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Application Requirements

To ensure that your application is complete, please use the checklist below and follow the detailed instructions provided for each item. All documents that are submitted to the University will need to include your name on each page. NSU recommends that you start the application process at least 1-2 months prior to the deadline date. Note: Documents should be submitted in Word (.docx, .doc) or Acrobat (.pdf) formats only.

International students are encouraged to contact the Office of International Students and Scholars at (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240 or by email at


  1. Complete online application form.
  2. Non refundable application fee of $50 ( in U.S. dollars)
  3. An Admissions essay, 500-1000 words. This essay should tell us 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.
  4. A sample of academic writing
  5. A resume or curriculum vita
  6. Three letters of recommendation, written in the past year (one letter is required for Graduate Certificate in Peace Studies or Graduate Certificate in Advanced Conflict Resolution Practice)
  7. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities you attended need to be mailed directly to Enrollment Processing Services (EPS), including agency evaluation of foreign degrees for determination of U.S. equivalence (including Canadian transcripts). International Students should visit International Students for further information. **
  8. International Student applicants should submit TOEFL scores, if applicable. International Students should visit the Requirements for Obtaining an I-20 for further information. **


Late applications are reviewed based on space availability

  • Fall (August) application deadline - July 24

    Skype interview - 2nd Friday in the month of March

  • Late application deadline - April 1 (subject to seat availability)

    Skype interview - 3rd Friday in the month of April

Please Mail Items To

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
Attn: College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
3301 College Avenue P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

For International Students:
Nova Southeastern University
Attn: Enrollment Processing Services
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

Fax unofficial documents to (954) 262-3609 or email Office of Graduate Admissions.

Official electronic transcripts must be sent to

For information on transferring credits, please visit our transfer of credit page.

Note: External Institutions Only

If you have any questions about the admissions process, you may contact the office of admissions at 800-541-6682, ext. 23005 or (954) 262-3005 or email Office of Graduate Admissions.

After applying, what happens next?

The doctoral review process is comprised of a faculty committee review and an interview. After submitting all required documents, the application file is sent to a faculty committee for review. Based on the merit of the submitted documents, the committee will invite a select group of applicants for an interview.1

Depending on the time of year, the review process may take a few weeks. At any time during the review process, applicants may check their status online via the application portal. Once a decision has been made, notification is sent via email to the address on file.

Supplemental Information**

Resident alien students are required to submit a copy of their Resident Alien card. International Students who reside outside the United States at the time of application, and whose native language is not English, must present evidence of proficiency in English by satisfactorily completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a 213 on the computer-based test or 79-80 on the Internet based test. For a full list of English proficiency tests that are accepted by the university, please visit International Students. Test scores must be submitted to the admissions office. For a TOEFL application information, visit the website at TOEFL or write to

Educational Testing Services
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
(609) 771-7100

Applicants who have attended foreign universities or colleges are required to have their academic credentials evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence. While there are several credential evaluators, the most widely used companies are listed below or visit NACES.

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, New York
(212) 966-6311

Josef Silny &  Associates
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33173
(305) 273-1616

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
(414) 289-3400

1An ample amount of time and notification will be given for the applicant to make appropriate travel, lodging, and arrival arrangements.

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