DePaul University College of LAS > Academics > Sustainable Urban Development > Graduate > Sustainable Urban Development (MA) > Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the sustainable urban development program, students must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. In addition, successful applicants will demonstrate a strong academic record, coursework and/or professional experience in sustainable development or related fields, and an interest in pursuing a career related to sustainable urban development.

To apply, please submit the following:

  •  a completed online application;

  • official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended;

  • a current CV or resume;

  • a two-page personal statement that reflects on a student’s past coursework and/or experiences in sustainable development and related fields, discusses future goals, and explains why this particular program appeals to them;

  • an application to the MA in Sustainable Urban Development does not require the GRE,  LSAT or GMAT.

Students educated outside of the United States must present proof of English proficiency. The college requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the TOEFL iBT, 213 on the computer-based test or 550 on the paper-based test. While applicants who meet the university minimum will be reviewed, most graduate programs prefer TOEFL scores of at least 96 on the TOEFL iBT, 243 on the computer-based test or 590 on the paper-based test. A minimum 7.5 on the IELTS may be submitted for this requirement.

How to Apply

Application can be submitted through the Online Application Center

Transcripts and other required credentials should be mailed to:

The Office of Graduate Admission 
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
DePaul University 
2400 North Sheffield Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60614-3936

Application credentials (including official electronic transcripts) also can be emailed to The Office of Graduate Admission at Please make sure your name is on all documents.

For additional information contact 

(773) 325-7315

Please note that the information provided is current as of May 2015 and is subject to change.

For International Students

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 page for exact information.