College of Business > Admission & Aid > International Student Admission
The DePaul community is as global as our Chicago location—we welcome students from more than 100 countries. Business students here gain a diverse, global perspective, every day.
Find out about the admission process for undergraduate international students.
As an international business student, we offer more than 30 MBA and specialized master’s degree programs at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
You’re eligible for a student (F-1) visa as long as you 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 Evening MBA or a specialized master’s degree program can study at a more flexible pace, usually taking two to three courses each quarter.
You may enroll in any quarter, with these admission deadlines:
If you wish to be considered for scholarships, please apply for admission by April.
Note: You’re encouraged to apply well in advance of the above deadlines.
If you apply to any program after the deadline, you may have your application considered if space remains available.
You must submit transcripts from all degree-granting institutions, 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.
If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit your official education credentials (e.g., transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates, graduation diplomas) and evaluation fee directly to one of the three evaluation companies below:
You should ask your 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. We do not accept document-by-document credit evaluations.
Please note: Other evaluators 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.
If you are a non-native English speaker who has not completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the United States, you should submit scores from a recognized English proficiency test. The Kellstadt Graduate School of Business accepts results from TOEFL and IELTS. 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 an IELTS score of 7.0, with all section scores at 6.5 or higher, or a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 53. 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.
Exception: Students whose secondary education (for all years of secondary/high school) took place in one of the countries below are exempt from the English proficiency requirement. Students born in one of these countries, yet were educated elsewhere for secondary education, are required to satisfy the English proficiency requirement.
U.S., Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (English speaking provinces), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Leeward Islands, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Solomon Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, United Kingdom (including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Vanuatu, and Windward Islands.
If you have a strong overall academic record but you cannot demonstrate the necessary English proficiency, you 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.
You 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.
See Admission Requirements for more details on application requirements.
Supporting documents and application fees should be sent to the address below. Be sure that the your (the applicant) name, email address and program of interest are noted.
Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
1 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 5300
Chicago, IL 60604
The Department of Homeland Security grants STEM designation to programs that produce graduates educated in science, technology, engineering and/or math who help support U.S. economic competitiveness and growth. The following DePaul graduate business programs are STEM designated:
International students who earn degrees from STEM programs can qualify to extend their post-graduation stay in the United States for Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT provides an opportunity for international students to develop their careers while also helping meet the demand for STEM-educated professionals in the U.S. workforce.
Kellstadt’s part-time MBA is ranked among Chicago’s top 3 programs
DePaul students come from more than 110 nations around the world
To find out more, contact us at
(312) 362-8810. All application materials should be sent to