Carl H. Lindner College of BusinessCarl H. Lindner College of BusinessUniversity of Cincinnati

Carl H. Lindner College of Business


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 is for master's degree programs - to apply for a Graduate Certificate please click here. For information regarding PhD programs, please click here.

Admission for all programs is selective and based on a combination of factors including academic and professional achievement, performance on a standardized test, strong communication skills and a proven record of effective leadership. Personal interviews may be required prior to formal admission to the program.

General Application Requirements – MBA/Specialized Masters

  • Online Application (items listed below are built into the application system)
    • Two Letters of Recommendation (Name, Organization, and Email/Phone of Recommender)
    • Essay(s)
    • Resume
  • Test Scores
    • GMAT or GRE accepted by all programs
    • TOEFL/IELTS (International Students Only - Scroll down for minimum score requirements)
  • Official Transcripts
    • Prospective University of Cincinnati students need to submit copy of their UC degree audit
    • International students: Scroll down to review international transcript requirements


Fall Semester 2017: Application Now Open


  • March 15, 2017

Final Application 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

* For MS-IS application deadlines click here  

* For MS-Business Analytics deadlines click here


Please follow the steps below to complete your degree application, and review any additional requirements specific to your program.

If you have any questions about your application or the admissions process, you can contact us directly by phone at (513) 556-7020 or by email at

Note that all application materials must be submitted before review. Incomplete application files will not be considered.

STEP 1Complete Online Application

Prior to starting the application, have the following information available.

  • Be prepared to upload a current resume.
  • Be prepared to upload essay(s) for the program; prompts will be provided in the application.
  • You will be asked to provide your GMAT/GRE score or a scheduled test date. International students will also need to provide a TOEFL/IELTS score or a scheduled test date.
  • You will be asked for the name, organization, and email/phone of two people who will be sent an electronic recommendation form.

To access the online application, click here.

*All masters programs are coded as Business Administration with the concentration in parentheses, with the exception of Applied Economics and Human Resources.

Example: Business Administration (Finance)

STEP 2: Academic Transcripts

Please upload copies of your transcripts, from all prior academic institutions attended, in the online application; these will be used for review of your application. If admitted, you must then submit official copies of transcripts to the address below, no later than one week before the start of the semester.

  • 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 with degrees received in China must have their degrees verified by the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC).*
  • 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, please mail official transcripts directly to the University of Cincinnati Graduate School.

Mail to:

For regular U.S. postal mail:

ATTN: Graduate Transcript Processing
Graduate School
110 Van Wormer Hall
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210627
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0627

For delivery via FedEx, DHL, etc:

Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0627

*Applicants With Degrees Received in China

Beginning with applications for Fall 2016, admitted students who have received a degree in China must have their degrees verified by the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). All verification reports must be sent to the UC Graduate School directly by the CDGDC (see addresses above) to be considered official, and no other verification will be accepted.

For admission review purposes, students can upload unofficial transcripts and translations into the online application. Providing a copy of the CDGCD report as your unofficial transcript is preferred. If accepted to join our graduate program, you must submit an official verification report in English from the CDGDC of the English versions of your final transcripts and degree certificates. This should be submitted after your degree conferral. Please contact if you have questions.

STEP 3: Test Scores

Please have test scores (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS) sent directly to the Lindner College of Business from the testing organization.

  • GMAT: Can be sent using college/program name
  • GRE/TOEFL: Can be sent using school code 1833
  • TOEFL Minimum: 90 internet based, 233 computer based, 577 paper based
  • IELTS Minimum: 6.5

STEP 4: Additional Documents

If there are any additional items or documents that you would like to send to the college please use the address below.

University of Cincinnati
Carl H. Lindner College of Business
Attn: Graduate Programs Office
Suite 606 Lindner Hall
P.O. Box 210020
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0020

Additional Program Prerequisites & Requirements

      MA Economics

  • Introduction-level course in microeconomic theory
  • Introduction-level course in macroeconomic theory
  • One semester, or two quarters, of college-level calculus
  • One course in college-level statistics

      MS Business Analytics

  • Three semesters, or four quarters, of college-level calculus through multivariate calculusOne course in linear algebra or matrix methods
  • A fundamental knowledge of computing, including facility in a procedural programming language like Ruby, Python, C, C++, Matlab, Java, Visual Basic, Pascal, or FORTRAN
  • Please click here for admission requirements specific to this program.

      MS Information Systems

  • International students accepted only for start in the fall semester.
  • Part-time domestic students may be accepted to start in the spring semester.
  • Please click here for admission requirements specific to this program.