MBA Application Deadlines & Requirements

Application Deadlines

  • Apply by the priority deadline for first consideration for funding, an earlier admission 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 (listed below).

Summer 2024

  • Programs Offered: Working Professionals & Online MBA
    • Priority Deadline: February 15, 2024
    • Final Domestic Deadline: April 15, 2024

Fall 2024

  • Programs Offered: Full-time Cohort, Working Professionals & Online MBA
    • Priority & International Deadline: January 31, 2024
    • Final International Deadline: April 15, 2024
    • Final Domestic Deadline: July 31, 2024

Spring 2025

  • Programs Offered: Working Professionals & Online MBA 
    • Priority Deadline: October 15, 2024
    • Final Domestic Deadline: December 1, 2024

Application Checklist

Select the year in which you plan on entering the program. International students based abroad are only eligible to apply for the fall, full-time program option.  

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

If you are an international applicant, you must submit an official NACES-member, course-by-course evaluation on your transcript. If you graduated from an AACSB accredited institution, you are waived from submitting a NACES evaluated transcript. Official evaluations can be sent to the following address:

Graduate Admissions 

University of Cincinnati 

2618 University Circle 

PO Box 210091 

Cincinnati, OH 45221-0091

Lindner Graduate Admissions accepts electronic transcript evaluation company as official transcripts. These documents can be sent to

Describe your vision for your career and your inspiration for pursuing this career path:

  • Why is an MBA a critical next step in your short- and long-term career aspirations, and how does the University of Cincinnati’s MBA program uniquely fit your needs?

Please select two recommenders who will be able to discuss your professional performance, academic performance and work style. This can include previous supervisors, faculty members or mentors. Letters of recommendations 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.

Test scores provide a measure of your capabilities for the admissions committee to consider in reviewing your application holistically. The admissions committee accepts the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores. The GMAT and GRE are currently optional, however, we will consider the scores in the application process, if submitted.

Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Please send all test scores to the following address:

Graduate Admissions

University of Cincinnati

PO Box 210091

Cincinnati, OH 45221-0091

Applicants are required to pay a fee to complete their application:
  • U.S. Residents: $65
  • International: $70

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 reference this page for information on the minimum score needed to be eligible for the program.