Located in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University is the 10th largest independent university in the country and a pioneer of ground-breaking online and distance education. In fact, NSU was the first university in the U.S. to offer online graduate programs. Talk about innovators!
Unsure about studying on campus? At NSU, students can choose between distance education classes that combine online and off-campus elements or take courses exclusively online using real-time electronic classrooms.
Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; 404-679-4501). The Fischler School of Education at Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The Master of Human Services in Child Protection will provide competency-based child protective services instruction aimed at closing the gap between ground level on-the-job training and scientifically grounded best-practices. It will develop the critical knowledge, values, and skills necessary for child protection professionals to respond effectively to complex problems confronting children and families in the child protective services system. The program prepares students through the core curriculum and allows for specialty training through various tracks. This facilitates choice for students and fosters the development of specialized expertise. Students will complete the forty-two credit hour program that includes core courses, specialty track, and research and electives courses. The Master of Human Services: Child Protection degree program will provide competency-based child protective services instruction aimed at closing the gap between ground level on-the-job training and scientifically grounded best-practices. It will develop the critical knowledge, values, and skills necessary for child protection professionals to respond effectively to the complex problems confronting children and families in the child protective services system. The 42-credit hour degree program consists of coursework to increase professional effectiveness, productivity, and retention of case managers/ caseworkers/child advocates and administrators in order to improve the quality of care, well being and safety of children and families using child protection services.
Nova Southeastern University offers an innovative academic program designed for the working professional actively involved in or entering the field of counseling. CPS offers individuals the opportunity to earn a degree in counseling with specializations in mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling and education, applied behavior analysis, and advanced applied behavior analysis. The program is designed to serve the training needs of practitioners who seek advanced training, but who cannot access quality training without the interruption of demanding schedules.
Programs will develop the skills and leadership abilities of counselors who have a desire to provide, create and maintain high quality service delivery. The online instruction offers accessibility and flexibility along with a quality educational opportunity for the mature (independent) student.
Nova Southeastern University is the largest independent University in Florida and a leader in distance education. NSU offers many of its programs on the 250-acre campus in Fort Lauderdale, as well as via sites and clusters throughout the state of Florida and the world and on the Internet.
The M.S. in Criminal Justice trains individuals through an interdisciplinary focus. The program prepares students through the core curriculum and allows for specialty training though various tracks. This facilitates choice for students and fosters the development of specialized expertise. Additionally, students may choose among elective courses available at the graduate level throughout NSU. The program requires successful completion of thirty-six hour program that includes core courses, specialty track, and electives. Four programs are offered through the Criminal Justice Institute: Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree Master of Human Services in Child Protection degree Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Executive Leadership Certificate for Criminal Justice & Public Safety Supervisors We welcome you to peruse our website where you can learn about the numerous specialty tracks in each of our programs. The Criminal Justice Institute can help you transform your goals into accomplishments. The world is yours to explore through our online programs. Our instructors are waiting to share their experience and knowledge with you. Our partners will supplement your skills through internships and cooperative research. At NSU you can join in our commitment to academic excellence, student success, and service to the community. Your opportunity is here, now, and we are eager to bring it to you.
A Master of Science in Developmental Disabilities is designed to prepare researchers, advocates, administrators and policy makers to be leaders in community-based or governmental agencies that address the confluence of issues associated with developmental disabilities throughout the life span. This degree program's body of knowledge will allow graduates of the M.S. program to pursue doctoral-level training in human services, counseling, and public policy, among others. In addition, this degree will provide professionals from disciplines such as nursing and education with the necessary skills to be effective leaders and advance in the field.
The successful graduate of the M.S. in Developmental Disabilities program is expected to:
* Apply knowledge of effective administrative and other leadership skills in the field of developmental disabilities through the use of case study analyses, research papers, and in-class assignments.
* Demonstrate knowledge of the different developmental disabilities and the challenges faced by these individuals across the lifespan.
* Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of the family, the educational system, and community services on the successful integration of individuals with developmental disabilities into the community.
* Apply ethical and legal principles related to working with individuals who have developmental disabilities to real-world cases and settings.
* Apply knowledge of developmental disabilities, organizational behavior, and strategic planning to the design and/or administration of human services organizations which provide services to individuals and families with developmental disabilities.
* Demonstrate research, analytic thinking, and writing skills when creating a program design or evaluation project on a relevant topic in the field.
* Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of health disparities experienced by individuals with developmental disabilities and the implications for healthcare and human services organizations.
The Master’s Degree Program in Forensic Psychology is a 36- credit online program that will present information at the intersection of legal issues and psychology. Students will be prepared to understand what forensic psychologists do, as well as to apply this training in a variety of professional contexts. This degree program will provide students with the professional training necessary to function at an optimal level in a variety of forensic settings where psychology is used including court cases, law enforcement, criminal justice, national security offices, prisons, social services agencies, child welfare agencies, and treatment facilities.
The master’s program is offered entirely online. The online format allows for students to participate in courses from anywhere in the world where internet access is available. In addition, it allows for the flexibility of completing your master’s degree without interrupting your career.
Master’s students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Blackboard, but must obtain their own Internet service providers, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Online students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Blackboard as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Blackboard enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors’ reviews of assignments online in the same formats.
The M.S. in Computer Science is a 36 credit-hour program. It is designed to give students advanced knowledge of the field and to provide an enduring foundation for future professional growth. The program blends theory and practice into a learning experience that develops skills applicable to complex real-world problems. Its formats offer full-time students the opportunity to earn the master’s degree in 12 months and working professionals the opportunity to earn the degree in 16–24 months.
Graduates are able to:
The Master of Science in Information Security was developed to address the rapidly growing global problems of maintaining and securing computer information. Important areas addressed by the programs include threats and vulnerabilities, cryptography, authentication and access control, security models, network security, trusted computer systems, distributed systems security, World Wide Web security, applications security, and security management and policies.
This degree is recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) based on its certification of the school’s curriculum for compliance with the requirements of NSA national training standards NSTISSI No. 4011 (Information Systems Security Professionals) and CNSSI No. 4013 (System Administrators). As a result of this certification, Federal civilian and military personnel will be permitted to take the school’s certified graduate courses under government sponsorship, and the school is authorized to issue certificates to students who complete such courses.
The M.S. in Information Security is a 36 credit-hour program. It requires the completion of 12 courses or 10 courses and a six-credit thesis. Its formats offer full-time students the opportunity to earn the degree in 12 months and working professionals the opportunity to earn the degree 16–24 months. The Graduate Certificate in Information Security is a 15 credit-hour program that requires the completion of five courses. Students who complete the M.S. may also request the graduate certificate.
A graduate with a M.S. in Information Security will have the ability to:
Information Technology spans organizational information systems, application technologies, software methods and technologies, and systems infrastructure. It focuses on meeting the needs of users within an organizational and societal context through the selection, creation, application, integration and administration of computing technologies and resources. The M.S. in Information Technology is a 36 credit-hour program with five concentration options:
Each concentration includes a set of seven or eight core courses and four or five electives. All courses carry three credit hours. The program includes topics such as computer languages, database systems, human-computer interaction, system analysis and design, data networks, telecommunications, information security, computer graphics, software engineering, project management, decision making, client-server and distributed computing, electronic commerce, instructional technology, and multimedia. Graduates will have a broad technical understanding of current and emerging technologies in the IT field and the application of those technologies.
The program’s formats offer full-time students the opportunity to earn the degree in twelve months and working professionals the opportunity to earn the degree in 16–24 months. Each concentration includes a thesis option requiring six thesis credits, which would be in lieu of two elective courses.
The graduate certificate programs are recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) based on its certification of the school’s curriculum under NSA national training standards NSTISSI No. 4011 (Information Systems Security Professionals) and CNSSI No. 4013 (System Administrators). As a result of this certification, Federal civilian and military personnel will be permitted to take the school’s certified graduate courses under government sponsorship, and the school is authorized to issue certificates to students who complete such courses.
The MS in Management Information Systems is a 36 credit-hour program offered by the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. It focuses on the application of technological concepts of information systems to the collection, retention, and dissemination of information for management planning and decision making. The program concentrates on areas such as project management, decision support systems, computer languages, client-server and distributed computing, database systems and data warehousing, telecommunications, system analysis and design, human-computer interaction, electronic commerce, information security, computer graphics, and multimedia. The program blends theory and practice into a learning experience that develops skills applicable to complex real-world problems. It is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of the field and to provide an enduring foundation for future professional growth. Students can take online courses, traditional evening classes on our main campus, or a combination of both-and earn your degree in as few as 18 months. In addition, students have the option to earn the M.S. in MIS with a concentration in Information Security, which requires a total of 42 credit hours.
The M.S. in Computer Information Systems is a 36 credit-hour program. It focuses on the information technology foundations of computer information systems including areas such as database systems, human-computer interaction, data and computer communications, artificial intelligence, information security, computer graphics, and software engineering. It is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of the field and to provide an enduring foundation for future professional growth. The program blends theory and practice into a learning experience that develops skills applicable to complex real-world problems. Its formats offer full-time students the opportunity to earn the degree in 12 months and working professionals the opportunity to earn the degree in 16–24 months.
In addition, students have the option to earn the M.S. in Computer Information Systems with Concentration in Information Security, which requires a total of 42 credit hours (14 courses), or the Graduate Certificate in Information Security (Information System Security) which requires a total of 15 credit-hours (five courses). The concentration and graduate certificate are recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) based on its certification of the school’s curriculum for compliance with the requirements of NSA national training standards NSTISSI No. 4011 (Information Systems Security Professionals) and CNSSI No. 4013 (System Administrators). As a result of this certification, Federal civilian and military personnel will be permitted to take the school’s certified graduate courses under government sponsorship, and the school is authorized to issue certificates to students who complete such courses. Individuals may apply to take one or more certified information security courses as non-degree students. These programs are available online or on-campus. Students who complete the concentration may also request the graduate certificate.
Graduates with the M.S. in Computer Information Systems are able to:
This program offers a course of study leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computer Science. Its cluster format combines traditional and online instruction to provide professionals the opportunity to pursue graduate study while continuing to work in their current positions. The program is especially well suited to those in industry, education, or government who are involved with one of the many areas of computer science and information technology. It provides research-oriented professionals with knowledge in the major areas of computer science the ability to develop creative solutions to substantive real-world problems.Each student must complete eight core courses, two directed research courses, and a dissertation.
A graduate with a Ph.D. in Computer Science will have the ability to:
This program offers a course of study leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Systems or the Ph.D. in Information Systems with Concentration in Information Science or the Ph.D. in Information Systems with Concentration in Information Security. Its cluster format combines traditional and online instruction to provide information technology professionals the opportunity to pursue graduate study while continuing to work in their current positions. The program is especially well suited to professionals working in areas such as information system planning, information security, systems analysis and design, project management, information system administration, information science, or software engineering. It provides information technology professionals with the knowledge and ability to develop creative solutions to substantive real-world problems in information systems. Each student must complete eight core courses, two research courses, and a dissertation.
The concentration in information security is recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) based on its certification of the school’s curriculum for compliance with the requirements of NSA national training standards NSTISSI No. 4011 (Information Systems Security Professionals) and CNSSI No. 4013 (System Administrators). Students who complete the concentration may also request a graduate certificate.
A graduate with a Ph.D. in Information Systems will have the ability to:
The Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research is a 18 credit hour program (6 courses) that is offered in an online learning format. Enrollees may register full- or part-time, taking three to six credit hours per term. Students decide to just take one course they need to further their development. Participants can expect to complete the Graduate Certificate program in 12-24 months depending on their pace of study. Courses are offered in the Fall, Winter and Summer semesters. Attendees may enroll for the entire certificate or take just the courses they need. Students can also opt to take courses in a not-for-credit option at a reduced price and can earn a certificate of completion if they take all six courses.
Certificate Goals and Objectives
As a graduate of the certificate program you will be able to:
-articulate the distinguishing aspects of the major qualitative research methods;
-design and conduct rigorous qualitative research studies;
-generate, collect, prepare, and analyze a variety of qualitative data;
-compose high-quality qualitative research reports; appraise qualitative research works; and
-create a professional portfolio of outstanding scholarly products.
Coaching, as an alternative to psychotherapy, is a growing field. According to the Canadian newspaper The National Post, personal coaching (which includes life coaching, career coaching, college coaching and health and wellness coaching) is the second fastest growing profession in Canada, second only to information technology. Here in the United States, the profession has also seen considerable growth. Our family therapy program is nationally and internationally known for expertise in solution focused therapy, which is an excellent fit with the brief, goal oriented nature of personal coaching. We offer this certificate to those seeking a career as professional personal coaches.
The M.S. in College Student Affairs is designed to prepare students for the expanded roles and responsibilities of student affairs professionals in today's diverse college and university educational environments. Students will learn and experience the practical application of the knowledge base and skill sets of student affairs administration and conflict analysis and resolution in higher education organizational settings.
Our College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA) graduate certificate prepares students for many professions related to Student Affairs in college, university, and community settings. The program explores important topics in the field of Student Affairs such as conflict resolution, diversity, student development, student services, judicial affairs, administration, on-campus and campus life, Greek affairs, peer counseling, and crisis intervention, to name a few. Students examine the current trends and historical approaches in higher education, as well as future needs for effective student affairs practices in the 21st century.
The Master of Science in Experimental Psychology degree program provides students with a strong academic foundation in the theories and concepts of experimental psychology. Students are equipped with comprehensive skills in scientific inquiry and research methodology.
The Master's Degree Program in Mental Health Counseling is designed for the continued professional development of those who currently serve, or will serve, their community in various counseling capacities. Master's degree training is based on a model that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, prevention of dysfunction, and direct service.
The field of mental health counseling, which has grown over the past decade, has professionals placed in mental health settings, business and industry, substance abuse clinics, hospices, hospitals, educational settings, and private practice. The coursework provides broad-based training designed to equip people with the competencies necessary to confront a wide variety of contemporary challenges. These include substance abuse, family violence, divorce, aging, and general emotional problems. The master of science in mental health counseling degree program requires 60 semester hours of graduate credit including 9 semester hours of counseling practicum/internship and completion of a comprehensive examination.
Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Writing program at the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences build backgrounds in both professional and creative writing. The program allows students to develop specialized writing skills in areas such as business, technical, and journalistic writing. Students prepare for careers in writing, publishing, and education; to write professionally for magazines, newspapers, and businesses; and to pursue a variety of Ph.D. programs of study. The Master of Arts in Writing program's diverse range of courses enables students to explore a variety of creative and professional writing genres in small classes with faculty who are writers themselves. Faculty work to provide students with opportunities that go beyond the classroom, as well. Graduates of this program can pursue doctoral education in a writing-related field or become leaders in a variety of professional positions, including:
• college-level writing instructor
• copy editor
• magazine / journal editor
• technical writer
The Psy.D. program is based on the practitioner-informed-by-science model. Specifically, its goals are to train future psychologists in the core knowledge areas of the discipline and to prepare them to provide empirically supported assessment, intervention, and consultation services across a full range of populations, settings, and formats.
The DMFT is a 96-credit-hour program designed for individuals holding master's degrees that prepares graduates for careers as private practitioners, agency administrators, clinical supervisors, and senior clinicians. The DMFT program is different from the Ph.D. program in that its emphasis is on producing professionals who contribute foremost in the clinical, rather than academic, sphere of the discipline. The program is designed to expand and enhance a student's existing clinical skills in order to make them top level practitioners, while at the same time demonstrating the place of program/clinical research in this pursuit.
Goals of the DMFT program: 1) reflect the diversity of our community; 2) demonstrate integrity and ethical practice; and 3) collaborate in providing clinical service to the community.
Students of the DMFT program: 1) learn how to write and communicate at a professional level; 2) learn how to present their clinical work in professional settings; 3) learn how to teach, supervise, and consult; 4) demonstrate skills as competent marriage and family therapists; and 5) enter the community as leaders in their field.
Program Objectives of the DMFT program: 1) recruit faculty from diverse backgrounds; 2) recruit, enroll, and graduate students from diverse backgrounds; 3) provide close supervision of therapy to ensure competent and ethical practice; 4) collaborate with NSU clinical services and other community agencies in the provision of clinical services; and 5) reach out to local schools and other agencies to provide training for teachers and counselors and to enhance the well-being of students.
Students of our DMFT program: 1) pass all qualifying and comprehensive exams; 2) pass internal and external practicum assessments; 3) demonstrate competence in communicating professionally; 4) graduate and secure employment in the field; and 5) secure a position as a supervisor, consultant, or
The Master's Program in School Counseling is based on a developmental model that prepares students to function as guidance counselors in school systems. While the role of the school counselor varies within and across schools, districts, and states, counselors increasingly serve in multiple roles, interacting and consulting with parents, teachers, school psychologists, and agencies to provide effective services to students (pre-kindergarten through grade 12).
Counselors will be called upon to respond to students of varying backgrounds and ethnicities, and to interact with students in both a remedial and a developmental way. In addition to the traditional responsibilities of the school counselor, a variety of contemporary issues will face the counselor, including dropout prevention, interpersonal violence, teenage pregnancy reduction of truancy, personal issues and crises, drub and alcohol abuse, etc.
The curriculum was designed for the competent training of professionals who will ultimately have an important impact on both the individual student and the school climate.
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Online. Some programs incorporate an on-campus component. Please see degree descriptions for details.
You need to be able to use e-mail, send attachments in e-mail, find articles and resources on the Internet, and create documents using word processing software. There is no special software you will need to download.
US and Canada residents only.
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