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Combined Degree Programs

DePaul’s combined bachelor’s + master’s degree programs allow you to earn both your undergraduate and graduate degrees in as few as five years (rather than the traditional six or more).

The courses you’ll take during your senior year will count toward both your bachelor’s and master’s degree, saving you time and money, moving you seamlessly from your undergraduate classes right into your graduate coursework.

Create the combined degree program that's right for you

Combined degrees are open to all current DePaul undergraduate students interested in graduate study. Most undergraduate majors can be combined with graduate degrees across colleges.


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Students who are interested in any of these programs must apply to the Graduate Admission Office in their junior year, and if accepted, can take up to three graduate courses in their senior year. Once students earn their Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from DePaul, they matriculate as a graduate student and complete the remaining required courses for their Master of Arts degree.

Typical Schedule for Students in the Combined Degree Program

Senior year
Fall quarter: Take one graduate course
Winter quarter: Take one graduate course
Spring quarter: Take one graduate course (student completes undergraduate degree requirements and matriculates as a graduate student for fall quarter.)

Fifth/Graduate year*
Fall quarter: Take three graduate courses
Winter quarter: Take three graduate courses
Spring quarter: Take three graduate courses
*Please note that DCMA requires 10–11 courses in the fifth/graduate year.

Double Demon Scholarship

Alumni from any of DePaul’s colleges who are admitted into a graduate degree program in the College of Communication automatically qualify for the Double Demon Scholarship.* Combined degree program students are eligible.

This scholarship covers 25% of the tuition for a master’s degree in the College of Communication. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible. No scholarship application is required; all alumni admitted to these programs beginning with the winter quarter of 2014 or thereafter qualify.

To learn more about this scholarship, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405 or

*Note: The Double Demon Scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with other DePaul scholarships, waivers or awards. DePaul University employees are eligible for other tuition benefits and therefore are not eligible for the Double Demon Scholarship. This scholarship does not cover coursework from the Center for Professional Education (CPE), Institute for Professional Development (IPD), coursework in a doctoral program or a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Music, Theatre, Law and a few other select programs.

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