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Grad Students FAQ
Where are SCPS graduate classes held?
The majority of on-campus classes are held on the Loop Campus, although the resources of all DePaul campuses are open to you. Many learning options are available for off-campus study as well. MSAT core courses are also available online.
How long will it take to complete my degree?
Our programs are designed for working professionals who must keep up with the demands of both work and home. Most students devote 10-15 hours of study per week, depending on their program, learning activities they have built into their course of study and the pace of progress they have set for themselves. Students can complete the program between 18 months and a few years.
Is my degree program accredited?
Yes, SCPS degrees are accredited through DePaul University's accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Do I need to take the GRE?
The GRE and other standardized tests are not required because the focus of SCPS graduate programs is on applied, hands-on learning. Students are expected to have relevant experience within their field of study which they can apply to their program.
What is the academic calendar?
DePaul operates on the quarter system. Fall classes begin in early September and end in late November. Winter classes begin in January and end in mid-March. Spring courses begin in March and end in mid-June. Summer courses begin in June and end in mid-August.
What can I do with my degree?
Since the degrees are so connected with personal and professional goals, the possibilities are very individualized. Among the many options, SCPS graduate program alumni have been promoted, changed jobs, started their own businesses and pursued doctoral-level education.