Nova Southeastern University, commonly called NSU, is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning residing in Davie, Florida. It is committed to offering a diverse variety of innovative education programs that blend on-campus learning opportunities and resources with accessible distance learning experiences. These programs foster academic excellence, scholarship, leadership, research, and dedication to community through involvement with students and faculty in a lively, life-long learning atmosphere. It strives to become a leader in teaching, service, and research that is recognized for quality and distinction. Its core values include academic excellence, student-centered, innovation, integrity, opportunity, diversity, community, and scholarship/research.
NSU prides itself on providing students with a personal and nurturing academic environment that features an innovative, unique approach to learning. NSU is home to 18 colleges and schools and offers more than 175 programs of student and over 250 majors. Among its offerings are programs in business, education, law, medicine, allied health, nursing, dentistry, physical therapy, optometry, and occupational therapy.
Nova Southeastern University was founded in 1964 as Nova University of Advanced Technology, a graduate school for social and physical sciences. In 1971, the school gained accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1972, the university launched its first off-campus course in education and shortly after became known for its innovative distance learning programs. In 1974, the law school opened and the university became Nova University. In 1985, the university offered its first online courses. The university continued to expand and in 1994 it merged with Southeastern University of Health Sciences and officially became Nova Southeastern University.
The university continued to expand throughout the 2000s, adding new structures and programs. In 2001, the Alvin Sherman Library for Research and Information Technology Center was established, making it Florida’s largest public library. Today, Nova Southeastern University is home to more than 24,000 students. The Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching designates Nova Southeastern University as a research institution with high research activity.
Nova Southeastern University Accreditation Details
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accredits Nova Southeastern University to grant associate, bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees.
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accredits the Fischler College of Education.
Nova Southeastern University Application Requirements
- Complete and submit the NSU Shark Select Application or the Common Application
- Pay the $50 non-refundable application fee
- Submit official high school transcript
- Submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities
- Submit at least one recommendation from a counselor or teacher
- Submit official SAT/ACT scores
- Complete the School Report if submitting the Common Application
- Complete and submit the NSU Graduate Application
- Pay the $50 non-refundable application fee
- Submit official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary schools
- Submit official graduate level standardized test scores, such as the GMAT, MAT, or GRE
- Submit at least one letter of recommendation
- Submit a statement of career goals
- Complete additional requirements for specific programs
Tuition and Financial Aid
- Full-time students: $$28,980
- Part-time students: $966 per credit hour
- Master of Business Administration, Accounting, Taxation: $840 per credit hour for campus-based and $895 for online
- Master’s programs in engineering: $755 per credit hour
- Doctoral programs in engineering: $1,115 per credit hour
- Master’s programs and graduate certificate program in natural sciences and oceanography: $1,298 per credit hour
- Doctoral program in natural sciences and oceanography: $12,075 per term
- Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Instructional Technology and Distance Education, and Educational Specialist: $955 per credit hour
- Master of Science in Leadership: $810 per credit hour
- Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning and Master of Science in Educational Administration and Leadership: $655 per credit hour
- Master of Science in Brain-Based Teaching: $595 per credit hour
- Doctor of Education: $1,260 per credit hour
- Doctor of Philosophy: $1,545 per credit hour
Nova Southern University offers a variety of financial aid options to help students pay for their higher education expenses. The options include scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.
- NSU President’s and Premier Scholarship
- NSU Dean’s Scholarship
- NSU Provost Transfer Scholarship
- Razor’s Edge Program
- Academic Honors College Scholarship
- McCahill Scholarship
- Dual Admission Scholarship
- Honors College Scholarship
- Shark Legacy Scholarship
- Emerging Technology Professional Scholarship
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
- Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
- Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
- Florida Resident Access Grant
- Florida Student Assistance Grant
- Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund
- Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
- Federal Direct PLUS Loan
- Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Private Loans
Federal Work-Study Program
Nova Southeastern University participates in the Federal Work-Study program that helps need-based students work on a part-time basis to earn money to pay for educational expenses. Students also gain work experience during the work-study program. They are typically paid biweekly and are eligible to work 25 hours per week.
Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education/Student Education
The Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education/Student Education prepares professionals to pursue careers as teachers, administrators, disability service providers, and related positions. The program addresses the academic and professional needs of student who are certified teachers or related professionals who want to engage in advanced study or those who want teacher certification or licensure in the field. The program requires the completion of 36 credit hours.
The core courses include orientation to the graduate teacher education program, educational research for practitioners, assessment and diagnosis of exceptional learners, and special education law. Students must also complete courses in specific areas including autism, developmental/intellectual disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, gifted, learning disabilities, and prekindergarten disabilities. Students must also complete practical applications, such as the applied professional experience.
Students participate in actual educational settings and they maintain reflective journals and compose files of samples of the work of students. They also document the assessment tools used to test students against state standards. As part of the professional experience, students are required to create portfolios detailing the steps and evaluation of the project. The program is extremely convenient for students and all courses are available online and at other Nova Southeastern University campuses in Florida.