Admissions Requirements: Master of Business Administration - MBA

July 31, 2021
38-48 credit hours
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All individuals with an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution, regardless of field of study, are eligible to apply for admission to the nationally-ranked Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

Admission to the Lindner College of Business online MBA program is selective and based on a combination of factors including academic and professional achievement, strong communication skills and a proven record of effective leadership. Applicants should have at least a B grade average (or equivalent) in undergraduate coursework, or otherwise give evidence of academic promise that is satisfactory to the admitting department.

Applications to the MBA online program are reviewed in a holistic manner that considers carefully all items of your application portfolio. Following review by the admissions committee, accepted applicants will receive notification if they have been fully or conditionally admitted to the program.


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

GMAT/GRE score or an approved waiver. You may be eligible for an entrance exam waiver if you:

  • Completed at least 6 graduate credits in a relevant field with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Have a professional certification or licensure (via exam) in a relevant field
  • Have numerous years of relevant work experience (3+) with demonstrated advancement
  • Have an undergraduate business degree from a domestic AACSB accredited institution with cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher

Unsure if you need to take the GMAT or GRE? Please give us a call at 833-556-7877, and we can help you.

Complete Online Application
UC Online Application Deadline : July 31, 2021

Online Application

  • Application for Admission: Choose “Business Administration – Online, Master of Business Administration” on the application
  • FALL 2021 – Application fee is waived, ask your Enrollment Services Advisor for more details
  • Application fee ($65 domestic/$70 international)

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation. At least one should be a professional contact, and the other can be academic.

Please note that the name and email address of each recommender is required.

Goal Statement

Statement of purpose essay explaining in less than 500 words how the Lindner MBA program will further your career goals.

Current Resume or CV

GMAT or GRE Scores

Please note that any submitted test scores will be considered regardless of waiver eligibility.

Applicants seeking a GMAT/GRE waiver should request consideration before submitting a test score.

Unofficial school transcript(s)*

Unofficial school transcripts are required for the application, including University of Cincinnati transcripts.

* Once accepted, applicants will need to send official transcripts to OR the following physical address:
Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0627

Additional information is available at or you can contact your Enrollment Services Advisor for additional guidance.

International Students

An official TOEFL/IELTS is required for all international applicants.

International applicants must also submit foreign transcripts for evaluation to an agency recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluating Services (NACES;

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