243 S. Wabash Avenue
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
DePaul University is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
A copy of DePaul University's Safety & Security Information
Report and Fire Safety Report is available upon request. The report
includes statistics about crimes that occurred on campus and public
property immediately adjacent to campus. The report includes
institutional policies concerning campus security, sexual assault and
other matters. It also includes fire statistics, fire safety practices
and standards of the institution. A copy of this report can be obtained
by contacting the Crime Prevention Office at (773) 325-7775 or by
visiting the DePaul Public Safety website.