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Frequently Asked Questions

A self-designed curriculum allows students to build an individualized study plan. Students take only those courses that are an exact match for their professional needs, or that are most interesting to them.

Yes. MACS requires students to take only 4 core courses. All other courses and the content of the practicum sequence are self-designed by the students. Students can choose to pursue any of the courses offered here at the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS), or at MACS partner programs at the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, the College of Nursing, or at the College of Engineering and Computing.

Yes. Dr. McKay, the MACS program chair, serves as an academic advisor to students and helps them design an effective graduate curriculum custom-matched to their academic interests and professional needs.

Yes, it is possible to combine courses from two different concentration tracks to fashion your very own, individualized concentration track.

The availability of all MACS courses in an online format makes the program ideal for working professionals. Students can log on to their course on their own time, whenever it is convenient. Logging on is just as easy from home as it is from the office, or from the road.

No need to worry. The WebCT environment MACS utilizes is very easy to navigate, and you do not need specialized computer skills to be a successful distance student.

Yes. Select courses taught at the Main Campus in Fort Lauderdale and at NSU cluster sites are available in the traditional classroom format.

Students who pursue the degree full-time without using transfer credits will in almost all cases be able to finish within 5 quarters. In some cases students will be able to complete the degree within one academic year.

There is really nothing you can't do with the degree. Its self-designed structure allows you to take charge of your own graduate learning and choose to pursue those courses that have meaning to your professional aspirations. You can, for instance, use MACS to bolster your current professional identity by enrolling in courses that will build upon specific areas of expertise you already possess. Choosing the Culture and Society track, for example, professionals who are active in the social services field can deepen their knowledge by selecting courses in both Family Therapy and Conflict Analysis and Resolution. In addition, MACS can give you the opportunity to enter a new field without having to forfeit the professional and academic experiences that define you now. Also, MACS makes it possible for students to combine their interest in separate fields, for example in medical research and the environment, giving students the opportunity to build expertise in both fields at the same time.

MACS offers students the opportunity to come to Fort Lauderdale to meet with program staff and instructors, and to pursue special on-campus sessions for selected courses they may have chosen. We strongly recommend that MACS students visit NSU's Main Campus at least once during their time as MACS students, but such a visit is not a requirement.

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