Admissions Information

Canisius College Students

Canisius College students currently enrolled in the Undergraduate or Graduate Divisions need not submit an admissions application in order to attend summer classes. 

Visiting Students

Undergraduate students enrolled at another college must complete a Non-Matriculating Student Admission Application and be accepted through the Office of Student Records & Financial Services, Bagen Hall room 106, prior to the start of the respective session.  Students are advised to check with their own college to determine the eligibility of the course for transfer of credit.

High School Seniors - Graduated

Graduated high school seniors who have been accepted by Canisius College as potential freshmen for the Fall 2016 semester need not submit an admissions application. 

High School Students

Although the general requirements for admission to the Undergraduate Division of the Summer Session is graduation from an approved secondary school or its equivalent, qualified high school students who have completed at least three years of secondary studies are permitted to enroll in Summer Session courses for credit at special tuition rates.  Such students must apply for admission to the Associate Director of Admissions prior to May 23, 2016 and submit, with their application, transcripts of their high school academic record and a letter of recommendation from their principal or guidance counselor. 

If you have any questions regarding the undergraduate process please feel contact the Student Records & Financial Services Center at (716) 888-2600 or 1-800-238-8160 by email at

Graduate Students (Current graduate students do not need to apply)

An application for admission to this master's degree program is open to qualified holders of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, regardless of undergraduate field of study.  The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants on the basis of academic records, scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), work experience, professional accomplishments and subjective appraisal of motivation and likelihood of successful program completion.

To qualify for admission, the student should have one of the following:
  1. A minimum total of at least 950 points based on the formula: 200 times the undergraduate GPA (4.0 system) + the GMAT or converted GRE score. OR
  2. At least 1000 points based on the formula: 200 times the junior and senior year GPA (4.0 system) + the GMAT or converted GRE score.
    The converted GRE score is calculated as follows: [(3.0 x verbal) + (2.0 x quantitative) + (100 x analytic)]/6. OR
  3. A minimum total of 600 points on the TOEFL examination for international students (as well as appropriate undergraduate credentials
In order to apply, applicants need to complete an application form, have their GMAT,GRE or TOEFL scores forwarded from the testing service, provide two official transcripts for all college work, write a brief essay describing their interest in the program, and submit such other information as requested by the Admissions Committee.  Eligible students may enter in the fall, spring or summer semester.  Preferred consideration will be given to those who complete the application process by July 15 for the fall, November 15 for the spring and April 15 for the summer semester.

College of Arts & Sciences

Communication and Leadership (MS)

The MS in Communication and Leadership provides insight into the complex relationship between leadership and communication in areas such as building and bridging networks of relationships, communicating expectations and goals, motivating and listening.  Leaders persuade, motivate, communicate a shared vision and create an environment that enables them to lead effectively.  The Communication and Leadership program blends functional knowledge and analytical skills with the ability to interact with others, understand them, interpret their behavior and communicate effectively.  Graduates of the program will gain knowledge and understanding of personal leadership behaviors and advancing these behaviors to lead effectively in teams and other organizational contexts.

Program Admission
Applicants for admission may be accepted as matriculants (master's degree candidates) or as non-matriculants (graduate course credit students.)  In either instance, the same admission standards will apply.  Prospective students must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, regardless of major field of study, and must present evidence of their qualifications to participate fully in a graduate level endeavor. 
For additional information, or to request an application form, please use our Inquiry Form.  You may also call (716) 888-2589 or email or contact the program director at

Anthrozoology (MS)

Canisius College offers an online Master’s Degree in Anthrozoology, the discipline that focuses on humanity’s relationship with other species. A major emphasis is on an examination of the relationships between people and their companion animals, but the scope of our program also includes animal use in science, industry, agriculture, and zoos.

This program is conducted in a “modified online” format.  The generic formula is one in which our students and faculty initially meet together on the Canisius College campus for an intensive four-day sequence of course orientations, planning sessions, classroom meetings, and special seminars by invited speakers.  After that, the rest of the coursework is conducted in a vibrant online learning community maintained throughout the semester.  In other words, except for a single, “extended-weekend” visit to the campus each semester, this program can be completed online from any geographic location.  It is hoped that this formula will allow students to participate with minimal disruption to their present employment and/or living conditions.

Contact an admissions counselor today to learn more about the graduate programs at Canisius College.

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School Of Education & Human Services Graduate Programs

The School of Education and Human Services offers master's degree programs in administration and supervision, elementary and secondary education, reading, counselor education, college student personnel administration, deaf education, general education and special education.  The Department of Physical Education offers master's degree programs in physical education and sport administration. The Office of Professional Studies offers programs is Applied Nutrition, Community and School Health, Health and Human Performance, and Respiratory Care.

Students must assume the responsibility of becoming acquainted with all requirements pertaining to their program of study.

Academic Regulations For Graduate Education Course Admission
Applicants for admission to the Graduate Education Division may be accepted as matriculants (master's degree candidates) or as non-matriculants (graduate course credit students).  In either instance, the same admission standards will apply.  Students seeking admission to graduate study must present evidence of their qualifications  to successfully participate in graduate level course work.

Each applicant is required to submit an application for admission and supporting credentials as required for the particular program.

Applicants for admission to graduate courses must possess a bachelor's degree from an approved college and forward two copies of a certified transcript of their undergraduate record to the Graduate Education Division.  Applicants will not be admitted to graduate work if they fail to present evidence of having completed the minimum admission requirements.

For more information regarding graduate education programs, please contact our office at (716) 888-2545 or call toll free at (800) 950-2505 or at   

Richard J. Wehle School Of Business Graduate Programs

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Master of Business Administration in Professional Accounting (M.B.A.P.A.) Master of Business Administration in Accounting (MBAA) Master of Science in International Business (MS) Master of Science in Forensic Accounting (MS)

The graduate programs in Business Administration are professional in nature.  The objective of the programs is to educate forward-looking managers for business, industry, and government.  Since the programs are specifically designated to be part-time, classes are scheduled during evening periods to allow graduate students employed during the day to attend.  The MBA program is fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  The M.B.A.P.A. program is registered with the New York State Education Department and qualifies graduates to sit for the C.P.A. examination in New York State. The MTM program provides technical understanding of telecommunication systems, including computer networks, as well as economic, regulatory and marketing aspects.

The programs are open to any qualified holder of a bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university regardless of undergraduate major field of study  The goal of the admission policy is the selection of those candidates who indicate the greatest potential for academic and business achievement.  The candidate for admission to graduate study must present evidence of qualifications to participate successfully in a graduate-level academic endeavor. Each applicant must submit:  (1) a completed application form; (2) official score on the Graduate Management Admission Test; (3) official transcripts of all college work; and (4) other information as requested by the Admissions Committee.

Applicants should plan to take the Graduate Management Admission Test at the earliest opportunity.  Eligible students may enter in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.  Preferred consideration is given to complete applications received by July 1 for Fall, November 1 for Spring, and April 1 for Summer.

For further information please contact the Graduate Business Programs Office toll free at 1-800-543-7906 or e-mail

Registration for Summer Sessions 2016 will begin on March 14, 2016 for all students and will continue on a daily basis up to and including the first class meeting.  Please note: Individual courses may be cancelled due to enrollment.

Academic Course Load for Summer Session - Students may enroll in any combination of sessions offered during Summer Sessions 2016 provided they do not exceed the suggetsed maximum load for each individual session:

Maximum Course & Credit Load:
  • Session I:  Maximum - Two (2) courses or the equivalent of eight (8) credits.
  • Session II: Maximum - Two (2) courses of the equivalent of eight (8) credits.
Graduate Education
Academic Course Load:
A student in the Summer Session is not permitted to take more than the indicated number of graduate credits without special approval of the chairman:
  • Five-Week Session:  six credits
Admission to Summer Sessions 2016 for undergraduate and graduate students does not imply admission to any undergraduate or graduate division of Canisius College for the regular academic year.

Canisius College NonDiscrimination Policy: Canisius College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion or creed, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran's status, genetic predisposition, carrier status or disability in administration of its educational policies, employment practices, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

Canisius admits students of any age, race, religion or creed, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran's status to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the College.

It continues to be the policy of Canisius College not to discriminate on the basis of handicap.  No person is denied employment, admission, or access solely because of physical, mental, or medical impairment which is unrelated to the ability to engage in the activities involved in the education requirements or occupation for which application has been made.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding discrimination policies as they relate to persons with disabilities:  Anne Marie Dobies, Assistant Vice President/Director of the GriffCenter, 716-888-3748 voice/716-888-3747 (TDD).


First-time Graduate Matriculating students
Undergraduate Non-matriculating students
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