GRADUATE ADMISSIONS

Whether your passion takes you to the sea or keeps you grounded and working with people, Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College of Arts & Sciences offers you several graduate programs to help you reach your goals and grow your career.

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.

The office regularly hosts special events, including open houses and webinars featuring our expert faculty. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about the application process, program curriculum, or upcoming events.

Application Requirements

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. 

*The degree programs (M.S. Marine Science & M.S. Biological Science - Research Concentration) require a GRE Score and must have a 55% on the verbal portion, 55% on the quantitative portion, and 4.0 on the analytical writing portion.

Acceptance with Academic Requirements

Students who have not satisfied all of the above criteria, but who have given evidence that they may succeed in the degree program will be considered for 'Acceptance with Academic Requirements'. 

Any students that are applying to the M.S. in Marine Sciences program will be required to have completed the following undergraduate coursework:

  • Applied Statistics or Biostatistics
  • Biology I with Lab
  • Biology II with Lab
  • Chemistry I with Lab
  • Calculus I or higher
  • One or more of the following: Anatomy, Ecology, Geology, Physiology (general or basic level) 
A completed application along with a $50 application fee is required. Payment can be made by Visa, American Express, and MasterCard. 

The M.S. Marine Sciences and M.S. Biological Sciences - Research concentration, requires all applicants to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The average applicant scores a minimum GRE score of a 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

 

Applicants will need to request official transcripts from any educational institutions attended since high school graduation.

Request the certifying institution send transcripts directly to the Graduate Program Office at:

Nova Southeastern University

Enrollment Processing Services

3301 College Avenue

P.O. Box 299000

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905

*Electronic Transcripts can be sent directly from the institution to electronictranscript@nova.edu

The Halmos College of Arts & Sciences Graduate degree programs require Letters of Recommendation to be submitted directly through the Online Application Portal.

Please enter the required email address of your recommender to be notified to submit the recommendation letter online.  Letters must come from professors or class instructors and can be submitted directly to the office by mail or email if needed.

An exception can be made if the applicant has been out of school for a period of time, in which case, an employment supervisor's letter will be adequate.

*All Ph.D. Applicants for the Conflict Analysis Resolution program must submit (3) Letters of Recommendation.

A statement of career goals is required and is a part of the Graduate Science programs.  The statement of career goals can be submitted directly on the application explaining the prospective student’s interest in the program. Please include all long-term and short-term goals you want to achieve in the program. 

This is only for the following programs:

  • Ph.D. Oceanography / Marine Biology 
  • M.S. Marine Sciences
  • M.P.S. Environmental Sciences
  • M.S. Biological Sciences

Each of the Graduate Arts programs requires a personal/admissions essay explaining the prospective student’s interest in the program.  

Essay Question:

"Please briefly explain why you are interested in the program to which you are applying for, as well as your professional goals, your assessment of your abilities to manage the challenges of graduate school, and any other information you would like to provide. The personal statement helps us get to know you beyond the objective data provided in the review of your course grades and other objective information. It also demonstrates your ability to communicate your thoughts in a professional, organized, and succinct manner."

This is only for the following programs:

  • Ph.D. Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • M.S. Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • M.S. National Security Affairs & International Relations
  • M.A. Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media
The Conflict Analysis and Resolution programs require a resume or CV and at least 1 sample of academic writing.

 

The Graduate Certificate programs required (two) steps to apply:

  1. Submit an Online Application and Application Fee

A completed application along with a $50 application fee is required. Payment can be made by check or money order made payable to "Nova Southeastern University". Visa, American Express, and MasterCard payments are accepted.

  1. Submit All Official Undergraduate Transcripts

You need to request official transcripts showing successful completion of an undergraduate degree. Request the certifying institution to send transcripts directly to:

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
ATTN: Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography
3301 College Ave
P.O. Box 299000
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905

Electronic Transcripts can be sent directly from the institution to:
electronictranscript@nova.edu

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Meet Our Graduate Admissions Staff

Matthew Adams Associate Director of Admissions
MATT.ADAMS@NOVA.EDU (954) 262-8119
Tracy Villanueva Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
tvillanu@nova.edu (954) 262-3614
Nicole Chavannes Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
nc805@nova.edu (954) 262-8201
Alcee 'Jody' Hastings Graduate Recruiter
hastings@nova.edu (954) 262-3663
Jessica Nicoli Administrative Coordinator Halmos College of Arts & Sciences
jn981@nova.edu (954) 262-8066