Graduate Theatre 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

New students are admitted only at the beginning of the autumn quarter of each year and must enroll full time.

The application deadline for Acting is two weeks prior to your audition date OR January 15, whichever date is earlier. Auditions can be scheduled from The Theatre School’s website The application deadline for Arts Leadership and Directing is December 15. Select finalists will be invited to interview based on the application review. All decisions are rendered and communicated in March.

In addition to the application and transcripts, you must submit:
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a resume
  • an audition (for actors)
Application Fee
The application fee is $25.00, payable online when completing the application.

A student in need of financial aid may request a waiver of the application fee by submitting a personal letter requesting this consideration.

You must arrange to have an official copy of your academic transcripts from every college or university you've attended sent to:

The Theatre School Admissions Office
DePaul University
2135 N. Kenmore Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614

For International Applicants

Education Credentials 
In addition to your application, DePaul University requires you to submit your official educational credentials (transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates) and evaluation fee directly to one of three evaluation companies. These evaluators will then provide DePaul with a general evaluation of your studies and certified copies of your international educational credentials which will be used during admission review. (It doesn’t matter which company you choose. Only choose one.)

One Earth International Credential Evaluation
Education Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Educational Perspectives

DePaul will not accept evaluations from any other evaluation companies and will not accept any educational credentials without an evaluation from One Earth, ECE or EP. To determine what credentials you need to submit for evaluation, please refer to the website of your chosen evaluation company.

Proof of English Language Proficiency 
All international students must submit proof of English proficiency. You can prove your English proficiency by submitting any of the following test results:
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 80, no section lower than 17 (internet based TOEFL), 213 (computer based TOEFL), or 550 (paper based TOEFL). DePaul University's institutional code is 1165. You can access information about the TOEFL test and register at
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5. To learn about the IELTS test and register to take the test, please visit
  • The equivalent of DePaul's courses WRD 103 and WRD 104 with grades of C or better at an accredited US educational institution.
  • A minimum Pearson Test of English Academic score of 53. To learn more about the Pearson Test of English please visit
  • If you have completed a Bachelor degree in the US, the English proficiency requirement may be waived.
Financial Documentation 
Students who plan to apply for F-1 of J-1 student visa status 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 I20 (used to apply for an F1 student visa) or DS-2019 form can be issued. Please submit an original bank statement, issued within six months of your anticipated entry term, preferably in savings, reflecting the appropriate amount in US dollars. If you will be sponsored, request a signed and dated "affidavit" or official letter from your sponsor indicating the amount of sponsorship, as well as the sponsor's name, address, and relationship to you, accompanied by the sponsor's current/original bank statement. Please note that translations must accompany any letters or bank statements issued in a language other than English. Promissory notes or employers statement of estimated earnings will not be accepted. Photo/notarized copies or email/facsimile transmissions will not be accepted. Any false statements made regarding financial responsibility violate US immigration laws. DePaul is not responsible of the amount of funds shown as available by the student or sponsor on the affidavit of support becomes unavailable after the date on this affidavit.

The Financial Affidavit of support and Transfer Release Form (for F1 visa holders currently attending another U.S. institution) can be found on the Student Visas section of the site.

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 or DS-2019 form from DePaul must submit a copy of the identification page of their passport.

Transferring Your I-20 Form 
If you are currently in F-1 visa status and attending another school, college, university of 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.

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