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Admission Criteria

Graduate students.

Admissions Policy

The University of Cincinnati welcomes graduate applications from students who:

  • hold a baccalaureate degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency and
  • have at least a B average (3.0/4.0 system) in relevant undergraduate course work or otherwise give evidence of promise that is judged satisfactory by the admitting program and the Graduate School.

Decisions concerning admission to graduate programs rest with the programs, and criteria used for determining admission beyond these minimal requirements are established by the programs. Programs have the authority to set their application deadlines, to require certain pre-admission examinations, to require satisfactory completion of certain course work prior to admission, and to establish other pre-admission requirements. Program admission decisions are final unless it is demonstrated that the program violated a policy established by the university or the Graduate School or that the program failed to consistently apply admission criteria. All programs have established written criteria for judging the admissibility of applicants, which are published in each program’s graduate handbook. 

Admissions Categories

Matriculated graduate status is granted to an applicant who has been accepted into a graduate certificate or degree program and has met all admissions criteria. Note that applicants first receive a provisional acceptance, and conversion to matriculated graduate status is dependent upon receipt of an official transcript that confirms the student holds a baccalaureate or higher degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency. 

Provisional graduate status is granted to applicants who have been accepted into a graduate certificate or degree program, but who have NOT yet met all admissions criteria. As described above, one routine requirement for all students is submission of an official transcript. However some students must in addition take undergraduate courses or improve English language proficiency to satisfy prerequisites, and these students may be accepted by the program on a provisional basis that is contingent on satisfying those additional prerequisites. Letters of admission should be read carefully to make sure all requirements tied to provisional status are identified.

Unclassified graduate status allows students to take courses for graduate credit when they have not been admitted into a graduate degree program. Should this non-matriculated student subsequently matriculate into a certificate or degree program, a maximum of 12 semester hours may be applied to the certificate or degree program. Students are not eligible for tuition or stipend awards allocated by the Graduate School while in unclassified (non-matriculated) graduate status. This policy and other funding policies are further explained in the Financial Support section of the Graduate School Handbook.