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Graduate tuition is paid on a per credit hour basis. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the College of Communication tuition rate is $760 per credit hour. Each College of Communication graduate course is four credits, making the cost of one course $3,040.
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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.
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.
This tuition award is not available to international students.
Note: DCMA and Communication and Media only admit for the Fall and Winter quarter.
For details including eligibility requirements, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405 or
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
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.
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
The College of Communication Decade of Excellence Scholarship awards a high-achieving undergraduate (sophomore, junior or senior) and graduate students based on merit and financial need.
The Dean's Council Endowed Scholarship in Communication recognizes and exceptional undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Communication in good academic standing and with financial need.
Faculty and Staff Endowed Scholarship Generously funded by faculty, staff and friends of the university, the Faculty and Staff Endowed Scholarship is awarded to one junior, senior or second year graduate student each year. The average award is $4,200, equally distributed over the three academic terms of the school year. The application process opens in the Spring term prior to the award year.
The Journalism Internship Scholarship 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.
Communication and MediaThe 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. Assistantship recipients cannot be employed by DePaul University or receiving tuition reimbursement from an outside employer.
Digital Communication and Media Arts Applicants must be full-time students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students must have been in the DCMA graduate program for at least two quarters and completed a minimum of six courses. 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 in the quarter in which 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.
Journalism Applicants must be full-time students with a GPA of 3.25 or higher and have completed at least six courses in the Journalism graduate 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 in the quarter in which 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. The duties and time commitments may change from year to year, as may the number of assistantships and award amounts. Assistantship recipients cannot be employed by DePaul University or receiving tuition reimbursement from an outside employer.
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:
Student Employment Office: On-campus jobs at DePaulHandshake: External job and internship portal