Application Process

The Graduate School Help Desk is available to help applicants troubleshoot any problems with the online application system. The help desk is available Monday through Friday during normal business hours (8 a.m.–5 p.m. Eastern Time Zone) and can be reached via phone at (513) 556-1496 or via e-mail at

A typical application to the University of Cincinnati will include the following parts:

  • A completed university online graduate application
  • Uploaded unofficial copies of all college transcripts
    • Official transcripts should only be submitted after an admissions decision has been made. Official transcripts sent prior to being requested will not be attached to the online application.
  • Letters of recommendation submitted through the online recommendation system
    • Recommenders can include former professors, employers and other professional individuals pertinent to the your field of study
    • You can manage recommendations in the application status page
    • View this document for help with entering and managing recommendations: Troubleshooting recommendations (To view this document, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download)
  • Test scores from qualifying exams such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • International applicants: test scores from English proficiency tests such as the TOEFL or IELTS (see International Student Admissions: English Proficiency Requirement)
  • A personal statement or letter of intent

When applicable, instructions for these documents are available in the online application. Contact your program of interest for more information on admission requirements.

Yes, UC accepts these tests (when the minimum required score is met, as listed below) to fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement for applicants whose native language is not English. 

Most students fulfill the English requirement by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Testing System (IELTS), the Duolingo English Test (DET), or the PEARSON Test of English (PTE). All test scores are valid for up to two years or as defined by the testing agency. 

For IELTS, an overall band score of 6.5 is sufficient for graduate admission. For the Duolingo English Test (160-point scale), a score of 105 is sufficient. For PEARSON, a score of 47 is sufficient.  

TOEFL requirements vary based on the type of TOEFL test taken. For the TOEFL exam, the minimum university requirements are either: 

  • 80 (internet-based test, iBT), or
  • a score of 20 or higher on each of the three components of the new “paper-delivered test” (this test does not have a single composite score). 

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, customized letters of recommendations. 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, asks the admission contact for your program of interest. 

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

$65.00 for most colleges/programs
$125.00 for College-Conservatory of Music ($65 for application & $60 for audition)
$140.00 for the Physiology (MS) program
$75.00 for College of Engineering
$70.00 for the Psychology program
$20.00 for most graduate certificates

Physical Therapy additional application fees found at PTCAS

Communication Sciences and Disorders additional application fees found at CSDCAS

Nursing additional application fees found at NURSINGCAS

Public Health additional application fees found at SOPHAS

There is a $5 surcharge for international applicants, permanent residents, and foreign nationals.

The Graduate School accepts credit cards (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) or electronic checks.

Three programs are granted application fee waivers by the Graduate School: 

  • 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 Matt Guido 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.

The Graduate School 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 business 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 input 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 with questions. 

For regular U.S. postal mail:

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

For delivery via FedEx, DHL, etc.

University of Cincinnati - Graduate School
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
United States

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