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Office of Graduate Studies

NSU is one of the nation’s largest Historically Black Universities, (HBCU). Our graduate programs attract students and faculty from diverse national, racial and ethnic backgrounds. We extend an invitation to you to join the Spartan family and become an active member of the Graduate Studies community.


Master’s degree programs are offered in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Criminal Justice, Electronics Engineering, Materials Science, Media and Communications, Music, Pre-Elementary Education, Special Education, Social Work, Teaching, Urban Affairs, Urban Education, and Visual Studies.

Doctoral of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs are offered in Social Work, Clinical Psychology, and Materials Science and Engineering.


General admissions requirements to the School of Graduate Studies include the following:

1. Successful completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

2. Official transcripts sent to the Graduate School (unofficial transcripts can be uploaded into the portal)

3. Three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement expounding on the applicant’s interest in the field of study.

4. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work;
  • A portfolio of relevant work experience (with a minimum of five years’ experience in the specific field of study).

Each program may have higher admission standards as well as additional specific requirements. Please check the program's website for more information.

Admissions Deadline

November 1: Priority deadline for spring admissions.
May 1: Priority deadline for fall admissions.

Certain programs may have earlier deadlines or only admit students during the fall semester.  Please check the program tab for more information on specific program deadlines.

Students with complete applications including all supplemental items by these deadlines will be guaranteed an admission decision prior to the start of the term for which the application was submitted.  All other students may be considered for admission for the subsequent semester.

Thesis/Dissertation Format Deadlines

The Thesis/Dissertation format guidelines are available under Forms.  Please adhere to the following deadlines for degree conferral:

October 22, 2018 : Deadline for Theses/Dissertations to be submitted to Graduate Studies for format approval for Fall Commencement.

November 7: Deadline for final approval of format to participate in Fall Commencement.

December 10:  Deadline for final approval of format forstudents NOT participating in Commencement but applying for December conferral.

March 25: Deadline for Theses/Dissertations to be submitted to Graduate Studies for format approval for Spring Commencement.