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Prospective Students - Frequently Asked Questions and Resources

I don't have a laptop computer. Is it required that I have one?
While there are many advantages to having a laptop throughout the MBA program, it is not required. If you have access to a personal computer at home, a laptop may not be necessary for all students. There are many advantages to having a laptop throughout the MBA program as you will be having your classes in a high-tech classroom where you can connect your laptop through our Wireless Technology. The University also provides more than 850 computers for general student use. Students can either visit the computer labs, conveniently located on all five of DePaul's campuses, or use one of the many computers located in classrooms, at the library, or in the student center.

Although I will be attending classes downtown, I plan on living in Lincoln Park. Will I have to go across town to use the library?
You'll have no problem finding a library at DePaul. In fact, DePaul has three libraries on its two city campuses, additional library facilities on the Naperville campus, and electronic libraries at the O'Hare and South campuses. The DePaul Center Library on the Loop campus and the John T. Richardson Library on the Lincoln Park campus contain more than 740,000 volumes and more than 6,000 periodical subscriptions, as well as extensive microfiche and microfilm collections. The Law Library, also on the Loop campus, has more than 183,000 volumes and more than 10,000 periodical subscriptions. Click here to visit the DePaul Libraries website.

How safe is DePaul?
Security is taken very seriously at DePaul. Because the University is integrated with the city, a fully staffed police force regularly patrols the campus. Call boxes located around campus connect students to the security office, and all dorms operate on an electronic card-key system. In addition, each dorm has a 24-hour security desk where all visitors must register. And for anyone who needs a ride back to campus when it's dark, DePaul's late-night transport-escort service is just a phone call away.

How much will it cost to complete the MBA program at DePaul University?
From Summer quarter of 2003-2004 academic year, tuition for the MBA program is $650 per credit hour. All classes are 4 hours and students must complete at least 18 classes to obtain an MBA.

Are there places on campus to meet and network with other DePaul graduate students?
There are lots of chances for meeting other students on DePaul campuses. The Loop campus boasts the DePaul Center at the corner of Jackson Boulevard and State Street in the heart of downtown Chicago. Each floor contains quiet spaces, while the complex includes restaurants, a DePaul cafeteria, and a Loop student union.

MBA Career Management Center
What resources does DePaul University offer to assist me with my career planning?

DePaul is a career-minded university. Our partnership with the business community gives our students access to opportunities with small and large companies alike. One significant benefit to being part of the MBA program is access to the Career Management Center. This individual focuses solely on the career planning needs of the Full-time students.

The Career Management Center is also available to assist you with your career goals. Please visit the pages devoted to Career Planning Resources to learn about the ways in which we help our students pursue numerous employment opportunities.


What is the deadline for applying for the Full-time MBA program?

The priority deadline is April 1. Any applications received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis.

How many students apply for admission?
Annually we receive 150-200 applications for a class of 40-50 students.

Is an interview required for admission?
Once we have received a completed admissions application, a preliminary review of your application will be completed. At that point if you are selected for an admissions interview, a university representative will contact you to arrange an interview in person or via the phone.

Is work experience required?
It is highly recommended and considered as part of the admissions decision. Most students have at least 2 years of significant work experience, the average is 6 years.

Do I have to take a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam?
All international students, whose primary language is anything other than English, are required to submit scores from a recent TOEFL exam (less than two years old). For more information please contact our office at (312) 362-8810.

I took the GMAT six years ago, is the score still admissible?
In accordance with the policies of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), a GMAT score is only valid for five years from the date of testing.

Can the GRE be substituted for the GMAT?
No. The GMAT is a requirement and no substitutions will be accepted.

In addition to the university that granted my bachelor's degree I also took two classes at a community college. Do I need to submit transcripts from both institutions even though the classes transferred?
Yes, official transcripts from all institutions attended after high school must be submitted.

Can I receive course waivers for classes that I took as an undergraduate?
Because of the lock-step nature of the program, course waivers are not offered in the MBA.

If I am not accepted into the Full-time program may I start in the part-time program and transfer into the Full-time MBA program?
Part-time and Weekend MBA students can apply for admission for the full-time MBA program. If they are accepted, they can switch programs. However, due to the lock-step nature of the program, none of the classes previously taken would transfer.

What kind of financial aid is available for graduate students?
Both international and domestic students are eligible for graduate assistant positions and scholarships. In addition, domestic students are also eligible for loan programs provided through the university. You can learn about the full array of financial aid and scholarships available for graduate students by visiting Financial Aid.


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