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At DePaul University, we offer more than 130+ undergraduate majors, 175+ graduate programs, and the region's premier English Language Academy.   DePaul's rigorous academic programs are taught by professors that work in Chicago, and provide real-world experiences in the classroom.   Explore the more than 300 majors offered on the Undergraduate Majors and Graduate Programs​ webpages.

DePaul University Colleges & Schools 

Driehaus College of Business

Established in 1912, the Driehaus College o​f Business is the nation's 10th-oldest business school and serves individuals and organizations seeking access to the highest-quality business education as a means for achieving intellectual and professional goals. The college also encompasses our highly respected graduate programs in business.

The Kellstadt Graduate School of Business prepares students to be leaders by frequently updating its programs to keep pace with the dynamics of global business.​​​

College of Communication

The College of Communication provides students with a combination of timeless principles and up-to-the-minute tools, whether they're pursuing communication studies including media and cinema studies, multicultural, organizational, and relational communication; digital communication; health communication; sports communication; journalism; or public relations and advertising.​

College of Computing and Digital Media

The College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) offers students a collaborative education where technology, artistry and business intersect. CDM is organized into three schools:
  • The School of Cinematic Arts is home to our animation and cinema programs, which merge creativity, technology, imagination, technique, vision and execution.
  • The School of Computing houses programs across the technology spectrum and combines theoretical fundamentals with hands-on practice.
  • The School of Design — CDM's newest school — is home to programs in graphic design, user experience design, game development, human-computer interaction, and digital communication and media arts.​​​

College of Education

The College of Education prepares educators, counselors​ and leaders who are committed to creating compassionate, intellectually rich and socially just environments.

The college offers degree programs in bilingual/bicultural education; counseling; curriculum studies; early childhood education; educational leadership; elementary education; exercise science; middle grades education; middle school mathematics education; physical education; reading specialist education; secondary education; social and cultural foundations of education; special education; sport, fitness and recreation leadership; and world language education.​

College of Law

The DePaul College of Law was one of the first law schools in the country to introduce educational innovations like the study of negotiation techniques, courses in international criminal law and pre-trial courses in skills techniques. Today, our health law and intellectual property programs are among the best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.​

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

The oldest college at DePaul, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) offers more than 30 undergraduate and 27 graduate degree programs. Courses meet during the day, evenings and on weekends, primarily on the Lincoln Park Campus.

Currently the largest graduate program in LAS, the School of Public Service was established in 1970 and became its own school within LAS in 2007. Faculty members teach leaders of nonprofit and government organizations critical thinking and policy analysis, as well as current management skills and techniques.​

College of Science and Health

The College of Science and Health (CSH) was established in 2011 to help its students meet the demands of the growing fields of science and health. CSH offers multiple undergraduate majors and graduate programs in the areas of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, environmental science, health sciences, mathematics, neuroscience, nursing, physics and psychology.

The college also provides streamlined programs in medicine, pharmacy, podiatry, physical therapy, physician assistant practice and pathologists’ assistant practice in partnership with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.​

School of Music

DePaul's School of Music​ was founded in 1912 and is dedicated to excellence in both music teaching and performance. When they're not working with DePaul students, many of the school's faculty serve as members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago or the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra — or as some of the city's most prominent freelance, chamber and jazz musicians.​

School for New Learning

Created in 1972 to serve the learning needs of adult students, the School for New Learning (SNL) is one of the first university-wide efforts in the United States catering to older students through a separate college. SNL's innovative approach to teaching the adult student, which helps students gain new knowledge and develop innovative skills to help them achieve their personalized career goals, has earned it international acclaim. ​

The Theatre School

Created in 1972 to serve the learning needs of adult students, the School for New Learning (SNL) is one of the first university-wide efforts in the United States catering to older students through a separate college. SNL's innovative approach to teaching the adult student, which helps students gain new knowledge and develop innovative skills to help them achieve their personalized career goals, has earned it international acclaim. ​

English Language Academy (ELA)

​The region's premiere English language program features intensive instruction and a diverse student population.  The English Language Academy (ELA) is a full-time intensive academic language program focused on the language and academic skills used in degree programs. 

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a full-time, non-credit certificate program. New students receive a thorough English proficiency evaluation to ensure proper level assignment. Students entering the Intensive English Program should have at least low-intermediate English skills. Classes for this program meet for 18 hours each week.​

​​DePaul University offers conditional admission to qualified applicants in select disciplines. Students that are conditionally admitted will first attend ELA to study English before enrolling in their academic program.  You can read more about conditional admission based on applicant type here.