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Non-Cohort Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

DePaul offers nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees and concentrations. Our programs offer a blend of in-depth study and practical experience. Because we're known nationally for academic excellence, our reputation will enhance yours. 

View a complete list of our graduate programs.

Explore a complete list of undergraduate programs.

Cohort programs exclusively for FOP members

DePaul also offers three degree programs through the Chicago Police Academy: the Bachelor of Arts degree completion program with a concentration in Business Administration, the Master of Legal Studies through DePaul’s College of Law, and the Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies with a focus on Organizational Leadership through the School for Continuing and Professional Studies.

Learn together, solve problems together, build relationships together — that's the DePaul experience in our partnership cohort programs. Joining a cohort means being part of a group or "team" of classmates who typically share similar goals and levels of experiences.

  • Cohorts start and finish the program as one unit, allowing you to feel comfortable and well-supported throughout your classes.
  • The specific classes and sequence of coursework is designed in advance of the program so you can plan your life and set yourself up for success.
  • Cohort students benefit from a well-developed professional network for life within the specific field of study and career.
  • DePaul faculty have years of experience in facilitating these classes where conversations are richer, more engaging and even fun.​

Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program in Business Administration

DePaul will help you gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need as a manager, supervisor or administrator in the corporate or nonprofit sectors. Students in this program will earn credit for prior learning and professional training experience through the Chicago Police Academy. Courses in this program are online.

Program highlights include coursework in:

  • Project management
  • Leadership
  • Professional communications
  • Human resources
  • Risk management
  • Workplace law
  • Technology, crime and civic engagement

Bachelor Degree Program Details:

​Chicago Police officers have recognized the benefits of getting a degree from DePaul. Read about their experience: 

Master of Legal Studies

DePaul's Master of Legal Studies program, formerly the Master of Jurisprudence, is specifically designed for professionals who do not seek to practice law, but who regularly encounter legal issues in their work and/or would benefit from a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of legal reasoning and doctrine. With such specialized legal knowledge, MLS graduates stand out as professionals who can effectively and comfortably communicate with legal counsel, and who can assess the needs of their organizations as the laws and regulations change and evolve in their professions. (Special note: This program will not require the LSAT entrance exam for FOP members.)  Tuition for this program is discounted 25%.

Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies

The Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies (MA) from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) is for adults like you who would benefit from a graduate degree program that’s personally relevant with room for flexibility and customization. See your career advance as you gain cutting-edge professional competences grounded in a foundation of strategic planning, applied inquiry, and liberal arts-based soft skill development.  Whether you’re a working professional seeking career advancement, a career changer or a curious learner, our master’s of professional studies will deepen your knowledge, enhance your skills and advance your goals.  

​Additional Graduate Cohorts Available to FOP Members

Master of Arts in Professional Communication

Learn from industry professionals as you gain the knowledge and skills you need to advance in your communications career.  The accelerated online Master of Arts in Professional Communication prepares you for leadership roles through advanced training in external and internal communication. Elevate your ability to be a purpose-driven, socially responsible executive as you learn to synthesize ideas and solve problems in the workplace in original ways. 

Offered through DePaul's College of Communication, the program includes a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

Master in Public Health​

Offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ​The Master of Public Health (MPH) program provides a collaborative, applied approach to public health education, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention to vulnerable populations. Gain the knowledge and practical skills to become an effective public health leader and solve problems to reduce health disparities. Choose from one of two concentrations:

  • Community health practice: Assess a community’s health needs and design, implement and evaluate interventions that address those needs.
  • Social epidemiology: Use biostatistics and epidemiology to inform research, policy and intervention efforts aimed at eliminating health inequalities. 


Engage in a transformational learning experience that develops the leadership skills you need to face tomorrow’s business challenges. Offered by DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, the two-year DePaul MBA is highly regarded by employers in Chicago and nationwide. Its hands-on approach requires you to put theory into practice, developing new ideas and skills that you can apply immediately. Learn from working professionals and faculty who are frequent consultants as well as thought-leaders. Build a strong personal network across a wide range of fields and industries.

Tuition for this program is discounted 25% for employees of our educational partners. Check with your HR department about possible additional tuition benefits.​​

Doctor of Education​

The Educational Leadership doctoral program provides a rich knowledge base to analyze administrative practices and promote socially just leadership of schools and organizations with an educational purpose. Candidates bring their own particular areas of administrative interest and experience to the program, creating a rich cross-disciplinary basis for discussions and, often, a focus for research.

Students may complete this degree by choosing either a capstone project or dissertation. Based on their selections, they will earn either an EdD or a PhD. Most students complete this degree in three to four years.  Tuition for this program is discounted 25%.