We're focused on your needs as an adult student. DePaul will help you leverage skills you already have and prepare you to hit the ground running.
Whether you have some college credit or are starting from scratch, we have the programs and flexible formats to meet your needs. Tailored to your goals and learning preferences, we offer a variety of degree options for adult students.
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Degree Options for Adult Students
Adult Accelerated Degree Completion Programs
If you have an associate degree and are ready to complete your education, then the accelerated adult degree completion programs are for you.
Earn your Bachelor of Arts Degree in 24 months in Leadership Studies or Applied Behavioral Sciences by attending class on campus one night a week (other courses are available online). All admitted students qualify for a scholarship and flexible payment options are available to those who are eligible.
The School for New Learning Customized Degree
The School for New Learning provides a distinctive approach to learning for adults through its competence-based programs. You'll design your own customized program that builds upon the abilities and experience you already possess. This program allows you to add new knowledge and develop innovative skills to help you achieve your personalized career goals.
DePaul's traditional programs combine liberal studies with majors in more than 150 areas. Find traditional degree programs here.
*If you have earned fewer than 12 semester hours (16 quarter) hours of college credit, please submit an official copy of your high school transcript or GED score report.
Continuing and Professional Education
Through DePaul's Office of Continuing and Professional Education (OCPE) you may benefit from high-quality certificate programs for adult learners seeking new skills for professional development and certification for career advancement. The Institute for Professional Development — a unit of the College of Computing and Digital Media — offers certificate programs in computer science. These programs are geared towards working professionals in information technology who would like to update a skill, or who are seeking career advancement.
Learn more about continuing education
Adult Undergraduate Student Applicants
Submit Official Transcripts
Send official transcripts from all colleges and universities you've attended — regardless of the amount of credit earned or grades.
Students applying to the School for New Learning with no previous college coursework or applying to traditional degree programs with fewer than 12 semester (16 quarter) hours of transferable credit from another college or university will also be required to submit official high school transcripts or GED score report.
For information on requesting official transcripts, please visit the website of your previous institution's records office or office of the registrar.
Office of Undergraduate Admission
1 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 9000
Chicago, IL 60604
Electronic transcripts and test scores may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are submitting transcripts via SCRIP-SAFE, please be sure to connect with the DePaul University Undergraduate Admissions account.
Updating Your Application
Please use the following guide if you need to change any important information (e.g., major, admit term).
International Student Applicants
If you're an international student or received credit for high school or college courses outside the U.S., review International Admission's application information for additional instructions. Contact International Admission at (312) 362-8376 with additional questions.
|Priority Application Filing Period
|Fall Quarter — January 1 to April 1
|Winter Quarter — June 1 to October 1
|Spring Quarter — November 1 to February 1
|Summer Quarter — February 1 to April 1
||June (Session I)
July (Session II)
Students who apply for admission after the deadline will have their application considered on a space-available basis until the first day of class.
Adult Enrollment Center
We understand your time is precious — that's why we have an adult enrollment center that centralizes everything you need to enroll at DePaul. Our counselors specialize in serving adult undergraduate students and can assist you with the entire admission process, including:
- Evaluating your degree options
- Transferring existing college credit
- Applying for financial aid
- Earning credit for life experience
- Enrolling in programs like employer tuition reimbursement or veteran's assistance
- Connecting you with the other adult student services
Register for an info session
DePaul's Adult Enrollment Center location:
Joan H. Wish Center, Room 101
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604