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?
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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.