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Educational Leadership Program Admission

Admission Eligibility

To be eligible to enroll in DePaul's Educational Leadership master's degree program​, students must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Application Requirements

A complete application to the Educational Leadership master's degree program will include the following materials:

  • Graduate admission application
  • $40 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or work supervisors
  • Personal statement that reflects on the College of Education's conceptual framework and describes your goals and how they relate to your interest in the Educational Leadership program. What assumptions, thoughts and conclusions have you developed regarding working in this urban context and what evidence from your own experiences, interests and skills support these thoughts and conclusions? In writing about an issue in urban education, many applicants will consider issues of diversity, socio-economics, equity and reform as relevant. Please also describe what role(s) you have played and/or wish to play as an educational leader in the future.

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 Educational Leadership master's degree program admits new students every quarter: fall, winter, spring and summer. It offers rolling admissions, 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.

Term Regular Deadline Notification Dates


August 15



December 1 rolling


March 1 rolling

May 1


Students generally receive an admissions decision 3-4 weeks after submitting a complete application.​​​​