NCATE Accreditation

NCATE Accredited

Graduate Admissions

Thousands of students who recognize the professional importance of a master's degree have discovered the exceptional programs available at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education. Whether you choose to study part-time or full-time, online or in the classroom, you will find a program and format that meets your needs.

Effective July 1, 2011, the following general admission requirements apply to all prospective College of Education graduate students. Additional admission requirements for each program are outlined within each program's section of the Fischler College of Education's Catalog & Student Handbook. For assistance with the admission process, please contact the Office of Student Services toll-free at (800) 986-3223, ext. 28500.

  1. All prospective students must submit a completed application with a $50.00 non-refundable fee. (A $50.00 application fee is applicable for each application submitted to Nova Southeastern University.)
  2. Final, official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions are required. Transcripts should be forwarded directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope in order to be considered an official transcript. Applicants with transcripts from institutions that generate electronic transcripts should provide this email address when submitting their transcript request:
    • Photocopies and facsimiles will not be accepted as final, official transcripts.
    • Admission decisions are based on degrees earned at regionally accredited institutions or an official approved equivalent such as an evaluation by one of the approved agencies. The evaluation must include a course-by-course analysis and list all course subjects with United States semester credits and a GPA on a 4.0 scale. For more information, refer to the Transcript Evaluation section.
  3. Applicants may be provisionally admitted based on a preliminary review of unofficial transcripts and/or program-specific admission requirements. However, full admission to any degree program requires the submission of all final, official documents required for admission within 90 calendar days from the official start date of the term.
    • Once provisional acceptance is granted, students who do not attain full-admittance within 90 calendar days from the official start date of the term, will not be permitted to continue his/her studies. Registration will be prohibited and other services may be suspended.
  4. Upon acceptance, all students are required to complete an Enrollment Agreement. (applies to students residing in Arizona, California, Indiana, Missouri, and Nevada only)

Applications for admission are accepted online and on a rolling basis for all graduate programs throughout the calendar year.

All application documents and materials (e.g., test scores, transcripts, etc.) must be mailed to:
Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
Attn: Abraham S. Fischler College of Education
3301 College Avenue
P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33329-9905

Note: Documents and materials submitted in support of the application become property of the university and will not be returned to the applicant/student.

Applicants who have indicated a language other than English as their primary language on the application form will need to demonstrate English language proficiency by one of the following methods below. Test results must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Admissions department (see above address). Proof of English language competency can also be in the form of successful completion of a degree at an approved United States institution of
higher education.

  • TOEFL score of 213 on the computerized test, 550 on the paper test format, or 79 on the Internet format
  • IELTS score of 6.0
  • Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-Academic) minimum required overall score of 54. Students must be physically present at a Pearson Test center to take the test. There are flexible test dates available at Pearson Test Centers worldwide.
  • College Level Freshman English course passed with a grade of C or higher in a freshman level English composition course at a U.S. regionally accredited institution
  • GMAT score of 450
  • GRE scores of 1000 (combined Verbal and Quantitative scales only) for tests taken prior to August 1, 2011 or GRE scores of 300 (combined Verbal and Quantitative scales only) for tests taken on or after August 1, 2011

Applicants who do not hold baccalaureate or graduate degrees from institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) or another U.S. regional accrediting association must provide official documentation of degree equivalency for admission. This includes those who hold degrees from foreign institutions. The evaluation must include a course-by-course analysis and list all course subjects with United States semester credits and a GPA on a 4.0 scale by one of the NACES approved agencies.

For information, contact one of the following:

Academic Evaluation Services, Inc.

11700 N. 58th Street G & H
Tampa, FL 33617
Telephone: (813) 374-2020
Fax: (813) 374-2023
Web site:

Educational Credential Evaluators
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Telephone: (414) 289-3400
Web site:

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
P.O. Box 5087
Miami, FL 33173
Telephone: (305) 273-1616
Fax: (305) 273-1338
Web site:

World Education Services
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
Telephone: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 739-6100
Web site:

Favorable evaluations will also be accepted by one of the evaluating agencies approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A current list of members can be viewed by visiting the NACES Web site at:

International applicants may be required to show verification of a student I-20 visa or permanent residency status. International candidates who intend to reside in the United States and who are required to obtain an I-20 must be full-time, degree-seeking students, and must attend classes in the South Florida area or at any one of NSU's Regional Campuses in the State of Florida. For further information, contact the Office of International Students and Scholars at 800-541-6682, ext. 27240 or (954) 262-7240.

The Fischler College of Education offers concurrent enrollment into additional graduate programs for recertification and/or professional development purposes. Current College of Education students interested in concurrent enrollment must complete the appropriate admission application for the intended program of interest, along with the concurrent enrollment form. Students interested in concurrent enrollment must discuss the enrollment process with an Academic Advisor prior to registering for classes. Students interested in enrolling in another NSU school program (besides FCE) are not required to complete a concurrent enrollment form.

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