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Curriculum Studies Program Admission Requirements

Admission Eligibility

To be eligible to enroll in the Curriculum Studies master's degree program, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Applicants to the program's Teacher Leader concentration must hold a valid Illinois teaching license in addition to a bachelor's degree.

Application Requirements

A complete application to the Curriculum Studies program will include the following materials:

  • Graduate admission application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or work supervisors
  • Personal statement indicating professional goals and related experience, as well as why DePaul's program in Curriculum Studies is of particular interest
  • $40 domestic application fee, $75 international application fee

Applicants to the Teacher Leader concentration will also need to submit a copy of a valid Illinois teaching license.

Applicants who have earned a degree outside of the U.S. or who will be considered international students must submit additional materials. Visit our International Students page for more information.

Applicants can upload supplemental application materials, send requests for letters of recommendation, and pay the application fee through our online application system.

Application Deadlines

The Curriculum Studies program admits new students every quarter: fall, winter, spring and summer. It offers rolling admission, but the regular deadlines are set to assure students full consideration for admission and financial aid. The program will continue to accept and process applications after the regular deadline if space is available.


Regular Deadline


August 15


December 1


March 1


May 1

Applicants typically receive an admission decision 3-4 weeks after submitting a complete application.

Information Sessions

Learn more about the Curriculum Studies graduate program and meet with program faculty at an upcoming information session.

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