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.

Programs and Admission Timelines

The DePaul MBA Program

Admission: Fall, winter, spring and summer quarters

Program Duration: 2 to 3 years on average

Location: Loop, Naperville and O'Hare campuses

  • Designed for working professionals with at least two years of work experience who are looking for flexibility in course selection, location and scheduling.
  • MBA core curriculum, plus choice of more than 30 MBA concentrations.
  • Courses meet primarily weekday evenings; select courses are available on Saturdays, weekday mornings and online.

Full-time Cohort MBA Program

Admission: Fall quarter

Program Duration: 1.5 years on average

Location: Loop campus

  • Designed for career changers and early professionals who want to complete their MBA in an accelerated cohort format.
  • MBA core curriculum, plus choice of more than 30 MBA concentrations.
  • Core courses meet daytime Monday through Thursday in the first year; students are able to take advantage of our flexible course schedule in the second year.

Evening Cohort MBA Program

Admission: Fall quarter

Program Duration: 1.5 years for individuals with an undergraduate degree in business; 2 years for individuals without an undergraduate degree in business.

Location: Loop campus

  • Designed for working professionals with significant work experience who want to complete their MBA in an accelerated format with a cohort structure where courses are taken in lock step.
  • Curriculum includes the MBA core with a concentration in leadership and change management.
  • Courses meet twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings through the length of the program.

Weekend Cohort MBA Program

Admission: Fall quarter

Program Duration: 2 years on average

Location: O'Hare campus

  • Designed for working professionals with at least two years of work experience who travel frequently and who are seeking a cohort experience.
  • Curriculum includes the MBA core with concentrations in Finance and/or Operations Management. Students have the option of choosing any concentration taught at any campus, but only the Finance and Operations Management concentrations are available in the weekend format.
  • Courses meet two Saturdays a month; online course work is required between sessions.

Specialized Master's Degree Programs

Admission: Fall, winter, spring and summer quarters

Program Duration: 2 years on average

Location: Loop campus

  • Designed for recent university graduates or professionals who want to deepen their expertise in a particular field.
  • Specialized curriculum for each master's degree.
  • Courses meet primarily weekday evenings; some Saturday courses areavailable.

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.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Include your professional resume. It should summarize your work experience and educational background. Limit it to two pages.

Official Transcripts

Send 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 submitted.

Credentials for International Students/Programs

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

These evaluators provide DePaul with a general evaluation of your studies and certified copies of international educational credentials, which will be used during admission review. Please direct any questions about required credentials to the evaluation company you select.

Applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Exceptions may be permitted for study-abroad credit when that credit is clearly defined and displayed on the home institution transcript.

English Proficiency

Non-native English speakers who have not completed a bachelor's or master's degree in the U.S. 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).

Students who otherwise have a strong overall academic record, but cannot demonstrate the necessary English proficiency (80 (min. 20 each part) on the iBT, 550 (min 55 each part) on the PBT or 6.5 on the IELTS, 59 on the PTE), may apply for admission to the combined Kellstadt Graduate School of Business/English Language Academy (KGSB/ELA) Program. Such applicants admitted to the combined KGSB/ELA Program will begin their studies in the English Language Academy (ELA) for language improvement while conditionally admitted to the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business (KGSB). All such students must successfully complete the ELA’s University Bridge Certificate prior to enrollment in Kellstadt classes.

There are two ways for students to be considered for the combined Kellstadt/ELA:

English Proficiency Exam

To apply for admission using English Proficiency, a student must present one of the following scores:

  • 55-89 on the iBT TOEFL exam
  • 480-576 on the paper-based TOEFL exam
  • 5.5-6.0 on the IELTS exam
  • 42-58 on the PTE exam
ELA Placement Test

Students whose language skills do not meet the above English proficiency standards may still qualify for conditional admission based on their performance on the Preliminary ELA Placement Test. The ELA Placement Test is available online at Prospective students seeking admission to the Kellstadt/ELA program under this option should submit both their ELA Placement Test and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business application directly to the Office of Admissions for the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. For more information, please contact the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business admissions coordinator at

Essay Questions (MBA Applicants Only)

All MBA applicants must complete the two essay questions included in the admission application.

Personal Statement (MS Degree Applicants only)

All MS program applicants need to provide a personal statement, no more than 2 pages in length, outlining their personal goals in pursuing the MS degree program.


Submit GMAT or GRE scores as noted below.

  • Applicants to the specialized masters programs may submit either GRE or GMAT scores.
  • Applicants to the MBA programs must submit GMAT scores.
GMAT information including 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 from Pearson VUE. And tests taken more than five years prior to the date of application are not considered valid.

GRE information can be obtained at Like the GMAT, GRE scores are only valid for five years.

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

  • MS in Taxation or Master of Accountancy (MACC) 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.
  • MS in Hospitality Leadership and Operational Performance applicants.
  • Weekend Cohort MBA applicants who demonstrate extensive work experience as determined by the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
  • Applicants who have completed a doctoral degree or terminal degree in a field of study such as an MD, PhD or JD with clear evidence of quantitative analysis skills.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation -- ideally current or previous employers. Employers are not required however. 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.


Interviews are required only for applicants to the Full-time and Evening Cohort MBA programs. The Admission Committee may require applicants to other programs to schedule an interview if necessary.


DePaul MBA

Students may apply to enroll in any quarter.

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

Evening and Weekend Cohort MBA

These programs start only in the fall quarter. The application deadline is August 1.

Full-time Cohort MBA

This program starts in the fall quarter. There are three application rounds with the following deadlines:

  • Round 1: February 1
  • Round 2: April 1
  • Round 3: July 1
Applicants who wish to be considered for scholarships or graduate assistant positions should apply during the first two rounds.

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


If you have been previously admitted but absent from DePaul for one year or longer, you must complete an application for readmission. Submit a written explanation of your absence from the program and provide an updated resume. A $30 application fee is required.

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