Graduate Admission

Master's / Master of Fine Arts Admission Doctor Of Philosophy Admission

CDM Graduate Admission Office

14 E. Jackson Blvd. (Daley Building)
Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60604

(312) 362-8714

Regular Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

CDM offers a wide range of practical and innovative graduate programs that respond to market demands for new technology and media skills. Whether you are planning on becoming a full-time student or would like to pursue your graduate degree while working, we are here to make the admission process easier.

Interested in learning more? Attend an on-campus or online information session, visit over lunch, tour our campus, or meet individually with an admission officer. Register here.

General Application Process

  1. Choose the graduate program that best fits your academic and professional goals. Applicants may have one active application per quarter.
  2. Complete an online application ($25 application fee).
  3. Submit additional materials required for consideration to your program of interest.*
  4. Send official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, one which must show the conferral of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution of record; we do not accept transcripts sent from applicants. DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission can request a free electronic transcript from DePaul. International applicants must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation. Visit the Transcript Evaluation page for additional information.

*Program-specific deadlines, supplemental materials, and additional admissions requirements can be found on the Master's Program Admission and PhD Admission pages.



  • For most master’s and MFA programs, the priority deadlines are 1 month prior to the start of classes for domestic applicants and about 3 months prior to the start of classes for international students. We encourage you to visit the Master’s Program Admission page to verify exact deadlines for your program of interest.
  • Our PhD programs admit for the fall and winter quarters each academic year. The application deadline for admission to the fall quarter is January 15. The application deadline for admission to the winter quarter is October 1st.

Tuition and Funding

Current tuition rates are listed on the Student Financial Accounts website. Graduate programs follow the rate per credit hour set by the College of Computing and Digital Media. DePaul is a private university so everyone pays the same tuition rate.


Graduate classes are typically offered on our Loop campus from 5:45-9:00pm, Monday through Thursday. Several of our courses can also be taken online. We do not offer any daytime or weekend classes.

Graduate Students at CDM

  • CDM is the second largest graduate college at DePaul. We currently have over 2500 graduate students and are expecting to enroll over 425 new graduate students for fall 2019.
  • Women at CDM comprise approximately 32% of the graduate student body.
  • About a third of our graduate students come from outside the US. We currently have students from 25 different country. The top 5 countries of origin for our international students are Saudi Arabia, China, India, Taiwan, and Thailand.

CDM Graduate Admission Staff

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Gabby Coombs

Admission Officer
Ph: (312) 362-8722

"My name is Gabriel Coombs but everyone calls me Gabby. I am the Admission Officer for all School of Cinematic Arts and School of Design master’s programs. I received my BA in Rhetoric with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Go Illini!) and am currently pursuing a Master of Education in College Counseling and Student Affairs here at DePaul (Go Demons!). I’ve been with CDM since 2016 and have loved meeting and interacting with all the new students. In my spare time, I’m either at the movies, watching Golden Girls, reading romance novels, working on my podcast, or having a heated Marvel debate over a game of Uno."

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Emily Houlis

Admission Officer
Ph: (312) 362-5188

"My name is Emily Houlis. I completed my BA in Communication and Psychology from the Ohio State University. I earned my Master of Education (M.Ed) in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh. I love cooking, reading, going to the theatre, and hanging out with my pitbull Rosa Bella."

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Ann Hurley

Director of Graduate Admission
Ph: (312) 362-5614

"Hello and welcome to DePaul’s CDM! I look forward to working with you and making connections to our faculty and students. I’m Ann Hurley, Director of Graduate Admission and I joined CDM in 2017. My bachelor’s degree is in communication with a minor in marketing from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin. I received my master of arts degree in education from Saint Xavier University in Chicago. I have spent my professional career working in higher education – enrollment management/admissions. Working with students to find the right connection has been so rewarding and exciting and being part of a university community keeps you on the cutting edge of education. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and the outdoors--hiking, biking, walking, jogging, and sporting events."

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Sarah Primozich

Asst. Dir., Online Admissions
Ph: (312) 362-1425

"Hello! My name is Sarah Primozich. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater with a BA in Organizational Communications and earned a Master of Education (M.Ed) from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. I love the ocean, hiking, practicing yoga, and cooking. I also enjoy reading and rock climbing in my spare time."

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LaToya Shepard

Administrative Assistant
Ph: (312) 362-8714

"My name is Latoya Shepard. I graduated from Chicago State University with a BA in Business Administration. I am an avid dog lover and enjoy retail therapy. Prior to the CDM office, I worked in the DePaul Contact Center answering many of your financial aid and student account questions. I look forward to being your first point of contact in the CDM Academic Success Center."