United States
Chicago, Illinois
Chicago O'Hare International Airport
School type:
Admissions level:
  • Undergraduate - ESL/ Direct
  • Graduate - ESL/ Direct
Rankings & Recognition:

#151 National Universities 

(US News & World Report 2024)

#11 Game Design Program 

(Animation Career Review 2023)

#14 Film School

(Hollywood Reporter 2023)

#16 Animation Program 

(Animation Career Review 2023)

Top 2 Public Relations and Advertising Program

(PRWeek Awards 2023)


Key facts:
  • 21,922 students from 136 nations
  • 130+ Undergraduate majors, 175+ Graduate programs, 100+ Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees
  • Many STEM-designated programs for OPT extended period 
  • Thousands of internship opportunities
  • 97% employment success rate
  • 350+ clubs & organizations
  • DePaul Cinespace Studios: The 32,000-square-foot professional production facility serves as a training ground for feature film and television production
  • ISEE Peer Mentor Program & Alumni Sharing Knowledge Network: Resources are available to assist students in adjusting to life at DePaul and to link them with alumni and other professionals for career advice, conversations and networking
Why this school?


  • Located in downtown Chicago, an international hub for finance, industry, education, technology, telecommunications, and transportation, DePaul University offers students countless opportunities to stand out from the rest. Rankings and accolades can’t tell the whole story, but they do point to important aspects of who we are and what makes us unique. DePaul is one of the best in the U.S for its business, communication, computing & digital media, game design, animation, film, and theatre programs. There are several majors you can take to benefit from DePaul’s Fine Arts excellence: acting, performing arts, theatre arts, animation, costume design, game design, graphic design, playwriting, sound design. 
  • Combined degrees of Bachelor’s + Master’s at DePaul in as few as five years (rather than the traditional six or more) is a great way for students to stand out among their peers. Combined degree students start taking graduate classes during their last year of undergraduate study; once they earn their bachelor’s degree at DePaul, they’ll receive the Double Demon Scholarship which together helps them save 25 percent on tuition for the Master’s degree.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has also classified STEM careers as having some of the greatest growth potential and the highest paying jobs for the 21st century. And many of DePaul’s undergraduate and graduate programs are STEM-designated, which is extremely beneficial to international students looking for work in the U.S. DePaul’s career center connects students to hundreds of Chicago-based and world-wide employers via quarterly career events. Some large employers that routinely hire DePaul graduates are Google, Deloitte, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, AT&T, Target, United Airlines, VCH Health to name a few.
  • DePaul’s long list of alumni include McDonald’s former CEO Jack Greenberg, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke, Kellogg Company’s former CEO James M. Jenness, actress Gillian Anderson known for the X Files, Volkswagen’s General Director Martin Jahn, actress Monique Coleman, WNBA basketball player Latasha Byears.


  • Freshman: $9,000 - $25,000/year (Renewable)
  • Transfer: $3,000 - $13,000/year (Renewable)


  • Double Demon Scholarship: Students who earn a bachelor’s degree at DePaul will receive 25% scholarship for graduate programs.
  • Kellstadt Graduate School of Business: Available for MS programs.


UNDERGRADUATE: $43,665 - $45,030/year


  • Education: $22,240/year
  • Music: $22,800/year
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: $24,256/year
  • Science & Health: $24,960/year
  • Communication: $25,792/year
  • Computing & Digital Media: $29,376/year
  • Business Programs: $36,672/year
  • Theatre School: $38,773/year
  • MBA: $55,008/year
  • College of Law: MLS $21,780/year - LLM $40,512/year - JD $51,649/year

           *Living expenses: $18,500/year

Entry requirements


(Direct Admission)


(Direct Admission)


GPA 3.0+

GPA 3.0+

Transcript evaluation

Freshman: No

Transfer: Yes


English proficiency

IELTS 6.5+/ TOEFL 80+

IELTS 6.5+/ TOEFL 80+(subscores 17+)

Standardized test:

  • Undergraduate: SAT/ACT
  • Graduate: GMAT/GRE



Special requirements: Portfolio, audition, interview, work experience, etc.

School of Music & The Theatre School, Animation

Varies by program.
For details, please see Graduate Admission - Requirements




Personal statement



Recommendation letter



Application fee






  • Business: Actuarial Science, Business Analytics, Accountancy, Finance, Hospitality, Performing Arts Management.
  • Computing: Cybersecurity, Data Science, Game Programming, Information Technology, Computer Science and Economics.
  • Arts & Design: Game Design, Graphic Design, Sound Design, Animation, User Experience Design, Industrial Design, Costume Design, Scene Design, Film and Television, Music Performance.
  • Sciences: Astrophysics, Environmental Science, Neuroscience.
  • Social Sciences & Education: Communication and Media, Journalism, Public Relations & Advertising, English, Early Childhood Education, Music Education.

GRADUATE: All Programs

  • Business: MBA, Audit and Advisory Services, Finance, Marketing, Real Estate, Human Resources, Supply Chain Management.
  • Arts & Design: Game Design, Animation, Digital Communication and Media Arts, Film and Television, Film and Television Directing.
  • Computing: Artificial Intelligence, Game Programming, Human-Computer Interaction, Cybersecurity.
  • Social Sciences & Education: Counseling, Education, Communication and Media.
Application deadlines


  • Freshman:

Early Action: November 15

Regular Decision: February 1

  • Transfer:

Fall intake: July 1

Spring intake: October 1


Rolling admissions for most programs.

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and one of the world's top 40 metropolitan areas. Over 30 Fortune 500 companies and 400 significant corporations have their headquarters in this world-class metropolis, which serves as a worldwide hub for finance, culture, trade, industry, education, technology, telecommunications, and transportation.