We seek highly committed candidates with the academic preparation, motivation and experience to undertake a flexible and rigorous program of study. While no specific background or major is required, candidates with strong liberal arts background would be ideal candidates to the program.
Applicants to the IDS program are evaluated on their overall academic record. The admission committee evaluates all official transcripts of academic work, a Statement of Academic Purpose, a proposed List of Courses, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities and community service. The committee considers each application on the basis of all materials submitted and does not eliminate applications solely on the basis of grade point averages or test scores.
A grade-point average of 3.0 or better in the junior and senior years is required. Additional consideration is given to the strength of the applicant’s undergraduate program and its standards. We do not require national tests such as GRE, LAST or GMAT for application. However; results may be submitted to strengthen an application. A score of at least 590 (paper and pencil test) or 243 (computer-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an overall band score of 7.5 or higher on the International English Testing System (IELTS) examination is required for applicants whose native language is not English.
International students (those who were educated outside of the U.S. and/or require an F1 visa) must take additional steps to be considered for admission. Please visit the International Admission portion of this site for exact information.
Two letters of recommendation are required from supervisors or instructors in undergraduate courses. One of the two letters can be from a supervisor in the applicant's place of employment; however; recommendations should be from individuals who know the applicant well and who can comment specifically on the potential of the applicant to do well in graduate studies. In order to determine if an applicant is qualified for his or her proposed program of study, the IDS Program may request additional letters from faculty or administrators of undergraduate or graduate departments in which the applicant was previously enrolled.
Qualified candidates may be required to have an interview with the program director.
The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Graduate Application can be completed online and submitted directly to the Admissions Office: apply online.
Application materials, except for letters of recommendation, can also be emailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at GradDePaul@depaul.edu (this includes colleges and universities that issue official electronic transcripts). Please make sure your name is on all documents.
All application materials should be sent directly to the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Admissions Office.
- Application for admission
- Transcripts of all prior academic work
- Statement of Academic Purpose (SAP): An essay of two or more pages explaining your academic goals, and how the courses you have chosen will help you reach those goals. In addition to the narrative discussion of your goals, please state them in a concise list. At least two of your goals must be drawn from the MALS Learning Goals, which address general competencies in academic performance.
- Proposed List of Courses (LOC) from DePaul's Course Catalog
- Two letters of recommendation. In order to determine if an applicant is qualified for his or her proposed program of study, the IDS Program may request additional letters from faculty or administrators of undergraduate or graduate departments in which the applicant was previously enrolled.
- Admission interview and course consultation
- TOEFL scores (international students only)
- Non-refundable standard DePaul application fee