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Digital Communication and Media Arts Admission

Application Materials

To be admitted to the Master of Arts in Digital Communication and Media Arts (Digital Communication track), 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 application and $40 application fee.
  • Undergraduate transcript showing the completion of a bachelor's degree (minimum grade point average 2.5 (3.0 preferred) on a 4-point scale).
  • Statement of Purpose which explains the applicant's interest in pursuing the degree, their future goals, as well as attributes and skills they may bring to the program.
  • 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.
  • Writing sample and GRE scores not required but can 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 for the MA-DCMA program are listed as follows:

  • 80 on the iBT TOEFL test with a minimum score of 17 on each section
  • 550 on the paper-based TOEFL test
  • 6.5 on the IELTS test

The DePaul institutional code for the TOEFL is 1165.

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.

Note: DCMA only admits for the Fall and Winter quarter.

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 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.

Information Sessions

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