Admission Criteria

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 apply admissions criteria consistently. All programs have established written criteria for judging the admissibility of applicants, which are published in each program’s graduate handbook.