DePaul's Full-time Cohort MBA program is designed for early career professionals and career changers who want to complete their MBA degrees in an accelerated format. Students typically finish the program in 18 months.​

Students who choose this option will take all of their MBA required core courses together during the day, Monday-Friday. Upon completion of core courses, students begin taking elective courses in a concentration or concentrations of their choice, outside of the cohort format and at their own pace.

A Practical, Career-Focused Curricu​lum

  • The Full-time Cohort MBA curriculum​ includes all of the core required courses of DePaul's signature MBA program optimally sequenced to meet prerequisite requirements and prepare students for the next term. 

  • Learn from a faculty of scholars and industry experts who bring relevant knowledge, practical experience and a global perspective to the classroom. 

  • Study in the heart of Chicago's business and financial district, which provides opportunities to gain real-world experience and grow your professional network.

  • To fit their professional goals, students can choose from a wide range of career-focused MBA concentrations .

  • Students have an opportunity to participate in an international study abroad trip with their cohort.​​

Benefits of the Cohort Structure

  • Fosters shared learning experiences and enriching discussion​​ among professionals from a variety of industries.

  • Builds leadership and teamwork skills that are crucial to success in business.

  • Cultivates deep professional relationships and networks.

Admission & Deadlines

The Full-Time MBA program starts fall quarter, but students may apply any time of year. The admission committee meets in February, April and July.   

Applicants who wish to be considered for scholarships​ or graduate assistantships should apply by April 1.

The program is comprised of 18 required courses for a total of 72 quarter hours. Admitted students may be waived from some core courses based on prior academic work. Waiver decisions are made by the admission committee during the admission process​​.

View Admission Requirements.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​