Accepted Graduate Students

On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, we welcome you to graduate school at Canisius. As you begin this new and exciting chapter, we invite you to become more acquainted with Canisius and follow the steps below to get started on the next step of your academic career.


Review Your Acceptance Letter

Review your acceptance letter for any outstanding admissions requirements such as official transcripts and/or disclaimers. There will be a hold on registration after your first semester if the outstanding admissions requirements have not been received.

Official transcripts: in order for a transcript to be considered “official” it must be sent directly from the school to Canisius and have your degree listed with date awarded. Official transcripts and documents can be sent:

-By email to @email;

-Electronically by selecting Canisius University through Parchment or National Clearinghouse; or

-By mail to the Graduate Admissions Office at 2001 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14208.

Accept Your Offer of Admission

To accept your admission offer, refer to the instructions provided in your acceptance email and submit your admission deposit:

- Make a credit card payment online (using the username/password provided in your acceptance email)

- Make a credit card payment by phone by calling the Office of Student Records & Financial Services at 888-2600 (local) or toll free at 800-238-8160. 

Once complete, you will be eligible to register for classes when registration opens. 

*Our enrollment deposit policies may be found below.

How to Access the myCanisius Portal and Your Canisius Email

Login to your myCanisius account using the credentials listed in your acceptance letter. After using the initial password to set up your account, you will then need to create a new password and set up the Multifactor Authentication.

Once you have logged into the myCanisius portal, you will see the Navigation Bar on the left side of the page, listed under the Navigation Bar is the Launchpad. Under the Launchpad you will see the other subgroups. Choose the green section labeled My Applications.

Select the option labeled Gmail. It is very important that you check your account regularly as this is how your professors will be in contact with you.

You can also access your email account directly through Gmail. Please note that your email ends with "", not "".

Complete Immunization Record Form

All graduate students registered for 6 or more credit hours attending class on-campus or those who live on-campus are required by New York State to submit proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and submit proof of either meningitis vaccination or a signed waiver declining vaccination prior to the first day of classes. Vaccinations are available in the Student Health Center at the university for a fee. To view New Graduate Student Health Requirements, click here.

Non-Canadian international students, studying on an F1 Visa are also required to submit a completed physical examination prior to the start of class. The physical examination and immunization form must be completed in English and signed by you and your health care provider. 

International students from certain high-risk countries are required to be screened for tuberculosis upon arrival in the US. The Student Health Center can provide this screening with a blood test.  A history of BCG vaccine does not meet this requirement. The TB screening requirement is strictly enforced by the university.

International students can obtain a physical examination and tuberculosis test in the Student Health Center upon arrival at the college, for a fee. 

Please contact the Student Health Center at @email with any questions about these requirements.


Learn More about Student Health

Register for Classes

Once you have submitted your deposit, you are eligible to register for classes. Consult with your advisor before registering. Click here for registration instructions.

You can find the class schedule lookup by clicking here.

How to Access Desire2Learn (D2L)

Login to your MyCanisius account.

On the left side of the page you will see the Navigation Bar. Listed under the Navigation Bar is the Launchpad. Choose the green section labeled My Applications. Select the option labeled Desire2Learn.

When the page opens, the classes you are registered for will be listed on the left side with a D2L introduction video on the right side. You will be able to access the courses a few days before the semester starts.

Web Technology Resources for Graduate Students

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation will offer the following information sessions via Zoom.

Register Here

Graduate Student Information Technology Session

Whether face-to-face or online, graduate education at Canisius makes extensive use of internet tools and services.  Come learn about the core information technologies you will use at Canisius.  Begin the semester confident in your use of Canisius Gmail, D2L, the myCanisius Portal, and other tools for your success!

Additional Resources
Guide for Online Learning
Quick Guide to Information Technology for Students
Canisius University Helpdesk


Student ID Cards

An ID number is issued to every student enrolled at Canisius University. Your ID number can be found in your acceptance letter or through the myCanisius portal under Schedule and Registration > Student Profile/Registration. 

Physical ID cards may be obtained through Public Safety located in the lower level of Bosch Hall (labeled AA on campus map). When you go to Public Safety to obtain your student ID, make sure to bring your ID number with you. If you need access to the building or have questions about hours of operation, please call Public Safety at 716-888-2330. 

Your ID card can be used for a variety of services on campus, including: the library, printing services, dining services, vending machines, laundry services, fitness facilities and building access after hours and during breaks.

Enrollment Deposit Policies

These policies outline the conditions under which the enrollment deposit can be refunded, deferred, or transferred:

1. Application of Enrollment Deposit
-The deposit will be applied as a credit toward the student's first semester of attendance at Canisius University.

2. Refund Policy
-Refund requests must be received in writing for fall applicants by May 1.
-For spring applicants, refund requests must be received by December 1.
-Refund requests must be submitted via email to @email.

3. Non-Refundable after Deadlines
-After the specified deadlines, the enrollment deposit becomes non-refundable.
-However, if the student decides to attend in a subsequent semester, it can be deferred for up to one academic year.

4. Updates to Application
-If the student updates their application and enrollment deposit to a different semester, they forfeit their eligibility for a refund.

5. International Applicants Visa Denial
-International applicants denied a student visa are eligible for an enrollment deposit refund.
-Refund requests must be submitted within 30 days following the visa denial, accompanied by evidence of the denial.

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