Application Materials

To be admitted to the Master of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising, 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 application 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).
  • Two writing samples that demonstrate an applicant's ability to communicate clearly and concisely with a variety of audiences (for example: academic papers, scholarly articles, work-for-hire).
  • Four essay questions
  • 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.
  • Official GRE scores are required if applicant has less than 3-5 years of full-time professional experience (unless requested by the PRAD admission committee).​

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) 325-7315 or gradcom@depaul.edu.

Submitting Materials

Application materials including the statement of purpose, writing samples, 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 gradcom@depaul.edu​​. 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 gradcom@depaul.edu. Please make sure your name is on all documents.

Application Deadlines

The M.A. PRAD program admits students for Fall and Winter quarter. There are no deadlines to submit an application, the admission committee regularly reviews new applications for Fall and Winter quarter.

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 basisTo be considered for admission scholarships in the Winter quarter, applicants should submit an application by November 2. 

Information Sessions

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