Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I apply to more than one program at a time?

No. You must choose one program to apply for in any given semester.

Being a Student

Does UC have job placement or career services available?

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.

Do online students get student IDs?

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.

Can I take semesters off?

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.

Can I work while completing this 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.

Does UC provide scholarships?

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.


Are there any onsite visits required for your programs?

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.

Will my state accept your program?

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.

What is your graduation rate?

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.

Can I complete the program part-time?

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.

How many classes do I have to take?

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.

Is this school and my program accredited?

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.

Can I complete the program part-time?

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.

Will my degree say UC Online?

No. your degree will be conferred by the University of Cincinnati, which will also be reflected on your transcripts and degree.

Is there an orientation before class?

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.

Will I be able to switch back and forth between taking classes in term A and B?

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:

Term A Term B
Fall 2019 1 credit 4 credits
Spring 2020 0 credits 6 credits
Summer 2020 4 credits 2 credits
Term A Term B
Fall 2019 2 credits 4 credits
Spring 2020 6 credits 0 credits
Summer 2020 4 credits 2 credits

For questions about your specific enrollment needs, please contact your advisor.

Are GMAT/GRE scores required for MS Taxation?

Beginning in the Fall 2019 admission cycle, the MS Taxation program does not require a GMAT or GRE score for admission.

Do I need to log in at a certain day or time to take classes?

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.

Can I still apply if my previous school was not regionally accredited?

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.

How much time do I need to spend studying each week?

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.

What if my GPA is slightly below the minimum? Do I still have a chance to get accepted?

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.

How long do your Nursing programs take to complete?

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.

Are your online programs asynchronous, or on a different schedule, versus your on-campus programs?

Yes. Although UC Online programs follow the same academic calendar, they have unique schedules depending on the course.

How responsive are faculty members to student questions?

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.

Is the GMAT or GRE required?

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:

  • Have at least three years of relevant professional experience and a 3.0+ GPA from a completed bachelor’s degree program awarded by a regionally accredited institution
  • Have seven or more years of relevant professional experience that demonstrates advancement
  • Graduated from a University of Cincinnati degree program within the last three years with a 3.5 GPA or better
  • Have an active CPA certification or a terminal degree (such as a PhD, MD or JD)
  • Successfully completed a graduate degree in a relevant field

For Nursing programs, if I reside in a local county, can I complete my program online?

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.

Does UC provide preceptors for clinicals?

The College of Nursing expects that you will network within your community to find a preceptor. You know your community the best and the expectation is that you will reach out to your network. The College of Nursing will vet that preceptor to make sure that it is appropriate for your population focus. If you can’t find a site after partnering with the College of Nursing, the College of Nursing will find a site though it might not be in your area.

Online and On-Campus Classes

Can I do both online and on-campus programs at the same time?

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.

Tuition & Financial Aid

What payment plans are available?

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.

Is Federal Financial Aid (Title IV) available?

Yes. Many of our students qualify for some type of financial aid.

Sources of aid:

Can I transfer credit hours from my previous associate’s or bachelor’s program?

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.

Can I provide more than two letters of recommendation?

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.

Does financial aid apply to post-master’s certificates?

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.