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Summer/Autumn 2013
Catalog update:
May 15, 2013

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Students are required to follow the Academic Handbook and Code of Student Responsibility

Applicants are admitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences on the basis of their ability to complete programs of study and research prescribed for the master’s and doctoral degrees. Specifically, admission qualifications are measured by academic criteria. In accord with these criteria, applicants are admitted in one of three major categories: degree-seeking, non-degree-seeking, and student-at-large. 

The admission process begins with an online application, found at: http://www.depaul.edu/admission-and-aid/Pages/default.aspx

Degree-Seeking Students

Applicants are admitted as degree-seeking students in either of two ways: full or conditional. 

Full Degree-Seeking Status

The minimum requirements for this status are: 

  • Bachelor’s degree conferred by a regionally accredited institution. 
  • Scholastic achievement in undergraduate studies satisfying all requirements for entering a specific graduate program.
  • Submission of all required supporting credentials. 
  • Unconditional approval by the department or program director of the  applicant’s proposed course of graduate study. 

Please note these are minimum requirements for full admission. The departmental and program sections of this Catalog provide additional, more specific and selective, criteria for admission to specific programs. 

Conditional Degree-Seeking Status

The minimum requirements for this status are:

  • Bachelor’s degree conferred by a regionally accredited institution.
  • Scholastic achievement in undergraduate studies indicating a capacity to pursue successfully a specific program of graduate study.
  • Submission of all required supporting credentials.
  • Conditional approval by the department or program director of the applicant’s proposed course of graduate study.

A conditionally admitted applicant is eligible for reclassification to full, degree-seeking status when the conditions of his or her admission have been satisfied. 

Non-Degree Seeking Students

The dean may admit as students those applicants who do not wish to pursue an advanced degree. Non-degree-seeking students may, at some future date, make application to a graduate program, but they are not accorded special consideration for admission. Students should consult the intended degree program's website for information about application requirements.

Non-Degree Seeking Status

The minimum requirements for this status are:

  • Bachelor’s degree conferred by a regionally accredited institution
  • Academic achievement in undergraduate studies indicating a capacity to succeed in graduate course work (minimum of 2.50/4.00)
  • Submission of official transcript from bachelor's degree granting college or university
  • Approval by the director of graduate admission.

Students admitted as non-degree graduate students are eligible to enroll in graduate-level courses only.

When such students apply to a graduate program, the departmental or program director of their specific graduate course of study may recommend, in writing, to the dean that a maximum of three courses (12 quarter hours) completed by the student under the non-degree-seeking status be counted toward fulfillment of the advanced degree requirements. 

Student-at-Large Status

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences may admit as a student-at-large a graduate student currently enrolled in a graduate program in another accredited institution upon the recommendation, in writing, of his or her own graduate dean.

A student-at-large must submit a graduate application. The supporting credentials required are an official transcript from the bachelor's granting college or university and a letter from the dean of the graduate school where the student is in good standing. This letter should state in general terms the course or courses the student is authorized to take.

Under no circumstances does this classification constitute admission to a degree program at DePaul University. 

DePaul Students and Five-Year Programs

Students in any of the undergraduate colleges or schools of DePaul University are eligible to apply for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences while completing their undergraduate program.  Some programs of study offer an accelerated master’s degree that can be started in an undergraduate’s senior year and completed in a minimum of one additional year.  Further information about these “5-year programs” can be found within specific program descriptions in this Catalog.