Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

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

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

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.  
 

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

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.  
 

Letters of Recommendation (MBA Applicants Only)

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.
 
Letters of recommendation are optional for applicants in all other Kellstadt MBA and MS degree programs.  
 

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (MBA Applicants Only)

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

Interviews

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.  
 

Contact Us

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
1-800-4DEPAUL