Application Requirements

Niagara University Graduate Application

Official Transcripts - Emailed or Mailed directly from institution

  • Official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended sent electronically directly from the institution or mailed in a sealed envelope.
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Please note mail from Ontario can take 3-4 weeks to reach our office.
  • If you have not yet graduated and/or your degree has not been conferred, please send your "in progress" official transcript. An official transcript will still be required once your degree is conferred.
  • Niagara University students and/or alumni: please select "yes" when asked on your graduate application if you are a current or former NU student. This will notify your college/department to pull your Niagara University transcript internally, and free of cost.

Two References - Submitted through the application portal

  • Two references (academic, professional and/or volunteer).
  • After submitting the contact information for your references, our application system will email your references directly to request a recommendation.

Statement of Intent - Submitted through the application portal

  • Two-page, double-spaced, typewritten statement discussing your academic and/or research background, your career goals, your personal philosophy related to your area of study, and how Niagara University's graduate program will prepare you to meet your career and educational objectives. Please include your name, program of interest, and anticipated entry term in the header of the document.

Resume and/or Experience Profile - Submitted through the application portal

  • Resume and/or experience profile including all professional experiences relating to the intended field of study.

Graduate Admissions Test

  • Initial Teacher Education and Advanced Education (Literacy, Special Education, TESOL) - Teacher Education and Advanced Education applicants are required to take one of the following tests listed below, or show proof of previous test results taken within the last six years. Individuals who have previously completed a masters degree in a related field are not required to submit graduate testing for advanced education programs. Testing options:
  1. ACCUPLACER - Recommended option. The ACCUPLACER is a remotely proctored exam that can be taken on your home computer. The exam is very test-taker friendly, and includes questions related to basic skills including arithmetic, reading, and writing. All sections are multiple-choice and untimed, and individuals are able to schedule the exam 24/7 with the remote proctoring service. The proctoring fee for the test is $25 USD. The Graduate Education Office will provide a voucher for the exam once the application is submitted. Practice materials can be found here & here. 
  2. GRE
  3. ACT
  4. College Board (SAT)
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, School Psychology, ABA & Educational Leadership do not require a test.

Score reports should be sent to the Graduate Education Office electronically to or at the mailing address below.

Additional Requirements

  • Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0/B may be required to attend an interview designed to examine the student's career goals, personal readiness for his/her program, multicultural sensitivity and awareness, personal dispositions and decision-making skills, and/or provide a writing sample.
  • A degree evaluation by World Education Services or a Spantran for application is required for applicants who have obtained a degree outside of the United States or Canada. Please select the comprehensive course-by-course report. The foreign credential must be from an accredited and recognized institution of higher education, and be equivalent to a bachelor's degree in the United States. 
  • For individuals whose native language is not English, a language proficiency examination is required. Niagara waives this examination requirement for students scoring 600+ on the GRE.
  • Ph.D. applicants will be required to submit additional materials. For details, visit PhD Application.

Mailing Addresses

Niagara University Graduate Education Office
Academic Complex, Room 221
5795 Lewiston Road
Niagara University, NY 14109

Niagara University in Ontario
2904 HWY 7 #113
Vaughan, ON L4K 0K4, Canada

Niagara University encourages all individuals whose aptitude and demonstrated achievement in university or college give evidence of their ability to successfully complete the various university programs to apply for admission. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University welcomes all students, regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or disability.