Application Process

Please contact graduate admissions at

You must complete a separate application for each program and pay the fee for each application. You must provide the required materials for each program. Each application requires separate letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation and materials submitted to one program will not be shared with other programs. 

There is no restriction on the number of programs to which a student may apply. 

Application deadlines vary by program. Some programs admit students every term, while others admit students only once per year. To find out when your application is due, contact the admission contact for your program of interest. 

You should plan on spending approximately 30 minutes to finish and review the form.

The application fee is paid at the end of your application after you have submitted it. The application portal accepts credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) or electronic checks.

Fee waivers are granted to participants in any of the following programs: 
  • McNair Scholars
  • State of Ohio STARS Scholars
  • GEM Scholars

To indicate your participation in one of these programs, check the appropriate button and add your advisor's name when completing the online application, then email documentation to graduate admissions at

All materials should be uploaded to the online application. During the application, you will be told which materials are required for the program to which you are applying. Do not send any additional materials; they will not be attached to your application. 

You can manage recommendations—including sending a reminder to your recommender(s) and adding a new recommender—in the application status page.

View this document for help with entering and managing recommendations: Troubleshooting recommendations (pdf) (To view this document, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download).

No - letters of recommendation need to come directly from the listed recommender on your application via a link created and sent through your online application.

Applicants have two choices for filling in the GPA section in this instance. First, you can enter a zero for your undergraduate GPA. UC graduate programs understand that a zero indicates that an applicant’s current or previous school does not use a GPA scale. Second, you can use an online GPA calculator to convert your marks into a 4.0 GPA scale.

UC's "CEEB" college code, as established by The College Board, is 1833. CEEB codes are used to ensure that test scores (such as the GRE) and transcripts are sent to the correct institution. When you send your GRE score to college code 1833, do NOT select a department code. Selecting a department code will likely result in your scores being sent to the wrong place and not being added to your application. 

Graduate admissions downloads IELTS scores that have been transmitted to our e-download account. Please contact your test center and request that your scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:

University of Cincinnati - Graduate School
110 Van Wormer Hall
PO Box 210627
Ohio, 45221-0627
United States

Please note that international applicants can demonstrate English proficiency in a number of ways at the graduate level. The IELTS is one of many ways to fulfill this requirement. Please see the English Proficiency Requirement page for more information.

It can take up to three weeks from when you request for your test scores to be submitted from the testing agency for UC to receive your scores. 

Additionally, our system uses your name to match your scores with your application. If the name you inputted for your application differs from the name on your test scores, this may cause an issue in matching the test scores to your application. 

Please reach out to if you believe this may have happened. 

Graduate Admissions

University of Cincinnati

PO Box 210091

Cincinnati, OH 45221-0091 

No, you cannot edit your application once you submit it.