DePaul Financial Aid Help

By Angelina Mendez

For many of our MALS and IDS students, financial aid can be a determining factor for whether or not to take classes in any given year.
So, we’ve tracked down a few possible leads for solid financial aid resources for any type of study or research you are interested in besides those already available through the Financial Aid office.
  • First and foremost, please apply for the MALS/IDS Partial Tuition Assistance. This program can help ease the burden of the cost of classes and (because it’s available quarterly) there’s always a chance of acquiring this funding for yourself. The application form can be found on D2L.
  • The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs has a fund at This fund helps students in their courses of study as well as in their research interests. It wouldn’t hurt to look the information up and apply if it can help you.
  • LAS also offers a Graduate Research Funding program, which helps alleviate the cost of research and conference attendance: Though the funding is solely aimed at the costs of research and travel for conferences, it can nonetheless be helpful. Please consider looking into this funding if you plan on continuing with research throughout your program.

Last, but definitely not least, please look into the Office of Adult Student Affairs scholarship. There are three awards available, but the application deadline is coming up very soon (August 24). For more information, please see the Adult Student Affairs website at Here is a direct link for the application as well:

Good luck!


Financing Your Graduate Degree at DePaul

by Lauren Dorman

Graduate school is an investment in your future. The information included the attached document can help you make an informed decision about financing your graduate education.

This PDF provides information on tuition, student loans options, how to apply for loans, graduate assistantships and scholarships, payment plans, and more!

Convergence Spring 2012

by Lauren Dorman

We present to you our latest version of Convergence. We like to keep you updated on changes within our programs as well as the professional accomplishments of our distinguished alumni. If you have any news you’d like to share with the MALS and IDS communities, we encourage you to contact our office with the details.

If you’re a student, alumni, or faculty member associated with our program, you should expect to receive your copy in the mail any day now.

Below is an embedded .PDF version of our Spring 2012 issue. Best viewed in fullscreen.


Career Center Winter Job & Internship Fair

If you’re a DePaul student or alum looking for a first job, a new job, or a different career, don’t miss out on the Career Center’s Winter Job & Internship Fair.


The Fair will be held on February 10 from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM in the LPC Student Center. Register for free online at through February 8 or onsite on February 10. For complete information on the fair, visit


Before you go to the job fair, it may be a good idea to prepare yourself with the Career Center’s many workshops or a visit with one of the career advisors to go over your resume. The Career Center has offices on both the Loop and Lincoln Park Campuses, and are open during normal business hours and by appointment.


Details and a calendar for the workshops can be found at Find information about the career advisors at


If you need help finding a job, don’t miss this great opportunity from the Career Center.

Call for Papers: Creating Knowledge, Vol. 5

The editorial board of Creating Knowledge, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ undergraduate research journal, is seeking submissions for its fifth volume, to be published near the end of the 2011-2012 academic year. Undergraduate students from all disciplines and programs who have completed a scholarly or creative project with a faculty member during the 2011 calendar year are invited to submit their work for consideration. Students who received a 2011 LAS Summer Research Grant are required to submit a write-up of their work.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2010. For detailed information on how to submit work to the journal and inspect volumes from previous years, please visit the college’s website:

New Library Research Guides

The DePaul University Library website features new online guides to help you with some common research tasks including:

How To Find Book Reviews
How to Find Newspapers and News Stories
How to Find Biographical Information

There are also subject-specific research guides that can help you find the best resources in your area of study.  You can use these new and valuable resource at

Program Documents for Current Students

DePaul University’s websites and program site are currently in transition. Program Information, Program Documents, Forms, Resource Guide and the Library Exercise links that have been previously available to our students on Blackboard are available by direct request from our program office. To request this information, please call the MALS/IDS Program Office at 773-325-7840 or email Joe Andrukaitis at or Jane Bohnsack at Following is the list of available documents:


  • Autumn Quarter Classes
  • Candidacy Continuation Information
  • Graduate Financial Assistance


  • Enhanced Portfolio Essay Capstone
  • Exit Course Capstone Guide
  • IDS Graduation Procedures
  • Independent Study Courses in MLS and IDS: Frequently Asked Questions
  • Internship Guidelines for MALS and IDS
  • MALS Learning Goals
  • Midpoint and Culminating Point Essay Guidelines
  • New MALS/IDS Program Requirements
  • Policies on Grades and Status in the MALS and IDS Programs
  • Portfolio Guidelines
  • Registration Categories for MALS and IDS Students
  • Thesis and Practicum Capstone Guide


  • Application for Thesis and Practicum Capstone
  • College of Communication Registration Request Form
  • Enhanced Portfolio Essay Capstone Application and Agreement
  • Exit Course Capstone Application and Agreement
  • Final Project Approval Form
  • Final Requirements Report
  • Independent Study form
  • Internship Agreement and Application
  • Kellstadt Registration Guidelines and Form
  • LOC Form
  • LOC Form Instructions
  • MALS/IDS Culminating Project: Completed Thesis Approval
  • MALS/IDS Culminating Project: Formal Proposal Approval Form
  • MALS/IDS Culminating Project: Thesis Committee Member Selection
  • MALS/IDS Partial Tuition Assistance Awards
  • Thesis and Dissertation Requirements


  • 2011-2012 Resource Guide

As our website migrates to DePaul’s new platform, we will notify our current students of its availability.

Access DePaul’s Entire Research Collection Online with Via

At last Saturday’s Winter Tune-up event Heather Jagman, Coordinator of Library Instruction, showed our students and staff the amazing online research capabilities of Via,  Officially, Via brings together all of the university’s research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research.  We encourage our MALS and IDS students to look at the dissertations available as examples when constructing their own theses.  Students may also want to cite research from DePaul faculty and alumni to strengthen their own work.

For more information on using Via, you can always Ask a Librarian.