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Complete Coursework: 12-24 months

Credit Hours: 38-48

Tuition: $33,820 in-state $34,390 out-of-state*

Program Overview

The University of Cincinnati's dynamic and comprehensive online MBA program offers a mixture of academic, research-intensive learning combined with real-life learning experiences, teaching you to create solutions with real business impact. It's a chance to dive deep into the knowledge you need to develop key business skills, as well as an opportunity to show potential employers what you're made of.


The MBA online program faculty are the same faculty that teach on campus and are comprised of leading-edge thinkers, award-winning researchers and active business practitioners. You can earn your degree from our AACSB-accredited College of Business at an accelerated pace — in as few as 12 months.

In this top-ranked program, you'll gain:

  • Core skills in accounting, economics, finance, leadership, operations management, business analytics, information technology and marketing
  • Strategic leadership and decision-making skills
  • A thorough understanding of legal issues in business
  • An understanding of the important role that ethics and social responsibility play in business


The coursework for the Master of Business Administration online is accelerated and based on 7-week terms to provide flexibility to students by compressing the average time to completion. This program includes MBA program courses, including a capstone experience, and a choice of electives, for a total of 38 credit hours. Additional business foundations courses will be required for students whose undergraduate degree is in a non-business field.

To see the full list of Master of Business Administration courses online, view courses


Any individual with an undergraduate degree is eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Business Administration online program. There are two pathways to a Lindner MBA—direct admission (typically utilized by candidates with 3 or fewer years of work experience) or the conditional admission option (typically utilized by candidates with 3 or more years work experience). Students applying to either pathway must submit required documents.

To learn more about our Master of Business Administration online admissions requirements, view admissions


Tuition for the Master of Business Administration online program is affordably priced. To help make the cost more manageable, students can pay for courses as they enroll. All fees (Instructional, General, Distance Learning and ITIE) are included in the total tuition cost displayed. Financial aid may also be available for students who qualify.

To learn more about Master of Business Administration online tuition, View tuition


For the convenience of our Master of Business Administration online students, multiple start dates are offered during the academic calendar year. Students should consider application deadline dates, turn in all of their documents, register and pay for tuition for their desired program start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Master of Business Administration online, view calendar

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For the Master of Business Administration online, the curriculum includes the program courses (26 semester credit hours) and 5-6 elective courses (12 semester credit hours).

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Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Understand how managerial decisions are made in corporations using accounting data. Special emphasis is given to cost allocation, break even analysis, ABC costing, product costing and budgeting decisions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Develops a manager's ability to exercise informed judgment with regard to the ethical and legal issues that arise in domestic and global business in the context of the employment relationship, financial decisions, environmental protections, and product development.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Topics include regression modeling and analysis including simple and multiple regression, decision analysis for making decisions under uncertainty, risk analysis and simulation of complex models in a spreadsheet environment, what-if models and spreadsheet engineering, optimization models and solving them with spreadsheet tools, optimization models in business applications such as marketing and finance.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course is designed to introduce students to economic tools useful in managerial decision-making. The course proceeds from describing the general demand and cost conditions faced by a firm, to its market environment characterized by few to many other firms in the market, and finally to its extended environment of potential competitors and upstream and downstream members of its supply chain. Besides the substantive aspects of the course, students will be expected to describe consumer demand and costs using spreadsheet software. Specific topics include profit and revenue maximization, consumer behavior and demand, production and cost, competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, oligopoly, social welfare, merger policy, limit pricing, vertical arrangements such as franchising, and game theory.

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The objectives of the course are twofold. First, it is intended to continue to develop facility with the tools used in making financial decisions. Second, it is intended to develop the intuition necessary to correctly apply those tools in financial decision making. The emphasis of this course is on practical decision making. Being able to make practical decisions requires both sound knowledge of financial theory and mathematical facility. Hence, significant parts of this course will be devoted to the study of financial theory and the necessary mathematical tools.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course employs the case method to discuss the managerial and strategic implications of the use of Information Systems in organizations. The course starts with a review of concepts related to Information Technology in the realm of networking, databases, application development, and architecture. Next, it examines the value of Information Technology in modern organizations. Finally, multiple cases are discussed, covering themes like Enterprise Resource Planning, Digital Convergence, e-Marketing and Social Media, Disruptive Innovations, Virtual Teams, and IT Resources and Capabilities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course focuses on both the analytical and structural framework for competitive analysis, as well as the formulation of policy and strategic decisions, the balancing of short run and long run plans, and the evaluation and control of strategic decisions for the business corporation. The academic basis for the class will be largely industrial organization and a resource based view (as a framework for industry analysis and competitive positioning). Our discussion of competitive analysis will focus on understanding the environment the firm competes within and then developing strategies that create a sustainable advantage in that industry. Finally, corporate strategy analyses move beyond the single business arena, and address what businesses the firm should compete in and resource allocation among those units. Thus, we will concern ourselves in this course with both business level and corporate level strategy development and implementation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course focuses on concepts and applications related to organizations and the individuals who design and work within them. The goal of the course is to help you better understand and practice individual and organizational management. We will cover micro-level issues (e.g., individual differences and motivation), mid-level issues (e.g., leadership, groups and teams), and macro-level issues (e.g., organizational culture and structure). By focusing on concepts, applications and issues, you will be better able to see and understand organizational phenomena that you might now take for granted. This course will also help increase your understanding of yourself and others so that you can be more effective in the organizations in which you manage and participate.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course aims to describe many phenomena in marketing. As consumers we develop a surface familiarity with the activities and institutions of the market place but we need a closer look at the players, decision-making issues, processes and key lessons from the commercial trading environment. We also intend to develop an understanding of system dynamics and causal linkages in the marketplace. Why do some products fail? How can we structure productive relationships? What will happen to prices when we intensify distribution or advertising? The course takes up these questions and more.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Introduces basic operations principles through case studies and explores major operations problems. Areas of concentration are decisions and activities involving product and process design, the use and control of resources, scheduling and quality management, supply chain management, and project management.

Duration: varies   |   Credit Hours: 2

Requirement can be met with one of select set of courses.

Duration: varies   |   Credit Hours: 2

To fulfill this course requirement, you may choose any one course with the word "international" or "global" in the title. Some of the more popular choices are: Managing Across Cultures (MGMT 7017), International Competitiveness (MGMT 7089), International Marketing (MKTG 7031), Global Entrepreneurship (ENTR 7025), Global Operations (OM 7044) and the study abroad options (INTB 8000 series).

The list below contains a sampling of available electives.  Students may also take other electives, subject to the Program Director’s approval.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction as well as hands-on experience in data visualization. It introduces students to design principles for creating meaningful displays of quantitative and qualitative data to facilitate managerial decision-making.

Duration: 7 Weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course emphasis is on in-depth study of selected topics.

Duration: 7   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course addresses the fundamental principles? and processes of Negotiations in the context of Human Resource Issues.? The course presents principles, vocabulary and strategy in negotiation and a series of interactive experiences with analytical review of negotiation case studies and scenario. Students gain practical experience through a series of exercises involving the design of a conceptual framework and current best practices for human resource professionals.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Central personnel concepts, functions, processes, and issues in work organizations. Some case analysis.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course examines several key challenges associated with organizational change processes, and develops the necessary skills associated with effectively planning and implementing change in organizations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course focuses on how to create value and growth through innovation in new and existing markets. Students will thoroughly understand a wide range of innovation methods, they will understand how to lead and facilitate teams in the use of innovation tools, and they will learn how to adapt and apply innovation methods to every aspect of the marketing function.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Emphasizes behavioral science concepts in an application-oriented environment as they relate to the process of consumption.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Discusses product mix, development and strategy; product-market integration, acquisitions and mergers.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Provides an overview of the components of an integrated marketing communications plan. Topics include setting objectives, message strategy, media strategy, and measuring effectiveness.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Acquire and refine analytical and managerial decision-making skills through the application of ethical principles. Develop an understanding of the subjective biases to which individual human judgments and group decisions are prone.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Familiarizes student with concepts of market analysis and planning of direct practical relevance to the decision-making process.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Provides students with knowledge of quality management and performance excellence approaches using the Baldrige criteria, as well as experience in evaluating high-performance management practices in organizations.

Master of Business Administration online applicants whose undergraduate degree is in a non-business field are required to take up to an additional 10 hours of business foundations courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a foundation in Marketing. Concepts such as segmentation, targeting, positioning, customer and market analysis, and basic marketing planning will be introduced.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a foundation in the study of Organizations (Management) in preparation for the MBA or MS program. The goal is to provide students with an introduction to the study of organizations (strategy, structure, design, and context) to help students navigate through the advanced graduate course work and to become a more effective manager. This entails understanding how organizations work as well as developing requisite personal skills in problem analysis and writing.

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course educates students in the fundamentals of accounting. The methods covered are used extensively throughout the MBA program. Topics include: the accounting process that results in the preparation of financial statements for external users, techniques for analyzing a basic set of financial statements, using accounting information to support management decisions, and using time value of money techniques to evaluate capital asset decisions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Introduction to data analysis and statistical methods with focus on practical decisions using quantitative models in a spreadsheet environment. Topics include sources of data, descriptive and graphical statistical methods, probability, distributions, sampling and sampling distributions, estimation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of economics at the graduate level for students without previous economics coursework. Students will be exposed to the essentials of both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics topics to be discussed include the supply and demand mechanism, how markets are affected by regulation and taxation, costs of production, and how market structure affects outcomes. Macroeconomic topics to be discussed include the fundamental measures of the aggregate economy, the sources of economic growth, explaining short-run fluctuations in economic activity, and how government policies can affect these fluctuations. A particular focus will be to understand how fundamental economic principles at both the micro and macro level can affect companies, investments, industries, and national economies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

This course educates students in the fundamentals of Finance. A primary focus of the course is on using time value of money techniques to evaluate capital asset decisions.



Master of Business Administration Online Requirements

All individuals with an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution, regardless of field of study, are eligible to apply for admission to the nationally-ranked Master of Business Administration (MBA) online program at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

Admission to the Lindner College of Business MBA program is selective and based on a combination of factors including academic and professional achievement, strong communication skills and a proven record of effective leadership. Applicants should have at least a B grade average (or equivalent) in undergraduate coursework, or otherwise give evidence of academic promise that is satisfactory to the admitting department.

Application Requirements

To apply for the Lindner MBA online program you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Online application to the Master of Business Administration-Distance Learning
  • GMAT/GRE score or an approved waiver. You may be eligible for an entrance exam waiver if you:
    • Have at least three years of relevant professional experience and a 3.0+ GPA from a completed bachelor’s degree program awarded by a regionally accredited institution;
    • Have seven or more years of relevant professional experience that demonstrates advancement;
    • Graduated from a University of Cincinnati degree program within the last three years with a 3.5 GPA or better;
    • Have an active CPA certification or a terminal degree (such as a PhD, MD or JD);
    • Successfully completed a graduate degree in a relevant field.

    Please note, any submitted test scores will be considered regardless of waiver eligibility. Applicants seeking a GMAT/GRE waiver should request consideration before submitting a test score.

  • Two letters of recommendation. Please note that the name, mailing address and email address of each recommender is required.
  • Statement of purpose essay, explaining in less than 500 words how the Lindner MBA program will further your career goals
  • Current resume or CV
  • Unofficial school transcript(s)
    • Please note that applicants do not need to send official copies until they are accepted to the program. View additional information
    • Accepted applicants are required to send official transcripts to:
      Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati
      110 Van Wormer Hall
      P.O. Box 210627
      Cincinnati, OH 45221-0627
    • Note: You do not need to send copies of University of Cincinnati transcripts.
  • An official TOEFL/IELTS is also required for all international applicants.

Applications to the MBA online program are reviewed in a holistic manner that considers carefully all items of your application portfolio. Following review by the admissions committee accepted applicants will receive notification if they have been fully or conditionally admitted to the program.



The University of Cincinnati supports the efforts of students pursuing higher education, and will work with students to meet their funding requirements.

Part-Time Students

The following is the tuition breakdown for part-time students (enrolled in less than 10 credit hours per semester) for the Master of Business Administration:

Costs for Part-Time MBA Students
(enrolled for less than 10 credit hours per semester)
Program In-State Per Credit Hour In-State Per Program Out-of-State Per Credit Hour Out-of-State Per Program
MBA $890 $33,820* $905 $34,390*

Full-Time Students

The following is the tuition breakdown for full-time students (enrolled in 10 or more credit hours per semester) for the MBA. Students enrolled in 10 or more credit hours per semester will be charged a flat, per semester tuition. View chart

Costs per Semester for Full-Time MBA Students
(enrolled for 10 or more credit hours per semester)
Application Fee $65
Instructional Fee $9,640
General Fee $398
DL Fee $257
ITIE Fee $184
International Application Fee $70
Ohio Resident Total $10,614*
Non-Resident Surcharge $3,919
Non-Resident Total $14,533*

Partner Scholarship Pricing**

Partner Scholarship for Part-Time MBA Students
(enrolled for less than 10 credit hours per semester)
Program In-State Per Credit Hour In-State Per Program Out-of-State Per Credit Hour Out-of-State Per Program
MBA $800 $30,400* $815 $30,970*

Financial Aid

Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. In fact, over 90 percent of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. Every effort is made to assist you and your family with obtaining the resources necessary to meet the difference between the total cost of attending the University of Cincinnati and your ability to contribute toward your education. Students must enroll for a minimum of 5 credit hours per semester to be eligible for financial aid. Certificate programs do not qualify for financial aid.

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. The University of Cincinnati Federal School Code is 003125.
  2. Complete the admission process for your Lindner College of Business program. Use the Apply Now link above.
  3. Once you receive your student aid report, and if you have been offered admission, you can review your status online using the Check My Aid link. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have further questions.

    University of Cincinnati
    Financial Aid Office
    P.O. Box 210125
    Cincinnati, OH 45221-0125
    Phone: 513-556-1000
    Fax: 513-556-9171
    Email: or

Merit Based Scholarships

Almost 60% of Lindner Online MBA students receive merit-based scholarships. The average scholarship award is over $4,500 with some individuals receiving awards as high as $12,000. All merit-based awards are determined on an individual case-by-case basis. Criteria considered in awarding scholarships include, but are not limited to: performance on standardized tests such as the GMAT or GRE, previous academic record and professional work experience.




At the University of Cincinnati, we offer multiple start dates to accommodate your schedule. Our calendar includes other important dates to make it easier for you to get started on your program.

Program Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument Receipt DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition Payment Deadline
October 17, 2018September 3, 2018September 17, 2018October 8, 2018October 12, 2018
January 14, 2019December 3, 2018December 17, 2018January 7, 2019January 9, 2019
March 4, 2019January 21, 2019February 4, 2019February 25, 2019February 27, 2019
May 13, 2019April 1, 2019April 15, 2019May 6, 2019May 8, 2019
June 26, 2019May 15, 2019May 29, 2019June 19, 2019June 21, 2019
August 26, 2019July 15, 2019July 29, 2019August 19, 2019August 21, 2019
October 16, 2019September 2, 2019September 16, 2019October 7, 2019October 9, 2019
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*Tuition and fees listed above reflect the 38-credit hour program designed for students with undergraduate degrees in business administration. Students with non-business under-graduate degrees are required to take up to an additional 10 credit hours of business foundation courses, resulting in a 48-credit hour program with a total cost of $42,720 in-state/$43,440 out-of-state. Full-time out-of-state students add a $3,919 surcharge. Tuition and fees are subject to university approval and may change without notice by action of the Ohio Board of Regents. Master's degrees also require a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $65 for U.S. residents and $70 for international applicants.

**Scholarship is $90 per credit hour. The tuition table above reflects discounted prices. A student is not allowed to use the Partner Scholarship with another UC scholarship. If eligible for the Partner Scholarship and offered a merit scholarship, the student must choose one. Call an Enrollment Specialist today to see if your company is a partner.