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“When I weighed the specifics of the program—the benefits of an on-site program with a streamlined enrollment process and an attractive cost relative to a traditional program—it was an easy decision to enroll.”
--Anthony, MBA

Cohort programs open to McDonald's employees 

Announcing the third DePaul online MBA cohort for McDonald's employees

DePaul University is pleased to announce recruitment is underway for an online MBA cohort designed specifically for McDonald's employees. The program is scheduled to begin in September 2022.

You'll experience an innovative and career-focused curriculum from a top-tier, nationally recognized institution. And, you'll learn from DePaul's distinguished faculty who are recognized for their research, thought leadership and industry expertise, all while building and strengthening your professional network within McDonald's.

Let a DePaul education make the difference for you

  • 25% tuition discount for employees enrolled in the McDonald's MBA cohort, saving nearly $17,000
  • Remote participation with flexibility to participate from anywhere
  • Waived GMAT, letters of recommendation, personal essay and application fee
  • Potential course waivers
  • A dedicated academic advisor to support you throughout the cohort experience
  • Customize your degree with a choice of 16 concentrations
  • Complete the program in two years (eight academic quarters)

For more information about the McDonald's MBA cohort contact, Megan Vandenhemel at or register for an upcoming information session .

More Information about the DePaul MBA Cohort

Recently redesigned to incorporate the latest research on business innovation, inclusive leadership, and data analytics, the DePaul MBA remains recognized for giving you practical experience in applying new theories and skills. The DePaul MBA provides you with detailed knowledge in areas such as:

  • Ethics and leadership
  • Creativity and innovation in business
  • Negotiation strategies
  • Leadership in your organization
  • Business foundations such as accounting, finance, human capital, marketing and more

The 60-credit-hour program includes 11 required MBA core courses and a negotiation skills course. In consultation with your advisor, you will choose four additional courses, which could count toward a concentration (see below) to help you customize your degree to your specific interests and career goals. If you have an undergraduate business degree, you may be eligible for course waivers.

For students beginning in Fall 2022, courses will be offered online with a combination/hybrid format, including a blend of asynchronous (on-demand) and synchronous (live) classes. Students will meet virtually Wednesday evenings each week from 6-7:30 p.m.

Required courses

  • Financial Accounting for Managerial Decision-making
  • Leading Effective & Ethical Organizations
  • Business Analytics Tools
  • Financial Management
  • Negotiations Skills
  • Fundamentals of Operations Management (five weeks)
  • Analysis of Business Conditions (five weeks)
  • Marketing Management
  • Human Capital Strategy & Science
  • Managerial Economics
  • Business Innovation & Design
  • Strategic Management Capstone

Concentration options

  • Accountancy
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Strategy & Decision-making
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Markets & Analytics
  • Hospitality Leadership
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Marketing Strategy & Planning
  • Real Estate Finance & Investment
  • Strategy, Execution & Valuation
  • Custom (choose any 4 courses)

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).

For more information about the MA,  contact Wynne Strugatch for a 1:1 advising appointment.

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Microcredential in Cybersecurity

Gain the skills and knowledge to enter one of the fastest-growing employee market segments within the IT industry. As a cybersecurity specialist, you will help direct strategic implementation of best-in-class network and data security for your organization. Learn the essentials about how to design, implement and maintain systems consistent with mitigating risk and preventing attacks. Offered through DePaul’s nationally recognized Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media, this graduate-level microcredential is suitable for individuals with technical and non-technical backgrounds.

For more information about the microcredential in cybersecurity, register for an information session or contact Ann Hurley for a 1:1 advising appointment.

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Microcredential in Data Science

Cement your value to the team by developing the technical and analytical expertise to extract meaningful insights from data. Learn to manage and analyze complex data, develop models to support decision-making, and effectively communicate your results to a non-technical audience. This microcredential will provide you with the advanced skills and knowledge to interpret the vast amount of data at businesses of any size. Offered through DePaul’s nationally recognized Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media, this graduate-level microcredential is suitable for individuals with technical and non-technical backgrounds.

For more information about the microcredential in data science, register for an information session or contact Ann Hurley for a 1:1 advising appointment.

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Bachelor’s Degree Completion with a Major in Business Administration

Capitalize on your past learning while preparing for future leadership roles through the bachelor’s degree completion program offered by DePaul’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS). Earn your bachelor of arts degree with other adult students through a program designed to give you credit for professional and life experience, including prior college courses, workplace learning, certifications and modern languages. Learn from professionals from a wide range of industries who are eager to teach and mentor adults students like you.

This program offers a discounted tuition rate that is nearly 30% lower than the university’s undergraduate, part-time tuition. Check with your HR department about possible additional tuition benefits. For more information about the bachelor’s degree completion program, register for an information session or contact Pat Acerra for a 1:1 advising appointment.

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Non-Cohort Graduate and Undergraduate 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.

Online Offerings

Some degree programs are offered entirely online. You'll get the same small class sizes and personal attention that DePaul is known for.

Review our list of online degree options.

If you've been admitted, log into Campus Connect to find current online courses.

Other Learning Opportunities at DePaul

DePaul offers dozens of certificate programs, including project management, social media marketing, financial planning, and big data for business. These programs are offered on campus and online. While they not covered by the 10% tuition discount, they enable you to expand your skill set. See a complete list of certificate offerings in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

The Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media also offers certificate programs designed for IT professionals who wish to quickly learn new technologies and upgrade their skills. Review the list of IPD certificate programs.