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 and Fee

Apply online and submit a $60 application fee. Online applicants may pay by credit card. Otherwise, fees may be paid by check or money order payable to DePaul University.

Official Transcripts

We require official transcripts from all universities, colleges or community colleges attended — including those from which no credit was earned. One of the transcripts must show the conferral of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applications are considered incomplete until all transcripts are received. Transcripts are official only when received directly from the institution that issues them.

Applicants with non-U.S. educational credentials are required to submit their official credentials (e.g., transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates, graduation diplomas, etc.) to an evaluation company for evaluation. Please refer to our International Students page for more information.

Admission Examinations

Applicants may submit either GMAT or GRE scores. GMAT information including test dates, a list of test centers, and applications for the exam may be obtained at or by contacting Pearson VUE at (951) 681-3000. The score report must come directly to DePaul University from Pearson VUE. Tests taken more than five years prior to the date of application are not considered valid.

GRE information can be obtained at  Similar to the GMAT, GRE scores are only valid for five years. DePaul's GRE code is 1165.

Exceptions to the GMAT or GRE requirement can be made for applicants to the following programs, with the following qualifications:

  • Driehaus College of Business Undergraduate Program Alumni applicants to the MBA with a DePaul cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and two years of professional work experience
  • Master of Accountancy (MACC) applicants
  • MS in Hospitality Leadership and Operational Performance applicants
  • MS in Taxation applicants who have evidence of CPA licensure or passage of all four parts of the CPA examination
  • MS in Wealth Management applicants who have earned one or more of the following: CFP, CFA, CPA, MBA or related advanced degree
  • Weekend MBA and Evening Cohort MBA applicants who demonstrate extensive work experience with evidence of quantitative analysis skills as determined by the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
  • Applicants who have an earned doctoral degree or terminal degree such as an MD, PhD or JD with clear evidence of quantitative analysis skills demonstrated by coursework in advanced mathematics

  • Language Proficiency for International Students

    Non-native English speakers who have not completed a bachelor's or master's degree in the United States are required to submit examination results from a recognized English proficiency test. Please refer to our International Students page for more information.

    Essay Questions

    All applicants must complete at least one essay question, preferably 300 to 500 words in length, explaining their personal/professional interest in the program to which they are applying. Applicants may submit a second optional essay to provide details to the admission committee that the applicant would like for the admission committee to consider in the admission decision.

    Letters of Recommendation (MBA Applicants Only)

    MBA Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters are optional for applicants to all other Kellstadt programs. MS applicants who wish to strengthen their applications may submit letters of recommendation. It is recommended, but not required, that recommendation letters come from current or previous employers. Letters may be submitted online through the online application or electronically to​. Be sure the name of the recommender and applicant name are noted on each letter.

    Resume/Curriculum Vitae (MBA Applicants Only)

    MBA applicants must submit a professional resume. It should summarize your work experience and educational background.


    Interviews are required for applicants to the Full-time and Evening Cohort MBA programs. Applicants to other programs may be asked by the admission committee to schedule an interview to assist the admission decision process.


    Application Deadlines For DePaul MBA and MS Programs

    Applicants who apply to any program after the deadlines listed below may have their applications considered if space remains. All applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of these deadlines.

    Students may apply to enroll in any quarter.

    • Fall Quarter: August 1
    • Winter Quarter: November 1
    • Spring Quarter: March 1
    • Summer Quarter: May 1

    Full-time Cohort MBA Scholarship Rounds

    Applicants who wish to be considered for highest level of financial support should apply during the first two scholarship rounds.

    • Scholarship Round 1: February 1
    • Scholarship Round 2: April 1
    • Scholarship Round 3: July 1


    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 Correspondence

    Please be sure that 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

    Contact DePaul's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business with additional questions:
    (312) 362-8810