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Tuition & Aid

​Tuition

Graduate tuition is paid on a per credit hour basis. For the 2022-2023 academic year, the College of Communication tuition rate is $790 per credit hour. Most College of Communication graduate course are four credits, making the cost of one course $3,16​​0.

For more information on tuition rates, please visit DePaul's tuition website.

Financial Aid

Students who plan to fund their graduate education through federal loans should complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). DePaul's Financial Aid Office will create a financial aid package based on your FAFSA information.

Tuition Award Available for the Academic Year

DePaul offers a tuition award to new students starting a College of Communication graduate program in the Autumn, Winter or Spring quarter.* The tuition award is for $525 toward each four-credit hour course – up to two courses per term. The award may amount to a total savings of $6,300 towards a 12-course graduate program, or $7,350 towards a 14-course graduate program.

The tuition award is not available for courses in the Professional Communication program.

For details including eligibility requirements, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405 or gradcom@depaul.edu.

*Note: The DCMA program only admits for the Fall and Winter quarters.

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.

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.

Combined bachelor's + master's degree students are eligible.

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

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.

College of Communication Scholarships

Incoming and Continuing Student Scholarships

The College of Communication allocates scholarship funding to incoming and continuing graduate students based on merit and other criteria unique to each graduate program. The admission application serves as the scholarship application for incoming students. Continuing graduate students will be notified if they are candidates for a merit scholarship.

Criteria and award amounts vary and require a filed FAFSA. Apply through Scholarship Connect at depaul.academicworks.com

Named, Endowed, and Gift Scholarships

Through the generosity of donors, alumni and friends of the college, the following named and endowed scholarship opportunities are available to graduate students in the College of Communication. Unless otherwise noted, each scholarship is offered for the Fall term each year and opens in late summer prior to the fall start. Criteria and award amounts vary and require a filed FAFSA. Apply through Scholarship Connect at depaul.academicworks.com. Be sure to check Scholarship Connect regularly for new scholarship opportunities or updates to existing opportunities.

  • The Ron Culp Endowed Scholarship for Future Leaders in Public Relations recognizes and provides financial assistance to outstanding public relations and advertising majors, minors, and public relations and advertising graduate students who intend to pursue a career in public relations. Special consideration for first-generation college students.
  • The Dean's Council Endowed Scholarship in Communication recognizes an exceptional undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Communication in good academic standing and with financial need.
  • The Ferrill Family Scholarship recognizes an exceptional undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Communication in good academic standing and with financial need.
  • The Journalism Internship Scholarship ensures that students pursuing a degree in journalism have access to internships for credit by providing financial assistance. Journalism majors, minors and graduate students are welcome to apply for financial assistance while completing a journalism-related internship for credit via the College of Communication Internship Program. Scholarships are offered Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer as funding is available.

Graduate Assistantships

Communication and Media
The Communication and Media graduate program has limited graduate assistantship positions. The application process will be announced as available. Generally, only students who have completed some coursework in the Communication and Media program are eligible to apply for assistantships. The duties and time commitments may change from year to year, as may the number of assistantships and award amounts. The recipients of the assistantship receive at least a one course scholarship and a stipend in each assistantship term. Assistantship recipients cannot be employed by DePaul University or receiving tuition reimbursement from an outside employer.

Digital Communication and Media Arts
The DCMA graduate program has limited graduate assistantship positions. Eligible students must be enrolled in at least four credits during the graduate assistantship and have completed at least two courses in the DCMA program. As a graduate assistant, a student may be required to: attend class, assist with grading, respond to student questions, teach one or two classes, assist with academic research, and/or assist with planning of events. The recipients of the assistantships will receive a one-course tuition waiver and a stipend in the quarter they complete the assistantship. The application process will be announced as available. Assistantship recipients cannot be employed by DePaul University or receiving tuition reimbursement from an outside employer.

Health Communication
The Health Communication graduate program has limited graduate assistantship positions. The program graduate director initiates the graduate assistantship selection process. Eligible students must be enrolled in at least four credits during the graduate assistantship and have completed at least two courses in the Health Communication program. The duties and time commitments may change from year to year, as may the number of assistantships and award amounts. The recipients of the assistantships will receive a one-course tuition waiver and a stipend in the quarter they complete the assistantship. Assistantship recipients cannot be employed by DePaul University or receiving tuition reimbursement from an outside employer.

Journalism
Applicants must be enrolled in at least four credits and have completed at least three courses in the program. Graduate assistants will be expected to assist students in running software programs, shooting and editing video and providing production assistance and instruction. The recipients of the assistantships will receive a one-course tuition waiver and a stipend in the quarter they complete the assistantship. The application process will be announced as available. Assistantship recipients cannot be employed by DePaul University or receiving tuition reimbursement from an outside employer.

Public Relations and Advertising
The Public Relations and Advertising graduate program has limited graduate assistantship positions. The program graduate directors initiate the graduate assistantship selection process. Eligible students must be enrolled in at least four credits during the graduate assistantship and have completed at least two courses in the PRAD program. The duties and time commitments may change from year to year, as may the number of assistantships and award amounts. The recipients of the assistantships will receive a one-course tuition waiver and a stipend in the quarter they complete the assistantship. Assistantship recipients cannot be employed by DePaul University or receiving tuition reimbursement from an outside employer.

External Scholarships

External Scholarships (not administered or awarded by DePaul but applied to your tuition) are also available to DePaul students. Several internet search tools can assist you in locating scholarships, fellowships and grants available through the private sector. Remember, you should never pay for scholarship or financial aid search results. Three recommended websites are:

FastWeb.com
collegenet.com
studentaid.ed.gov

Jobs

Student Employment Office: On-campus jobs at DePaul
Handshake: External job and internship portal