The College of Communication offers five graduate programs at the master's level: Communication and Media, Digital Communication and Media Arts (Digital Communication track), Health Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations and Advertising.  

Classifications 

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 indicating a capacity to successfully pursue a specific program of graduate study.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Submission of all required supporting credentials.

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 successfully pursue a specific program of graduate study.
  • Submission of all required supporting credentials.
  • Conditional approval by the department or graduate program director of the applicants proposed program of graduate study.
  • Academic conditions as designated in the conditional admission letter.
  • No independent studies or non-program courses may be taken while in a conditional status.

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

DePaul Students and Combined Degree Programs

Undergraduate students from any major at DePaul University are eligible to apply for admission in one of the five combined degree programs. Admission is conditional until the conferred bachelor's degree is posted on the DePaul transcript. The M.A. programs in Communication and Media, Digital Communication and Media Arts (Digital Communication track), Health Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations and Advertising offer an accelerated master’s degree that begins in an undergraduate’s senior year and may be completed in one subsequent year. Further information about these combined degree programs can be found within specific program descriptions in this Catalog and on the College website.

Admission Procedures

General Procedures

Procedures for admission to the graduate programs in the College of Communication are outlined below. For specific information about admission requirements and deadlines to each department or program, please consult the College of Communication website.
 
Application: You can apply online at: www.depaul.edu/apply. To request information about College of Communication graduate programs, please email  gradcom@depaul.edu​.
 
Supporting Credentials: We require official transcripts from all universities, colleges, and junior colleges you have attended. Please request that transcripts and other credentials be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admission, College of Communication, 2400 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60614-2215. We also accept official electronic transcripts sent to our office at gradcom@depaul.edu. We recommend that you request transcripts in sufficient time to meet the programs deadline.
 
The College of Communication graduate programs require additional supporting credentials before an application file is considered complete. Please consult the specific program listing on the College of Communication website to determine what additional materials are required for admission and the deadline by which applications and supporting materials should be submitted. International applicants should reference the additional admission requirements listed on our International Student Admission page on the College of Communication website.
 
Application Fee: You can pay the application fee online as part of the online  application or send a check or money order payable to DePaul University​. Consult the application instructions for specific information about amount of the fee. If paying by check or money order, send it along with your supporting credentials to the Office of Graduate Admission, 2400 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60614-2215. Applications submitted without an application fee will not be processed. The fee is non-refundable.
 
Application Deadline and Entry Terms: Consult the College website for program-specific information about application deadlines and to which academic terms the program admits new students. Our office accepts and reviews applications on a rolling basis.
 
Admission Decisions: The graduate admission office will notify you of your admission decision by letter typically within 4-6 weeks of your application being complete. Admission applications will be reviewed only after the application and all supporting credentials, along with the application fee, have been submitted.
 
Deferring Admission: If you do not enroll in the term to which you were admitted, you may request that your admission be deferred for up to one year after the term to which you were admitted. After one year, you must reapply to the program. Email gradcom@depaul.edu to request a deferral.
 

International Student Admission 

Students who require a student visa (I-20) in order to study at DePaul must meet all admission requirements and demonstrate adequate financial support. Applicants educated in a country in which the native language is not officially recognized as English must also submit proof of English proficiency. College of Communication programs require a minimum TOEFL score of 590 (paper-based), 243 (computer-based), or 96 with no individual score less than 22 (internet-based). DePaul also accepts the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7.5. English proficiency scores below these minimum scores may be considered for some programs. For more information on conditional admission, please visit the College of Communication website. 
 
The letter of admission and I-20 are issued only after admission. International students are encouraged to complete their applications at least one month prior to any published program deadline, or no later than three months before the start of the term, whichever date comes first.