Graduate Frequently Asked Questions

These questions are for students who are interested in applying to a program in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. For international applicants, be sure to refer to the International applications page, as well. 

GRE Requirement for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Providing a GRE score as part of the application is optional for fall 2021/spring 2022.  There is one exception: GRE is required for Civil Engineering PhD applicants.  However, please keep in mind applicants are evaluated on multiple criteria, and a GRE score may help the University make a more accurate assessment of your academic ability. 

Application Preparation

What are the application deadlines?

Our application deadline for Fall Semester 2022, is January 15, 2022. All students that complete their application by January 15, 2022 will be considered for financial aid. There is not a separate application for financial aid and assistantships. The final deadline is March 31, 2022 for international applicants, with your supporting documentation arriving no later than April 15, 2022.  The final application deadline for UC citizens is  June 1, 2022.

What is the minimum GPA you accept?

UC College of Engineering and Applied Science graduate programs require all applicants to have a minimum of 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their highest degree earned to apply.

Is there a separate application for financial aid opportunities?

No. All students are considered for financial aid as part of their application package.    

Can I receive conditional admission as an international student?

No. CEAS does not offer conditional admission.  

Can I apply more than one program at UC?

Yes. Students must complete a separate application for each program and pay the fee for each application.

What does a typical application contain?

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 field of study
  • Applicants can manage recommendations in the application status page
  • Test scores from qualifying exams, such as Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Providing a GRE score as part of the application is optional for Fall 2022. However, applicants are evaluated on multiple criteria, and a GRE score may help the University make a more accurate assessment of your academic ability, with the exception of applications to the Civil PhD program.   English Proficiency – English proficiency is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Students can demonstrate proficiency in a number of ways at the graduate level. Tests accepts are TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo and Pearson. TOEFL has an at home version available.
  • A personal statement or letter of intent

How much is the application fee?

The application fee is $75.00. A $5 surcharge is added for international applications.

Are there any admission application fee waivers?

CEAS does not waive the application fee except, with the exception of students applying for one of the following programs:

  • McNair Scholars
  • State of Ohio STARS Scholars
  • GEM Scholars

To indicate participation in one of these programs, check the appropriate button and add your advisor's name when completing the online application. Email documentation to Amy Robinson Wheeler at  

Do you offer spring 2022 admissions?

Some programs offer spring admission. Here's a complete list of programs and application deadlines: 

List of programs that offer spring admission for 2022.


International Student Deadline US Citizen Deadline

Aerospace Engineering MS & PhD

October 1, 2021

December 1, 2021

Architectural Engineering MEng


November 1, 2021

Artificial Intelligence MEng


December 1, 2021

Biomedical Engineering MS & PhD

October 31, 2021

December 1, 2021

Chemical Engineering MEng


December 1, 2021

Chemical Engineering, MS & PhD

October 31, 2021

December 1, 2021

Civil Engineering PhD

October 31, 2021

December 1, 2021

Engineering Education MS & PhD

October 1, 2021

December 1, 2021

Mechanical Engineering MEng


December 1, 2021

Mechanical Engineering, MS & PhD

October 31, 2021

December 1, 2021

Materials Science & Engineering MEng


December 1, 2021

Materials Science & Engineering, MS & PhD

October 31, 2021

December 1, 2021

Robotics & Intelligent Autonomous Systems MEng


December 1, 2021

Software Engineering


December 1, 2021

The following programs are not offering spring admissions.  The next open application period for these programs is fall 2022; the application will open in October 2021.

  • Additive Manufacturing MEng
  • Aerospace Engineering MEng
  • Biomedical Engineering MEng
  • Civil Engineering, MS & MEng
  • Computer Engineering all programs
  • Computer Science all programs
  • Electrical Engineering all on campus programs
  • Engineering Mechanics all programs
  • Environmental Engineering all programs

Application Process

These questions are for students ready to start their application or are currently in the process of filling out an application for admission.  

What if I'm having technical issues with the online application system?

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  

My current/previous school does not use a GPA scale. How do I fill in the GPA section in the onlineapplication?

Applicants have two choices for filling in the GPA section in this instance. First, students 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.

What is UC's college code (for the GRE or another test)? 

UC's "CEEB" college code is 1833. 

Can I edit my application after I submit it?

No, students cannot edit applications once submitted. If there is something that must be modified, however, students can contact

After You Apply

Use the Application Management page of the graduate admissions application to check the status of your application. Use the same log-in information you used for your online application.

Although the Graduate School processes your application, the individual programs determine acceptance.

Direct inquiries regarding your application status should be made to the program to which you applied.  

Check your online status at Application Management. If your application is complete you will be notified by email once a decision has been made.  You can email for additional information.    

I have submitted my application. When can I expect to obtain an admission decision?

Generally the admission decisions are sent out in the month of February or sooner. The college will keep you informed by email communications through the Application Management system.    

What happens after I am accepted to a program?

Once granted admission, students receive an official email to check the status and letter of admission in the Application Management system. At this point students must provide an official transcript.  

What does the Graduate School consider to be an official transcript?

Transcripts are considered official when the documents arrive directly from the school in a sealed envelope. The Graduate School also accepts transcripts that were first received by the applicant and then forwarded to the Graduate School, as long as the transcripts stay in their original, sealed envelope. Once the applicant opens the transcript envelope, the Graduate School can no longer accept the transcript as official. 

If a transcript does not explicitly state that a degree was conferred, the degree must be shown in another document from the educational institution. This document, stating degree conferral, must also arrive directly from the school in a sealed envelope.

Additionally, many schools now send transcripts electronically. The Graduate School accepts electronic transcripts sent directly by the school as official transcripts. These documents can be sent to

What is the Graduate School's mailing address?

The Graduate School's mailing address is

PO Box 210627
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0627

For parcel delivery services that need a physical location (DHL, FEDex, etc.), the Graduate School's address is  

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

Additional information requests can be sent to, with the subject line, Additional Information Requested.