Niagara University in Ontario is launching a number of new pathway partnerships for students enrolled in Ontario colleges. These pathways will allow students who have completed four-year degrees at any of the partner colleges to transfer credits into the Master of Business Administration and M.S. in Finance programs, which are offered at Niagara University in Vaughan under consent by the Minister of Colleges and Universities.

Articulation agreements for the two graduate programs have been signed with Conestoga College, Durham College, Fanshawe College, Georgian College, Sheridan College, Seneca College, Humber College, and Niagara College. These agreements, which remain in effect until Sept. 1, 2025, recognize 18 credits toward Niagara University's Master of Business Administration or 12 credits toward its Master of Science in Finance, allowing students who complete specific degree programs at these partner colleges to build on their existing credentials and experience.

“These articulation agreements make Niagara University’s exceptional academic programs available to a larger number of students in Ontario and give them a comprehensive and seamless pathway to completion of a master’s degree,” said the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara University president. “Our graduate programs prepare students for leadership positions in the global marketplace and are aligned with the opportunities that are available regionally and nationally.”

“These agreements support an area of focus at Niagara University, which is to build partnerships to provide access to our programming,” said Dr. Vince Rinaldo, Niagara University's vice president of Ontario administration. “The alignment between Niagara University and Ontario colleges in our business-focused academics presented a natural opportunity for students to explore graduate studies.”

Niagara’s programs provide students with small class sizes, flexible schedules, a highly collaborative and experiential learning environment, and optional co-op opportunities. Courses are offered by highly qualified faculty with industry experience and can be completed over four full-time semesters, with courses scheduled on evenings and weekends for the convenience of working professionals.

The Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Finance programs are offered through Niagara University’s AACSB-accredited College of Business Administration and provide students with rigorous, advanced study in the areas of corporate finance, investments, financial planning, and business administration. Fewer than 5% of business programs around the world hold this prestigious accreditation that speaks to an institution’s commitment of high-quality curriculum, faculty, and facilities. Niagara University is proud to include itself among this elite group. 

The MBA program offers six areas of specialization: accounting, finance, global business and supply chain management, healthcare administration, strategic management, and strategic marketing. It comprises 17 graduate courses, which include six prerequisite courses for non-business majors, six core courses, one advised elective, and three courses in the chosen concentration area. During the final semester of study, all students are required to complete a capstone course.

The master’s degree in finance program requires completion of 10 required classes, which provide a thorough foundation to prepare students for careers in finance. As part of the curriculum, students have access to advanced analytical tools and software, as well as financial databases found in the workplace. 

In January 2019, Niagara University began offering classes in its permanent location in the Vaughan Metropolitan Center, building upon the university’s more than 35-year legacy in the region. In addition to the MBA and the M.S. programs, Ontario College of Teachers-accredited Bachelor of Professional Studies in Education and Master of Science in Educational Leadership programs are also offered at the site.

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