Funding & Internships


Every MSM 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 $12,500 per year, for 13 hours of work per week. Usually, the student remains in the same placement over the entire course of 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 on August 15 and ends on May 15.

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 ($12,500 for students in master’s 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. Aside from their internships, no degree candidate 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 MSM program at Notre Dame is found in the internships provided to every student. In addition to their full tuition fellowships, every student receives a stipend for this work. The internships are greatly varied: some are in local churches, with the student in a leadership role; some are designated as choral fellowships; some are in the Basilica, Malloy Chapel, or Our Lady of Loretto, where students have opportunities to sing, play, and conduct; some are in the SMND Film Studio, where students learn the skills of the documentarian to explore sacred music in contemporary churches, Notre Dame and the local community. 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 Hillary Doerries, who, like him, is an experienced church musician.

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:


Church of Our Lady of Loretto
Saint Mary’s College
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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

Malloy Hall Chapel
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