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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.

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 Additionally, official electronic transcripts can be emailed to directly by the issuing institution. Unofficial transcripts can be submited for the application review. Official transcripts will be required upon admission.

Please make sure your name is on all documents.

Students educated outside of the United States where English is not the official native language must present evidence of English proficiency. The College of LIberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 (iBT) or IELTS score of 6.5 or Duolingo score of 115 to be considered for admission to an LAS graduate program. Successful applicants to the MA in Sustainable Urban Development generally have a TOEFL score of 96 (iBT) or IELTS score of 7.0 or Duolingo score of 125.

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.

Students completing any undergraduate degree at DePaul are eligible to apply for the Bachelor's/Master's in Sustainable Urban Development in their junior year if they meet the following criteria:

  • They have achieved junior status.
  • They have completed at least 88 credit hours of their undergraduate degree.
  • They have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Students interested in the program must submit an application with the Office of Graduate Admission no later than the end of the Spring Quarter of their junior year. Students seeking admission to the BA/MA Program in Sustainable Urban Development must:
All supporting documents can be uploaded within the online application. 

Please note that the information provided is current as of September 2022 and is subject to change.

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If you need assistance to complete your application and/or have questions, contact the LAS Graduate Admission office at (773) 325-7315 or