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Grad Students FAQ

Yes, SCPS Graduate programs can be completed online.

SCPS Graduate courses are held online.

SCPS Graduate programs are designed for working professionals balancing the demands of both work and home. Most students devote 10-15 hours of study per week, depending on their program and the pace of progress they have set for themselves. The average time to complete a graduate program is 2 years.

Yes, SCPS degrees are accredited through DePaul University's accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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.

DePaul offers all the benefits of a large university, including library services and an extensive Career Center. See How to Qualify for SCPS Scholarships. A variety of other financial resources, including federal and private loans, veterans benefits and other scholarships are available at Monthly payment plans and plans for employer reimbursement are also available at

SCPS graduate program courses are offered year round. 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. The full academic calendar can be found here.

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. To learn more about DePaul’s Career Center, click here

Yes. In the combined degree program, up to three graduate courses may be applied to both an undergraduate and graduate program. For information on SCPS graduate programs, contact 312-362-5744, or email Lori Neblung:

Yes, SCPS offers a graduate Certificate in Educating Adults and a graduate Certificate in Liberal Learning for Professionals, click here for more information.  

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