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Admission Process

Criteria for acceptance into the M.S. National Security Affairs and International Relations include high-level undergraduate academic performance and/or relevant current working experience; a life passion or practical interest in using skills and theories in specific settings after graduation; the ability to think clearly in challenging interactions; tolerant, nonjudgmental attitudes and open-mindedness toward different types of people; and the ability to combine assessment skills with compassion and fairness.

Prior to matriculation, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework; or a master's degree with an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Application Procedures

Applicants for admission must submit or be responsible for submission of

  1. a completed Nova Southeastern University (NSU) application form along with a $50, nonrefundable application fee
  2. two academic or professional letters of recommendation written within the past six months
  3. a resume or curriculum vitae
  4. a writing sample. This can be an academic paper, submitted journal writing, or a piece of professional writing (There is not a specific length requirement for this sample.)
  5. an admissions essay - please briefly (500-1000 words) explain why you are interested in the Master of Science in National Security Affairs and International Relations program, 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 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.
  6. official transcripts sent directly from all previously attended undergraduate, professional, and graduate institutions
  7. proof of all coursework from international institution(s), if applicant attended any international institutions
    Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services below:

World Education Services, Inc.
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, New York 10274-5087
(212) 966-6311

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

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

It is the applicant’s responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service to NSU’s Enrollment Processing Services.

The applicant who has graduated from a college or university in a country where English is not the primary language, regardless of United States residency status, must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 550 using the paper based test or a score of 79 on the internet based version or a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0. An official set of TOEFL scores must be sent to NSU directly from the Educational Testing Service. An applicant who took the IELTS, must contact the center where the examination was given and request that an official set of scores be sent directly to NSU.

International students are encouraged to visit the Office of International Affairs online for requirements to obtain an I-20 or contact the office by telephone at (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240 for additional assistance.

Transcripts and Other Documents

All applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents in order to be considered for admission. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that arrangements are made for these documents to be sent to:

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
3301 College Avenue
P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

Transcripts can be sent electronically from the originating college to the following address:

Application Deadlines

Due to the competitive application pool, it is recommended that an applicant starts the application process at least 1-2 months prior to the deadline dates.

Fall July 24
Winter December 1
Summer April 15

Transfer Students

For students seeking admittance after attending another institution, credits may be transferred into the NSU program. Credits will be determined on a case by case basis and must be deemed comparable in level, content, and rigor to those within the M.S. in National Security Affairs and International Relations program. All transfer students must satisfy all admission requirements and complete all admission procedures.

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