Information Assurance

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions and grouped them into categories. Please review the questions and answers below and you might learn something new!

Still have questions? Do not hesitate in emailing us at cecinfo@nova.edu or contacting us by phone at (800) 986-2247. 

How long has College of Engineering and Computing been awarding graduate degrees and online graduate degrees?

NSU's College of Engineering and Computing has been awarding graduate degrees since 1984. The College of Engineering and Computing pioneered graduate online education and has been offering online degree programs and programs with an online component since 1985.

The M.S. in computer science has been offered on campus since 1989 and in online format since 1994. The M.S. in management information systems has been offered on campus since 1993 and in online format since 1994.

The Ph.D. in information systems has been offered in combined on-campus and online format since 1985. The doctoral program in computer science has been offered on-campus since 1989 and in combined on-campus and online format since 1997. The doctoral program in information assurance has been offered in combined on-campus and online format since 2014.

What accreditation does College of Engineering and Computing possess?

Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award associate's, bachelor's, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Nova Southeastern University was first accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as Nova University in 1971. The College of Engineering and Computing is a department within Nova Southeastern University and therefore has to maintain the same accreditation standards. For more information on NSU's accreditation please visit: http://www.nova.edu/academiclife/university-accreditation.html

What is the reputation of Nova Southeastern University?

NSU is a ranked university of the 2013 edition of Best Colleges in the second tier of the National Universities category, which ranks the top 280 research universities in the country, by the U.S. News and World Report.

NSU is designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the U.S. National Security Agency and Homeland Security.

NSU is ranked No. 1 in the first professional degrees awarded to Hispanics, according to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.

What are the qualifications of the faculty?

All faculty members teaching in College of Engineering and Computing's master's and doctoral programs are terminally degreed and are active in teaching, research, scholarship, and the supervision of doctoral dissertations. Faculty members regularly publish their work and present it at professional conferences. Their collective areas of expertise cover the entire spectrum of the school's disciplines. Many of the faculty members, in addition to academic qualifications, also have many years of applied professional experience. Faculty degrees and areas of academic interest are included in the College of Engineering and Computing web site Faculty Directory.

Where is College of Engineering and Computing located?

The College of Engineering and Computing is located on the fourth floor in the Carl DeSantis building (#8) on the main campus of Nova Southeastern University. /maps

Where are some of the graduates working now?

Graduates work at major organizations such as Boeing, IBM, Merrill Lynch, Motorola, Siemens, and various United States government agencies, as well as at colleges and universities around the globe in faculty and administrative positions.

What does the NSU diploma state?

The diplomas state the degree earned with date. It does not indicate online or student's major.

When are the application deadlines?

There are no application deadlines. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. To ensure evaluation for the desired starting term, reviewable applications must be received at least one month prior to the start of the term for master's applications and at least two months prior to the start of the term for doctoral applications. Late applications that cannot be processed in time for the desired starting term will be considered for the next available term. Admissions

What are the tuition and fees for the graduate programs?

Visit our Tuition page

Is financial assistance, scholarships, grants or VA benefits available?

If you are applying for federal aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The fastest and easiest way to apply is online through the FAFSA web site at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

It is important to include the NSU school code-001509 and complete this year's application. You can apply early for Financial Aid. You must be fully accepted and registered for classes with the minimum number of credits required for the specific type of aid before any financial aid funds will be disbursed.

For information regarding Federal Loan Programs for Graduate & Professional Students, please visit: http://www.nova.edu/financialaid/

For Information regarding Scholarships, please visit: http://www.nova.edu/financialaid/scholarships/index.html

Is campus attendance required?

Master's Degree Students:

On-campus master's students attend evening classes, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., on the main campus in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Online master's students are not required to come to campus.

Doctoral Degree Students:

The college offers Ph.D. programs with a blend of on-campus and online activities. Doctoral courses include face to face meetings on the Main Campus. Please check the website for exact meeting dates. A 14-week summer term offers a limited selection of courses. Students are required to attend all of their scheduled class sessions. Between sessions, students work on course assignments and research, and participate in online activities that facilitate frequent interaction with the faculty and with other students. 

Are there any research assistantships available?

Currently, there are none available.

How do the online courses work?

Online students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with the faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of a web-based course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, web and video conferencing, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations.

How can I submit my application fee payment?

You will be required to submit payment at the end of your online application process. Without payment, your application is incomplete and is not submitted for processing.

Is it possible to apply to the program while still completing my degree requirements?

Yes. You may start your application process with a transcript showing your last semester in progress. You will be required to submit a letter from the institution stating you are in good academic standing and your expected graduation date. If the admissions committee admits you into the program, it will be under a provisional status. This status will only allow you to register for one semester and prohibit you from obtaining financial aid until the final official transcript has been received. On the other hand, the committee members may not be able to make a final decision on your file until they view your final official transcript.

What if I do not meet the GPA requirement?

The GPA required for the master's program is at least a 2.5 and the GPA required for the doctoral program is at least a 3.25. If you do not meet the minimum required GPA, the admissions committee requests that you submit a supplemental letter explaining why the low GPA does not reflect your potential for success in the program. You can also submit recommendation letters from people in a position to comment on your career promise and outlook. The decision to apply knowing that GPA requirements are not met rests with the applicant.

Do I need to submit the GRE?

There is no requirement to submit the GRE score. You may submit standardized test scores or any additional documentation to strengthen your application.

How difficult is it to get admission into a program?

We strive to identify future students with tremendous professional outlook. Our admission process takes into consideration both professional and academic accomplishments. Admission is competitive; consequently, applicants who meet the minimum requirements specified herein are not assured admission. The school qualitatively and quantitatively evaluates applicants and makes selections based on performance, personal qualifications, and evidence of potential for success.

For the doctoral programs, capacity is also an issue. Thus doctoral applicants are encouraged to submit application materials earlier to maximize the chance of acceptance to the desired term of entry.

What is the transfer of credit policy?

Master's: A maximum of six credit hours of graduate-level work will be considered for transfer if (1) the graduate credit was earned within five calendar years of course completion, (2) the credit was earned from a regionally accredited university, (3) the content of the courses requested for transfer is equivalent to an NSU course in the program of study (4) the courses were not used toward a prior awarded degree, and (5) a grade equivalent to B or higher in each of the courses requested for transfer. A grade of P (Pass) of CR (Credit) or other such grade will not be accepted. Upon admission into one of the master’s degree programs, the student may request approval of transfer of credits in writing to an academic advisor. Official transcripts are required to process requests for transfer credits. This policy does not apply to certificate programs or to non-degree students.

Doctoral: Our doctoral program does not accept any transfer of credits for coursework or experience.

Where can I find more information about requirements for international students?

Additional Admission Requirements for International Master's Students: /admissions/apply_masters

Additional Admission Requirements for International Doctoral Students: /admissions/apply_doctoral

What is the English proficiency requirement?

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency. The following standardized tests satisfy the university's English requirement for nonnative English speakers. Official test results must be sent directly from the testing agency to Nova Southeastern University.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (www.ets.org/toefl) 80 on the Internet-based test.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (www.ielts.org) 6.0 on the test module.

  • Pearson Test of English – (PTE-Academic) ( www.pearsonpte.com/register ) 54 on the computer-based test.

How can I get the English proficiency requirement waived or be admitted conditionally?

You cannot be admitted conditionally without this requirement. Although, there are a few exemptions to the policy:

  • Successful completion of a degree at an approved U.S. institution of higher education.  
  • Passing Academia II Level at Talk International Language School.
  • An official transcript evaluation report stating that the degree was completely taught in English.
  • Completion of a degree at an institution in one of the following countries: Australia, English speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

How can I find out the status of my application?

You will receive unprompted notifications from the Office of Admissions with updates on application and documents submitted.

You can log back onto the Webstar system where you submitted your online application: http://www.nova.edu/apply . You will need to remember the log in and pin you created. Once logged back in, you can view a brief summary of your application(s) under the Submitted Applications section. A listing of required items can be viewed for a processed application under the Processed Applications section.

You can call or email the Office of Admissions for a status update:
954-262-2001 or 800-986-2247 x. 22001 cecinfo@nova.edu

How long does it take to have my file reviewed?

Master's: Decisions are usually made within one to two weeks.

Doctoral: Decisions are usually made within one to two months. There is no formal timetable or timeframe for the decision process. You will be notified as soon as a decision has been made.

How will I find out if I have been accepted or denied admission?

You will receive notification of your decision via email with an attached PDF of your decision letter.

Can I get admitted as a provisional student?

Yes, mostly in cases of missing official transcripts. Applicants are provisionally admitted based on a review of unofficial transcripts and/or unofficial test scores. This initial status of provisional admission allows students to register for one term only (the term of acceptance). All final and official documents and requirements must be received within 90 calendar days from the start of the term. If these final and official documents and/or requirements are not received by that time, the student will not be allowed to continue class attendance. Financial aid will not be disbursed to a provisional student until he or she has been fully admitted as a regular student (all admission requirements have been approved by the Office of Admissions).

Can I defer my acceptance until a later time?

Newly admitted students must register within one year from the term of their first possible registration. To request this deferral, the newly admitted student must inform the Admissions Office in writing with their expected start term. Newly admitted students who fail to enroll within the first year will be withdrawn from the program. Re-enrollment will not be possible without a new application.

Why was I denied?

Admission to our graduate programs is competitive. The college qualitatively evaluates applicants and makes selections based on performance, personal qualifications, and evidence of potential for success. It is not the policy of the college to provide the deliberations of the admissions committee to applicants, however some of the possible common reasons are:

  • The applicant's GPA is below the minimum requirement and there is not sufficient evidence of mitigating circumstances to overlook that GPA.
  • The applicant is not competitive with other candidates due to the outstanding pool of applications that we have received.
  • The applicant's academic background/goals do not fit the objectives of the program.
  • The applicant's previous academic record does not meet minimum standards.
  • The applicant's professional or academic outlook does not meet our expectations.

How do I reapply if my application has been denied?

We recommend to apply again only if circumstances in your life change that possibly would add additional value to your application packet. You will need to re-submit all your applications documents, except your official transcripts on file. You should supply any additional information you can to strengthen your application.

I am in international student, who has been accepted, when will I receive my I-20?

Once you have gained full acceptance to our graduate program, the Office of International Affairs will be able to process your I-20. For further information about your I-20 and obtaining a visa, please visit the Office of International Students.