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Conditional Admission

DePaul University offers conditional admission to qualified applicants in select disciplines. Conditional admission may be offered to students who have been educated in a language other than English and whose academic record qualifies them for admission, but whose level of English proficiency, as measured by either the IELTS or TOEFL, is lower than admission requirements.  

If you are conditionally admitted, you will attend DePaul's English Language Academy (ELA)​ to study English.  ELA is a full-time intensive academic language program focused on the language and academic skills used in degree programs.  Students that earn the University Bridge Certificate meet the English proficiency requirement for DePaul degree programs.  ​

You can read more below about conditional admission based on applicant type below.

For Undergraduate Appl​ic​ants

As an international student, you may request to be considered for conditional admission in the test information section of the DePaul freshman or transfer online application.  

In order to be conditionally admitted, you must apply and meet all international admission requirements, and meet the minimum English proficiency requirement, which can be found by clicking below. 

Undergraduate College requirements & minimum English proficiency requirements

College/School English Proficiency Requirement Conditional Admission English Language Requirement Requirements to move from ELA to Degree Program
Business, Communication, Computing and Digital Media, Science and Health, Education, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences -80 on the IBT TOEFL with no subsection lower than 17
-6.5 on the IELTS
-60-79 on the IBT TOEFL 
-6.0 on the IELTS
University Bridge Certificate
and/or 550 on the ELA Institutional TOEFL 
School of Music -80 on the IBT TOEFL with no subsection lower than 17
-6.5 on the IELTS
Offered on a case-by-case basis University Bridge Certificate
and/or 550 on the ELA Institutional TOEFL 
School of Theatre -80 on the IBT TOEFL with no subsection lower than 17
-6.5 on the IELTS
Offered on a case-by-case basis University Bridge Certificate and/or 550 on the ELA Institutional TOEFL

Students that earn the University Bridge Certificate meet the English proficiency requirement for DePaul degree programs. ​

For Graduate Applicants

Graduate departments may offer conditional admission if the applicant meets all graduate college requirements and meets the minimum English proficiency requirement, which can be found by clicking below.

Graduate College requirements & minimum English proficiency requirements

College/School English Proficiency Requirement Conditional English Proficiency Requirement Requirement to move from ELA to Degree Program Notes
College of Law (JD) - 90 on the IBT TOEFL - 6.5 on the IELTS Not offered Not available
College of Law (LLM) - 90 on the IBT TOEFL
- 6.5 on the IELTS
- 60-89 on the IBT TOEFL
 - 6.0 on the IEL​TS
- University Bridge Certificate
- 90 on the IBT  TOEFL
- 577 on the PBT  TOEFL
- 6.5 on the IELTS
College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) - 80 on the IBT TOEFL 
(miniumum 17 on each section)
- 6.5 on the IELTS  
- 55-79 on the IBT TOEFL
 - 5.5-6.0 on the IELTS
- 44-52 on the Pearson Test of English
- University Bridge Certificate By accepting conditional admission, students  commit to remain in the ELA program until they have earned English proficiency as demonstrated by passing all four advanced levels of the ELA program and earning the University Bridge Certificate.
College of Education - 96 on the IBT TOEFL
- 7.5 on the IELTS
- 60-79 on the IBT TOEFL
 - 6.0 on the IELTS
- University Bridge Certificate
Kellstadt Graduate School of Business (KGSB) - 80 on the IBT TOEFL
(minimum 20  on each section)
- 7.0 on the IELTS with all scores at 6.5 or higher
- 60-79 on the IBT TOEFL
 - 6.0 on the IELTS
- University Bridge Certificate 
School of Music - 80 on the IBT TOEFL
(minimum 17 on each section) 
- 6.5 on the IELTS
- 60 on the IBT TOEFL 
(minimum 16 on each section)
- 6.0 on the IELTS
- University Bridge Certificate Students in ELA are allowed to participate in ensembles and take applied lessons in the School of Music.
College of Science and Health (CSH) - 80 on the IBT TOEFL
(minimum 17 on each section)
- 6.5 on the IELTS for MS in Applied Mathematics and MS in Applied Statistics
 - 96 on the TOEFL OR 7.5 on IELTS for Chemistry
- 60-79 on the IBT TOEFL
- 6.0 on the IELTS 
- Exit for Math/Stats requires completing six ELA courses at or above high-intermediate, OR four ELA courses at or above Advanced, OR three ELA courses at or above Bridge. Offered for MS Applied Mathematics, MS Applied Statistics, and MS in Chemistry. CA may be considered for other CSH non-cohort programs.
College of Communication (CMN) - 96 on the IBT TOEFL 
(minmum 22 on each section)
- 7.5 on IELTS
- 60-79 on the IBT TOEFL
 - 6.0 on the IELTS
- University Bridge Certificate
Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) - 96 on the IBT TOEFL
- 7.5 on the IELTS
- 60-79 on the IBT TOEFL
- 6.0 on the IELTS
- Program requirements may differ CA may be considered for some LAS non-cohort programs.
School of Public Service (SPS) - 96 on the IBT TOEFL
- 7.5 on the IELTS 
- meet or are close to the university minimum of 80 on the TOEFL (or IELTS equivalent) - University Bridge Certificate
The Theatre School (TTS) - 80 on the IBT TOEFL 
(minimum 17 on each section)
 - 6.5 on IELTS
Not offered Not available
School for New Learning (SNL) - 80 on the IBT TOEFL
(minimum 17 on each section) 
- 6.5 on IELTS
- University Bridge Certificate

Students that earn the University Bridge Certificate meet the English proficiency requirement for DePaul degree programs. ​


Frequently Asked Questions about Conditional Admission

Do I apply to both DePaul University and the ELA if I am requesting conditional admission?

No, apply​ to your degree program and request conditional admission.  

If I am requesting conditional admission, am I required to pay the ELA application fee?

No, you only pay DePaul's application fee (if it applies). 

Do I still need a TOEFL or IELTS score if I am requesting conditional admission?

Yes, you must submit the minimum conditional admission requirements as listed in the charts above. ​

Can international transfer students request conditional admission?

Yes, international transfer students may request conditional admission on the DePaul online transfer application​ in the test information section. ​

How long will I study in ELA?

Typically, students that are offered conditional admission study less than one year in the English Language Academy.  Students in ELA study until English proficiency is met by either the ELA TOEFL test (available at the end of each quarter term) or completing ELA's University Bridge Level.​​   Specific English language  proficiency requirements by program are listed in the charts above

Can I enroll in undergraduate/graduate courses?

You will not be allowed to register for academic courses until the English proficiency requirement is met, except for conditionally admitted students for Music.  


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