College of Communication > Academics > Communication and Media > Graduate Program > Communication and Media (MA) > Admission Requirements
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:
The following instructions offer an alternative writing sample option for applicants that do not have an undergraduate background in communication or media studies.
Below is a general prompt around which a critical paper could be written that applies to any of our four areas of study within the Communication and Media MA program. Using research sources in support of your ideas, write a scholarly essay that is a minimum of five pages long, and includes a bibliography (any citation style) using at least four academic sources in support. This essay will allow the review committee to assess your writing and analytic ability.
Prompt: How have processes of communication changed over the past few generations? What is responsible for such change, and to what extent do individuals control the way that such processes have evolved?
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:
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.
DePaul is offering a tuition award to new students starting a College of Communication graduate program in Autumn, Winter or Spring quarters. 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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604-2287
Application credentials (including official electronic transcripts) also can be emailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at
email@example.com. Please make sure your name is on all documents.
Admission decisions for College of Communication graduate programs are made on a rolling basis. However, the college establishes regular application deadlines for each program so that applicants can be fully considered for admission and financial aid. The preferred deadlines for each term are listed below.
Applicants will be considered for an admission scholarship at the time of review. 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 a continuous basis. To be considered for fall admission, applicants should submit an application by August 15.
Winter Quarter We review applications for Winter quarter on a continuous basis. To be considered for winter admission, applicants should submit an application by December 1.
Spring QuarterWe review applications for Spring quarter on a continuous basis. To be considered for spring admission, applicants should submit an application by March 1.
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