Graduate Admission

Any student with an undergraduate bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, regardless of field of study, is eligible to apply for admission to the Carl H. Lindner College of Business Graduate Programs.The information below pertains to admission to a Lindner master’s degree program. Separate application information is available for those interested in pursuing a Lindner graduate certificate or PhD program.

International applicants who wish to study English in the U.S. prior to enrolling in a program should review our conditional admission application requirements.


1 Determine If You Meet the Program Prerequisites 

For all other programs, applicants must have an undergraduate bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.



2 What You Will Need to Apply Online

  • A current resume
  • A goal statement
  • A scanned digital copy of all transcripts from all prior academic institutions: 
    • Prospective University of Cincinnati students should upload a copy of their degree audit in the application. If admitted, they will not need to mail an official UC transcript.
    • Applicants who have received a degree in China must have their degrees verified by the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) if admitted.*  
    • Applicants with a three-year bachelor's degree should visit WES's free Degree Equivalency tool to determine whether their degree is equivalent to a four-year bachelor's degree in the U.S. Email if you have any questions.
    • If admitted, you must then submit official copies of transcripts no later than one week before the start of the semester.
  • Contact information for two letters of recommendation.  You will need letters from two people who are familiar with your ability and accomplishments.  We strongly prefer that at least one reference come from an employer. Please contact your references before starting your online application as once your references are included in the online application system, you will not be able to change them.

*Applicants With Degrees Received in China

For more details on the Graduate School's transcript requirements for students with degrees received in China, please click here.



3 Complete Online Application


Deadlines for MBA and all other specialty masters programs:

Fall Semester 2017

International/priority applicants: March 15, 2017

Final Deadline: August 1, 2017


Spring Semester 2017

(Not all programs offer admission in the spring term. Contact the college for program availability.)  

International applicants: September 15, 2016

All other applicants: December 15, 2016


Summer Semester 2017

(Not all programs offer admission in the summer term. Contact the college for program availability.)

All applicants: April 15, 2017


Upon completion, payment of an application fee by credit or debit card is required. Applications are not complete until this fee is paid.


4 Send Us Your Test Scores

Please have test scores (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS) sent electronically from the testing organization.

  • GMAT: Can be sent using college/program name
  • GRE/TOEFL: Can be sent using school code 1833
  • IELTS: Can be sent to University of Cincinnati - Graduate School account
  • TOEFL Minimum: 90 internet based, 233 computer based, 577 paper based
  • IELTS Minimum: 6.5


5We Review Your Materials

It typically takes about 2-3 weeks to make a decision from the time an application is complete. However, this timeline may vary based on program and time of year.


6We Send You Our Decision

After a decision on your application has been made, you will receive an email directing you to check the application status page for the admission decision. Your acceptance letter and all other materials will be accessible via the status page.