Graduate Certificate 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. Lindner graduate certificates are credit-based programs designed for focused learning in a subject. They are shorter than degree programs, typically requiring 12 semester credits of coursework. Completion of a certificate does not guarantee admission to a degree program.


Application Deadlines

Fall 2017: August 1, 2017

Spring 2018: December 15, 2017

Summer 2018: April 15, 2018

* For online certificate programs, click here for appropriate deadline information.


To begin your application, click here.


Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Résumé or CV
    You must upload a current résumé or CV with your online application.
  • Statement of Purpose
    Tell us why you want to earn a Graduate Certificate and specifically how it will help you in your chosen career field. If you are applying to a certificate and plan to pursue an MBA afterwards please indicate this here.
  • Letter of Recommendation
    You will need to enter pertinent contact information for your recommender as a part of the online application. We will send your recommender an email asking them to write a letter for you.
  • 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.

    • You do not need to provide copies of transcripts from the University of Cincinnati.
    • Applicants with degrees received in China must have their degrees verified by the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). Email for more information.
    • 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.


    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


Current UC Students (Non-LCB Graduate Students)

If you are currently in a graduate program outside of the business college you must have approval from your program director in order to be admitted to a certificate program. Please have them send an email of approval to


International Students

Please Note: Graduate certificates are not eligible for student visas when completed as standalone programs.

Please provide official TOEFL or IELTS scores. The minimum TOEFL requirement is 250 (computer-based test), 600 (paper-based test) or 90 (internet based test). The minimum IELTS Requirement is 6.5.