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Graduate Admissions

Admissions Process

  • Admission is on a "rolling" basis.
  • Candidates are individually reviewed by a faculty committee, as NSU considers each applicant in terms of potential for success in the program.
  • After all required documents have been received, an admissions decision will be made within four weeks.
  • For more information on the process, click to view this presentation.


These deadlines indicate the date by which the university must receive ALL application materials.

August 12 (Late applications are reviewed based on space availability)

Fall Semester - August start

April 20 (Late applications are reviewed based on space availability)

Summer Semester - May start

December 10 (Late applications are reviewed based on space availability)

Winter Semester - January start

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. Completed online application
  2. Non refundable application fee of US $50
  3. Transcripts from all previously attended higher education institutions including degree conferral
    (Applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree programs may submit official transcripts prior to degree conferral to be considered for provisional admission. Final official transcripts must be submitted to receive full admission into the program.)
  4. Personal statement of approximately 500 words, detailing the ways in which the program may help the applicant achieve his or her goals
  5. An academic writing sample (it can be an academic paper, submitted journal writing, or a piece of professional writing)
  6. For non-native English speakers and graduates of foreign institutions (where English is not the primary language of instruction): Demonstrate English-language proficiency by submitting documentation of one of the following: successful completion of a degree at an approved U.S. institution of higher education where English is the primary language of instruction; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) official score of 213 on the computerized test, 550 on the paper test format, or 79 on the Internet format; or official IELTS score of 6.0
  7. Two recommendation letters
  8. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is preferred
  • Complete the application online
  • Submit all application materials to:

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

Please note that NSU reserves the right to rescind or place conditions upon admissions offers should information become available that calls into question an admitted student’s academic performance or character, including that which reflects a violation of NSU’s Code of Student Conduct.

After the Office of Graduate Admissions has received the completed application for admission (with supplemental documents), the admissions file is submitted to a faculty committee for review. Depending on the time of year and intended semester, the faculty review process may take five to ten business days. However, the process will be longer if the faculty committee requires additional information for review and/or an admissions interview.1

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.

1All newly submitted admission documents are sent to a centralized university processing center. Depending on the time of year, additional days may be added to the overall processing time.

Admissions Information

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