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Grad Students FAQ

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.

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.

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

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.

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.