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 note that the Master of Science in Business Analytics program requires that one letter of recommendation be from an employer and the other be from an academic reference.
    • 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


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



5We Review Your Materials

We try to make a decision within two to three weeks from when an application is completed but the exact timeframe does vary depending on the time of the year.

Please note that due to the heavy volume of applications received, additional time is often required to review applications to the Master of Science in Business Analytics and Master of Science in Information Systems programs.


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.