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Graduate Admission Process

Applicants must demonstrate a capacity for achievement through past academic or professional work. The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences looks at each application as a unique presentation of a candidate's profile and will consider a variety of information sources.

General Instructions

To begin the application process, please submit your application online. You may submit your non-refundable $40 application fee at the end of the application via credit card or e-check or send a check/money order made payable to DePaul University with your supplementary application materials.

All applicants must submit official transcripts from each junior/community college, college, or university attended including DePaul University, if applicable. Credits transferred and posted on the record of a second school do not constitute an official transcript from  the original school. Electronic transcripts must be emailed to GradDePaul@depaul.edu directly from the issuing institution in order to be considered official.

Other supplementary materials can be sent as .doc or .pdf attachments to GradDePaul@depaul.edu or mailed to the graduate admission office. Please remember that we cannot guarantee books, DVDs or bound materials will be reviewed by the department.

Official paper transcripts, other supporting materials, and application fee can be sent to the graduate admission office:

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

International students must submit additional documents to complete a graduate application. Please visit International Admission for additional instructions.

Supporting Material

Supporting materials may be required in addition to the online application and official transcripts. Please visit the program website for materials required.

Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement

Most programs require a one- to two-page statement explaining the applicant's academic goals, career plans, and reasons for selecting the graduate program. Please note that some programs require additional or specific information.

Letters of Recommendation

If required, confidential letters of recommendation should be written by individuals who are able to evaluate the applicant's capability to succeed academically at the graduate level. Please notify recommenders that the letter should include the applicant's full name and the name of the program to which the applicant is applying.

Letters of recommendation can be submitted through the online application. They also can be given to the applicant in a sealed envelope that has been signed over the seal or sent directly to the graduate admission office. Letters of recommendation sent via email must be a PDF attachment on official letterhead and sent directly from the recommender to GradDePaul@depaul.edu

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Most programs do not require the GRE. Please visit the program website for specific requirements.

Applicants should take the GRE early enough to meet the application deadline. For information about the GRE, please visit www.ets.org or call (800) GRE-CALL (800-473-2255).

Only scores submitted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) using the DePaul University institution code (1165) are official.​

Application Deadlines

​​​Deadlines vary depending on program.  Please refer to the progr​​am website​​​ for specific application deadlines.

Only complete applications will be sent to the academic department for review. Applicants will be notified via email if any credentials are missing from their application. You also can check the status of your application materials through your application portal.

Decisions

​​​Applicants will be notified of their admission status via email and their application portal. Admitted students also will receive a welcome packet in the mail. At the time the application file is sent to the department for review, applicants receive an email telling them when they are likely to receive an admission decision. For the most up-to-date information, please log into your application portal.

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College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Office of Graduate Admission
2400 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614-3936
GradDePaul@depaul.edu

Phone: (773) 325-7315
Office Hours:
Monday-Friday • 9am-5pm CST