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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

​​McDonald's Online MBA Cohort

DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business is delighted to partner with McDonald’s to offer an exclusive online MBA program beginning September 2024. The DePaul – McDonald’s MBA Cohort is designed specifically for McDonald’s employees looking to deepen their skills and advance their careers within the organization. The cohort truly enriches the overall student experience because it is designed to bring together McDonald’s employees from various business lines, operational roles and geographic locations. You’ll learn together, solve problems together, support one another, create lifelong friendships and deepen your professional network along the way. 

  • Students will be able to complete the 60-credit -hour degree in two years (eight academic quarters). 
  • McDonald’s students will complete all of the 11 required MBA core courses and a data visualization course together as a cohort. 
  • In consultation with their advisor, students choose four additional courses, which could count toward a concentration​. 
  • Courses in this program will be offered online, allowing participants to join remotely from anywhere work and life take them. 
  • Students will complete one synchronous (live) course and one asynchronous online course each quarter. 
  • The program will meet remotely one evening per week. 
  • The cohort must reach a minimum enrollment of 20 students for it to launch.

Discover the DePaul partnership advantage - applying for the DePaul-McDonald's MBA: 

  • Streamlined admission: waived GMAT, letters of recommendation, personal essays, and application fee 
  • Designated cohort advisor to assist in enrolling classes through the degree 
  • Tuition discounts (see cost below) 

To apply, employees must submit application materials below by August 2, 2024. 

  • An online graduate application 
  • Professional resume 
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended showing bachelor's degree completion 


McDonald’s established a partnership with DePaul several years ago to ensure employees had access to educational benefits which would allow employees to gain new skills and grow their careers within the organization. In honor of this commitment, McDonald’s employees enrolled in the proprietary DePaul-McDonald's MBA will receive a 25% tuition discount. McDonald’s employees may be eligible for tuition reimbursement benefits. Employees should inquire with the McDonald’s human resources department and their managers about eligibility for McDonald’s tuition reimbursement benefits. 

Estimated f​ull tuition price for the DePaul​ MBA program​


Less: DePaul's 25% tuition discount
Less: Potential McDonald's tuition reimbursement

Calendar Year 1 (Fall Quarter and December Intercession 2024)
Calendar Year 2 (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall Quarters 2025)
Calendar Year 3 (Winter and Spring Quarters 2026)
Total out-of-pocket tuition estimate for McDonald's​ employees​
*Tuition pricing above reflects the 2024/2025​ academic year tuition. Students should anticipate a small tuition increase for the 2024/2025 academic year and subsequent academic years. 
**The estimated out-of-pocket investment assumes students are enrolled in two classes per quarter and elect to enroll in one course during the 2024 December Intercession term. Any adjustments to class load/credit hours in a given calendar year may impact ability to fully utilize McDonald’s tuition reimbursement benefits, which is currently up to $12,000 per calendar year. ​​

Special notes: ​

Employees with undergraduate business degrees may also be eligible for course waivers, further lowering the student out-of-pocket expenses. 

The cohort discount cannot be combined with any other DePaul scholarship or discount or DePaul financial aid award. Loans, federal and state grants, and non-DePaul scholarships are available, as well as flexible payment option plans, to those who qualify. Employees in this program may enroll in DePaul’s In-Term Payment Plan. 

DePaul and McDonald’s will be hosting a number of events about the DePaul-McDonald's Online MBA Cohort Program. To register for an information session, please click on button below. Questions can also be sent to the cohort advisor, Taylor Young, or to schedule a 1:1 advising appointment. ​​​

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Other Select degrees for extraordinary students

DePaul University is delighted to offer cohort programs for select degrees to employees and members of our educational partners. These programs offer streamlined admission, a dedicated advisor and a 25% tuition discount (except for the few programs where tuition is already discounted). Build your professional network as you learn with employees of some of Chicago's biggest organizations. Gain the skills and knowledge you need to take your education to the next level. 

Find out more about cohorts forming now:

  • Accelerated MA in Professional Communication
  • Bachelor's degree completion with a major in Business Administration​

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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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.