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Application Materials

To be admitted to the Master of Arts in Health Communication, applicants must demonstrate a capacity for achievement through past academic or professional work. The College of Communication looks at each application as a unique presentation of a candidate's profile and will consider a variety of information sources. Admission decisions will be based on the following:

  • Completed online applica​tion ​and $40 application fee.
  • Official undergraduate transcript (e-Transcript is preferred)
  • Writing sample (research paper that demonstrates the applicant's ability to synthesize and criticize scholarly work).
  • Four essay questions (Essay questions should be saved as .doc or .pdf and uploaded into online application or e-mailed to
    • What factors contribute to your decision to enter graduate school now?
    • How do studies in health communication relate to your personal and professional goals? In your response, identify how this program suits your specific needs, goals, interests, etc. and how health communication studies connect with your future objectives.
    • What demonstrates your suitability for graduate study in this program? Build an argument for your admission.
    • What understandings should admission reviewers bring to a reading of your application? What additional information or explanations seem important?
    Two letters of recommendation written by work supervisors and/or faculty members familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional achievements.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • GRE scores are not required, but may be submitted to strengthen an application.

International Students​

An English language examination is required for applicants who have completed their undergraduate education outside the USA. Minimum TOEFL score requirements are listed as follows:

  • 590 for a paper test
  • 243 for a computer test
  • 96 for an Internet test with no section scoring under a 22
  • ​7.5 for IELTs test
International students (those who were educated outside of the U.S. and/or require an F1 visa) must take additional steps to be considered for admission.  Please review International Student Admission for exact information.

Tuition Award Available for Winter 2015 and Spring 2015

DePaul is offering a tuition award to new students starting a College of Communication graduate program in Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 quarters. The tuition award is for $525 toward each four-credit hour course – up to two courses per term. The award amounts to a total of $6,300 towards a twelve-course graduate program ($6,825 for the thirteen-course Digital Communication and Media Arts program).

For details​ includi​ng eligibility requirements, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405 or

Submitting Materials

Application materials including the statement of purpose, writing sample, and resume, can be uploaded directly into the online application. Applicants also have the option of submitting the application without these items and emailing them separately to Students may request recommendations through the online application and track whether they have been submitted. 

Transcripts (and letters of recommendation not submitted through the online application) should be mailed to:

Office of Graduate Admission
College of Communication
DePaul University
2400 N. Sheffield Avenue          
Chicago, IL 60614-2215
Application credentials (including official electronic transcripts) also can be emailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at​. Please make sure your name is on all documents.

Application Deadlines

The College of Communication reviews graduate applications on a continuous basis. There are no deadlines to submit an application, the admission committee regularly reviews new applications.

Priority deadlines are set below for students interested in admission scholarships. Admission scholarships are based on merit.  A minimum 3.7 GPA is required to be considered for an admission scholarship:

Fall Quarter

We review applications for Fall quarter on an continuous basis. To be considered for admission scholarships in the Fall quarter, applicants should submit an application by June 1.  

Winter Quarter
We review applications for Winter quarter on an continuous basis. To be considered for admission scholarships in the Winter quarter, applicants should submit an application by November 2. 

Spring Quarter

We review applications for Spring quarter on an continuous basis. To​ be considered for admission scholarships in the Spring quarter, applicants should submit an application by February 15. 

Information Sessions

Learn more about the Health Communication graduate program and meet with program faculty at an upcoming information session.