The Lindner MBA

A Lindner MBA will help you build skills and develop talents in a way that will open the right doors for you. Our program is small, personalized, customized and immersive.

Lindner's full-time and part-time MBA programs are uniquely designed to fit each student's specific needs and consists of 48 credit hours: 10 credit hours of foundation classes, 26 credit hours of core classes, and 12 credit hours of electives.

For recent graduates and those with relevant work experience, the 10 credit hours of foundation classes can be waived. The 12 credit hours of electives can be used to customize your MBA to fit your specific needs by earning one of our 20+ graduate certificates.

Enrich your MBA experience by participating in one of our immersive study abroad experiences, which are required for full-time cohort students, by visiting with your personal career coach, or by getting involved in one of the country's most dynamic business communities.

What MBA formats are available?

The UC Lindner College of Business MBA is available as a full-time, working professionals part-time, and a 100 percent online program. The full-time Lindner MBA is an accelerated one-year program. The part-time program can be completed in as few as 24 months.

Am I able to do a graduate certificate program in the MBA? 

Students in the MBA program can use their electives to pursue a graduate certificate program. Students need to apply to their desired graduate certificate program after their admission and confirmation to the MBA program. Students will need to follow established deadlines for their certificate programs. For more information on graduate certificates, visit the graduate certificates home page.

Do I need work experience for the MBA program?

We recommend two years of work experience by the time you enter the MBA program. This may include co-op or internship experience.

In your application materials, 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 grammar mistakes. It should be no longer than two pages.

Are international students able to be considered for the MBA program?

Yes, international applicants are able to be considered for the full-time MBA cohort program. However, students seeking a visa are not eligible to apply for the working professionals part-time MBA or the 100% online version.

Is the MBA program STEM designated?

The MBA is not a STEM designated program.  

When do classes begin?

Classes begin each fall, spring and summer semester. The University of Cincinnati academic calendar lists upcoming semester start dates.

Full-Time MBA Program

The University of Cincinnati’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program sets graduates up for success with an optional internship, specializations, career services. Students can complete this program in as little as one year or 16 months with an internship.

We limit our full-time MBA class sizes so we can give each of our students the personalized attention they deserve. Students engage with the Cincinnati business community, working to find solutions to real-world problems for some of the world's leading companies. In fact, some of those companies, such as Procter & Gamble, Kroger, and Macy’s, are within three miles of campus.

Our students and world-renowned faculty play an integral part in creating in-depth classroom experiences. The UC MBA full-time curriculum consists of 36 to 48 semester hours.

With more than 20 optional specializations to choose from, there are classes for every career interest. These specializations include data analytics, entrepreneurship and health care administration.

At UC, we provide students with life-changing learning opportunities. That’s why full-time MBA students have the chance to study abroad in Chile for hands-on learning about business. Not only will you receive academic credit towards your degree, but you’ll improve your resume and increase your global business knowledge.

Earning an MBA is one of the most beneficial master’s degrees for job-seekers today. One benefit is improved career stability and mobility. Many management roles prefer candidates with an MBA over candidates who only have an undergraduate degree. Additionally, anyone looking to switch career fields can benefit from this program. Our graduates have worked everywhere from Fortune 500 companies to startups.

Graduates of our program earn an average starting salary of $106,000 and our Career Services team ensures that you aren’t alone when looking for employment post-graduation. We even provide students with personal career coaches for additional guidance during and after the program.

Part-Time MBA Program

The University of Cincinnati’s part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) program provides a flexible option for students looking to advance their careers with a graduate degree. The Carl H. Lindner College of Business offers the expertise and hands-on experience you need to open doors and set your success in motion. This program consists of 36 to 48 semester hours and classes can be taken both in the evenings and on weekends.

As one of the top business schools in the U.S., our program develops leaders by bridging theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on, real-life experience. In fact, many of today's most prosperous companies, like Unilever, SAP, and JC Penney, are run by C-level executives who are also Lindner graduates.

We keep our classes small to ensure a personalized education that feels fully immersive. Courses consist of a mix of core MBA classes, as well as foundational business classes. These MBA-specific courses include Marketing for Managers, Accounting for Managerial Decisions, and Decision Modeling.

In addition to our proven curriculum, we also offer study abroad opportunities for graduate students. Locations include Italy, Paris and Bordeaux, and Chile. Each offer their own concentrations such as Luxury Marketing, Managing Risk in a Complex Market, and International Management Consulting.

Our flexible program allows students to earn their degree without putting their lives on hold. MBA graduates from Lindner College of Business have been hired at Morgan Stanley, Goodyear, and Toyota, just to name a few.

It’s possible to complete this program in as few as two years. Classes in our part-time program are available in various formats and students have up to five years to finish. Part-time students take evening classes (6:00-9:50 p.m.), weekend blast classes and even have the opportunity to take some courses online.

Online MBA

Lindner boasts the number one ranked online public MBA program in the state of Ohio. Our online MBA offers the most flexibility of our program options, providing even the busiest professionals with the opportunity to earn an advanced degree.

MBA Joint Degrees

Students seeking joint degrees must apply and be admitted to each program separately. In order to satisfy the MBA degree requirements with only core MBA courses, students must either be admitted to the two programs simultaneously or must have applied (and been admitted) to the MBA program prior to completing the requirements of the other complementary graduate degree program.

Students can combine a non-business graduate degree with an MBA degree obtained either through our full-time day program or our part-time evening program and must specify which MBA program they are applying to.

In 1990, the College of Business and College-Conservatory of Music established a joint program leading to two degrees: Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MAA). Students admitted to the joint program may earn both degrees in two years, only one quarter longer than is required to earn the MAA by itself.

The program enables students to work on MBA and MAA coursework simultaneously. The majority of the MBA coursework will be taken in the evening with part-time MBA students. Two Arts Administration Summer Internships will be completed in the summers after the first and second years of study. The joint program is available only to full-time students.

For additional information about this program, visit the College-Conservatory of Music website.

In 1981, the College of Business and the College of Law of the University of Cincinnati established a joint program leading to the degrees of Master of Business (MBA) and Juris Doctor (JD). Students admitted to these full-time programs may earn both degrees concurrently in approximately four years.

The program is designed for the student to spend the first year in the College of Law and the second year in the College of Business. The joint program is available only to students pursuing degrees on a full-time basis.

For more information, visit the College of Law website.

This program, started in 1999, has been designed for highly qualified students who wish to complement standard medical training with a greater understanding of the economics, finance, marketing and management of the health care system. The program has been created with the recognition that there have been tremendous changes on the business side of the healthcare industry. As a graduate, you will enjoy expanded career options including management positions in major healthcare organizations.

Offered in conjunction with UC's nationally recognized College of Medicine, this program is open to full-time students only, lasts 12 months and allows students to obtain an MBA in time to start residency.

For more information, visit the College of Medicine website

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Johnny Rungtusanatham

Academic Director, MBA Programs and Professor, Department of Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems

3362 Carl H. Lindner Hall