every student receives a stipend for 13 hours of work per week in their assigned assistantship. The assistantships are greatly varied: some are in local churches, with the student in a leadership role; some are choral fellowships; some are in the Notre Dame Children’s Choir; others are in Notre Dame Campus Ministry Basilica choirs. Usually, the student remains in the same placement over the entire course of study. Please note that internships and their stipends are for the academic year only; work (and pay) begins on August 15 and ends on May 15.

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. Aside from their assistantships, no degree candidate may hold a job, on or off campus, without the express permission of his or her department and the Graduate School.

Explore where some of our students assist (green) and work (yellow) in the community:

Examples of Student Assistantships

Basilica of the Sacred Heart
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN  46556

Sacred Heart Parish
104 The Presbytery
Notre Dame, IN 46556

St. John’s Episcopal Church
226 W. Lexington Avenue
Elkhart, IN  46516

First United Methodist Church
333 North Main St
South Bend, IN 46601

St Peter's United Church of Christ                                                                 
915 N Ironwood Drive                                                                      
South Bend, IN 46615