Where is the University of Cincinnati located? Expand
Are there additional requirements for international applicants? Expand
There are additional requirements for international students including successfully passing the TOEFL exam (minimums: 250 computer-based test, 600 for the paper-based test or 100 for internet based test) or the IELTS exam (7.0 minimum score) and obtaining a student visa. Information important to international students can be found at http://www.business.uc.edu/mba/admissions/international. For additional requirements and information, visit UC's International Student Services Office (http://www.isso.uc.edu).
When is the application deadline, and what do I need to submit? Expand
We encourage you to apply as early as possible to ensure consideration (up to 10 months in advance of the desired start term). Be sure to visit the APPLY NOW page for specific deadlines, additional steps, and information.
What is your scholarship deadline? Expand
The deadline for assured scholarship consideration is January 15 of the calendar year in which you wish to enroll (for full-time, fall term applicants only; deadlines may be different for other programs).
Do you offer financial aid? Expand
Merit-based University Graduate Scholarships (UGS) are available on a limited basis to incoming full-time students. All full-time prospective students submitting an application prior to January 15th will be automatically considered; no separate scholarship application is required.
Merit-based scholarships are available on a limited basis to eligible part-time students. Part-time students are eligible if their employer does not fully reimburse their tuition. Students receiving tuition remission from the University of Cincinnati are not eligible for UGS.
Several need-based financial assistance programs are available to graduate students through the federal government. Visit http://business.uc.edu/graduate/tuition-aid.html for more details.
Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS? Expand
TOEFL or IELTS is required for all international students whose native language is not English (please check http://www.isso.uc.edu for a list of countries with TOEFL waivers). If you already have a degree from the United States, the TOEFL requirement may be waived.
What is the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score? Expand
The minimum acceptable TOEFL score for admission is 250 for the computer-based test or 600 for the paper-based test or 100 for the internet based test. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0.
Which test is better to take: GMAT or GRE? Expand
Students have a variety of preferences and opinions on the options for graduate-level standardized testing. There really is no clear preference for either exam, and the MS-Marketing program accepts scores from either exam.
I took the GRE/GMAT a few years ago. Will I have to re-take the test? Expand
Scores are only valid for five (5) years. If you took the test more than five (5) years ago, you will need to re-take the test.
Can I work on campus? Expand
Since UC is an urban setting, there are numerous opportunities to work on or around campus. We cannot however guarantee that you will find such employment since you will have to apply and interview for these positions.
Master of Business Administration
What are the program options? Expand
Please visit: http://business.uc.edu/graduate/mba/program-options.html
Our Full-time MBA offers three options for accelerated full-time study:
- 12-Month year-round program beginning each autumn
- 15-Month which includes a summer internship
- 21-Month dual-degree MBA/MS option combines 12-month MBA with internship and one of our outstanding Master of Science (MS) programs. (MBA/MS-Information Systems requires 24 months to complete.)
Our Part-time MBA is designed for working professionals who want to continue their career while obtaining their MBA in 24 months. Students attend classes two nights a week on our Uptown (Clifton) campus.
Our Blue Ash MBA (BAMBA) is an executive-style part-time MBA which allows students with real-world experience to complete their MBA in as little as 24 months, attending classes in the evening two nights a week at our Carver Woods location.
How many credit hours are required to receive a full-time MBA? Expand
It takes 36-48 credit hours to complete the Full-time MBA program.
How many credit hours are required to receive a part-time MBA? Expand
It takes approximately 36-48 credit hours to complete the Part-time MBA program.
Do I need to declare a concentration? If so, when must it be declared? Expand
It is optional to declare a concentration. You can obtain a concentration by taking 12 credit hours in a specific area, or you can choose elective courses from multiple disciplines and not declare a concentration -- it's up to you. The concentration is declared in your final term of study.
When do classes begin? Expand
Classes begin each fall for our Full-time and Part-time MBA on the Uptown (Clifton) campus, see academic calendar here.
Classes begin each Spring for our Part-time MBA in Blue Ash at our Carver Woods facility [Google Map].
Please contact the Graduate Programs Office if you would like to start in a different quarter as an exception may be made on a case-to-case basis.
Master of Science in Business Analytics
What are the characteristics of the incoming MS Business Analytics class? Expand
- Incoming first year students - 87
- First year applications received - 577
- Average undergradaute GPA - 3.30
- Average GRE Total score - 321
- Average GMAT score - 686
How long does it take to complete the MS Business Analytics program? Expand
The program can be completed in two semesters but many students use a third semester to complete the MS Capstone.
Is the Master of Science in Business Analytics a designated STEM Program? Expand
• The MS - Business Analytics program has been officially designated as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program. For more information on this, see the STEM Education Coalition
Regarding the application, how do I ...? Expand
- Enter my GPA if it is a percentage and not on a 4.0 scale. Convert it to a ten point scale. Thus, 75% should be entered as 7.5.
- Enter my last name if I do not use my family name. Enter "FNU" (First Name Unknown) in the first name field and the name that you use in the last name field.
Master of Science in Finance
How does the MS-Finance degree differ from an MBA degree? Expand
The Master of Science in Finance program is for professionals who have a strong interest in finance and a desire to pursue a career as a finance professional. In contrast, the MBA degree is meant for individuals with leadership aspirations which require general management skills. The Master of Science in Finance program has a narrow focus on finance rather than the broad exposure to all aspects of business, including finance, accounting, economics, marketing and management supplied by the MBA curriculum.
What are the pre-requisites for the Master of Science in Finance degree? Expand
The Master of Science in Finance requires a background in basic financial principles and some economics, accounting, and statistics. Students who can demonstrate competence in these areas may waive the pre-requisites. A grade of B or higher in equivalent coursework will satisfy this standard. Students with relevant work experience may also be able to waive some or all of these courses.
When is the earliest I can apply for the program? Expand
One year before the start of the program.
When is the application deadline? Expand
August 1 is the final deadline for admission. We encourage you to apply early as applications are considered on a rolling basis until the final deadline or until all program slots are filled. Space is limited. Applications will be considered after this date only under special circumstances. Note that the priority deadline for financial aid is March 15 of each year.
Can full-time students begin the program in the Spring semester? Expand
No. At this time the full-time MS-Finance program is structured requiring a Fall semester start date for completing degree requirements within two semesters. Pre-term classes may be taken during the summer prior to the Fall start date.
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Do I need an undergraduate degree in Finance to be accepted into the program? Expand
No. We consider applicants from all academic and professional backgrounds
How quantitative is the Master of Science in Finance Program? Expand
We strive to produce graduates of the MS-Finance program who are technical professionals with sound business knowledge. Therefore, the MS-Finance program at UC is a primarily a quantitative program. It focuses on the core aspects of financial theory such as asset pricing, risk management, valuation, and capital budgeting. As such it requires greater technical sophistication than most other business disciplines. That being said, the MS-Finance is not a ‘computational finance" or ‘financial engineering program that emphasizes advanced programming skills or solving problems via numerical methods. However, there are opportunities to take highly technical courses from the business analytics, computer science and mathematics departments at UC.
Do I need to take the business background courses before I apply to the program? Expand
No. However, if you have completed courses in these subjects as part of your undergraduate program, they may be waived.
Do I need work experience in order to qualify for admission? Expand
No. There is no specified minimum work experience requirement.
Do I need to take the GRE or the GMAT? Expand
Either test is acceptable. If you wish to pursue the dual degree option, then you must take the GMAT. We will never waive the GRE/GMAT requirement, unless the person has a terminal degree (PhD).
What is the minimum GRE/GMAT score? Expand
There is not a minimum specified score. However, to be competitive you should have a GMAT score above 600. In making the admission decision, we carefully examine the overall profile including your undergraduate performance, your GMAT or GRE scores, your work experience, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular involvement in making the admission decision. So, the GRE/GMAT score is just one of the data points we use in making the admission decision.
What is a "good" GRE/GMAT score? Expand
We consider the verbal and quantitative scores separately. Keeping in mind that we consider the applicant’s overall profile and that the GRE/GMAT score is only one piece of information available to the admissions committee, a rough guide is the following. A GRE/GMAT score is generally considered ‘good’ for an MS-Finance program if the quantitative score is at or above the 85th percentile.
Are there any scholarships or graduate assistant positions available? Expand
Yes. Please note that we do not award full scholarships (tuition waiver) to any student. We expect students to join the program because they value the outstanding education we provide and the exceptional career opportunities that are available to graduates of this program. The amount of financial aid available varies annually, as does the competition for it. In addition to having excellent credentials, timeliness of the application is important. The priority application date for financial aid is March 15.
What does the admissions committee look for? Expand
We look for an academic background demonstrating strong intellectual capability; clear professional goals in the finance industry; references that support your professional goals and intellectual abilities; and strong verbal and quantitative GMAT scores
How many classes does a student take a semester? Expand
We recommend that full-time students take 5-6 courses (15 credits) per semester. The program is designed to be completed in two semesters by taking 5 courses each semester. Note that International students are generally required to carry a full load in order to maintain their immigration status.
How long does it take to complete the degree requirements? Expand
The program is designed to be completed in 2 semesters for full-time students. Students who have not satisfied the pre-requisites will need to satisfy those prior to beginning the program.
Can I earn the MS-Finance degree as a part-time student? Expand
Yes. Of course, the pace at which part-time students will progress towards their degree will vary with their individual situations. Part-time students will take approximately two (2) years. By taking an average of 6 hours per semester a part-time student can finish the program in five (5) semesters. If classes are taken during the summer as well, a part-time student could begin during the fall semester and finish during the second spring semester (about 20 months). Students who have not satisfied the pre-requisites or take fewer hours per semester will take longer.
Is it possible to do a dual MS-Finance / MBA program or MS-Finance and another MS? Expand
Yes. The typical program duration is 21 months. In order to be admitted to the dual degree program, you must apply to both programs of interest and secure admission to both programs. You can also apply for the dual degree after joining the MS-Finance program and also complete the MBA or second MS after graduation from the MS-Finance program if you happen to remain in the Cincinnati area.
How do I apply for the Master of Science in Finance program? Expand
Master of Science in Information Systems
Are internships/co-ops required? Expand
Yes. All full-time students are expected to complete a minimum of 6 months of co-op work.
What is the co-op? Expand
Co-op stands for cooperative education. The University of Cincinnati is the global birthplace of cooperative education. UC introduced cooperative education in 1906. The Professional Practice (Co-op) program at the University of Cincinnati is designed to provide qualified students the most comprehensive professional preparation available. The MS-IS co-op requires full-time students to spend a minimum of 2 semesters (6 months) working full-time in an IS position.
How do I get a co-op position? Expand
Getting a co-op/internship is very much like getting a full time job, and it would be up to you to obtain the position. We will however do all we can to help you get placed through partnerships we have with companies and through resources provided by Lindner Career Services. Co-op positions would typically pay 50% of a full-time position. A few of our students have had their co-ops extended since they proved very valuable to the projects they were involved in and the employers were not ready to have them leave before the project was completed.
When do I start and what is the duration of the co-op? Expand
Students typically start their co-op in the summer term at the end of the first academic year. The co-op has to be a minimum of 6 months. Longer co-ops are possible based on a student's interests and the co-op opportunities available.
Will I be paid during the co-op? Expand
Co-op positions are paid. Co-op positions typically pay $18-22/hr. Thus, a 6 month co-op will result in an earning of $18,000-$22,000 for the student. Most students save a portion of this income to use toward their tuition after their co-op and to pay student loans. Please note that co-op placement is not guaranteed.
What is UC's co-op placement record? Am I guaranteed co-op placement? Expand
The MS-IS program has a 98-100% co-op placement record. However, this should not be taken as a guarantee that future students will maintain the same co-op placement record.
No. Getting a co-op is very much like getting a job – you have to successfully interview for the position and land the job. 98-100% of all MS-IS students find co-op positions each year.
When is the earliest I can apply for the program and what are the application deadlines? Expand
Do I need an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or MIS or Engineering in order to receive acceptance into the program? Expand
We consider applicants from all academic and professional backgrounds. Some of our successful students had backgrounds in fields as diverse as music and Spanish
How technical is the MS-IS Program? Expand
The MS IS program at UC is a primarily a technical program. It focuses on the core aspects of Information Systems like systems development, network design, data modeling, ERP etc. That being said, as the program resides in the College of Business, students are offered business courses which help them increase their business acumen. Graduates of the MS IS program are technical professionals with sound business knowledge.