Graduate CDM Application Instructions

  • You must complete all of the application screens in order to submit the application.
  • You may save an unfinished application to complete at a later date. Click the "Save to Finish Later" button on any screen.
  • Important: Remember to save your password. You will need it to retrieve your application if you save it to finish later.
  • If you spend more than 60 minutes on one screen, the system will "time out." This means your information will not be saved. To avoid losing your information, be sure to click to the next or previous page within the 60-minute time limit. You will always be able to go back and forth among application screens to complete your answers.
  • Within 24 hours of submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email from DePaul.

Admission Deadlines and Requirements - Master's Degree

Graduate applications are generally evaluated on a rolling basis. Strict deadlines apply to some programs, such as the MFAs, the MA in Animation and the PhD. We will accept an application at any time and do our best to provide you with an admission decision before the quarter you wish to enroll in begins. Below are our suggested guidelines.

If you will be attending class while on an F1 visa:

  • Please apply and submit all documents at least three months before the quarter begins
If you will not be on an F1 visa:
  • Please apply and submit all documents at least one month before the quarter begins
  • Official transcripts indicating a bachelor's degree earned from a regionally accredited institution. All disciplines are encouraged to apply and will be considered. If you earned your degree outside the U.S.please see the section for International Applicants for details on the required academic records.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • No GMAT/GRE required (exception: Computational Finance and Ph.D. programs)
  • Completed application ($25 application fee)
The following supplemental items can be used to strengthen an application:
  • Professional experience as evidenced by a resume or industry certifications
  • Two letters of recommendation
Send application materials to:

CDM Graduate Admissions Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

Admission Deadlines and Requirements - Doctoral Degree

It is recommended that applications and all supporting documents be submitted as early as possible but not later than:
  • January 15 for Autumn Quarter
  • October 1 for Winter Quarter
DePaul CDM offers a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Sciences. The Ph.D. Admissions Committee determines which applicants will be admitted to the program. Because CDM admits only a limited number of students to the Ph.D. program, meeting the admission standards does not guarantee acceptance.

  • Completed application ($25 application fee)
  • Official transcripts indicating bachelor's degree AND master's degree earned in Computer Science or an allied field. If you earned your degree outside the U.S. please see the section for International Applicants for details on the required academic records.
  • Written statement describing accomplishments, goals and research interests
  • Resume
  • Official GRE score report
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Applicants educated outside of the United States must demonstrate English proficiency with a TOEFL score of 580 or greater
  • PhD addendum
Note: Evidence of professional experience such as a resume or industry certification may be used to strengthen an application.

Send application materials to:

CDM Graduate Admissions Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

Application Fee

The application fee is $25.00, payable online, by personal check or money order. Checks should be payable to "DePaul University" and mailed to the address above. If you write a check, be sure to put your name and date of birth on the check. When it arrives at DePaul, we will match it up with your application. You should send in your application fee at the same time you submit the application online.

For International Applicants

Education Credentials
We require a course-by-course evaluation of all college or university coursework completed outside the US. We accept evaluations from ECE, Educational Perspectives, and One Earth. All documentation must be submitted directly to the company you select. International marksheets and degree certificates submitted to our office will be returned to the applicant.

Proof of English Language Proficiency
All students educated outside of the United States must submit proof of English proficiency. A TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson Test of English score is required for those who have completed their last degree outside of the US. TOEFL or IELTS scores should be as recent as possible; scores over two years old will not be accepted. Our minimum scores for graduate admission are:
  • 80 iBT (section scores must be equal to or above 17)
  • 550 (paper-based test)
  • 213 (computer-based test)
  • 6.5 for IELTS
  • 53 on the Pearson Test of English
Please note that the PhD program requires higher English proficiency scores.

Please contact TOEFL directly to request an official score report; DePaul's TOEFL institution code is 1165. 

Conditional Admission

Students who receive a TOEFL score below the minimum requirement, but who meet the GPA requirement for admission may be granted conditional admission. Students will be required to enroll in DePaul's English Language Academy (ELA) until they earn the University Bridge Certificate.  Once they submit this certificate, they can begin graduate-level classes at the College of Computing and Digital Media. 

The required scores for conditional admission are:
  • 55-79 on the iBT TOEFL test
  • 480-549 on the paper-based TOEFL test
  • 5.5-6.0 on the IELTS test
  • 44-52 on the Pearson Test of English
Students can also submit a preliminary placement essay in lieu of test scores.

To apply for admission using the Preliminary ELA Placement test, a student must:
  • Complete an online application for CDM admission
  • Provide CDM with required proof of funding including permission for up to one-year (four academic quarters) of English-only study at DePaul University's ELA, if scholarship funded
  • Submit ELA essay preliminary placement essay. Download the essay form.
  • Your essay must be submitted directly to the CDM Graduate Admission Office. You may fax it to (312) 362-5179 or email a scanned copy to Your essay must be accompanied by the Submission Form.
  • Read the warning below carefully before you submit your essay:

    WARNING: Students must write their essay with NO OUTSIDE HELP. This includes dictionaries, electronic translators, or other aids. NO OTHER PERSON MAY ASSIST THE STUDENT IN WRITING THE APPLICATION ESSAY. New students at the ELA are required to produce a similar essay as part of the assessment process once they arrive in Chicago. Those whose on-site essay indicates that the student had help preparing the initial application essay will be deemed to have committed academic fraud and their combined CDM/ELA admission will be withdrawn
Students admitted to the CDM/ELA combined program may not submit a new English proficiency exam score for admission to CDM. By accepting admission into the combined CDM/ELA program, students submit to remain in the ELA program until they have earned English proficiency as demonstrated by passing all four advanced levels of the ELA program and earning the University Bridge Certificate.

Financial Documentation

Students who plan to apply for an F-1 visa are required by US immigration law to submit evidence of adequate funding to meet the estimated tuition and living expenses for their first year of study before an I-20 form can be issued. Please submit an original bank statement, no more than six months old. The statement must be dated and must be liquid (checking, savings, Money Market or COD accounts only), reflecting the appropriate amount. If you will be sponsored, request a signed and dated affidavit of support or official letter from your sponsor indicating the amount of sponsorship, as well as the sponsor's name, address, and relationship to you. Please note that translations must accompany any letters or bank statements issued in a language other than English. Promissory notes, real estate holdings, investment records, or employers' statement of estimated earnings will not be accepted.  If the bank statement is not in the applicant's name, you must submit a completed Affidavit of Support.  Any false statements made regarding financial responsibility violate US immigration laws. 

The Financial Affidavit of Support and Transfer Release Form (for F1 visa holders currently attending another U.S. institution) can be found on our website. 

Although financial documentation may be submitted after an admission decision has been made, applicants are encouraged to submit the appropriate paperwork as soon as possible.

Copy of Passport
All students requiring an I-20 form from DePaul must submit a copy of the photo page of their passport.

Transferring Your I-20 Form
If you are currently in F-1 visa status and attending another school, college, university or English language program in the US and are admitted to DePaul, you must receive a new DePaul I-20 form. Please submit the financial documents and copy of your passport as outlined above, along with a copy of your current I-20 form, and the completed Transfer Release Form.

Evidence of Immigration Status
(For non-F1/J1 students) If you are on a type of visa other than F-1 or J-1, or if you are a permanent resident of the US, please submit a copy of the current visa page and I-94 card in your passport, or a copy of your Alien Registration card (front and back) as verification of your current status.

The documents outlined above are not requirements for admission, but are necessary for the issuance of your I-20 form. Please note that I-20 forms can only be issued to students who are accepted to DePaul in full-time degree-seeking programs.

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