Graduate School

Niagara University offers a wide and growing selection of graduate education programs. On this page are links to all four colleges at Niagara and their respective graduate programs.  Niagara University has everything you're looking for: outstanding academic programs, small classes, a convenient location and the hands-on, practical knowledge you need to succeed.

Why go to grad school?

Is graduate school right for you? Only you can answer that question. Consider your interests, goals, dreams and abilities. Assess your skills, competencies and weaknesses with honesty. In-depth soul searching is vital to making a choice you can live with for the next two to seven years.

Consider the following questions:

Why do I want to go to graduate school? Is it for the right reasons?

Students choose graduate school for many reasons, including intellectual curiosity and professional advancement. Some choose grad school because they aren't sure what to do or don't feel ready for a job. These aren't good reasons. Graduate school requires a commitment of time and money. If you're not sure that you're ready, then it's best to wait.

What are my career goals? Will graduate school assist me in meeting my career goals?

Some careers, such as those in medicine, dentistry and law, require education beyond the bachelor's degree. A job as a college professor, researcher, or psychologist also requires an advanced degree.

What will I specialize in? What are my interests?

Whereas an undergraduate major is a broad introduction to a given field, graduate school is very narrow and specialized. For example, grad school in psychology requires choosing a specialization such as experimental, clinical, counseling, developmental, social, or biological psychology. Decide early because your choice determines the programs to which you'll apply. Consider your interests. What courses did you especially like? On what topics have you written papers? Seek advice from professors about the differences among the various specialties in a given field. Inquire about existing employment opportunities for each specialization.

Do I have the motivation for another two to seven years of school?

Graduate school is different from college because it requires a higher level of academic commitment. You must enjoy and excel at reading, writing and analyzing information. Speak with professors and graduate students to get a better idea of what's involved in graduate study. Most first-year graduate students are overwhelmed and remark that they had no idea of what they were getting into. Seek a first-year student's perspective for a reality check.

Do I have the academic and personal qualities to succeed?

Generally, it is expected that students will maintain at least a 3.0 average during graduate school. Some programs deny funding to students with less than a 3.33 average. Can you juggle multiple tasks, projects and papers at once? Can you manage time effectively?

Going to graduate school affects the rest of your life. There are both pros and cons to continuing your education. Seek information from multiple sources including the career-counseling center, your family, graduate students, and professors. Take your time with it. Most importantly, trust your judgment and have faith that you'll make the choice that's best for you.