Admission Requirements: Certificate Blended Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT)

July 15, 2022
August 22, 2022
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The Blended Online Learning and Teaching graduate certificate program welcomes graduate applications from students who:


  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency and
  • Have at least a B average (3.0/4.0 system) in relevant undergraduate coursework or otherwise give evidence of promise that is judged satisfactory by the admitting program and the Graduate School.


The required documents for application are noted in the Criteria for Admission. Application to all graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati is fully online. Please go to the Graduate School website to submit your application.

*Make sure you fully fill out the application, and provide the necessary documents to prevent any delays with your application.*

Goal Statement

Upload a statement of purpose explaining your interest in online learning, your professional or academic experience that has prepared you for study in the certificate, and any other relevant experience or interests you would like to provide.


The submission should include the applicant’s name; address; phone; email; colleges attended with degrees, dates conferred, and grade point average; employment history; professional experience; present employer; and names of references.

Letters of Recommendation

The applicant must include at least one letter of recommendation (preferably from someone who can speak to your academic abilities).

Note: The purpose of the reference letter is to give the committee an additional data point to assess your academic and professional background. Hence, it is highly recommended to include both an academic and professional reference as part of your application.  Applicants do not upload the recommendation letters.  A note is sent directly to the recommenders from the application system.  It is advisable to ask more recommenders than required because applications that do not include at least one reference letter cannot be reviewed by the committee.

Writing Sample

Discuss your position on an issue in the blended online learning environment and how you hope to address that issue during your studies. Your essays should be between 750 and 1000 words and have at least three references.


No GRE is required of applicants.


Please refer to the policy provided by the Graduate School.

The Blended Online Teaching and Learning Gainful Employment Disclosure can be reviewed here.

International Student Requirements

International applicants are required to provide specific information about their transcripts or degree programs to facilitate the applicant review process, including transcript translation and evaluation by a recognized translation/evaluation agency. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or successful completion of ELS Level 112, is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Expectations for TOEFL scores are a minimum of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79-80 (internet-based test); a minimum score on the Test of Written English (TWE) of 4.5; and a minimum score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English. The TOEFL must have been taken within the two-year period preceding admission. An alternative test to TOEFL is the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam. IELTS candidates are graded on their performance using scores from 1 to 9 ear each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The results from the four parts then produce an Overall Band Score. The minimum band score on the IELTS is 7.0. The University of Cincinnati maintains an International Student Services Office (ISSO), which serves international students attending the University.

Verification reports should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail:

Graduate School

University of Cincinnati

110 Van Wormer Hall

P.O. Box 210627

Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):

Graduate School

University of Cincinnati

2416 McMicken Circle

110 Van Wormer Hall

Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

For questions regarding international student information, contact the International Student Services Office at

(513) 556-4278,

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