Communication
& Leadership

Communication <br>& Leadership

Admissions Requirements

International Students

  • Official undergraduate transcripts with accompanying Certified English translations (see organizations listed below).
  • Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report showing a score of at least 550 for the paper test, at least 213 for the CBT (computer-based test), or at least 80 for the IBT (Internet-based test) is required to be considered for admission to Canisius.  An official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report showing a score of at least 6.5 is accepted.  An official Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) score report showing a score of at least 70 is accepted.  Scores must be forwarded directly from the testing service.
  • Completed Certification of Finances (COF) form, along with any necessary bank statements or sponsor affidavits, to secure a student visa.
  • Individuals who have completed university coursework at an institution outside the United States (except Canadian universities) must have their transcipts and degrees evaluated to be considered for admission.

The following organizations are private institutions that will translate degrees and transcripts.  There is a fee associated with evaluations.

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 11623
Chicago, IL 60611-0623 USA

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 51470
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3479 USA

The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants on the basis of academic records with a minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0, scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and the likelihood of successful program completion.

The Admissions Committee recognizes that an applicant's background and experience may enhance one's ability to succeed in this program. Those individuals who wish to have these experiences considered in the admission decision may submit letters of reference and/or information pertaining to such experience with the application form.

The Admissions Committee recognizes that some applicants wish to begin the program prior to taking the GRE. A candidate whose QPA is 3.00 or higher may be admitted to the program as a non-matriculating student for one academic semester. A student may take no more than twelve semester hours of course work on a non-matriculating basis.

Eligible students may enter in the fall, spring or summer semester. Preferred consideration will be given to those who complete the application process by June 15 for the fall, November 15 for the spring and April 15 for the summer.

To receive the MS degree, students must complete the 36-credit program with at least a 3.0 Q.P.A.