Nova Southeastern Academics and Degree Programs
At NSU, students can choose between an on-campus, off-campus, or online program format for many of its graduate programs. Delivery is not the only choice to make. Whether you are drawn to conflict studies, criminal justice or coaching, there may be many options at the masters, doctorate and certificate levels.
Get Your Detective On with Forensic Psychology
Do you want to combine your interest in legal issues and psychology? NSU’s Master of Science in Forensic Psychology is a 36-credit online program. It is designed to develop the relevant skills and knowledge to apply psychology in a variety of forensic settings. These include the courts, law enforcement, criminal justice, national security offices, prisons, social services agencies, child welfare agencies, and treatment facilities. Choose from two tracks.
- Forensic psychology in legal systems
- Forensic psychology for mental workers, first responders and disaster teams
Help Children and Youth
Are you drawn to help children and adults succeed academically, socially and behaviorally? The PsyS in School Psychology program at NSU is approved by the Florida Department of Education (DOE), nationally recognized by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Through 79 credit hours that span over three years, students may develop the ability to address some of today’s biggest challenges, such as school violence.
Work with the Older Adult
Are you drawn to human services? NSU offers a 33-credit hour online M.A. in Gerontology where students can choose an area of focus such as public health or emergency preparedness.
Program Highlights: Online M.S. Counseling
Current and future counselors may turn to the online Master of Science in Counseling at NSU. Designed for busy adult learners, the program may develop the skills and leadership abilities of those who want to provide, create and maintain quality counseling services. Moreover, the program offers students the opportunity to choose an area of emphasis in one of three topics.
- Mental health counseling
- Substance abuse counseling
- Applied behavior analysis
Classes may be taken on a full or part time basis. A minimum of six credits per term is required to be considered full-time.
Course of Study
The Master of Science in Counseling degree program requires 33 credits of core courses, in addition to coursework in a selected concentration. While classes are offered online, an on-ground practicum/internship is required. There is a comprehensive examination at the end of the program.
Core courses address theory, ethics, human growth and research methods. They also introduce students to some of the topics below.
- Drug dependency
- Career and lifestyle assessment
- Adult psychopathology
- Couples counseling
Mental Health Counseling
Would you like to explore specific disorders, adolescent psychopathology and advanced treatment interventions? The Mental Health Counseling concentration entails 60 credits in total. Aside from the core courses, students complete 27 credits of track courses and a comprehensive final exam. In addition, the student is required to spend a specified number of hours per week at a selected agency as part of a supervised practicum. This is followed by a counseling internship.
Substance Abuse Counseling
Do you feel called to counsel the addicted client? The Substance Abuse Counseling concentration entails 48 credits in total. Students complete the core courses plus an extra 15 credits in their track. These courses cover topics such as the effects of specific drugs and treatment of co-occurring disorders. Along with this, the substance abuse counseling practicum explores methods and techniques to assess and work with compulsive behaviors.
Applied Behavior Analysis
Are you interested in behavioral models? There are three options for those who want to explore Applied Behavior Analysis. One requires an extra 12 credits and an optional practicum for a total of 45 credits. The others are called Advanced Behavior Analysis. Of these, one is a non-degree program, while the other involves 18 credits above the core courses. Furthermore, The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the course sequence, so students may be eligible to take the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst Examination® (BCBA®).
To be considered for admission, applicants need to have earned a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. While an undergraduate or masters degree in psychology, education, behavioral science, social work, or a related field is preferred, students may also show an aptitude to work in counseling through professional, volunteer, research, or personal experience. Aside from these factors, students need to submit a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, TOEFL scores (if applicable) and may be interviewed. There are specific requisites for the ABA tracks.
- Applied Behavior Analysis: Candidates must have a minimum of a masters degree in Education, Psychology and/or ABA from a regionally accredited institution to apply for the non-degree ABA concentration.
- Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis: Candidates must have a minimum of a masters degree in Education, Psychology and/or ABA from a regionally accredited institution to apply for the non-degree ABA concentration.