Human Resources


Why study Human Resources?

In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, leaders know that people are an organization's most critical resource. Bottom-line business success depends on the quality of its employees and the effectiveness of employee relations. The Lindner Master of Arts in Human Resources (MAHR) program prepares students for leadership roles in managing people and building employee capabilities.

MAHR graduates serve in a variety of organizations such as General Electric, Macy's, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, UC Health, and many smaller firms.

Admission Requirements

Application Checklist:



Ensure your resume clearly lists the dates of any professional (ex: full-time role, internships, co-ops), volunteer, non-profit, or any other leadership experiences. There is no formatting requirement, however, please review your resume for any grammatical mistakes and it should not be longer than 2 pages.


You must have a US bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, or for international students the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree, by the time of application. You may submit an unofficial copy of all of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts (and degree documents if applicable) with your application; official transcripts will be required if you're admitted and enroll. If you are an international applicant, you may be required to submit a NACES approved course by course evaluation of your transcript as a part of the application process. Please contact the Lindner Graduate Programs Office to see if this is a requirement for your program.


Please complete the following prompt in 500 words or less:

Why do you want to complete this program and how will it help you in your chosen career field?

Letters of Recommendation

Please select two recommenders who will be able to discuss your professional performance, academic performance, and/or work style. This can include previous supervisors, faculty members, or mentors. Letters of recommendation must come directly from the listed recommender on your application. IMPORTANT: Your application will not move forward in the review process until we receive both letters of recommendation.

Standardized Tests

The GMAT and GRE are optional. If submitting test scores, they must be sent officially from the testing agency.

Application Fee

Applicants are required to compete the $65 ($70 for international applicants) fee payment in order to complete their application.



Our most successful graduates come with focused interest in the Human Resources function, excellent written and oral communication skills, and a deep interest in people. The ability to use data to address HR issues is also emerging as critical to success in HR.

Students from the Lindner MAHR program have positions with titles such as HR Director, HR Manager, HR Generalist, Director of Talent Acquisition, Benefits Director, and Compensation Manager. The Lindner Career Services office is available to assist MAHR students with placement upon graduation.

The degree of Master of Arts in Human Resources is granted to those who satisfactorily complete the required course work, carrying a minimum GPA of 3.0 or more. The degree must be completed within five years of acceptance into the program. All students must contract for graduation and be enrolled for at least one credit hour of study during the academic year of graduation.

Students can transfer up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit from an AACSB accredited university. The course must have been taken within the past five years, with a grade of B or better. Courses must be approved by the academic director.

English Proficiency

If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate your proficiency in English. This includes submitting an IELTS, TOEFL, or Duolingo test score. Please click the link below to see the minimum score to be eligible for the program.

     Entry Exam Requirements

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

- Apply by the priority deadline for first consideration for funding, an earlier admissions decision, additional time to find housing, and for international students, additional time to secure your visa

-Applications will close when a program reaches capacity, so it's important to apply early

-Your application is not considered complete until we have all the application materials 

Summer 2024

  • Part-Time start only -- international applicants may not apply for a part-time start
  • Priority: February 15, 2024
  • Final: April 15, 2024

Fall 2024

  • Priority & international deadline: January 31, 2024
  • International deadline: April 15, 2024
  • Final Domestic deadline: July 31, 2024

Spring 2025

  • Priority & International deadline: October 15, 2024
  • Final Domestic deadline: December 1, 2024
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business holds AACSB accreditation. AACSB International business accreditation is an achievement earned only by programs of the highest caliber.  Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review.  Less than one-third of U.S. business school programs and only 15% of business school programs worldwide meet the rigorous standards of AACSB International accreditation.

Contact Information

Lindner Graduate Programs Office
1319 Carl H. Lindner Hall
2906 Woodside Drive, PO Box 10211
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0211
(513) 556-7020

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Program Code: 22MAS-HUMR-MAHR