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Media and Cinema Studies Admission

Application Materials

* Admitting students only through Spring 2016. For Autumn 2016 admission, apply to the Communication and Media MA program.

To be admitted to the Master of Arts in Media and Cinema Studies, 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).
  • Writing sample (research paper that demonstrates the applicant's ability to synthesize and criticize scholarly work).
  • A Statement of Purpose (750 words) explaining why the student is seeking admission 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.
  • 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. The College of Communication requires the following English language proficiency scores for admission to any of its graduate programs:

​Test Type
​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 ​243 ​213
​TOEFL paper version ​590 ​550
IELTS​ ​7.5 ​6.5
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 Academic Year

DePaul is offering a tuition award to new students starting a College of Communication graduate program in Autumn, Winter or Spring 2015-2016 who have completed their 2015-2016 FAFSA. 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.

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

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:

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 Media and Cinema Studies graduate program and meet with program faculty at an upcoming information session​.​