Niagara University encourages all men and women 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.

Official Transcripts - Mailed

  • Official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended in a sealed institution envelope
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university
  • *If you have not yet graduated and/or your degree has not been conferred, please enclose an in-progress letter

Three References - Online (or Mailed)

  • Three references (academic or professional)
  • *After submitting your online application, you will be able to directly email your references to request a recommendation

Goal Statement - Online

  • Goal statement of at least 500 words that answers the question, “How will this doctoral program in Leadership and Policy address my future professional goals?"
  • *Please include your name at the top of this uploaded document

Professional Resume - Online

  • Uploaded resume, including all professional experiences relating to the intended field of study

Professional  Writing Sample  - Online

An  uploaded  professional writing sample consisting of one of the following:

  • Single author refereed journal or single author conference paper
  • A critical review of a book, article, video, etc. (750 words or more)
  • Chapter of a graduate thesis or representative paper from a graduate class

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 their program, multicultural sensitivity and awareness, personal dispositions and decision-making skills, and/or provide a writing sample.
  • A degree evaluation by WES ( or Spantran ( is required for applicants who have obtained a degree outside of the United States or Canada. Please select the comprehensive course-by-course report.
  • For individuals whose native language is not English, a language proficiency examination is required. Please visit for more information. Niagara waives this examination requirement for students scoring 600+ on the GRE/GMAT.

Mailing Address

Graduate Education Office
Academic Complex, Room 225
Niagara University
Niagara University, N.Y. 14109