Credit Hour Requirements, Candidacy

Credit Hour Requirements

The University of Cincinnati is on a semester system. Although qualification for the master’s degree is not based exclusively upon the completion of a definite number of hours of course work, the satisfactorily completed graduate work must consist of the equivalent of a minimum of one academic year of full-time graduate study consisting of at least 30 graduate semester credit hours, including any thesis or capstone project. 

Credits earned in professional law or medicine programs are not applicable to the 30-credit minimum.


There is no formal candidacy status for the master’s degree. However, some programs do have defense requirements, so each student should confer with their advisor or program director to ascertain the requirements of their specific program.