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MBA - Master of Business Administration (Custom), M.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #1221 (BCR) , IL,
Create your own MBA program with a customized focus. The MBA - Master of Business Administration (Custom) from DePaul University is ideal if you want to combine core Master of Business Administration coursework with electives tailored to the precise skill set you need to advance in your career.


Connections across the city

In the MBA - Master of Business Administration (Custom) you will study in the heart of Chicago—we're located in the Loop, in the city's business district. Chicago is home to 400 major corporate headquarters, including approximately 35 Fortune 500 companies, many of which are in walking distance of campus.

Faculty who apply academics to the real world

MBA faculty are distinguished professionals who blend traditional core business knowledge with practical experience. Faculty members include accountants, executives, lawyers, consultants, researchers and entrepreneurs. Learn from experts like Professor Erich Dierdorff. Spanning both the private and public sectors, he’s worked for organizations such as Nortel Networks, Siemens Systems, Law School Admission Council and the U.S. Department of Labor. His work has focused on a variety of issues, including strategic workforce development, selection system design, training effectiveness and leadership development.

Programme Structure

  • ​Students complete the concentration in Custom MBA by completing any four elective courses offered by the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.​
  • With this option, the student is free to choose elective courses from among the different areas of study within the graduate school of business without concern for whether these courses satisfy the requirements of a specific concentration.
  • If a student does not declare a specific concentration, the student will be assigned the Custom MBA concentration at the beginning of the program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

You'll need to submit the following to apply for the DePaul Full-time Day MBA:

  • Application & fee
  • Essay
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Resume
  • GMAT/GRE Scores
  • Official Transcripts
  • Interview

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1080 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1080 USD per credit and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    1080 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1080 USD per credit and a duration of 18 months.
  • In-State

    1080 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1080 USD per credit and a duration of 18 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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