Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the Oceanographic Center

The Oceanographic Center has been awarding in-house degrees since 1964 and online degrees since 2002.

The Oceanographic Center is a component of Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, Telephone number: 404-679-4501) to award associate's, bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. Nova Southeastern University was first accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as Nova University in 1971.

The Oceanographic Center is situated at Port Everglades on the southeastern coast of the Florida peninsula, close to the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach, and in close proximity to Miami (23 miles north) and West Palm Beach (48 miles south). Its 10-acre location within John U. Lloyd State Park affords immediate access to the Gulf Stream and the open Atlantic Ocean. The Center is approximately 16 miles east of the main NSU campus in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida.

The Oceanographic Center alumni work around the world. Alumni are working for county, state, and federal agencies as well as consulting firms, universities, and schools. Recent alumni are working on shark conservation, oil spill recovery, sea turtle conservation, wetlands reclamation, as well as coastal and marine policy.

Questions Before you Apply

Please visit our application deadlines page.

After you submit your online application in WebSTAR, you will have the option to pay your application fee online.

If you choose to pay at a later time, you may use the following two other options:

You can submit a check or money order payable to "Nova Southeastern University" and mail it to:

Nova Southeastern University
Oceanographic Center
8000 North Ocean Drive
Dania Beach, FL 33004

(954) 262-3600

You can call the Bursar's office to pay by credit card at (954) 262-5200 or 800-986-2247, ext. 25200

Please visit our tuition and fees page.

Currently, there are no scholarships or grants available. Financial Assistance is available. Please visit our Financial Aid Office for details:

Campus attendance is required for:

  • the MS in Biological Science, Marine Biology, and Marine Environmental Sciences
  • the MS Coastal Zone Management thesis track
  • the doctoral program.

Campus attendance is not required for:

  • the Graduate Certificates
  • the Coastal Zone Management capstone track
  • MA in Marine and Coastal Studies
  • MS in Environmental Education (degree conferred by Fischler School of Education)

Yes, there are research opportunities for on-site graduate students through volunteering and employment. Employment may be limited by funding.

Online courses are taught through an interactive, password-protected, web-based course management system. They normally consist of any combination of audio-visual lectures, journal articles, threaded discussion board posts, white board, chat rooms, and other multimedia tools. The online environment is used for interaction with fellow students and faculty, submission and receipt of assignments, and accessing learning and library materials. Because students may be based in different time zones, the majority of interaction is asynchronous (not in real-time).

Yes. You may start your application process with a transcript showing your last semester in progress. If the admissions committee admits you into the program, it will be under a provisional status. This status will only allow you to register for one semester and prohibit you from obtaining financial aid until the final official transcript has been received. On the other hand, the committee members may not be able to make a final decision on your file until they view your final official transcript.

The GRE is required for the MS/MA, and the doctoral program. Please see our admissions requirements pages for more information.

Master's students may transfer up to six credits of previous graduate course work. Course work must replicate Oceanographic Center offerings in the major field of interest or must clearly be closely related. Students should submit requests for transfer credits in writing to the Oceanographic Center (address above) with documentation indicating the subject matter and that the transfer credits were of graduate level from accredited institutions. This can consist of the course syllabus, transcripts, and/or the course description from the professor.

Ph.D. students may transfer up to 30 graduate course credits from prior graduate programs in the same discipline as the Ph.D. degree aspired to. Transfer courses must be either reasonable duplicates of courses offered at NSU or clearly in the applicable Ph.D. field of interest. Students should submit requests for transfer credits in writing with documentation indicating the subject matter and that the transfer credits were of graduate level from accredited institutions. This can consist of the course syllabus, transcripts, and/or the course description from the professor.

Transfer acceptability for both the Master's and Ph.D. programs will be decided by the Director of Academic Programs at the Oceanographic Center.

For international students wishing to come to the Oceanographic Center for study, the student I-20 visa may be issued only upon completion of all admission requirements. Therefore, international students are urged to be sensitive to requirements prior to applying to the program. For more information regarding procedures for obtaining a student visa, please contact the Office of International Students:

Intl. Students and Scholars
Nova Southeastern University
Horvitz Admin. Bldg, 1st Floor
3301 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
(954) 262-7240
800-541-6682, ext. 27240
Fax (954) 262-3846
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

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 The following standardized tests currently satisfy the University's English requirement for nonnative English speakers: (1) The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) ( 550 on the paper based test, 213 on the computer based test, or 79 on the internet based test. (2) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) ( 6.0 on the test module. (3) Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic ( 54 on the test module. Proof of English language competency can also be in the form of successful completion of a degree at an approved U.S. institution of higher education.

Test results can be sent to:

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
ATTN: Oceanographic Center
3301 College Ave
P.O. Box 299000
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905

Information for Active duty Army and Guard Reserve

Prospective students who are soldiers on active duty with the US Army should apply for distance study with the Oceanographic Center through the GoArmyEd portal.

For questions about GoArmyEd at NSU, please contact:

Kimberly Cronin
1-800-541-NOVA, ext. 25386 or (954) 262-5386

Questions After the Admission Decision

Yes, acceptance may be deferred for up to one year of date of original acceptance.

You are certainly welcome to reapply. You must have made improvement in areas such as the GRE, GPA scores, etc.