To be admitted to the Master of Arts in Communication and Media, 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).
- Four essay questions (2-4 double-spaced pages):
- What factors contribute to your decision to enter graduate school now?
- How do studies in communication and media relate to your personal and professional goals? (In your response, identify how this program and a concentration within this program suit your specific needs, goals, interests, etc. and how such studies connect with your future objectives.)
- What demonstrates your suitability for graduate study in this program and concentration? 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?)
- Writing sample (research paper that demonstrates the applicant's ability to synthesize and criticize scholarly work).
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with the applicant’s academic achievements (for those who have extensive professional experience, letters from supervisors familiar with the applicant’s critical thinking skills and intellectual abilities are acceptable).
- Résumé or curriculum vitae.
- GRE scores are not required, but may be submitted to strengthen an application.
An English language examination is required for applicants who have completed their undergraduate education outside the USA. The College of Communication requires the following English language proficiency scores for admission to any of its graduate programs:
||Minimum Score for Full Admission
||Minimum Score for Conditional Admission|
|TOEFL Internet-based version
||96 (each section at least 22)
||79 (each section at least 17)|
|TOEFL computer-based version
|TOEFL paper version
Students who accept conditional admission are required to take coursework in DePaul's English Language Academy
until their English language proficiency reaches the level required for full admission.
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 the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Academic Year
DePaul is offering a tuition award to new students starting a College of Communication graduate program in Autumn, Winter or Spring quarters who have completed their FAFSA for that year. 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 and $6,825 towards a thirteen-course graduate program.
For details including eligibility requirements, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Application materials including the four-question essay, 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 email@example.com
. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please make sure your name is on all documents.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about the Communication and Media graduate program and meet with program faculty at an upcoming information session