Application Materials

To be admitted to the Master of Arts in Journalism, 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:

  • Online ​appl​ication​ and $40 application fee.
  • Official undergraduate transcript showing the completion of a bachelor's degree (minimum grade point average preferred is 3.0 on a 4-point scale).​
  • A Statement of Purpose (750 words) explaining why the student is seeking admission to the program.
  • A writing sample (a research paper that demonstrates the applicant's ability to synthesize and analyze scholarly work or a work-related document that demonstrates the candidate’s engagement with media-related projects).
  • 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 including 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 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 Deadline 

Students are admitted to the graduate program in Journalism on an ongoing basis. The admission committee regularly reviews new applications.

Information Sessions

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