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Public Relations and Advertising Admission

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).
  • Four essay questions (Essay questions should be saved as .doc or .pdf and uploaded into online application or e-mailed to gradcom@depaul.edu):
    • What factors contribute to your decision to enter graduate school now?
    • How does studying public relations and advertising relate to your personal and professional goals? (In your response, identify how this program suits your specific needs, goals, interests, etc.)
    • What demonstrates your suitability for graduate study in this program? 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 that demonstrates an applicant's ability to communicate clearly and concisely with a variety of audiences (for example: academic papers, scholarly articles, work-for-hire).
  • 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 (only required for students who have a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 in their undergraduate coursework). The GMAT will also be accepted in place of the GRE if an applicant has already completed the GMAT exam. The admission committee reserves the right to require the GRE after reviewing the applicants’ documents.
Applicants may be invited to attend an interview with PRAD program faculty as part of the application process. Interviews are held by video conference. The Office of Graduate Admission contacts applicants to schedule the interview, if one will be required.

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 consideration of 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 into the MA PRAD program are required to take coursework in DePaul's English Language Academy until their English language proficiency exceed all of the minimum levels required for consideration of full admission. Only upon successful completion of the English Language Academy are conditionally admitted students permitted to then enroll in the MA PRAD graduate courses.

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 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 MA PRAD program admits students for Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. Completed applications and all associated materials must be received by the graduate admissions committee no less than 10 business days before the start of the next academic quarter for consideration of admission for that upcoming quarter. Late applications will be considered for future quarters.

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. 

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 Public Relations and Advertising graduate program and meet with program faculty at an upcoming information session

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