Kellstadt Graduate School of Business Application Instructions

  • You must complete all of the application screens in order to submit the application.
  • You may save an unfinished application to complete at a later date. Click the "Save to Finish Later" button on any screen.
  • Important: Remember to save your password. You will need it to retrieve your application if you save it to finish later.
  • If you spend more than 60 minutes on one screen, the system will "time out." This means your information will not be saved. To avoid losing your information, be sure to click to the next or previous page within the 60-minute time limit. You will always be able to go back and forth among application screens to complete your answers.
  • Within 24 hours of submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email from DePaul.

Admission to Kellstadt’s Graduate School of Business is based on academic performance, work experience and career progression, as well as GMAT (or GRE) test scores. Learn more about our MBA and specialized master’s degree program formats and timelines.

General Admission Requirements

Completed application form and application fee
Apply online at go.depaul.edu/apply. There is a $60 application fee which may be paid with a check or money order payable to DePaul University. Online applicants may pay by credit card.

Resume/curriculum vitae (MBA Applicants Only)
MBA applicants must submit a professional resume. It should summarize your work experience and educational background.

Official transcripts
All applicants should send official transcripts from all universities, colleges or community colleges attended Read more about transcript requirements for international students.

Educational Credentials For International Students or Programs
Applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including those attended but from which no credit was earned. Exceptions may be permitted for study-abroad credit when that credit is clearly defined and displayed on the home institution transcript.

Applicants with non-U.S. educational credentials for Winter term 2012 and beyond are required to submit their official educational credentials (e.g., transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates, graduation diplomas) and evaluation fee directly to one of the three evaluation companies below:

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Educational Perspectives
One Earth International Credential Evaluation

These evaluators will then provide DePaul with a general evaluation of their studies and certified copies of their international educational credentials which will be used during admission review. Please direct any questions about required credentials to the evaluation company you have selected and not to the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. DePaul will not accept evaluations from any other evaluation companies and will not accept any educational credentials without an evaluation from ECE, EP or One Earth.

English proficiency
Non-native English speakers who have not completed a bachelor's or master's degree in the United States should submit scores from a recognized English proficiency test. The Kellstadt Graduate School of Business accepts results from TOEFL, IELTS and the Pearson Test of English (PTE).

Essay Questions
Applicants to all MBA and MS programs are required to submit an essay explaining their interest and professional goals.

EDBA applicants are required to submit a personal statement, not to exceed 1½ pages, outlining professional and research goals.

Admission Examinations

GMAT/GRE Test Scores

Applicants to the following programs are not required to submit GMAT or GRE scores:

  • Master of Accountancy
  • Master of Science in Entrepreneurship
  • Master of Science in Hospitality Leadership and Operational Performance
  • Master of Science in Human Resources
  • Master of Science in Management
  • Master of Science in Marketing
  • Master of Science in Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Science in Sustainable Management
  • Master of Science in Taxation
  • Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (EDBA)

Applicants to the following programs are required to submit GMAT or GRE scores, unless they qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver (see waiver policy below) or other exclusions noted below:

  • Full-Time MBA
  • All DePaul campus-based cohort MBA programs
  • Master of Science in Accountancy
  • Master of Science in Computational Finance
  • Master of Science in Economics and Policy Analysis (see waiver policy below for applicants who have earned undergraduate degrees in economics from DePaul).
  • Master of Science in Enterprise Risk Management
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Master of Science in Marketing Analysis
  • Master of Science in Real Estate
  • Master of Science in Wealth Management (see waiver policy below for applicants who have earned CFP, CFA, CPA, MBA or related advanced degrees).

GMAT information, including test dates, a list of test centers, and applications for the exam, may be obtained at mba.com or by contacting Pearson VUE at (951) 681-3000. Submitted score reports must come directly to DePaul University from Pearson VUE. GRE information can be obtained at ETS.org. DePaul's GRE code is 1165. Tests taken more than five years prior to the date of application are not considered valid.

GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy

Applicants may petition the admissions committee for a waiver of the GMAT or GRE based on any one of the following criteria:

  • Five years of progressive work experience, showing both management and quantitative responsibilities, after completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • A completed JD, MD, PhD from a United States higher education institution and quantitative skills, or a quantitative-based master’s degree, such as a master’s degree in finance, and an undergraduate degree from an accredited university.
  • LSAT Score of 160 or higher and an undergraduate degree from an accredited university.
  • Successful completion of all parts to the CPA exam and an undergraduate degree from an accredited university.
  • Successful completion of all parts to the PE exam and an undergraduate degree from an accredited university.
  • Driehaus College of Business undergraduate program alumni applicants to the Part-Time MBA with a DePaul cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and two years of professional work experience.
  • MS in Economics and Policy Analysis applicants who have earned a DePaul University undergraduate economics degree.
  • MS in Wealth Management applicants who have earned one or more of the following: CFP, CFA, CPA, MBA or related advanced degree.

All requests should be submitted with the applicant’s resume and transcripts to kgsb@depaul.edu. Please indicate your reasons for requesting the waiver and include all relevant supporting documents. Not all waiver requests are granted and students who already have taken the exam will not be granted a waiver.

Letters of Recommendation
Full-time MBA applicants should submit two letters of recommendation from current or previous employers. Letters may be submitted through the online application or kgsb@depaul.edu. Be sure to include the name of the recommender and applicant’s name on each letter.

EDBA applicants: two letters of recommendation required, submitted directly by the writers, per instructions in the online application.

Interview
Interviews are required only for applicants to the Full-time Cohort MBA program. The admission committee may require applicants to other programs to schedule an interview if necessary.

Deadlines 

Part-Time MBA

Students may apply to enroll in any quarter. To ensure that you will be able to enroll in the quarter of your choice, we recommend that you apply by these dates:

Enrollment Quarter Domestic Student Deadline International Student
Fall Aug.1 July 1
Winter Nov. 1 Oct. 1
Spring March 1 Feb. 1
Summer May 1 April 1

Evening Cohort MBA

The Evening Cohort MBA starts in the fall, but students may submit their applications any time of the year. The admission committee meets in February, April and July to make decisions on applicants. Students who apply after these deadlines may have their applications considered if space remains available.

Weekend Cohort MBA

The Weekend Cohort MBA program starts in the fall, but students may submit their applications any time of year. The admission committee meets in February, April and July to make decisions on applicants. Students who apply after these deadlines may have their applications considered if space remains available.

Full-Time Cohort MBA

The Full-Time Cohort MBA program starts in the fall, but students may submit their applications any time of year. The admission committee meets in February, April and July to make decisions on applicants. Full-time Cohort MBA applicants who wish to be considered for scholarships or graduate assistant positions should apply by April. Students who apply for admission after these deadlines may have their applications considered if space remains available.

Specialized Master's Degrees

Students may apply to enroll in any quarter. To ensure that you will be able to enroll in the quarter of your choice, we recommend that you apply by these dates: 

Enrollment Quarter Domestic Student Deadline International Student
Fall Aug.1 July 1
Winter Nov. 1 Oct. 1
Spring March 1 Feb. 1
Summer May 1 April 1

Executive Doctorate in Business Administration

Students may submit their applications any time of year for admission into the program in the fall. The admissions committee meets in March, May and July to make decisions on applicants who applied during the fall, winter and spring quarters, respectively.

For full EDBA admission criteria and deadlines, visit go.depaul.edu/EDBA.

Readmission
Students who have been previously admitted but absent from DePaul for one year or longer, must complete an application for readmission. Applicants are asked to submit a brief written explanation for the absence from the program and provide an updated resume.

Deferred Admission
A student previously admitted who has not enrolled may defer admission for up to one year. If the original application’s academic documents have been shred, the student may be required to provide new copies of any admission documents.

Revoked Admission
Any applicant that has been found to provide forged or falsified information or who intentionally leaves out academic documents or information that would impact the admission decision process may have their admission revoked.

Kellstadt Graduate School of Business Office
Be sure the applicant's name, DePaul Student ID number or date of birth, and program of interest are noted on all admission correspondence. Necessary supporting documents and application fees should be sent to:

Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
DePaul University
1 East Jackson Blvd., Suite 5300
Chicago, Illinois 60604-9983 

For More Information
Contact the DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business:

1. E-mail: Send an e-mail message to kgsb@depaul.edu
2. Call: Kellstadt at (312) 362-8810, or toll free at 1-800-4DEPAUL (outside Illinois). 

Application Fee
The application fee is $60.00, payable online. Online applicants may pay by credit card. Otherwise, fees may be paid by check or money order payable to DePaul University.

For International Applicants

Education Credentials 
Submit official copies of your original secondary and/or higher secondary school records. These may include: yearly transcripts listing subjects studied and corresponding exam results, yearly marksheets, leaving certificates, Indeks/student books, Abitur, GCE O/A-level results, and diplomas. If applicable, submit official copies of your original post-secondary school records. These may include yearly transcripts, marksheets, exam results, final diplomas, degrees, or graduation certificates. Course descriptions may be requested at a later date.
"Official copies" are issued in the original language directly by your college or university. Copies must bear the official stamp and/or seal of the institution, as well as the signature of the appropriate official, such as the Dean, Rector, Registrar, Controller of Examinations, or Office of Teaching Affairs. Photo/notarized copies, facsimile/electronic mail transmissions will not be accepted. You may request in writing that original documents be returned after an admission decision has been made.

If you are applying as a transfer student with international credit, and are residing in the U.S., please have a course-by-course evaluation done in advance by an independent agency. The evaluation report should accompany your official transcripts at the time of application. DePaul recommends Educational Perspectives or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE) for this purpose.

English Translations 
Submit official translations of all educational documents originally issued in a language other than English. "Official translations" must be issued by a translation agency or university language department. The translation must be typed on official stationary, with the name, phone number and address of the translator. The translator must attest proficiency in the original language and must indicate that the translations are true and correct. Photo/notarized copies will not be accepted, nor will an evaluation of your education take place unless academic records are accompanied by true and complete, word-for-word translations.

Proof of English Language Proficiency 
All students educated outside of the United States must submit proof of English proficiency. A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 80 (Internet-based test; no section lower than 17), 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (paper-based test) is required for all applicants, although some graduate programs may require higher minimum scores. Please contact TOEFL directly to request an official score report; DePaul's TOEFL code is 1165. DePaul also accepts an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher in place of the TOEFL. Please note that TOEFL cannot be waived for any applicant educated in a country where the native language is not officially recognized as English. Waivers will not be granted to international applicants/non-native speakers on the basis of the following: education at a non-US school where English was the "language of instruction," US employment or US residency alone, completion of an ESL program alone. TOEFL may be waived (upon receipt of an official transcript) if an international applicant has completed the equivalent of DePaul's English 103 and 104 with a grade of C or better at an accredited institution in the US.

Conditional Admission 
Students applying for certain programs who receive a TOEFL score below the minimum requirement and who meet all other requirements for admission to an academic program may be granted conditional admission. Students will be required to enroll in DePaul's English Language Academy (ELA) for at least one term and receive a minimum score of 550 on the ELA-administered paper-based TOEFL before registering for academic classes.

Financial Documentation 
Students who plan to apply for F-1 of J-1 student visa status are required by US immigration law to submit evidence of adequate funding to meet the estimated tuition and living expenses for their first year of study before an I20 (used to apply for an F1 student visa) or DS-2019 form can be issued. Please submit an original bank statement, issued within six months of your anticipated entry term, preferably in savings, reflecting the appropriate amount in US dollars. If you will be sponsored, request a signed and dated "affidavit" or official letter from your sponsor indicating the amount of sponsorship, as well as the sponsor's name, address, and relationship to you, accompanied by the sponsor's current/original bank statement. Please note that translations must accompany any letters or bank statements issued in a language other than English. Promissory notes or employer's statement of estimated earnings will not be accepted. Photo/notarized copies or email/facsimile transmissions will not be accepted. Any false statements made regarding financial responsibility violate US immigration laws. DePaul is not responsible of the amount of funds shown as available by the student or sponsor on the affidavit of support becomes unavailable after the date on this affidavit.

The Financial Affidavit of support and Transfer Release Form (for F1 visa holders currently attending another U.S. institution) can be found on the Student Visas section of the site.

Although financial documentation may be submitted after an admission decision has been made, applicants are encouraged to submit the appropriate paperwork as soon as possible.

Copy of Passport 
All students requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 form from DePaul must submit a copy of the identification page of their passport.

Transferring Your I-20 Form 
If you are currently in F-1 visa status and attending another school, college, university of English language program in the US and are admitted to DePaul, you must receive a new DePaul I-20 form. Please submit the financial documents and copy of your passport as outlined above, along with a copy of your current I-20 form, and the completed Transfer Release form.

Evidence of Immigration Status 
(For non-F1/J1 students) If you are on a type of visa other than F-1 or J-1, or if you are a permanent resident of the US, please submit a copy of the current visa page and I-94 card in your passport, or a copy of your Alien Registration card (front and back) as verification of your current status.

The documents outlined above are not requirements for admission, but are necessary for the issuance of your I-20 form. Please note that I-20 forms can only be issued to students who are accepted to DePaul in full-time degree-seeking programs.

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