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Kellstadt Graduate School of Business – DePaul University

Kellstadt Full-Time MBA Program Structure

The Depaul University full-time MBA at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business operates on a quarter system. It is also sometimes referred to as the Accelerated MBA. It takes approximately 18 months to complete and is designed for students with at least two years of professional experience. Classes are generally offered during the daytime from Monday through Thursday with electives offered on weekday evenings in conjunction with part-time MBA students. There is one intake of students at the beginning of the fall quarter for this program. This single cohort of students make their way through the first three terms in a lock-step program, at which point students may then begin to take their concentration classes on a more personalized schedule.


The Kellstadt full-time MBA provides a rigorous structure, which most students are able to complete within four to five quarters of full-time enrollment. This curriculum begins with a mandatory orientation prior to the autumn quarter. Students then take four courses per quarter during the autumn, winter, and spring quarters of their first year, completing their foundational core classes during these three periods. Over the summer, students generally have a full-time internship. They then go on to complete their degree by taking three courses in both the autumn and winter quarters of their second year, most of which will be elective courses to fill out specific Career Focused Concentrations. The total number of required courses is 18–eleven core courses plus five electives–although certain core courses may be waived based on prior academic work. Kellstadt’s MBA core curriculum is supplemented by a choice of MBA concentrations based on personal business interest within the following departments: Accounting and Management Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Hospitality, Management, Marketing, and Real Estate.

Kellstadt offers multiple study abroad opportunities for MBA students. Programs are generally structured as 8-10 day seminars focusing on a wide range of business disciplines.


Kellstadt full-time MBA students have access to the Kellstadt Career Management Center, where they can develop career action plans. Career experts offer in-depth resources and personalized advice while connecting students to employers and industry leaders. The center has also launched Handshake, an online hub for job and internship postings, career fair and event registration, mentor connections, and more.

Ninety-four percent of all MBA students from the most recent graduating class found employment after graduation while 1 percent continued their education. The accounting industry was the top industry for jobs, followed by financial services, consulting, manufacturing and healthcare.

There are around 56,000 DePaul business alumni, providing in-roads at top corporate employers: Abbott, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, McGladrey, PNC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Grant Thornton LLP, Coyote Logistics, Crowe Horwath LLP, Northwestern Mutual: the Effner Financial Group, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., BDO Seidman, LLP, JPMorgan Chase, and Kraft Foods.

There are also an array of student organizations on campus that play an important networking role including the Circle of Finance Opportunities (CFO), Graduate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (GWB), and the Kellstadt Finance Community (KFC) to name a few.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The 2016-17 Kellstadt course rate is $1,040 per credit hour. Housing costs for the Lincoln Park room vary between $7,095 and $11,106 per person for the academic year. Housing costs for the University Center rooms vary between $8,646 and $14,352.

All permanent U.S. residents and citizens can apply for federal student loans via DePaul offers a direct payment plans for students who are eligible for tuition benefits from their employers. Admitted students are also able to apply for graduate assistant positions if they don’t have full time work commitments. Limited scholarship funding is also available upon offer of admission.

Admissions Procedures

Kellstadt domestic student applicants must submit the following materials:

A $60 application fee, resume, official transcripts, GMAT or GRE scores (may be waived for certain applicants), two letters of recommendation, and an essay. The essay must explain their personal/professional interest in the program to which they are applying. Applicants may submit a second optional essay to provide details to the admission committee that the applicant would like for the admission committee to consider in the admission decision.

Interviews are only required for applicants to the Accelerated full-time MBA program, other applicants may be required to schedule an interview if the Admission Committee deems it necessary.

International applicants with non-U.S. credentials are required to submit all transcripts, marks sheets, degree certificates, and graduation diplomas for review to one of three evaluation companies listed on the admissions website: Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.; Educational Perspectives; or One Earth International Credential Evaluation.

Non-native English speakers who have not completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the United States are asked to submit scores from either the TOEFL, IELTS, or the Pearson Test of English (PTE).

Application Deadlines

The admissions committee meets three times per year (February, April, and July) to decide on applications. If applicants want to be considered for assistant positions or scholarships, it is best to get an application in by April.

Applicants who apply to any program after these may have their applications considered if space remains. All applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of these deadlines.

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