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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 MALS program are evaluated on their overall academic record. The admission committee evaluates all official transcripts of academic work, a MALS Admissions Essay, personal admission interview, and 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; however a grade-point average of 3.0 or better in the junior and senior years is required for application into the MALS program.

Additional consideration is given to the strength of the applicant’s undergraduate program and its standards. We do not require a national test 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 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 page for exact information.

In most cases letters of recommendation are encouraged but not required. Some students may be asked to submit letters of recommendation.

Qualified candidates may be required to have an interview with the program director.

The College of Liberal Arts and 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 (this includes colleges and universities that issue official electronic transcripts). Please make sure your name is on all documents.

Application Checklist:
  • Application for admission: Apply online
  • Transcripts of all prior academic work
  • MALS Application Essay 
  • Qualified candidates may be required to have an interview with the program director 
  • TOEFL scores (international students only)
  • Non-refundable standard DePaul application fee