College of Communication > Academics > Public Relations and Advertising > Graduate Program > Public Relations and Advertising (MA) > Admission Requirements
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:
The following instructions offer an alternative writing sample option for applicants that do not have an undergraduate background in public relations or advertising.
Use the general prompt below to write a critical paper that applies to your primary interest in public relations or advertising. Using research sources to support your ideas, write a single-spaced essay that is at least four pages long, including a bibliography (any citation style) that uses at least five third-party sources of support. This essay will allow the review committee to assess your writing and analytic skills.
Prompt: How have the roles of public relations and/or advertising changed over the past 10 years? What is responsible for such change, and what individuals or organizations today have emerged as recognized industry leaders?
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.
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:
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.
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 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
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 Quarter We review applications for Spring quarter on a continuous basis. To be considered for spring admission, applicants should submit an application by March 1.
Learn more about the Public Relations and Advertising graduate program and meet with program faculty at an
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