Not sure where to start with your graduate school search? Get familiar with the application process and check out some of the most frequently asked questions from prospective students just like you.
How to Begin the Application Process
You’ll create your application account here. If you’re applying to a graduate program, you’ll select “Graduate Regular” as your round. If you are returning to finish your program and have not attended in over a year, you'll select "Graduate Readmit". If you are seeking to take a few classes, but not complete a program, you'll select "Graduate Non-Matric". You’ll then follow the prompts along each section as you go through the application.
**If you are applying to the Physician Assistant program you will submit an application through CASPA.
You’ll upload a personal statement (some programs have a specific prompt that you’ll respond to) and a copy of your resume.
Some programs require at least two letters of recommendation. Please refer to the program page for more information on this requirement. You can complete the recommendation through the application system by putting in the name and email of your provider. The system will contact them to complete the reference. The notification email may be sent to the junk or spam folder, so be sure to follow up with your provider. We also accept recommendations by email, mail, or fax.
Certain programs require test scores. You can find a guide on the test score section of the application, or refer to your program page for further clarification. You can upload a copy of your score report. If you have not yet taken the test, you can include the date in which you expect to take it.
Copies of Transcripts
A copy of your transcript is acceptable for review purposes. You can upload a copy right to the application. If there are any issues with the upload, we will contact you. Official transcripts are required once students have been accepted and they have received their degree. A transcript is considered official if it is sent directly to our office by the school and has the degree conferred on it.
After you have submitted your application, please allow for one business day for your materials to be processed and your checklist updated. You can check your status page to see any updates on your application, and we will be in touch with you if there are any additional materials that we require.
Which program is right for me?
Deciding on a graduate program is a big decision that can help to influence your future career plans. We offer programs that cover a wide range of interests, and you can see all of the available programs that we offer here. Setting up a meeting with an admissions counselor is also a great way to learn more about our programs, and your counselor can help guide you towards a program that best suits your area of interest and career goals
How do I apply?
All programs except for Physician Assistant use our free online application. Each program has different requirements for admission, so make sure you take a look at what is needed to apply for you specific program
Do I have a dedicated admissions counselor?
You will work with an admissions counselor who specializes in your area of interest. Your counselor will be able to assist you at all points of the admissions process. You can schedule a meeting with your counselor here.
When can I start classes?
Canisius offers start terms in Fall, Spring and Summer for many of our graduate programs. Some masters programs such as Anthrozoology, Physician Assistant, and WNYTR admit students in certain semesters. Please refer to your specific program page to see the available start terms.
Is there a deadline to apply?
For some programs like Anthrozoology, Physician Assistant Studies, and WNYTR there is a set deadline. For all other programs, we have a priority deadline in place. For the Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 semester the priority deadline is May 1st.
Is there an application fee?
Most of our graduate programs do not charge an application fee. Our free online application can be found here. Physician Assistant Studies program applicants will apply through the CASPA website, which does charge a fee per application. Visit the CASPA Fee webpage for more information on PA application fees.
Is there financial aid available?
For many graduate students filling out the FAFSA is a great way to finance graduate school. Students who apply to a graduate program in the Wehle School of Business can apply for specific business scholarships if they are admitted into a program. There are also several specialized scholarships that are offered for catholic educators, and those that have completed a year of service with an organization such as AmeriCorps.
If you work for one of our employer partners you may qualify for a 25% tuition discount.
Can I use a copy of my transcript?
Copies of your transcript can be uploaded and used to make an admissions decision. If you are admitted into a program official transcripts will need to be sent to canisius directly from your previous institution.
What are official transcripts?
An “official transcript” is sent directly to Canisius College from the institution where you received your degree. In order to satisfy the official transcript requirement, your transcript must include your degree and date awarded. Please note: “In-progress” transcripts, or transcripts that do not include your degree awarded date, may be submitted for the application review process. Canisius College must receive official transcripts after acceptance into your graduate program to fulfill your admission requirement.
Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT for my program?
Some programs require a test score such as the GRE or GMAT for the application. Please refer to your program’s webpage for specific admissions requirements.
Where can I find my program code required for the NYS TEACH Website?
Instructions on how to obtain your program code, and more information about applying for your certification or advanced certificate through NYSED can be found here.