Niagara University is located in the Town of Lewiston, New York. It stands atop the picturesque Niagara River Gorge, five miles from the world famous Niagara Falls and overlooks the Province of Ontario, Canada. The Queenston–Lewiston Bridge is only one mile from Niagara University. The university is located outside of the Buffalo/Lake Erie snowbelt and receives substantially less snow than the metroplex in the winter.

The master of science degree in criminal justice administration consists of an 11-course sequence totaling 33 semester hours. All courses earn three credits. All classes are offered at 4 p.m. or later and convenient class scheduling permits students to take two courses on some class evenings. Six of the 11 courses are core requirements; the remainder are electives.

The master’s degree program is designed for completion in one calendar year for full-time students and two calendar years for part-time students.

Niagara University offers three entry points into the program: fall (August), spring (January) and summer (May).

Niagara University has a rolling admissions policy. Applications are considered as they are received and evaluated in a holistic fashion in keeping with the mission of the university. The earlier you apply, the sooner your application will be considered.

During the fall and spring, course work is generally kept to three days a week.

Yes, you will work with Dr. Harmon, the criminal justice graduate advisor, to determine your schedule.

The most current information is listed on Student Accounts' Fee Structure site. Additional fees such as parking and registration are also listed on the same site.

Yes, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required for admission. The degree conferred needs to be posted on the official transcript.

Individuals who are still undergraduates and currently “in progress” with a graduation date planned before the start of Niagara University’s program need to indicate this on the application. Also, an official letter from the college/university will be needed to verify your planned graduation date.

Please submit the “in progress” transcript along with a copy of any registrations for classes currently enrolled in if they do not appear on your transcript. A second transcript will be required once the degree is conferred and posted.

  1. The application, accompanied by a $30 fee (U.S. funds), payable to Niagara  University.  An electronic version of the application is available at http://www.niagara.edu/crj-masters-apply-online/. If you apply via the Internet, the application fee is waived. 
  2. Official transcripts of all previous college and university work, to be sent directly from the registrar of each institution. 
  3. Two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Dr. Talia Harmon, director of the criminal justice department at Niagara University, by persons who know the applicant’s qualifications and can assess the applicant’s ability to perform graduate work. 
  4. A personal statement of no more than 500 words that explains why you wish to pursue the master’s degree program. Scores on the G.R.E. aptitude test to be sent directly to Niagara University from the Educational Testing Service (which administers the exam).  Niagara University alumni who received a B.A. or B.S. from the College of Arts and Sciences in the previous five years may waive the G.R.E. requirement if their overall undergraduate QPA was 3.0 or better. Also, G.R.E. scores may be waived by the department depending upon professional experience and undergraduate performance.  For further details, please contact Dr. Harmon. Please note that an I-20 cannot legally be issued unless a student is matriculated, therefore all Canadians are required to take the G.R.E.      
  • For students whose native language is not English, scores on the TOEFL must be sent directly by the testing service.

It is highly recommended that you submit the application and all application materials in one packet to:

              Dr. Talia Harmon, Director

              Criminal Justice Department

              Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences

              Niagara University, N.Y. 14109

For the G.R.E. general test, you may call 1.800.GRECALL for locations or visit the website at www.gre.org. The Counseling Center at Niagara University offers G.R.E. exams.

U.S. students – FAFSA – www.fafsa.ed.gov

Canadian students – OSAP – www.osap.gov.on.ca

You can also contact the Financial Aid office at Niagara University:

Barbara M. Corcoran
Financial Aid Counselor


U.S. college credit hour courses are semester based and are worth three college/university credit hours/units. They typically equal 0.5 credit at Canadian institutions (though some Canadian institutions are on the hour system). 

Many Canadian courses are full year, which would equate to six credit hours. Six full courses (or 12 half credits) would equate to 36 college/university credit hours in the U.S.

A bachelor’s degree is required for the program.

All students who are not American citizens require a student VISA. The VISA is used to cross the border on a daily basis for classes.

The process for obtaining a VISA is fairly simple and very straightforward. Niagara University has been issuing student VISAs for decades and our staff is highly responsive to student needs.

Elizabeth Broomfield
Assistant Director of Records
Records Office, Butler Building
Niagara University,  N.Y.  14109
P: 716.286.8726        
F: 716.286.8733     
E:  eab@niagara.edu

Niagara University will send you an application for a student VISA, which will take you about five minutes to fill out. In addition to providing your personal information (e.g. citizenship, date of birth), you will also provide a letter from a financial institution documenting your ability to pay your tuition. You will then fax or mail the application back to Niagara University, and then we will prepare your VISA.

NU sends the VISA back to you in the mail so that you can present it at the border.

Contrary to public perception, crossing the border is quite quick and convenient. The delays that are announced in the media typically pertain only to “commercial” traffic (large trucks, etc.). Cars typically go around the line of trucks and straight to the booths on the border.

Niagara University Switchboard: 1.800.462.2111

Niagara University Criminal Justice Department: 716.286.2080

Website:  www.niagara.edu/graduate