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.
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.
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
800-541-6682, ext. 27240 Fax (954) 262-3846 Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST firstname.lastname@example.org
Scores of 550 to 600 from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required for applicants where their undergraduate language was not English. Certification may also be submitted from other institutions' intensive English programs. Information may be found at www.toefl.org.
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The Mission of the Oceanographic Center is to carry out innovative, basic and applied research and to provide high-quality graduate and undergraduate education in a broad range of marine science and related disciplines.