Graduate Admissions Overview

The Halmos College of Arts and Sciences graduate programs cover a diverse selection of subject areas, allowing our students to think experientially as well as experimentally.  Students can channel their curiosity into a diverse selection of degrees and certificates. This wide array of programs allows inquisitive students to develop into thriving future professionals.

The Office of Graduate Admissions handles all aspects of graduate recruitment and admissions for the Halmos College of Arts & Sciences (HCAS). Admission to the HCAS Master’s and Ph.D. programs is competitive. Applications are individually reviewed by Academic Committees and admission is offered only to applicants who meet both qualitative and quantitative criteria. All required documentation must be received before an admission decision can be offered.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The HCAS master's degree programs do not require that you find a major advisor prior to acceptance into the program.

However, an advisor will not be assigned to you. Therefore, we do encourage that you review our faculty profiles to get an idea of who you may be interested in working with. This will help you decide whether your career goals can be met by choosing to pursue your graduate studies with NSU. 

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The Ph.D. in Marine Biology/Oceanography does require that you find a major advisor prior to entrance into the doctoral program.

Your major advisor must be a full-time faculty member in the Halmos College of Arts & Sciences within the Department of Marine and Environmental Science. The major advisor needs to write a detailed letter of support, explaining that they will serve as your major advisor and how you will receive at least three years of funding to support your studies.

*The Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution does NOT require prospective students to find a major advisor prior to entrance. 

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Some master's degree programs in the M.S. Marine Science & M.P.S Environmental Science program require a strong science background prior to acceptance into the programs.  Although a B.S. degree in a related field is preferred, the Admissions Committee is looking for the following required classes:

  • Calculus I or higher
  • Biology I with lab
  • Biology II with lab
  • Chemistry I with lab
  • Physics I with lab
  • Biostatistics or Applied Statistics
  • At least one of the following: Basic Ecology, Physiology, Geology, or Anatomy  

Admission decisions are made on a continuous basis. All application material must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the term in which you are applying. Keep in mind, registration periods open before the application deadlines.

Applications received after the deadline must be resubmitted for the next term. International applicants wishing to study on-site should complete their application 4 months before the start of the term.

ENTRY TERM (START)
DEADLINE DATE 
Winter 2021 November 15th, 2020
Summer 2021 May 10th, 2020
Fall  2021 July 17th, 2020

*M.S. Biological Sciences - Health Studies (Summer EntryTerm ONLY)

*Ph.D. Conflict Analysis and Resolution (Fall Entry Term ONLY)

The GRE is ONLY required for acceptance into the M.S. in Marine Science, M.S. in Biological Science - Research Concentration, and Ph.D. in Marine Biology/Oceanography programs.

These programs required all applicants to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The average applicant scores a minimum GRE score of 55% on the verbal portion, 55% on the quantitative portion, and 4.0 on the analytical writing portion.

Advanced aptitude test scores from the (GRE) must be sent directly from Educational Testing Service, PO Box 995, Princeton, NJ 07540 to Nova Southeastern University.  The NSU Institution Code is 5514.

*The GRE requirement is waived only under extremely special circumstances. More information about the GRE may be found at www.gre.org

Master's students may transfer up to six credits of previous graduate course work. Course work must replicate Halmos College of Arts & Sciences offerings in the major field of interest or must clearly be closely related. Students should submit requests for transfer credits in writing to the program Academic Department.  Requests should accompany documentation indicating the subject matter and that the transfer credits were of graduate-level from accredited institutions. This can consist of the course syllabus, transcripts, and/or the course description from the professor.

Ph.D. students may transfer up to 30 graduate course credits from prior graduate programs in the same discipline as the Ph.D. degree aspired to. Transfer courses must be either be reasonable duplicates of courses offered at NSU or clearly in the applicable Ph.D. field of interest. Students should submit requests for transfer credits in writing with documentation indicating the subject matter and that the transfer credits were of graduate-level from accredited institutions. This can consist of the course syllabus, transcripts, and/or the course description from the professor.

Transfer acceptability for both the Master's and Ph.D. programs will be decided by the Chair of the program Academic Departments.

For international students wishing to study at NSU's Halmos College of Arts & Sciences for study, the student I-20 visa may be issued only upon completion of all admission requirements. Therefore, international students are urged to be sensitive to requirements prior to applying to the program.

The following standardized tests currently satisfy the University's English requirement for nonnative English speakers:

For more information regarding procedures for obtaining a student visa, please contact the Office of International Students.

Office of International Students and Scholars
Email: intl@nova.edu 
Phone: (954) 262-7240 or 1-800-541-6682

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Students who were admitted to the HCAS graduate programs may be deferred for up to one year of the date of original acceptance.

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Prospective Students who have previously been denied admission welcome to reapply. Students must have made improvements in areas such as the GRE, GPA scores, or completed new coursework.

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There are opportunities for financial support of your graduate work in the form of scholarships and jobs within the University, but they are highly competitive and are not guaranteed. Job opportunities can be found by visiting nsujobs.com. and the Financial Aid & Scholarships page is a useful resource for students interested in applying for the institutional, departmental, and outside scholarships.

Students must work for at least six months before being eligible to receive tuition waiver benefits that come with certain NSU positions (80% to master’s level students and 50% to Ph.D. level students).

In general, many of our students seek out the following opportunities: 

  • Teaching Assistants (TAs) 
  • Lab Assistants (LAs) 
  • Research Assistants
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Work-Study Program
  • Institutional & Department Scholarships

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The Office of Graduate Admissions at Halmos College of Arts & Sciences conducts tours of both the Oceanographic Campus and Main Campus. 

Prospective Students can schedule a campus tour by filling out the Oceanographic Campus Tours & Events.