Admissions Requirements: Master of Business Administration – MBA

December 13, 2019
38-48 credit hours

Request More Information from an Enrollment Advisor

Step 1 of 2


stack of documents icon Admission Requirements

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 Master of Business Administration (MBA) online program at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

Admission to the Lindner College of Business 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:

  • 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

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 : December 13, 2019


  • Application for Admission
  • Application fee ($65 domestic/$70 international)

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation. Please note that the name, mailing address 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)*

Please note that applicants do not need to send official copies until accepted into the program. Unofficial school transcripts are required upon time of application, including University of Cincinnati transcripts. Additional information is available at

*Accepted applicants are required to send official transcripts to:
Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0627

Note: University of Cincinnati transcripts (unofficial and official) will need to be submitted as part of the application process.

International Students

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

Ready to get started?

The University of Cincinnati is one of the first institutions to offer online courses. Innovation in education is at the forefront of what we do. We have expanded the convenience and quality of our online learning to online degree programs. Today, we offer nearly 100 degrees from undergraduate to doctoral programs.

Connect with an Advisor

Family Nurse Practitioner