PhD Program Admissions


Admission to the PhD Program

The Graduate Faculty of the College of Business makes admission decisions for applicants to their departments. Admissions are highly selective and require strong intellectual abilities and a mature commitment to research. Previous academic background in business may not be necessary for admission.

Students are admitted for graduate study beginning in September only. There are no admissions in mid-year. The application deadline is January 15th. Before admission to the University is complete, all international students must fulfill US Immigration and Naturalization Service requirements and register with the UC Office of International Student Services.


Full Graduate Standing

For admission to graduate standing at the University of Cincinnati, a student must hold a bachelor's degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency. The applicants should have at least a B grade average (or equivalent) in relevant undergraduate course work, or otherwise give evidence of promise satisfactory to the admitting department. Area faculty review each application, and makes recommendations for admission and financial support.

A student deficient in undergraduate preparation may be required to enroll in appropriate undergraduate courses, for which no graduate credit will be granted. The College of Business does not extend provisional admission.


International Student Admission

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or IELTS) is required for all applicants whose native language is other than English. Official scores from the Educational Testing Service must be submitted before an admissions decision can be made. Copies of test scores are not acceptable. Presently, the minimum TOEFL score acceptable for graduate work in the College of Business is 100 internet-based (250 computer-based or 600 paper-based). The average TOEFL score for doctoral students is 111 internet- based (273 computer-based or 640 paper-based).  The minimum required score for the IELTS is 7.0.

The English proficiency requirement is met for applicants with degrees (e.g., bachelor’s or master’s) earned in English from accredited universities and colleges in the US, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand or other English-speaking countries.  A copy of the degree or transcript is required.

Upon arrival at the University, each international student's English language proficiency is re-tested. No international student will be permitted to teach in the classroom before he or she has demonstrated satisfactory oral and written English proficiency.