Master's Program Admission

CDM master's degree students can choose from programs that span the computing and digital media spectrum. CDM accepts applications for the master's degree programs on a rolling admission basis. Domestic applications take about one month to process while international applications take a minimum of three months to process. More information about international admission requirements can be found in the international admission section.

Students from any bachelor's degree program are encouraged to apply for the CDM degree they are most interested in. Upon admission, each student meets with a faculty advisor to determine the best course of study.

CDM Admission

CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
(312) 362-8714
admission@cdm.depaul.edu

MA Animation Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students
  • Portfolio submission

*Please note that this program only admits students to begin in Fall and Spring quarters. The MA in Animation has a priority deadline of June 1 each year for Fall quarter and February 1 for Spring quarter. If space is available in the program, late applications will continue to be accepted. International students must follow international deadlines.

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript. Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.
  • Submit a reel or portfolio that includes examples of your creative visual work at the CIM Slideroom site
  • Submit a reel or portfolio information sheet at the CIM Slideroom site

Reel/Portfolio Information

  • A reel and/or portfolio is required. You must submit your electronic portfolio to the CIM Slideroom site. Pending materials may be viewed by faculty prior to your final submission, but no actual admission decisions will be conducted until the application period has concluded and final submitted materials are received. A pending file at that time will be considered incomplete and ineligible for admission consideration.
  • The focus should be on the work samples.
  • Please keep your reel/portfolio simple, clearly labeled and easy to navigate.
  • The reel/portfolio should be HD quality (if possible, the online version should on either YouTube or Vimeo). Your reel should be 5-10 minutes showing only your best work. Quality is valued over quantity. Include segments for longer works and links to full versions of these. You may include both animations and live action work. You must have had a significant creative role in the creation of each example.
  • The reel/portfolio can include high quality scans of drawings, paintings, storyboards, photographs and designs. Limit your portfolio to the best dozen examples. You can also include detailed magnifications.
  • The reel/portfolio information sheet should describe each piece represented including the title, medium, date, time code in the reel, duration/dimensions and your role in its creation.

All submitted application materials will become part of your application file and cannot be returned. Please retain your own copy.

The following items are not required for this program but can be used to supplement your application:

  • Professional experience as evidenced by a resume or industry certifications
  • Letters of recommendation

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:

CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

Students who have been admitted to the MA program may apply to the MFA program for the next admission class in their first year of attendance only. Should a student be admitted to the MFA they may transfer any courses that count in both programs. The MFA clock begins at the time of first enrollment and will not be extended due to a program change.

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

MFA Animation Admission Requirements

The Master of Fine Arts in Animation launches as a cohort based program in Fall 2012. The MFA program is for students who are interested in creating original animated films and artwork as their main vocation. This also is the preferred degree for those who wish to teach at the university level.

MFA Application Process

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline: Applications and all supporting materials must be received prior to February 1st each year for priority consideration. Applicants who meet this deadline will be notified of their admission status no later than March 15th.

Extended Deadline: If space remains available, applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis up until August 1. Students will be notified of the their admission status within one month of their completed application being received. (If space is unavailable at the time we receive your extended deadline application, we will consider it for the following academic year.)

Start Date: All students admitted into the MFA program, under either deadline, must begin their studies in the following fall quarter. (Students may not begin the program in the winter, spring, or summer quarters.)

Please note, if you are an international student who needs a visa to attend DePaul, your application must be received a minimum of 3 months prior to the start of the term and cannot be accepted after June 1 for fall quarter. International applications received after the posted deadline will be held for the following year’s admitting class.

The steps in applying for the MFA are as follows:

  • Complete an online application.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended that show the successful completion of a regionally accredited bachelor's degree with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript.Request a free electronic transcript.
    • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit theTranscript Evaluation page for more information.
  • Submit a statement of creative purpose that includes your artistic goals and your reasons for applying to the MFA. Be specific, vivid and focused. The creative statement cannot be longer than 2 pages.
  • Submit a one page description of a possible animation project that represents the type of work you hope to produce.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from people who can attest to your artistic abilities, commitment, work ethic and creative potential.
  • Submit a reel and/or portfolio that includes examples of your creative visual work (see details below).
  • Submit a reel/portfolio information sheet (see details below).

Statement of creative purpose, description of animation project, reel/portfolio information sheet and reel/portfolio must be submitted at the SCAslideroom site.

Pending materials may be viewed by faculty prior to your final submission, but no actual admission decisions will be conducted until the application period has concluded and final submitted materials are received. A pending file at that time will be considered incomplete and ineligible for admission consideration.

Letters of Recommendation should be sent to:

CDM Office of Graduate Admission
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

All submitted applications materials (including reel and/or portfolio) will become part of your application file and cannot be returned. Please retain your own copy.

Reel/Portfolio Requirements

  • A reel and/or portfolio is required. You must upload your portfolio to our SCA slideroom site.
  • Please keep your reel/portfolio simple, clearly labeled and easy to navigate.
  • The reel/portfolio should be HD quality (if possible, the online version should be on either YouTube or Vimeo). Your reel should be 5-10 minutes showing only your best work. Quality is valued over quantity. Include segments of longer works and links to full versions of these. You may include both animations and live action work. You must have had a significant creative role in the creation of each example.
  • The reel/portfolio can include high quality scans of drawings, paintings, storyboards, photographs and designs. Limit your portfolio to the best dozen examples. You can also include detailed magnifications.
  • The reel/portfolio information sheet should list the online reel/portfolio .url. It should describe each piece represented including the title, medium, date, time code in the reel, duration/dimensions, and your role in its creation.

Transition to MFA

Students who have been admitted to the MA Animation program may apply to the MFA Animation program for the next admission class in their first year of attendance only (maximum 24 credits earned for the MA program). Should a student be admitted to the MFA they may transfer any courses that apply in both programs. The MFA clock begins at the time of first enrollment in the MA Animation program and will not be extended due to a program change.

MS Applied Technology Admission Requirements

The Applied Technology master's degree is a joint program with DePaul's School for New Learning (SNL). For more information about admission to this program, visit DePaul's Graduate Student Admission page.

MS Business Information Technology Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript. Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.

The following items are not required for this program but can be used to supplement your application:

  • Professional experience as evidenced by a resume or industry certifications
  • Letters of recommendation

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:
CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

MFA Cinema Admission Requirements

The Master of Fine Arts in Cinema launched as a cohort based program in Fall 2011. The MFA program is designed for aspiring independent filmmakers who seek to become visual storytellers whose films will be shown at film festivals and, ideally, gain national distribution. This also is the preferred degree for those who wish to teach at the university level.

MFA Application Process

Application Deadline: Applications and all supporting materials must be received no later than March 1st. Applicants who meet this deadline will be notified of their admission status no later than May 1st.

Start Date: All students admitted into the MFA program must begin their studies in the following fall quarter. (Students may not begin the program in the winter, spring, or summer quarters.)

The steps in applying for the MFA are as follows:

  • Complete an online application.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended that show the successful completion of a regionally accredited bachelor's degree with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript.Request a free electronic transcript.
    • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.
  • Submit a statement of creative purpose that includes your artistic goals and your reasons for applying to the MFA. Be specific, vivid and focused. The creative statement cannot be longer than 2 pages.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from people who can attest to your artistic abilities, commitment, work ethic and creative potential.
  • Submit a resume indicating your professional experience.
  • Submit a portfolio that includes writing samples or video representation.

Personal statement and portfolio must be submitted at the SCA slideroom site.

Letters of recommendation should be sent to:

CDM Office of Graduate Admission
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

All submitted applications materials (including portfolio) will become part of your application file and cannot be returned. Please retain your own copy.

Examples of Portfolio Items

  • An outline for a four-minute film that contains no dialogue, it can be fiction or non-fiction. The story has to be communicated visually (no more than 2 pages).
  • A dialogue scene between two people. This should be in proper screenplay format (no more than three pages).
  • Describe a concept for a feature length movie, fiction or documentary, which you would like to develop (no more than 2 pages).
  • Submit a brief narrative video in which you had a major creative role. The video can be either live-action or animation, fiction or documentary, but it should reflect your aesthetic tastes and intellectual and emotional interests.

Transition to MFA

Students who have been admitted to the MS Cinema Production program may apply to the MFA Screenwriting or MFA Cinema program for the next admission class in their first year of attendance only (maximum 24 credits earned for the MS program). Should a student be admitted to the MFA they may transfer any courses that apply in both programs. The MFA clock begins at the time of first enrollment in the MS Cinema Production program and will not be extended due to a program change.

MS Cinema Production Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students

*Please note that this program only admits students to begin in Fall and Winter quarters.

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript.Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.

The following items are not required for this program but can be used to supplement your application:

  • Professional experience as evidenced by a resume or industry certifications
  • Letters of recommendation

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:
CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

Students who have been admitted to the MS Cinema Production program may apply to the MFA Screenwriting or MFA Cinema program for the next admission class in their first year of attendance only (maximum 24 credits earned for the MS program). Should a student be admitted to the MFA they may transfer any courses that apply in both programs. The MFA clock begins at the time of first enrollment in the MS Cinema Production program and will not be extended due to a program change.

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

MS Computer Game Development Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript.Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.

The following items are not required for this program but can be used to supplement your application:

  • Professional experience as evidenced by a resume or industry certifications
  • Letters of recommendation

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:
CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

MS Computational Finance Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • GRE or GMAT exam score
  • Admission to the MS in Computational Finance program requires completion of Calculus I and Calculus II with at least a B- average. Business Calculus is not sufficient for the Calculus requirement.
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript.Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.
  • Complete the GRE or GMAT

The following items are not required for this program but can be used to supplement your application:

  • Professional experience as evidenced by a resume or industry certifications
  • Letters of recommendation

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:
CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

MS Computer Science Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript.Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.

The following items are not required for this program but can be used to supplement your application:

  • Professional experience as evidenced by a resume or industry certifications
  • Letters of recommendation

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:
CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

MS Computer, Information and Network Security Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript. Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.

The following items are not required for this program but can be used to supplement your application:

  • Professional experience as evidenced by a resume or industry certifications
  • Letters of recommendation

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:
CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

MA Digital Communication and Media Arts Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Professional experience as evidenced by a resume or industry certifications
  • Statement of Creative Intent; explaining the applicants interest in pursuing the degree, future goals, as well as attributes and skills they may bring to the program
  • Two letters of recommendation, may be either personal or professional
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students

*Please note that this program only admits students to begin in Fall and Winter quarters.

Steps to Apply

  • Complete the online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript.Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:
CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

MFA Documentary Admission Requirements

The Master of Fine Arts in Documentary will launch as a cohort based program in Fall 2016. The MFA in Documentary prepares future documentary filmmakers by providing a foundation in documentary history, traditions, storytelling and production techniques, as well as innovative and emerging styles and techniques of interactive documentaries. This also is the preferred degree for those who wish to teach at the university level.

MFA Application Process

Application Deadline: Applications and all supporting materials must be received no later than March 1st. Applicants who meet this deadline will be notified of their admission status no later than May 1st.

*For Fall 2016, the application deadline has been extended to June 1st.<

Start Date: All students admitted into the MFA program must begin their studies in the following fall quarter. (Students may not begin the program in the winter, spring, or summer quarters.)

The steps in applying for the MFA are as follows:

  • Complete an online application.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended that show the successful completion of a regionally accredited bachelor's degree with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript Request a free electronic transcript .
    • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from people who can attest to your artistic abilities, commitment, work ethic and creative potential.
  • Submit a resume indicating your professional experience.
  • Submit a portfolio that includes written and media work.
  • Submit a statement of creative intent.

Statement of creative intent and portfolio must be submitted at the SCA slideroom site.

Letters of recommendation should be emailed to admission@cdm.depaul.edu or sent via mail to:

CDM Office of Graduate Admission
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

All submitted applications materials (including portfolio) will become part of your application file and cannot be returned. Please retain your own copy.

Required Portfolio Items

  • Media sample of past documentary work (2 minute excerpt, no reels). If no past documentary (visual/audio) available, students will be given a documentary assignment that can be submitted instead.
  • Three idea pitches on topics of social justice, historical, environmental, biography, etc. (2-3 sentences each, max.).
  • Statement of Creative Intent.

MS E-Commerce Technology Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript.Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.

The following items are not required for this program but can be used to supplement your application:

  • Professional experience as evidenced by a resume or industry certifications
  • Letters of recommendation

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:
CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

MA Experience Design Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

*Please note that this program only admits students to begin in Fall and Winter quarters.

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript. Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.

In addition, students may submit a digital portfolio to supplement their application. The portfolio may include examples in a variety of media from a range of disciplines such as websites, mobile apps, games, exhibits, graphic designs, video, photography, animations, illustrations, architecture, advertising campaigns, and writing samples.

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:

CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

MS Health Informatics Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript.Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.

The following items are not required for this program but can be used to supplement your application:

  • Professional experience as evidenced by a resume or industry certifications
  • Letters of recommendation

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:
CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

MS Human-Computer Interaction Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript.Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.

The following items are not required for this program but can be used to supplement your application:

  • Professional experience as evidenced by a resume or industry certifications
  • Letters of recommendation

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:
CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

MS Information Systems Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript.Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.

The following items are not required for this program but can be used to supplement your application:

  • Professional experience as evidenced by a resume or industry certifications
  • Letters of recommendation

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:
CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

MS IT Project Management Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students
  • Evidence of IT Degree or 2 years IT experience

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript.Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.

The following items are not required for this program but can be used to supplement your application:

  • Letters of recommendation

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:
CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

MS Network Engineering and Management Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript.Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.

The following items are not required for this program but can be used to supplement your application:

  • Professional experience as evidenced by a resume or industry certifications
  • Letters of recommendation

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:
CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

MS Predictive Analytics Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Admission to the MS in Predictive Analytics requires completion of Calculus I and Calculus II. Exceptions may be made for individuals with extensive work experience in analytics.
  • Related professional experience
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript.Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.
  • Submit a current copy of your resume

The following items are not required for this program but can be used to supplement your application:

  • Letters of recommendation

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:
CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

MFA Screenwriting Admission Requirements

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Screenwriting is a terminal degree in writing for film and television. The program provides aspiring writers with a demanding curriculum designed to cultivate their talents and provide them with the skills necessary to become successful members of the film and television industry.

  • Feature Writers will graduate with a minimum of three feature length screenplays, one television spec episode, and one television pilot for their portfolios.
  • Television Writers will graduate with a minimum of two feature length screenplays, one television spec episode, one television pilot, plus one additional television pilot with a show bible and additional episode.
  • Upon graduation, titles and loglines for the student's entire portfolio (as well as the student's contact information) will be included in our annual Script List, a booklet that is sent to hundreds of Hollywood agents and managers, in an effort to help writers gain representation. After graduation, students will continue to be able to include their new projects in this booklet so that their new projects are introduced to the marketplace.
  • Students also have the opportunity to participate in the "LA Quarter" where they can do an industry internship in Los Angeles for twelve weeks.
  • Students also get to attend the annual School of Cinema and Interactive Media’s Screenwriting Conference. (For more information visit the conference Facebook page.)

MFA Application Process

Application Deadline: Applications and all supporting materials must be received no later than March 1st each year. Applicants who meet this deadline will be notified of their admission status no later than May 1st.

Start Date: All students admitted into the MFA program must begin their studies in the following fall quarter. (Students may not begin the program in the winter, spring, or summer quarters.)

The steps in applying for the MFA are as follows:

  • Complete an online application.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended that show the successful completion of a regionally accredited bachelor's degree with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript. Request a free electronic transcript.
    • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.
  • Submit a statement of creative intent that will give the committee a sense of how your unique experiences, characteristics, background, values and/or view of the world have shaped who you are and what you want to say as a creative filmmaker. Be specific, vivid and focused. There is no standard format.
  • Submit a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation; student may submit more if they wish.
  • Submit a writing sample.
    • any combination of plays, screenplays, poetry, prose, or other creative writings
    • maximum of 30 pages.
  • Submit a sample scene.
    • use the scenario of two strangers trapped in a car together on the 4th of July
    • maximum of 3 pages

Statement of creative intent, sample scene, and your writing sample must be submitted at the SCA slideroom site.

Letters of recommendation should be sent via mail or email to:

CDM Office of Graduate Admission
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

admission@cdm.depaul.edu

All submitted application materials (including portfolio) will become part of your application file and cannot be returned. Please retain your own copy.

Transition to MFA

Students who have been admitted to the MS Cinema Production program may apply to the MFA Screenwriting or MFA Cinema program for the next admission class in their first year of attendance only (maximum 24 credits earned for the MS program). Should a student be admitted to the MFA they may transfer any courses that apply in both programs. The MFA clock begins at the time of first enrollment in the MS Cinema Production program and will not be extended due to a program change.

MS Software Engineering Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended, one of which must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
    • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript.Request a free electronic transcript.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluated by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. Please visit the Transcript Evaluation page for more information.

The following items are not required for this program but can be used to supplement your application:

  • Professional experience as evidenced by a resume or industry certifications
  • Letters of recommendation

All admission materials can be sent to us electronically at: admission@cdm.depaul.edu or through mail to:
CDM Graduate Admission Office
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.

JD/MS in Computer Science Technology Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Must successfully complete first year at DePaul University College of Law before applying

Details on admission to the joint program can be downloaded via PDF

For assistance with the application process please email admission@cdm.depaul.edu or call 312-362-8714.