Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements MSED

Niagara University welcomes applicants to our Masters of Science in Education: Educational Leadership. We welcome applications from 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 an accredited college or university *If you have not yet graduated and/or your degree has not been conferred, please enclose an in-progress letter
  • Niagara University students and/or alumni: please select "yes" when asked on your graduate application if you are a current or former NU student. This will notify your college/department to pull your Niagara University transcript internally, and free of cost.

Two References - Online (or Mailed)

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

Statement of Intent - Online

  • Two-page, double-spaced, typewritten statement discussing your academic and/or research background, your career goals, your personal philosophy related to your area of study, and how Niagara University's graduate program will prepare you to meet your career and educational objectives (Please include your name, program of interest, and anticipated entry term in the header of the document)

Resume and/or Experience Profile - Online

  • Resume and/or experience profile including all professional experiences relating to the intended field of study.
  • *To be uploaded in the same document as your Statement of Intent

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 his/her 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.

International Applicants

Study Permit

International students wishing to study at Niagara University, for a period of more than 6 months, and who are not Canadian citizens, or permanent residents of Canada will require a study permit. Study Permits are issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC),as a paper document that is usually attached to an individual's passport at the Canadian port of entry. In order to obtain a Study Permit, an applicant must be studying at an approved Designated Learning Institution (DLI). Niagara University is a Designate Learning Institution.  Our DLI number is O268049601572.  This number begins with the letter "O" which stands for Ontario. This information is also available as part of the DLI list on IRCC’s website. 

If the study permit application is approved, the individual will receive a Letter of Introduction that must be presented to the border officer upon entry to Canada. The study permit will be printed and issued at the border.

Please note that a study permit does not authorize re-entry to Canada should you decide to leave at any point during the time of your studies. In addition to the study permit, some individuals may also require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or eTA in order to enter and/or re-enter Canada. Follow this link to Find out if you need a visa to travel to Canada (  The initial processing time for a request may take anywhere from one to six months. To find out more information Check processing times -

You may also extend your study permit if you have already been issued one, or transfer from another institution  

Applicants with International Degrees

Together with the standard application requirements above, applicants to Niagara University's Ontario programs who have not received their degree from a Canadian or US institution where English is the official language of instruction, must also submit the following items: 

  • 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.


TOEFL Paper 600

Admission Policies and Procedures for Mature Students

All students are required to meet the above standards. Challenge exams are not permitted at the graduate level.

*Official transcripts and GRE scores (if not exempted) will be required, prior to the student beginning the program should the applicant receive a letter of acceptance. Please note that Niagara waives the TOEFL examination requirement for students scoring a 600 or higher on the GMAT/GRE.

Mailing Address

Niagara University Graduate Education Office 2904 Highway 7, Unit 113
Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
L4K 0K4