Graduate Admission

Graduate Program Admission Requirements
 

CDM Graduate Admission Office

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

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

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

Admission officers are accessible via email, Zoom, phone and in person. Schedule an appointment with an admission officer.

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: admission@cdm.depaul.edu

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.

FAQ

Applying

What is the deadline to apply?
  • 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.
Is the GRE/GMAT required for admission?
  • CDM's master's and MFA programs do not require either exam.
  • The submission of GRE scores is required in order to be reviewed for admission to either of our PhD programs. It cannot be waived.
Can the TOEFL be waived?

The English proficiency requirement can be waived for applicants who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher in the following countries:   

  • United States
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Solomon Islands
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • Vanuatu

Additionally, you will find English proficiency requirements by country   

Once we receive a transcript evaluation verifying that you have received a degree in one of these countries, the English proficiency requirement will be waived for you.   

Can the course-by-course evaluation for international applicants be waived?

We require the course-by-course evaluation to convert international GPAs to a 4.0 scale and verify that the college or university has the equivalence of US regional accreditation. Therefore, this requirement cannot be waived.   

Can I apply before I have earned my bachelor’s degree?

For most programs, we will consider you for admission if you are in your final term of your undergraduate degree. If you are admitted, you will need to submit an updated transcript after your degree has been posted. If this is not received by the time you begin graduate school here at DePaul, you will be blocked from registering for future quarters. Additionally, US citizens and permanent residents cannot receive federal financial aid for graduate school until we have received proof that your bachelor’s degree has been completed.   

* For MFA and PhD programs, please contact the admissions office for further details regarding applying before your bachelor’s degree has been awarded.   

Can I apply to a PhD program if I haven’t completed my master’s degree?

For the Computer and Information Systems (CIS) program, applicants with an exceptional undergraduate record may be admitted without first holding a master’s degree. For the Human Centered Design (HCD) program, applicants are not required to hold a master’s degree.   

Is the application process different for those enrolling part-time? What constitutes part-time vs. full-time enrollment?
  • No, the application process is the same regardless of how many classes you intend to take per quarter. Eight credit hours (typically 2 courses) is considered full-time enrollment for graduate students. Four credit hours per quarter (typically 1 course) is considered part-time.
  • For PhD students: While we encourage full-time enrollment, it is possible to enroll part-time. However, you would need approval from your potential faculty advisor as well as the respective PhD committee.
What is the application process for being an online student? Which programs are offered online?
  • The application process is the same for online and on-campus students. When you register for classes after being admitted, you will have the option to choose an online or on-campus section of a course. Visit our Online Learning page to see which programs and courses are available online.
  • For the PhD-CIS program, the ability to complete our PhD program online is dependent upon the approval of a candidate’s potential faculty advisor. For the PhD-HCD program, most of the required coursework does not have an online section. However, after the required coursework, the ability to complete the program online will be decided by a student’s faculty advisor and the PhD HCD committee.
My plans have changed. Can I defer my application or admission?

You can defer your application one time for up to one year. After being admitted, you can also defer your admission one time for up to one year.   

I don’t have a technical background. Can I apply to your graduate program?

Most of our programs welcome applicants without technical backgrounds. However, those without technical backgrounds may need to take introductory courses to get up to speed. Please view the academics section of our website for further details.   

Should I reach out to faculty in my program of interest?

We highly encourage you to review the research and creative activity being conducted by our faculty. Contacting CDM faculty whose research aligns with your own can assist with the process of identifying a potential faculty advisor if admitted to your desired program.   

Tuition and Funding

What is the cost of tuition? Do out-of-state or international students pay a higher tuition rate?

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.   

Where can I learn about financial aid or scholarships?
  • Please visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page for more information on aid and funding.
  • PhD applicants seeking admission to the fall quarter are eligible for CDM-based funding consideration. CDM-based funding consideration does not take place for applicants applying for the winter quarter. Learn more about stipend opportunities.

Classes

When and where are graduate courses offered?

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.   

How does the quarter system work?

Quarters are 10 weeks long with optional exams in the 11th week. You can refer to the academic calendar for a complete listing.   

Once admitted, when do classes start?

Several of our MFA programs are cohort-based and start classes in the fall or fall/winter quarters. PhD students begin in the fall (with classes beginning in September) or winter (classes in January). Check your program admission page to see if it is cohort-based and consult DePaul’s academic calendar for important dates.    

What is the typical class size?

Most graduate courses hold no more than 25 on-campus and 25 online students. Elective courses are typically smaller.   

Graduate Students at CDM

How many graduate students are in CDM? Are there many female or international students?
  • 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.
What are the career outcomes for graduates of CDM programs?

You can see College and program-specific career outcomes on the Career Success page.   

CDM Graduate Admission Staff

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Matt Aberman

Admission Officer
Ph: (312) 362-8722
maberman@depaul.edu

"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."

Programs
  • MA/MFA Animation
  • MFA Creative Producing
  • MFA Documentary
  • MS/MFA Film and Television
  • MFA Game Design
  • MFA Screenwriting
  • Certificate Programs
  • Non-degree
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Abby Baum

Admission Officer
Ph: (312) 362-5188
abaum3@depaul.edu

"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!"

Programs
  • MS Cybersecurity
  • MA Digital Communication and Media Arts
  • MA Experience Design
  • MS Human-Computer Interaction
  • MS Network Engineering and Security
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Ann Hurley

Director of Graduate Admission
Ph: (312) 362-5614
a.hurley@depaul.edu

"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
momall20@depaul.edu

"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
sprimoz1@depaul.edu

"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."

Programs
  • MS Artificial Intelligence
  • MS Computer Science
  • MS Data Science
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Jose Sanchez

Admission Officer
Ph: (312) 362-5868
jsanch70@depaul.edu

"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."

Programs
  • MS Business Information Technology
  • MS Game Programming
  • MS Health Informatics
  • MS Information Systems
  • MS Software Engineering
  • PhD Human Centered Design
  • PhD Computer and Information Sciences