International students are welcome to apply for any of DePaul's MBA or specialized master's degree programs at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
International students are eligible for a student (F-1) visa as long as they enroll in at least two courses each quarter. Students in the Full-time Cohort MBA program generally take four courses each quarter. Students enrolled in the DePaul Part-time MBA or a specialized master’s degree program can study at a more flexible pace, usually taking two to three courses each quarter.
Part-Time MBA and All Specialized Master's Degree Programs
Students may enroll in any quarter, with these deadlines:
- July 1 for fall quarter
- Oct. 1 for winter quarter
- Feb. 1 for spring quarter
- April 1 for summer quarter
Full-time and Evening Cohort MBA Programs
These cohort MBA programs start in the fall, but students may submit their applications any time of year. The admission committee meets in February, April and July to make decisions on applicants.
Full-time Cohort MBA applicants who wish to be considered for scholarships should apply by April.
Note: Applicants to all Kellstadt programs are encouraged to apply well in advance of the above deadlines. Applicants who apply to any program after the deadline may have their applications considered if space remains available.
Education Credentials For International Students
Applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including those attended but from which no credit was earned. Exceptions may be permitted for study-abroad credit when that credit is clearly defined and displayed on the home institution transcript.
Applicants with non-U.S. educational credentials are required to submit their official education credentials (e.g., transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates, graduation diplomas) and evaluation fee directly to one of the three evaluation companies below:
Applicants should ask their chosen evaluation company to send a course-by-course credit evaluation directly to DePaul. These companies will provide DePaul with a detailed evaluation of academic credit and certified copies of international educational credentials, which will be used during admission review to determine degree requirements.
Please note: other evaluators such as WES may be considered with the permission of the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, but, because evaluation techniques vary by company, we ask that applicants use our preferred vendors to avoid potential errors and loss of credit in the course placement process when degree requirements are set.
Please direct any questions about required credentials to the evaluation company you have selected and not to the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
Non-native English speakers who have not completed a bachelor's or master's degree in the United States should submit scores from a recognized English proficiency test. The Kellstadt Graduate School of Business accepts results from TOEFL, IELTS and the Pearson Test of English (PTE). The admission committee looks closely at the results of the English proficiency exams as well as the verbal and writing sections of the GMAT to assess English proficiency.
The minimum scores for direct admission are a TOEFL score of 80 (ibt), with all section scores at 20 or higher, or a 7.0 on the IELTS with all section scores at 6.5 or higher. We prefer to see scores of 96 (ibt) with all section scores of 22 or better, or a 7.5 on the IELTS. Test scores are official only when received directly from the testing vendor.
Students who otherwise have a strong overall academic record but cannot demonstrate the necessary English proficiency may apply for admission to the combined Kellstadt Graduate School of Business/English Language Academy (KGSB/ELA) Program. Such applicants admitted to the combined KGSB/ELA Program will begin their studies in the English Language Academy
(ELA) for language improvement while conditionally admitted to the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business (KGSB). All such students must successfully complete the ELA’s University Bridge Certificate prior to enrollment in Kellstadt classes.
International Student Tuition Prepayment Plan
For some international student applicants, exchange rate fluctuations can make planning for a graduate business education challenging. To alleviate this uncertainty, DePaul offers the International Prepayment Plan (IPP), which gives international students the option to prepay tuition and fees in U.S. dollars.
The plan is currently only available to international students who are admitted to Kellstadt’s specialized master’s programs for fall quarter 2016 or subsequent quarters.
For more information about how you can take advantage of the IPP, please contact the Kellstadt office at KGSB@depaul.edu or (312) 362-8810.
Payment of Application Fee
International applicants must submit the non-refundable $60 application fee using an International Postal Money Order or a draft on a U.S. bank. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) coupons are not acceptable. Payment cannot be waived or deferred. Payment should be sent to the Kellstadt graduate school office
. This fee is not refundable. According to current university policy, any check returned to the university as non-negotiable will subject the applicant to an additional fee.
Submit Your Documents
See Admission Requirements for full details on application requirements.
Supporting documents and application fees should be sent to the address below. Be sure that the applicant's name, email address and program of interest are noted.
Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
1 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 5300
Chicago, IL 60604-9983