GRADUATE ADMISSIONS

The Halmos College of Arts and Sciences graduate programs covers 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 master's degrees, Ph.D.'s, and graduate-level certificates. This wide array of programs allows inquisitive students to develop into thriving future professionals, continue onto a Ph.D. program or grow their professional careers.

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

The office regularly hosts special events, including degree program open houses and webinars featuring our HCAS faculty. Please contact our team with any questions about the application process, program curriculum, or upcoming events.

Meet Our Graduate Admissions Staff

Megan Troy Halmos College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Director of Admissions
mtroy@nova.edu (954) 262-8201
Theodore "Teddy" Uy Admissions Recruiter Halmos College of Arts & Sciences
tu44@nova.edu 954-262-3663
Brett McAllister Assistant Director Halmos College of Arts & Sciences
bmcallis@nova.edu 954-262-3614
Andrew Goeppner Administrative Coordinator Halmos College of Arts & Sciences
ag3435@nova.edu 954-262-8066

Application & Enrollment FAQ

Prospective students can visit the link: Graduate Application along with a non-refundable $50 application fee.  

Applicants will need to request official copies of their transcripts from ALL educational institutions attended since high school graduation.  The NSU Graduate Application portal will notify students of when transcripts and other application documents have been received.

Applicants will need to request the certifying institution send transcripts directly to the Graduate Program Office either by email (electronictranscript@nova.edu) OR by mail:

Nova Southeastern University

Enrollment Processing Services

3301 College Avenue

P.O. Box 299000

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905

 

*Please keep in mind that ALL international transcripts will need to be evaluated by the World Education Services (WES) or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  

Students are accepted into one of two classifications: Full Acceptance or Provisional Acceptance

Full Acceptance

To qualify for Full Acceptance, applicants must submit an official transcript of their bachelor's degree with a major GPA of at least 3.0 and a cumulative GPA of 2.9. 

Acceptance with Academic Requirements

Students who have not satisfied all of the above criteria may be given temporary acceptance until all outstanding items needed for Full Acceptance.  Acceptance letters and our Admissions team will communicate the needed requirements before enrollment can begin.  

The GRE Testing requirement has been waived for Fall 2022, Winter 2023, and Summer 2023 academic semesters. 

At this time any master's programs or graduate certificate programs within the Halmos College of Arts & Sciences will NOT require the GRE test for admission to the program.  If students choose to have the scores submitted for review the Admissions team will pair them with your application for committee review.

The Ph.D. in Oceanography/Marine Biology is the only exception and will still require the GRE for admission. 

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 
Summer 2022 May 10th, 2022
Fall 2022 July 17th, 2022
Winter 2023 November 15th, 2022

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

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

NO. 

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. 

YES!

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. 

YES!

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

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.

 

PH.D. CREDIT TRANSFER

Students are required to consult with the department Program Office regarding the transfer of credit policy in their specific program of study. 

 

MASTER’S DEGREE TRANSFER

Students are required to consult with the department Program Office regarding the transfer of credit policy in their specific program of study. 

 

TRANSFER CREDITS FROM HALMOS COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Nova Southeastern University has no control over the acceptance of course credits at other institutions. Credits earned at Halmos College are transferable to other institutions at the discretion of the receiving school. 

 

INTERNAL CREDIT FROM ANOTHER NSU AWARDED DEGREE OR PROGRAM

Students are required to consult with their advisor regarding the transfer of credit policy in their specific program of study. The course(s) must be at the same degree level (e.g., master’s to master’s) and cannot exceed 12 credits.  The GPA and credits from the prior work will be applied to both degrees.  No credits can be transferred from a previously awarded degree or certificate.

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.

Please keep in mind that ALL international transcripts will need to be evaluated by the World Education Services (WES) or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). 

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

 

For 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

YES!

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.

YES!

There are opportunities for financial support for your graduate work in the form of scholarships and jobs within the University.  The scholarships and employment opportunities 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 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

YES! 

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

For prospective students interested in visiting NSU's Oceanographic Campus and Guy Harvey Research Center please register by visiting: Oceanographic Campus Tours & Events.

Students interested in scheduling a visit to the Fort Lauderdale/Davie (Main Campus) please contact:

Theodore "Teddy" Uy
Graduate Recruiter
E: teddy.uy@nova.edu