No. You must choose one program to apply for in any given semester.
Students outside of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area can locate their own field placement sites using the requirements indicated in the BSW Field Manual.
Placements at the field placement site where the student is employed must be arranged by the Field Coordinator and approved by the Program Director. All requests for placements at a field placement site where the student is employed must be submitted in writing to the field coordinator one full semester prior to the semester the student is scheduled to begin their field experience. Students CANNOT receive field work credit for their regular employment. To help minimize role confusion and to ensure a clear separation of field instruction and employment, such placements must be able to meet the following criteria:
1. The field instructor cannot be the student’s direct-line supervisor.
2. The field instructor must meet the requirements of the School of Social Work.
3. Fieldwork experiences must be educationally focused and meet all the requirements of the field instruction program.
4. Fieldwork activities must be conducted in a different department of division of the field site.
5. Fieldwork tasks and assignments must be separated from the normal employment tasks and assignments, thus providing the student with a distinct and different set of learning opportunities and experiences.
6. Specific days of blocks of time must be designated for fieldwork.
BSW students typically enroll in their field placements in the 5th and 6th semester of the program. Students are expected to attend the same placement for two consecutive semesters for a total of 448 hours (224 total hours each semester). Online students will be placed in an agency in the metropolitan area closest to where you live.
At the School of Social Work, we are committed to ensuring your time in the academic program is both pleasant and successful. The Student Success Coordinator at UC Online will be available to help with any non-academic questions you may have. Your academic advisor will help answer any academic related questions as well as assist you with course and career planning. UC Online and the School of Social Work are here to support and guide you throughout your time in the program.
Yes, the vast majority of our students work throughout their time in the academic program. In the senior year, students are also expected to attend their field placement for 16 hours each week, typically during normal business hours. It is important to assess course load and financial aid to understand how to balance school and work.
Yes. We want to make sure you put your new UC degree into action. Our career services team will assist by providing tips and suggestions to help you find your ideal next job.
Yes. Our online students are no different from our on-campus students in that way. You get a specific ID that you can use to navigate different systems at UC and for potential student discounts.
The ability to take semesters off varies based on whether you are an undergraduate or a graduate student.
– You must take at least 1 credit hour in any 3 consecutive semesters to maintain active undergraduate student status.
– You must take at least 1 credit hour in a given academic year to maintain active graduate student status.
– Always check with your Student Success Coordinator or Academic Advisor prior to taking any semesters off as there could be nuances that are specific to your degree program.
Yes. The vast majority of our students work throughout their time in their academic program. It is important to assess course load and financial aid to understand how to balance school and working.
If possible, students may cut down on their work hours during a clinical portion of a program.
UC does not provide scholarships specifically for online programs. For Nursing, students can check out the link below to aid in their search for outside scholarships.
Most of our programs do not require onsite visits, but there are a couple of exceptions.
If you are interested in pursuing the Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Midwifery, you will have two skills intensives that take place on campus. The Post-Master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program has one onsite visit that occurs during the first semester.
At UC, we work hard to get our programs recognized by as many states as possible. Please refer to our State Authorization page to understand what UC programs your state accepts.
At UC Online, we pride ourselves in admitting highly qualified students and helping them achieve their dreams and goals. To do this, we assign a Student Success Coordinator to help each student navigate what is needed to get their degree. Our goal is always to get 100% of students to graduate, but ultimately graduation depends on the student and the amount of work they are willing to put in to get their degree.
Programs can be completed full-time or part-time. Many programs are set up to be part-time, with most containing fewer than 10 credit hours in any given semester. We know you have a lot going on, so want to make sure that school can fit into your schedule. Note: There are some exceptions.
To be a part-time student, you only need to take 1 credit hour a semester. Most students take between 3-6 credit hours (1-2 classes) each semester.
It is important that you factor in Financial Aid when considering your class load. The number of hours you take each semester directly impacts your eligibility for Financial Aid.
The University of Cincinnati is an accredited school nationally. For specific program accreditation details, please see your program information pages. Different programs have different accreditations.
Our programs are framed around flexibility to accommodate students with varying schedules. If you go full time, you can complete in a year. Conversely, you could go part-time and take one course per semester or anything in between. We have dedicated advisors who will help students navigate this.
No. your degree will be conferred by the University of Cincinnati, which will also be reflected on your transcripts and degree.
Some programs do have an orientation that is expected to be completed before classes start. If your program has an orientation, you will receive notification regarding when it needs to be completed and what is expected of you during the orientation. Usually the orientation helps ground the student in how to use the online learning tools they will be using to complete their coursework.
Yes! The University of Cincinnati fully commits to an “MBA your Way” philosophy.
There are no restrictions as to how many or how few credits you take in either half term session. To maintain good standing with the University, students need to take at least one credit per academic year.
If you are using Federal Financial Aid, you can collect it as long as you fulfill the 5 credit hour requirement per semester. Here are some examples of what that timing could look like for a student:
For questions about your specific enrollment needs, please contact your advisor.
Beginning in the Fall 2019 admission cycle, the MS Taxation program does not require a GMAT or GRE score for admission.
You do not. Classes are asynchronous. You can log on anytime 24/7 to complete your coursework.
To enhance your experience and learning, many of our instructors offer online office hours held at a predetermined date and time.
Yes. UC will conduct a general education requirement to check to make sure you have all of the necessary courses. Anything that doesn’t meet the UC general education requirement will need to be taken again.
Study time will vary based on the course, the number of courses you are taking and the individual student. On average, most students spend 3-5 hours studying each week for every credit hour they take. So for a 3 credit hour course, a student should plan to spend 9-15 hours studying in additional course time.
Yes. There is a chance if certain conditions are met. These could include taking a graduate entry exam (i.e. GRE, GMAT), being conditionally admitted or working with the program director on other ways to demonstrate your likelihood for success if admitted into the program.
Each Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program can be done in as little as two years. There are additional options available for several programs that allow students to take these programs at a slower pace. Although these options extend the length of the selected program, they often make it a more feasible option for the student.
The Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is a part-time program built to be completed in four semesters, or one year and four months. The Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner program has no set time frame due to the extremely customizable nature of the curriculum.
Yes. Although UC Online programs follow the same academic calendar, they have unique schedules depending on the course.
Ultimately, this responsibility falls on the student. However, most of our programs support the student through the process of coordinating sites and preceptors.
Our faculty members are very responsive to our students. They provide office hours and oftentimes their personal phone numbers, so students may easily schedule time to discuss questions or issues.
The GMAT/GRE is required for the MBA program; however, waivers are available. Factors determining eligibility are listed below.
We highly recommend applying to your program of choice before taking the GMAT/GRE or sending us your scores.
You may be eligible for an entrance exam waiver if you:
For UC Nursing programs, if you reside in Hamilton, Butler, Warren or Clermont counties in Ohio, or Boone, Kenton or Campbell counties in Kentucky, you may still take your coursework online. You, however, will need to complete the application for the onsite program.
No. It is the student’s responsibility to secure nursing preceptors for their clinicals. However, we do have Clinical Coordinators on site who can assist by providing a list of practitioners who have worked with us in the past. There is no guarantee that they will be available again, but the list is there as a backup.
In very limited situations a program may offer pertinent courses you can take both on-campus and online. Typically, you choose your mode of education (in-person or distance) at the beginning of your program.
There are a variety of payment options depending on your eligibility for Financial Aid. Please make sure you work with Financial Aid to understand your eligibility.
Yes. Many of our students qualify for some type of financial aid.
Sources of aid:
Yes. You will need to work with a program advisor to understand what credits will apply and meet the minimum requirement for credit hours completed at the University of Cincinnati.
Yes. You can provide additional recommendation letters. You can simply add the additional recommender’s contact email in your application. They will receive an email from UC asking for their recommendation. This can be a good idea if you’re worried about one of your recommenders not getting their letter in on time.
No. Most post-master’s certificates, and certificates in general, do not qualify for financial aid. It is important to speak with a Financial Aid Office representative to best understand your options.
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