Entrance Exams



Our admission review process is holistic so we do not have firm minimum score requirements, however, our programs are selective and submitting a competitive score on the GMAT or GRE exam is necessary to gain admission to a program. Some programs provide alternative pathways that would allow you to demonstrate your ability to succeed in the program without taking one of these exams. Refer to the specific program admission page for details.

To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must submit a competitive exam score. The only exceptions are applicants who graduated from a University of Cincinnati degree program within the last 3 years with a 3.5 GPA or better.

Note: The MS Tax program does not require a GMAT or GRE score.

The table below represents the typical average test scores our programs receive. Actual averages will vary by year.

Program GMAT* GRE**
MBA 650 320
MS Accounting 550 310
MS Applied Economics 645 315
MS Business Analytics 675 320
MS Finance 610 310
MA Human Resources 550 310
MS Information Systems 650 315
MS Marketing 605 300
PhD 675 320



All international students are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS exam. Students who have received a baccalaureate or higher degree with English as the medium of instruction from the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement:

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Malawi
  • New Zealand
  • China (Hong Kong Public Universities only)
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

The English proficiency requirement is also met for students who have completed level 112 of Intensive English instruction at ELS Language Centers. Learn more about the ELS Center at UC.


Minimum TOEFL and IELTS Requirements

Program TOEFL** IELTS***
MS Business Analytics 95 7.0
MS Information Systems and PhD programs 100 7.0
All other programs 90 6.5

*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.

Special note for doctoral candidates: 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 they have demonstrated satisfactory oral and written English proficiency.