Niagara University encourages all men and women whose aptitude and demonstrated achievement in university or college give evidence of their ability to successfully complete the various university programs to apply for admission. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University welcomes all students, regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or disability.

Ph.D. Application

Application Fee - Online

  • $30 paid via credit card.

Official Transcripts - Mailed

  • Official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended in a sealed institution envelope.
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university.

Three References - Online

  • Three references (academic or professional).

Goal Statement - Online

  • Goal statement of at least 500 words that answers the question, “How will this doctoral program in Leadership and Policy address my future professional goals?"
  • *Please include your name at the top of this uploaded document.

Professional Resume - Online

  • Uploaded resume, including all professional experiences relating to the intended field of study.

Professional Writing Sample - Online

An uploaded professional writing sample consisting of one of the following:

  • Single author refereed journal or single author conference paper.
  • Critical review of a book, article, video, etc. (750 words or more).
  • Chapter of a graduate thesis or representative paper from a graduate class.

Testing Requirements - Mailed

Official scores from one of the following standardized assessments:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
  • Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)

Additional Requirements

  • For individuals whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required. For the internet-based TOEFL iBT we require a total score of 103 with scores of at least 23 in listening, 24 in reading, 28 in writing and 28 in speaking.
  • We require an overall score of at least 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with scores of at least 6.5 in reading and listening, and scores of at least 7 in writing and speaking.
  • A degree evaluation by WES ( is required for applicants who have obtained a degree outside of the United States or Canada. Please select the comprehensive course-by-course report.
  • Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0/B may be required to attend an interview which will examine the student's career goals, personal readiness for their program, multicultural sensitivity and awareness, and personal judgment and decision-making skills and/or provide a writing sample.

Mailing Address

Graduate Education Office
Academic Complex, Room 225
Niagara University
Niagara University, N.Y. 14109