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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. - Read more

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. - Graduate Programs

Admission Deadlines

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.

admission deadlines for accelerated programs

NSU also offer several accelerated online programs that can be completed within 12 - 18 months for a reduced tuition rate. Accelerated degree programs are offered in the following areas: Education. Computer Science, Electronics Engineering, and CyberPsychology.  Students are accepted into these programs every 7 weeks.  More information on these programs can be found at this link.

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:


Fall 2022 Deadlines

Students who wish to participate in commencement 
(Commencement subject to change during pandemic crises)

October 21, 2022
Deadline for thesis/dissertation submission to Graduate Studies for format review

November 11 2022
Deadline for format approval to participate in Commencement
Deadline for graduation application

Students who do not plan to participate in commencement

January 6, 2023
Deadline for thesis/dissertation submission to Graduate Studies for format review 

January 20, 2023
December Degree Conferral
Deadline for Graduation Application for December degree conferral.


Spring 2023 Deadlines

Students who wish to participate in commencement
(Commencement subject to change during pandemic crises)

March 24, 2023
Spring Commencement
Deadline for Theses/Dissertations submission to Graduate Studies for format approval 

April 14, 2023
Spring Commencement
Deadline for Graduation Application to participate in Commencement.

Students who do not plan to participate in commencement

May 26, 2023
Spring Conferral
Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation submission to Graduate Studies for students NOT participating in Commencement but applying for degree conferral.

June 16, 2023
Spring Conferral
Deadline for Graduation Application for degree conferral.


Summer 2023 Deadlines

August 11, 2023
Summer Conferral
Deadline for Thesis/Dissertation submission to Graduate Students for format approval.

September 1, 2023
Summer Conferral
Deadline for Graduation Application for degree conferral.