The College of Communication offers seven graduate programs at the masters level: Digital Communication and Media Arts, Health Communication, Journalism, Media and Cinema Studies, Organizational and Multicultural Communication, Public Relations and Advertising, and Relational Communication. 

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 B.A./M.A.  Programs

Undergraduate students in the College of Communication are eligible to apply for admission to the combined B.A./M.A. programs.  Admission is conditional until the conferred bachelor's degree is posted on the DePaul transcript. The M.A. programs in Digital Communication and Media Arts, Health Communication, Journalism, Media and Cinema Studies, Organizational and Multicultural Communication, and Relational Communication offer an accelerated master’s degree that begins in an undergraduate’s senior year and may be completed in one subsequent year. The combined degree programs are available to College of Communication undergraduates only. The exception to this policy are: the Health Communication program that accepts undergraduate applicants majoring in Health Science, and the Journalism program that accepts undergraduate applicants majoring in History or Political Science. Further information about these B.A./M.A. programs can be found within specific program descriptions in this Catalog and on the College web site.

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  graddepaul@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 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.
 
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.
 
Admission Decisions: The graduate admission office will notify you of your admission decision by letter. 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 graddepaul@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. 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.