College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Interdisciplinary Self-Designed Program > Graduate Programs > Interdisciplinary Self-Designed Program (MA/MS) > Admission Requirements
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 Interdisciplinary Self-Designed Program are evaluated on their overall academic record. 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; however a grade-point average of 3.0 or better in the junior and senior years is required for admission. Additional consideration is given to the strength of the applicant’s undergraduate program and its standards.
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. The minimum TOEFL requirement is 590 (paper test) or 96 (internet test) with all section scores at 22 or better or an overall band score of 7.5 on the IELTS.
Application materials (except official transcripts) can be submitted through the online application. Official transcripts can be emailed from your institution to The Office of Graduate Admission at
All students applying to Interdisciplinary Self-Designed Programs will submit:
Careful completion of this two-part admission essay is an important step in the application process for all students seeking admission to DePaul University's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. By taking the time to prepare thoughtful responses to these essays, you will provide the kind of detailed information that will help the MALS program give thorough consideration to your application. The essay should be typed, single spaced, and contain the name and contact information of the applicant on the document. Please submit essays tp the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Graduate Office.
MALS Admission Essay: Part I
For Part I, please write a two page essay in which you address your informal as well as your formal preparation for admission to the MALS program. Please answer these three questions as specifically as possible.
MALS Admission Essay: Part II
For Part II, please write a two page essay in which you explain your hopes and expectations as a student in the MALS program. Please answer these three questions as concretely as possible.
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