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
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
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 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
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
Admission 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
- Admission interview and course consultation
- TOEFL scores (international students only)
- Non-refundable standard DePaul application fee