Program Questions

Is the program online?

  • Our programs are delivered in a hybrid format incorporating the best of online and in-person learning strategies. Typically, classes are constructed with up to a maximum of 40% of the content delivered online. 

How long does it take to complete the program? 

  • It typically takes 2 years to complete the program. There are full time, full time accelerated and part time options available. Students have up to 6 years to complete the program. Accelerated and elongated options can be discussed on a personalized basis. 
  • Full time: 4-semesters (2 years), taking 3 courses per semester 
  • Full time accelerated: 3-semesters (1.5 years) taking 4 courses per semester
  • Part time: 6-semesters (3 years), taking 2 courses per semester 

What are class sizes? 

  • Niagara University values personalized learning so classes are small. Class sizes typically average about 20-25 students. 

When are classes held? 

  • Our classes are held in the evenings, after 6:00 pm, and Saturdays from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm in our state of the art facility in Vaughan. Our programs are designed for working professionals. 

Application Questions

What are the minimum admission requirements?

  • Each program has its own admission requirements. Please visit the admission requirements found under Program Information

What is a B average?

  • A B average is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 74-76% depending on your undergraduate institution's grading scale. For international a WES or SpanTran evaluation is required along with your application. 

What is a B+ average?

  • A B+ average is a 3.3 on a 4.0 scale or 77-79% depending on your undergraduate institution's grading scale. For international a WES or SpanTran evaluation is required along with your application.

Should I apply if my GPA is lower than the requirement?

  • Niagara University holistically evaluates applications.  If you have questions about whether or not you meet the requirements, please contact an Admission Counselor.

My GPA in undergrad was not a 3.0, does work experience count? 

  • In keeping with Niagara University’s mission, it recognizes that applicants who completed undergraduate degrees with GPA scores of less than the required 3.0, may have, since the completion of their degrees, gained significant professional experience, and possibly industry certifications that may provide additional information on which to judge success in graduate studies. Therefore, we encourage individuals who find themselves in this situation to apply.

Does Niagara University Accept College Degrees?

  • Yes. Niagara University accepts 4-year honours degrees from Ontario colleges.  Please note, however, that students who have graduated from an Ontario college, must have successfully completed a 4-year honours degree program. Students with 3-year advanced diplomas, and 2-year diplomas, are not eligible for our graduate programs.

How do I know if I am eligible to apply? 

  • Please complete the quiz to see if you are eligible. 

Is there a fee to apply? 

  • At this time, there is no fee to begin an application. 

I’m an international student, can I apply?

  • At this time Niagara University is not recognized as a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada, which is a requirement for individuals seeking Canadian student study visas. International students interested in programs offered through our main campus located in Lewiston New York, are encouraged to visit our US-based programs.

I have an international degree, what do I need to apply?

  • Official credential evaluation of all undergraduate transcripts. Copies or emails for any test score or credential evaluation will not be accepted. Please choose the "comprehensive course by course evaluations" from either SpanTran or World Education Services.
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency through official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly from the testing service. In order to be eligible for acceptance into the program, applicants must provide evidence of having achieved a score equal to or greater than the minimum identified below on one of the following tests. *Language requirements may be considered to be met if you have completed education in a country where English is an official language, or if English was the language of instruction for your degree. 

When are application deadlines? 

  • For fall semesters beginning in late August, application deadlines are late July. 
  • For winter semesters beginning in mid-January, application deadlines are early December. 

Whom should I ask for a letter of reference?

  • For applicants who have been our of school for a significant period of time, we recommend that you provide two professional references. These should include individuals to whom you have directly reported.  For those who have recently been in other educational programs, it is possible to provide one academic and one professional reference.

How do I submit my references?

  • During the application phase you will add the names and contact information of your references.  These individuals will be a link to the reference form which they will complete and submit.  

Do I need to send in official documents when I apply?

  • You can apply with unofficial documents and we encourage you to do so. These should be scanned and uploaded to the system along with your application.
  • When uploading transcripts, scan both sides so that the grading scale is included. 
  • Please ensure all information on scanned documents is clear and legible.
  • You will be required to submit official copies of your documents including: official transcripts, GMAT/GRE test scores, English proficiency test results (if applicable), WES/SpanTran certification (if applicable) if you are admitted to the program.  Official transcripts and test results must be mailed directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope to:
    • Graduate Admissions
    • Niagara University
    • 2904 Highway 7, Unit 113
    • Vaughan ON, L4K 0K4

Testing Requirement Questions

What is the GMAT? 

  • The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is a standardized four-part entrance exam, consisting of a: 
    • Quantitative section,
    • Verbal section,
    • Integrated Reasoning section,
    • Analytical Writing Assessment.

What is the GRE? 

  • The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is a standardized three-part entrance exam, consisting of: 
    • Quantitative Reasoning
    • Verbal Reasoning
    • Analytical Writing

Why are these tests required?

  • These tests are used as reliable measures of the skills required for graduate level studies and as  predictors of student performance in graduate programs.

How can I prepare for these tests?

  • There are numerous online and off-line resources available for students to prepare for the test.

Where can I register to take the tests?

  • You can register for the GMAT exam at GMAT Test.
  • You can register for the GRE exam at GRE Test

Is the GMAT/GRE required? If so, can it be waived?

  • The GMAT and GRE are required; however, applicants who have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.3 (B+) in their undergraduate/graduate transcripts or those who have already completed a graduate degree, may request to have the GMAT/GRE requirement waived.

Can I apply to a program before I have written any of the required tests (GMAT/GRE/IELTS/TOEFL)?

  • Yes. However, we will require that these are submitted prior to your application being reviewed for acceptance.

Financial Assistance Questions

How much can OSAP cover from the tuition amount? 

  • Please contact OSAP to determine the amount you are eligible for. Click Here for OSAP’s aid estimator 

Are there any scholarships? 

  • Click Here to learn more about the Mayor Bevilacqua scholarship.