International Graduate Students

A graduate student is defined as a student who has or is expecting to receive the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. 

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Completed application (Canisius University Online App)
    • A $50 USD application fee is required to cover the administrative costs of reviewing and evaluating applications. This ensures that our admissions team can thoroughly assess each application and provide a comprehensive evaluation. Payments must be made through Flywire and payment instructions can be found on our International Payments page.
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Transcripts from the institution you have, or will be receiving, your degree from - unofficial or in progress transcripts are acceptable to begin the admissions review process.
    • If your school is unable to provide an official translated copy of your transcript in English, we are only able to accept translated transcripts from a NACES accredited organization. Please  view a complete list of approved agencies.
    • Please note that accepted students have one semester to submit their official transcripts before a hold is put on their student record.
  • English Language Proficiency test scores – a copy is acceptable to begin the admissions review process. 
  • Additional requirements such as test scores and recommendation letters vary by program. To view the admissions requirements for your program of interest, visit our graduate programs page
  • We carry out our own course-by-course evaluation of the transcript you submit. There are cases, however, where you may be required to submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation from a NACES accredited organization. We also may require your official transcript to be sent directly from the Registrar's office to the Graduate Admissions Office.


Application deadline is May 15th for Fall (August intake) and September 15th for Spring (January intake). *

*Applications received after the deadline will be processed on a space availability basis.

International Graduate Student Scholarships

Richard J. Wehle School of Business has several scholarship opportunities. For more information on the Business scholarships, please visit the Wehle School Scholarships and Assistantships page.

Graduate Assistantships

There is limited availability for Graduate Assistantships. Information on open positions will be sent via email to accepted and current students. These positions will typically require students to work 10-20 hours per week and will provide a tuition waiver for 1-3 courses per semester.

STEM Designated Programs

STEM degree holders may apply for a one-year extension to their post-completion OPT after graduating. F-1 Students who obtain an degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) related field may apply for a one-year extension of their post-completion OPT. Students graduate and then apply for a two-year extension near the end of their first year. The DSO will endorse the I-20 for extension application for students who qualify.

Canisius offers four STEM designated graduate programs:

Speak with your admissions counselor to learn more. 

Helpful Resources

Graduate Admissions 

International Graduate Student FAQ

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