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Health Communication MA/MBA Admission

Application Materials

To be admitted to the joint MA in Health Communication/MBA in Health Sector Management, applicants must apply and be admitted through both programs/colleges. For admission information and instructions regarding the MBA in Health Sector Management , please visit the admission page at Kellstadt Graduate School of Business​

To be admitted to the MA in Health Communication, 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:

  • Completed Online application and $40 application fee.
  • Official undergraduate transcript showing the completion of a bachelor's degree (minimum grade point average preferred is 3.0 on a 4-point scale).
  • Four essay questions (Essay questions should be saved as .doc or .pdf and uploaded into online application or e-mailed to
    • What factors contribute to your decision to enter graduate school now?
    • How do studies in health communication relate to your personal and professional goals? (In your response, identify how this program suits your specific needs, goals, interests, etc. and how health communication studies connect with your future objectives.)
    • What demonstrates your suitability for graduate study in this program? Build an argument for your admission.
    • What understandings should admission reviewers bring to a reading of your application? (What additional information or explanations seem important?)
  • Writing sample (research paper that demonstrates the applicant's ability to synthesize and criticize scholarly work)
  • Two letters of recommendation written by work supervisors and/or faculty members familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional achievements.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • GRE scores are not required, but may be submitted to strengthen an application.

International Students

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:

Test Type
Minimum Score for Full Admission Minimum Score for Conditional Admission
TOEFL Internet-based version 96 (each section at least 22) 79 (each section at least 17)
TOEFL computer-based version 243 213
TOEFL paper version 590 550
IELTS 7.5 6.5
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.

Submitting Materials

College of Communication application materials including the statement of purpose, 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 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
2400 N. Sheffield Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60614-2215

Application credentials (including official electronic transcripts) for the MA in Health Communication also can be emailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at Please make sure your name is on all documents.

Application Deadlines

The College of Communication reviews graduate applications on a continuous basis. There are no deadlines to submit an application, the admission committee regularly reviews new applications.

Priority deadlines are set below for students interested in admission scholarships. 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 an continuous basis. To be considered for admission scholarships in the Fall quarter, applicants should submit an application by June 1.

Winter Quarter
We review applications for Winter quarter on an continuous basis. To be considered for admission scholarships in the Winter quarter, applicants should submit an application by November 2.

Spring Quarter
We review applications for Spring quarter on an continuous basis. To be considered for admission scholarships in the Spring quarter, applicants should submit an application by February 15.

Information Sessions

Learn more about the Health Communication graduate programs and meet with program faculty at an upcoming information session.