Admission Requirements

Admission Process

The admission process begins when you submit an application online. You can complete the graduate application form, submit supplemental application materials, request letters of recommendation, and pay the application fee - all through our online application system. Admission eligibility and application requirements vary by program; please select your program of interest on the list below for full details.

Application Deadlines

Applications for admission are accepted at any time for most of our graduate programs, and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. The regular application deadlines listed for each program are set to give applicants time for  full consideration for admission and financial aid. Graduate programs that admit new students on a rolling basis will continue to accept and process applications after the regular deadline if space is available.


Graduate Enrollment Options

Whether you are looking to become a teacher, counselor or principal, or if you are looking for options for enhancing your knowledge and skill as an educator, the College of Education offers excellent degree programs at the master's and doctoral levels, as well as licensure and endorsement programs that will allow you to gain professional credentials.

Want to earn a master's degree?

The College of Education offers a broad range of master’s degrees for prospective students who want to earn initial teaching or counseling licensure, as well as for education professionals who want to add credentials to their existing professional licensure.

    Want to earn a doctoral degree?

    The College of Education's doctoral program enables students to build upon their existing knowledge and skills to enhance their understanding of one of three concentration areas.

    Want to earn professional credentials but not a full degree?

    The College of Education's licensure and endorsement programs allow students to gain professional credentials; the requirements for these programs meet the specific course work and field experience requirements set by the state of Illinois.

    Want to just take a class or two?

    The College of Education may admit non-degree seeking students who wish to take a course or courses to complete prerequisites for admission, professional development, or personal enrichment. (Course work completed in non-degree status may or may not be applicable to a degree program; it is subject to approval by an advisor and appropriate department chair.) 

    To apply as a non-degree student, please submit the following materials:

    • College of Education graduate application
    • Transcripts showing evidence of having earned a bachelor's degree
    • Personal statement explaining your reasons for taking courses as a non-degree student
    • $40.00 application fee

    Want to return to the College of Education to complete a program in which you were previously enrolled?

    If you were previously admitted to a DePaul College of Education program but have been absent for more than one year, you must apply to be readmitted to your program.

    To apply be readmitted to a master's degree, endorsement or licensure program, please submit the following materials:

    To apply to be readmitted to the Education Doctorate program, please submit the following materials:

    • College of Education graduate application
    • $10.00 application fee
    • Statement of purpose explaining, in some detail, why you became discontinued from the program and why you will be able to complete the program if you are readmitted (The admissions committee expects compelling reasons for being readmitted to the program.)
    • Letter of support from a full-time faculty member who taught one of your classes in the EdD program or a letter of support from your dissertation committee chair  (The letter should provide compelling reasons for why you should be readmitted to the program; a letter that merely states you completed a course and the grade earned is not sufficient.)
    • Copy of your DePaul transcript