Graduate Admission

Graduate Program Admission Requirements

Admission officers are accessible via email, Zoom, and phone. Schedule an appointment with an admission officer. Please review the calendar for an appointment. If you are unable to locate a time, email to request to meet with an admission officer.


CDM Graduate Admission Office

DePaul Center
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 8500
Chicago, IL 60604

(312) 362-8714

Regular Hours
Monday through Thursday: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Friday: 9:00am to 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.

Transcripts and other admission materials can be sent via email (preferred) or mailed to:

CDM Graduate Admission Office
1 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 8500
Chicago, IL 60604

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

*Program-specific deadlines, supplemental materials, and additional admissions requirements can be found on the Graduate Program Admission Requirements page.



  • 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 Graduate Program Admission Requirements 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 Jarvis 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

  • We currently have nearly 2500 graduate students and are expecting to enroll over 450 new graduate students for fall 2021.
  • 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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Matt Aberman

Admission Officer
Ph: (312) 362-8722

"Hello, my name is Matt Aberman! I received my BA in Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Criminology from Valparaiso University (Go Beacons!). When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, taking a walk with my dog, Zuma, and trying to complete every Escape Room in the Chicagoland area."

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Abby Baum

Admission Officer
Ph: (312) 362-5188

"Hello! My name is Abby Baum. I received my BS in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (I-L-L!). Currently I am pursuing an M.Ed. in higher education online through Penn State University. I love photography, hiking, going to Cubs games, and playing with my dog, Fletcher!"

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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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Meghan O'Malley

Administrative Assistant
Ph: (312) 362-8714

"Hi, I’m Meghan. I completed my B.S. in Social Work at Northeastern Illinois University, with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. I am super excited to join the CDM Team and to be of service to the DePaul student community. In my spare time I love reading about history, cultures, religion, and technology. I also love taking walks on the lakefront."

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Sarah Primozich

Asst Director of Online Student Services
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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Jose Sanchez

Admission Officer
Ph: (312) 362-5868

"My name is Jose Sanchez. I received my BA in Exercise Science and Asian Studies with a concentration in China Studies from St. Olaf College (Um Yah Yah!). In my spare time I like to powerlift, watch movies, watch the Chicago Bears and spend quality time with my family."