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Admission Requirements

Whether you are preparing 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 endorsement and licensure programs that will enable you to gain additional professional educator credentials.

Admission eligibility and application requirements vary by graduate program; please select your program of interest on the list below to learn more.

View admission requirements for the EdD program.

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.

View admission requirements for the EdS program.

The College of Education's Education Specialist program enables students to build upon their existing knowledge and skills to enhance their understanding of their concentration area.

View admission requirements for non-degree-seeking students.

The College of Education admits 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:

  • Graduate/non-degree 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

View the requirements for readmission to the College of Education.

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

  • Graduate application
  • $10.00 application fee
  • Copy of your DePaul transcript
  • Transcripts for coursework taken elsewhere during your absence
  • Any additional materials required by the program at the time of readmission. 

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

  • 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

Admission Process

The admission process begins when you fully complete and submit an application online. You can complete the graduate application form, submit supplemental application materials, request letters of recommendation and pay the application fee through our online application system.

All applicants are required to possess:

  • A conferred bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Evidence of adequate background for the selected program to which you are applying
  • One official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Résumé

All application materials, including a completed College of Education application for graduate admission, the $40 application fee, should be mailed to:

DePaul University
College of Education
Office of Graduate Admission
2400 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Application Deadlines

Admission decisions for most College of Education graduate programs are made on a rolling basis, but 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 application deadline if space is available.

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    Graduate Admission
    College of Education
    2400 N. Sheffield Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60614-3250

    Phone: (773) 325-4405
    Outside Illinois: (800) 4-DePaul