College of Communication > Admission & Aid > Graduate > International Student Admission
We welcome applicants from around the world. As an international applicant, you must take additional steps to ensure review of your application.
submit your application online. You must pay a non-refundable $75 application fee before your application can be reviewed.
As part of the application review process, DePaul University conducts a free course-by-course transcript evaluation for coursework completed outside of the U.S. These evaluations can be used for DePaul admission purposes only. If you would like to take advantage of this service, you will need to upload complete academic documents for all post-secondary levels of study at the time of application. These should be in original language with English translation (as needed).
*If you already have a credential evaluation from an outside evaluation provider who is a member of NACES, and you submit an official copy required for admissions purposes, we will offer you the opportunity to apply to have your $75 application fee waived. Otherwise there are no other waivers available.
To determine the specific materials required for admission to your chosen program, please review the College of Communication's admission procedures.
All supplementary application materials can be sent as .doc or .pdf attachments to
firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the graduate admission office. Please remember that we cannot guarantee books, DVDs or bound materials will be reviewed by the college.
All students educated outside of the United States must submit proof of their English proficiency in order to be reviewed for admission. International applicants holding a bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD from a regionally accredited United States institution will have the TOEFL requirement waived upon receipt of their U.S. transcripts.
DePaul University requires that all students earn at least 80 (ibt) with no section lower than 17 on the TOEFL exam to be considered proficient. However, most graduate programs require a higher TOEFL score to be considered for admission. Please visit your chosen program’s website for their specific TOEFL score requirements and for information regarding conditional admission. We will also accept an official Duolingo or IELTS score report in lieu of a TOEFL exam.
Note: The English language proficiency scores listed below apply to all master's programs in the College of Communication
except for the Digital Communication and Media Arts (DCMA) program. Refer to the
DCMA Admission page for the English language proficiency scores required by the program.
Please request your score report be sent to:
DePaul University Office of Graduate Admission College of Communication 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604-2287
The DePaul University institution code for the TOEFL exam is 1165.
Individuals who come to the United States to study must apply for a student visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their home country. To apply for a student visa, you must first obtain a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status (also known as a SEVIS I-20 form.)
You will be required to submit documentation to our office before DePaul will issue an I-20 to you, including the following:
If you plan to bring dependents (a spouse and/or children) to the U.S. with you, you will need to also submit passport identification pages for each dependent, as well as a marriage certificate for your spouse and birth certificates for your children. In addition, you will need to show a higher amount of financial support, as outlined in the Financial Affidavit of Support form.
instructions for requesting a student visa and detailed information about enrolling at DePaul as an international student are available through
Application deadlines vary by program. Please review the College of Communication's
admission procedures for more details.
International students should submit their applications at least one month prior to the standard application deadline.
Once you have been admitted to a graduate program, you will receive an email with additional information needed for the I-20 request process.
Further instructions on how to proceed with your application to DePaul University can be found at the International Student and Scholar Services (ISS)
Get in touch with one of our ambassadors to learn more about graduate programs in the College of Communication. All of them are happy to answer your questions about their program, student life, extracurriculars and more.