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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 & School of Criminal Justice. 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.

The following are general admission requirements that apply to all prospective Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice (FCE&SCJ) graduate students. Additional admission requirements for each program are outlined within each program’s section in this catalog. For assistance with the admission process, please contact the Office of Admissions (toll-free at 800-986-3223, ext. 28500) or visit:

  1. All prospective students must submit a completed application with a $50.00 non-refundable fee. A $50.00 application fee is required 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 National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) 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.
  1. 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 45 calendar days from the official start date of the session/term.

Nondegree-Seeking Students – Admission Requirements

A nondegree-seeking student is one who wishes to enroll in a course for professional development at the Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice and does not intend to pursue a degree at the time of application. Nondegree-seeking applicants must submit the following documentation in order to register for graduate classes.

  1. A completed admission application with a $50 nonrefundable fee.
  2. An official transcript from a regionally accredited institution indicating a conferred bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  3. Evidence of a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5.

Nondegree-seeking students are limited to enroll in a maximum of 12 semester credit hours. Enrollment in a graduate course(s) does not guarantee full acceptance into a degree-seeking program. A nondegree-seeking student may be required to submit a new admission application for a degree-seeking program and must meet all of the requirements for admission to the intended program of study.

Admission Application Deadlines Applications for admission are received online and on a rolling basis for all graduate programs throughout the calendar year except for the Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Master of Science in College Student Affairs programs, which only accept fall applications and have an application deadline of May 31.

Documents and supplemental information, (e.g., test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) can be mailed to:

Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services
Attn: Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice
3301 College Avenue
P. O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida 33329-9905

Applicants with transcripts from institutions that can generate electronic transcripts should provide this email address when submitting their transcript request:

Applicants utilizing international credential evaluators that can generate results should provide this email address when submitting their request:

Applicants can also download admission documents besides official transcripts to their applicant record by going to 

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

External Transfer of Credit

A maximum of six (6) semester hours of graduate credit may be considered if:

  • The requirements for the student’s concentration allow for transfer of credit.
  • The credits were earned within the preceding five (5) years from the first semester/term of enrollment in the FCE&SCJ program.
  • The credits were earned at a regionally accredited graduate institution.
  • The course(s) requested for transfer is/are at an equivalent degree level unless expressly stated within the requirements of the specific degree program.
  • The content of the course(s) requested for transfer is equivalent to the course content to which the credit will be applied.
  • The grade earned for each course was a B or better. A grade of P (Pass) or other such grade cannot be accepted as equivalent to a B or better unless it can be officially verified as such.
  • An official transcript containing the courses under consideration for transfer has been received by the FCE&SCJ Office of Advising.
  • A request for Transfer of Credit form has been completed by the student and sent to the FCE&SCJ Office of Advising. The transfer of credit form is available on the FCE&SCJ website, at

A course description from the catalog of the institution where credit was earned and/or a course syllabus may be required for review. Final decisions for all transfer of credit requests and course level changes (i.e., courses taken at NSU and courses taken at other institutions) will be rendered by the department chair, and written confirmation of acceptance or denial will be conveyed by an academic advisor.

No transfer of credit will be accepted for the following:

M.S. and Ed.S. Programs

  • Any certificate programs
  • Supervised Teaching Internship or Teaching Externship
  • Core Courses—CUR 526, EDU 708, CIMA 700, and CIMA 720
  • Capstone—Administrative/Educational Leadership Internship, Applied Field Experience, Applied Professional Experience, Educational Applied Research Project, Field-Based Project, Supervised Reading Practicum

Ed.D. Programs

  • Applied Dissertation Benchmarks
  • Strategic Research Project
  • Summer Institute

NOTE: Credit that has been applied to a previously awarded degree or certificate, at NSU or another regionally accredited institution, will not be accepted for transfer of credit. Credit for experiential learning will not be accepted.

Prior to enrolling in any course at another institution for the purpose of transferring credit, students currently enrolled in an FCE&SCJ program should first request an evaluation from the department chair to verify that the credits will be acceptable.

Credits accepted for transfer by FCE&SCJ will not be factored into the student’s overall grade point average. Instead, credits accepted for transfer will be applied solely to meet program/degree requirements.

Internal Coursework Credit from NSU Internal transfer of NSU credits is limited to only those courses that have not been applied towards an earned degree.

  • Degree-applicable credit from NSU can be applied to a current eligible degree or a current eligible certificate as long as the credit has not already been applied to an awarded degree or an awarded certificate.
  • An exception to the above is credit earned within a university-approved dual degree program.
  • The quality points will not be calculated in the grade point average (GPA).


Students pursuing state certification should consult with an academic advisor regarding current requirements that may affect transfer of credit. This should be done prior to course transfer, as state policies and guidelines are frequently subject to changes and revisions.

Credits earned at Nova Southeastern University are transferable only at the discretion of the receiving school. Students who wish to transfer credits from NSU should contact the admissions office of the receiving school for information.

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 a regionally accredited United States institution of higher education.

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Score of 213 on the computer-based test, 550 on the paper-based test, or 79 on the Internet-based test.
  2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Score of 6.0 or higher on the test module.
  3. Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-Academic): Overall score of 54 or higher.
  4. ITEP Academic (International Test of English Proficiency): Overall score of 3.9 or higher.
  5. Passing Level 9 from TALK International.
  6. MAT score of 400 or GRE scores of 300 (combined Verbal and Quantitative scales only).
  7. Duolingo score of 105 or higher.

Applicants who have earned a degree at an institution outside of the United States must submit an independent academic evaluation from a NACES member company. 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 National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved agencies.

Favorable evaluations will be accepted from one of the evaluating agencies approved by the NACES. A current list of members can be viewed by visiting the NACES Web site at:

International applicants are required to obtain an F-1 student visa in order to study on campus at NSU. International candidates who intend to study in the United States are required to obtain an I-20 form from NSU and must be fulltime, 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. International candidates may not qualify for an I-20 and a subsequent student F-1 visa due to the online instructional delivery format of all FCE&SCJ programs currently available. Candidates should contact an academic advisor or an assistant/associate director of recruitment to discuss their options prior to beginning the application process. For further information about student visas, contact the Office of International Affairs at +1-954-262-7240.

FCE&SCJ offers concurrent enrollment into additional graduate programs for recertification and/or professional development purposes. Current FCE&SCJ 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 should discuss the enrollment process with an Academic Advisor prior to registering for classes. Students interested in enrolling in another NSU college program (other than FCE&SCJ) are not required to complete a concurrent enrollment form.

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