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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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
Being a Student

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.

Each program will also have its own plan of study. At UC, you will have a Student Success Coordinator help guide you through how many courses you should be taking and in what order. They’re here to help you on your journey to graduation.

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.

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 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.

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.

What is the format for the classes?

Classes are asynchronous, some classes are in a 7-week format some are in a 14-week format. You can log on anytime 24/7 to complete your coursework. Some, but not all tests are proctored using exam proctoring software.

Will I need to be on-campus in Cincinnati at any point during the program?

Yes, to walk across the stage for your graduation. (Just kidding, that is optional!)

The University of Cincinnati’s online programs are truly all online, requiring no on-campus visits. There are a few rare exceptions and those are noted on the program information pages.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Where can I work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist?

Potential career opportunities after graduation include:

  • Medical laboratory management
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Research and development
  • Pharmaceutical representative
  • Forensics
  • Technical specialist
  • Education and instruction
  • Laboratory information specialist

Medical Lab Science – What kind of support will I receive during my time in the MLS program?

We are committed to your success and provide lots of support including:

-Free download of Office 365 (including Word and Outlook for email) for use
during your time at UC.

-a free orientation for you to learn our program policies and how our Canvas
courses and tools will be set up; it also gives you a chance to sample the
pace and schedule of our courses.

-a Student Success Coordinator who will check in with you regularly until you
graduate to provide guidance on your plan to graduate, academic success,
registration assistance and navigating the program and UC in general.

-a course facilitator in each course, so you have a dedicated faculty member
as a “go-to person” for you and a small group of students.

-Program support including arranging clinical rotations, applying for life
experience credit and proctoring support.

-UCIT provides 24/7 support for Canvas and other learning technology.

Medical Lab Science – Will I be eligible to sit for the ASCP BOC MLS exam?

Yes, by graduating from our program, you are eligible to sit for the certification exam. Starting in your first courses with us, we will prepare you with that end-goal in mind.

Medical Lab Science – Because of my work experience, can I get credit to reduce the time in clinical rotations?

Yes, UC, like most universities, has a process in place to evaluate work experience for credit toward clinical rotation. In the semesters leading to your clinical rotation semester (6th), we will provide you instructions on how to apply for Life Experience Credit and let you know how that might reduce or even eliminate your need forclinical rotations.

Medical Lab Science – Are clinicals required, and where will I do them?

Yes, a total of 280 clinical hours in Blood Bank, Chemistry, Hematology and Microbiology. Rotations are usually performed at the lab where you work (during unpaid hours) or in a combination of sites if your workplace does not have all of the
required areas, such as Microbiology or Blood Bank.

Medical Lab Science – Do my credits from my previous MLT program/training count?

Yes, we accept up to 60 semester credits toward the first two years of our bachelor’s program. These courses provide the foundation for our upper-level courses which complete the final years of the BS degree. We do not substitute MLS courses with MLT courses.

Medical Lab Science – Are there deadlines for course work?

Yes. Homework is generally due each week. Most weeks will have a quiz or exam. For this reason, we require students to check their UC email account daily. The courses are designed for regular engagement.

Medical Lab Science – Do your online courses follow a particular schedule or can I take the course I choose?

Students follow an intentional sequence of courses. Our main didactic courses (Hematology, Chemistry, Immunohematology, and Microbiology) will be available on a rotating schedule; i.e. each course offered every five semesters. The first semester courses are available each semester and must be successfully completed prior to a student entering the main didactic courses. Once you complete the first five semesters, you will enter the 6th and 7th semesters which have courses that are offered each semester.

Medical Lab Science – Is your program accredited?

Yes, UC is an accredited school nationally, by Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The MLS program is accredited by The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), the premier international agency for educational
programs in laboratory sciences.

Medical Lab Science – How do I know if I’m prepared for online courses in your program?

We want to help ensure you are prepared by requiring all of our starting students to take a free, non-credit pass/fail orientation before you begin your first course. Orientation runs for two weeks following a weekly schedule modeled on all of our MLS courses. You’ll learn the tools we’ll use in Canvas – which houses our online courses – and the program procedures you’ll need to know to get started.

Medical Lab Science – Can I attend full time?

No, our program is designed to be taken part-time by working MLTs taking 3 courses (an average of 9 hours) most semesters.

Medical Lab Science – How many classes will I take?

20 courses total (60 semester credit hours) over 7 semesters. Students attend part-time taking 3 courses (an average of 9 hours) most semesters. The courses are scheduled with some to minimal overlap to enable students to devote 20-25 hours a week to coursework.

Social Work – Can students set up their own practicum?

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.

Social Work – Can I complete my field placement at my current place of employment?

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.

Social Work – When do I begin field work?

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.

Social Work – What kind of support will I receive during my time in the BSW program?

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.

Social Work – Can I complete the BSW degree while working full-time?

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.

Master’s in Education – What can I do with a Masters in Educational Leadership?

A Masters in Educational Leadership can lead to a variety of rewarding careers, which includes:

  • Principal
  • Academic Director or supervisor
  • College Provost
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Tutor
  • Educational Consultant
  • Special Education Specialist

Is the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH) Accredited?

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The University of Cincinnati is an Ohio Public Institution, and each of its programs are approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE). The College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

MBA – 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 ATerm B
Fall 20191 credit4 credits
Spring 20200 credits6 credits
Summer 20204 credits2 credits
Term ATerm B
Fall 20192 credits4 credits
Spring 20206 credits0 credits
Summer 20204 credits2 credits

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

Tax – 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.

Nursing – 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.

Nursing – 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.

Nursing – 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.

Nursing – 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.

BS Medical Lab Science

Where can I work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist?

Potential career opportunities after graduation include:

  • Medical laboratory management
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Research and development
  • Pharmaceutical representative
  • Forensics
  • Technical specialist
  • Education and instruction
  • Laboratory information specialist
Student Services

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.

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.