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Admission & Aid

The College of Education offers several graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral level as well as licensure and endorsement only programs. Admission to DePaul University College of Education is very competitive. We consider numerous factors in evaluating each applicant, including undergraduate academic performance, graduate academic performance (if applicable), professional work experience, writing ability, potential for leadership, professional and academic recommendations and the applicant's special talents, qualities, interests and socioeconomic and cultural background. No single factor is dispositive.

Personal qualities that demonstrate intellectual depth, high ideals and diligence also are considered, as are economic, societal or educational obstacles that have been successfully overcome. Diversity in background and experience among the members of each entering class is a continuing objective. Having a diverse student body allows us to encourage and foster the exchange of different ideas.
DePaul University has a nondiscriminatory admission policy; it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability.

General Admission Procedures


You can apply online at:  To request information about College of Education graduate programs, including endorsements, approvals and licensure, please email us at or call us at (773) 325-4405.

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 Education, 2400 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60614-2215. We recommend that you request transcripts in sufficient time to meet the programs deadline.

The College of Education graduate programs require additional supporting credentials before an application file is considered complete. Please consult the specific program listing on the College of Education website at​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 $40 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.

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 Education 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. However, students who otherwise have a strong overall academic record, but cannot demonstrate the necessary English proficiency, may be admitted conditionally. If granted a conditional admission, an applicant may enroll in DePaul’s English Language Academy (ELA). To formally begin studies in the College of Education, an applicant that has been conditionally admitted must either successfully complete ELA’s University Bridge Certificate or otherwise demonstrate the necessary English language proficiency.

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 to allow for enough time for processing the I-20.

Applicant for Five-Year B.A./B.S. to M.Ed Programs

The five-year B.A./B.S. to M.Ed. program is geared toward current DePaul undergraduate students who have reached junior status (88 or more quarter hours) who have declared Liberal Arts and Science major that will lead to educator licensure (biology, chemistry, English, environment science, history, mathematics, physics or social sciences). Students must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher. If students have transferred to DePaul they must have at least 16 quarter hours completed at DePaul. Students must complete the Graduate College of Education Application for teaching and learning secondary education program, meeting all of the requirements outlined at the time of application. In addition to their application, students are required to submit the five-year B.A./B.S. to M.Ed. supplemental form, available at http://www/

Applicant for Subsequent Teaching Endorsement

If you hold a valid teaching license in the state of Illinois, you may enroll in a program designed to help you obtain a subsequent teaching endorsement in the following areas: early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, world languages education, and special education.

In order to be considered for admission, you must submit a completed application as specified by the admission requirements for the teaching and learning program or the special education for licensed teachers program. In addition to the standard application materials, you must also submit a valid Illinois teaching license and a letter from your school principal providing evidence of prior teaching experience and teaching performance. (If you are currently not employed as a teacher, then other evidence of prior teaching experience must be provided.) In addition, evidence of having passed the Illinois Basic Skills Test/Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) must be submitted by the end of the first quarter of completed course work.

Non-Degree Applicants

The College of Education may admit non-degree seeking students who wish to take a course(s) to complete prerequisites for admission, personal enrichment or professional development. To enroll a non-degree student, all you will need to submit is an application and a $40 application fee. Official transcripts are not required for admissions but will be required after the completion of two courses. Please note that course work completed in a non-degree status may or may not be applicable to a degree program and is subject to approval by the advisor and appropriate department chair.

Readmission Applicants

If you were previously admitted to DePaul but have been absent for more than one year, you must submit an application form, DePaul transcripts, and transcripts of any courses taken elsewhere during your absence. To use materials from a previous application, you must indicate, in written form, which materials you would like to apply to your new application. If the original application has been destroyed (after an absence of two years), you will be required to resubmit the entire application and all supplemental materials. A $10 application fee is required.

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 to request a deferral.​