TOEFL

English Proficiency Test

Students who earned a bachelor's degree outside of the U.S. must present proof of English proficiency to be considered for admission. DePaul CDM accepts the TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English as proof of English proficiency. Most scores are valid for two years only. Expired test scores will not be accepted. Applicant files will not be reviewed until all documents have been received.

The primary exception to the English proficiency requirement is for students who earn a bachelor's degree in a country where the official native language is recognized as English. The only additional exception is for students with transferable degree credit equivalent to DePaul's WRD 103 and WRD 104. If a student does not have an acceptable English proficiency score, they can apply to DePaul's English Language Academy (ELA) directly.

Score Requirements

The minimum scores considered for full graduate admission to CDM are:

  • 80 on the iBT of the TOEFL with a minimum score of 17 on each section
  • 550 on the paper-based TOEFL test
  • 6.5 on the IELTS test
  • 53 on the Pearson Test of English

Please note that the PhD Program requires higher English proficiency scores.

Test Codes

The DePaul institutional code for the TOEFL is 5968

Conditional Admission

Students applying for master's level CDM programs who receive an English proficiency score below the minimum requirement and who meet all other requirements for admission to an academic program may be granted conditional admission to the combined CDM/ELA program.

Requirements for Conditional Admission:

To be considered for the combined CDM/ELA program, a student must present one of the following scores:

  • 55-79 on the iBT TOEFL test
  • 480-549 on the paper-based TOEFL test
  • 5.5-6.0 on the IELTS test
  • 44-52 on the Pearson Test of English

Students who are admitted into this combined program will be required to enroll full time in DePaul's English Language Academy (ELA). Admission to the CDM/ELA program requires that; until they have completed the University Bridge Certificate confirming English language proficiency or obtain the required minimum test score as published above.


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

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm

(312) 362-8714
admission@cdm.depaul.edu