Nova Southeastern University
Review Averages: 6.0 out of 10 (44 reviews)South Florida’s Nova Southeastern University, better known as NSU or Nova, offers online undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs in more than 70 subject areas. Synchronous and asynchronous online course formats are offered. NSU also offers off-campus learning to students in Las Vegas, Nevada and at sites across South Florida.
Nova Southeastern University Reviews:
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
NSU Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis Program
November 1, 2011
I will earn my Master of Science degree in Counseling, Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis in December of 2011. This two year program has met and exceeded all of my expectations. I am a student in the distance learning/online program. This is an excellent way to further your education if you are a self-directed person with enough discipline to keep up on extensive amounts of reading and writing. The quality of education I have received via this online program is just as excellent, if not better, than the education I received as an undergraduate at a local university. Overall, the professors have been outstanding. All of them have held Ph.D. or Psy.D. degrees and have had vast amounts of clinical experience to bring to their students. One or two have seemed a bit disorganized regarding the on-line teaching format, but even those professors were still extremely well informed in their respective subjects. I have been very excited to be learning from people who are so outstanding in their academic areas and who obviously love teaching. The depth of experience and the enthusiasm they bring to the courses has made my two years with them educational and inspirational. I have found these professors to be very responsive to questions, discussion board posts, emails and phone calls. They realize that on-line students do not have the support network that "in person" students have, and have accordingly made themselves very open to inquiries from students regarding more in-depth explanations and questions. The textbooks for each course have generally been the latest versions of well-regarded texts in their subjects, and I have appreciated the variety and diversity of viewpoints that is offered through the textbooks and NSU at large. The online format of my program has been via "WebCT", although NSU says they are changing all of their programs to a "Blackboard" format in the near future. WebCT is okay, but in my opinion there are many parts of it that could be improved to help online learners share more with classmates and to help professors use multi-media in more efficient ways. I have not used Blackboard so I cannot review whether or not it is a better system in those regards. The counseling courses have included a very well rounded selection addressing cultural and diversity issues, ethics, research and professional development. The Applied Behavior Analysis courses, in particular, have addressed every point listed by the Board Analyst Certification Board regarding the information a potential BCBA or BCaBA should learn if they hope to be an effective and ethical practitioner. The professors in this part of the program have been particularly outstanding. The course work has been challenging, but not intimidating. I am a married mother of 3 children and have had to carefully budget my time, but the built-in structure of an online program has helped me to stay with each course semester by semester. If you do not complete an assignment on time, the chance to submit it goes away, and that tends to keep me from slacking off and procrastinating. There is a lot of writing. In fact, almost everything you do will involve a lot of writing. Discussion boards are heavily used to enhance understanding of topics. Papers are plentiful in most courses. Online classes involve some presentations and some discussions via microphones and/or webcams, but even those also involve writing. Expect to be required to read most of every textbook, to have at least two texts required for most classes, and to have 2-4 papers per class. Some classes have fewer papers and more exams, some are vice versa, but generally there are a few papers and a couple of exams per course. I have loved having the 15 week semesters because it gives you so much time to get in-depth in the content area and to get to know classmates and the professors. The fellow students have been great at NSU. I wish we could have more ways to interact, but there are limitations due to interacting only online, and the fact that everyone is from all over the globe. The administration/support staff is effective, but not outstanding. I have usually received only short replies to inquiries and have never felt encouraged to turn to them if I needed help or questions about the program answered. This part of the staff is the weakest part of the NSU program, in my opinion. Overall, my experience here has been very, very positive and I know I am going to be an excellent BCBA, in large part thanks to the skills I have gained here. If I had to choose again, I would definitely choose NSU and online learning again. NSU is hideously expensive, though, so brace yourself for quite a load of student debt by the time you are done.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Ph.D NSU, Nova is a SCAM !
February 19, 2010
Nova, NSU is a total SCAM ! After years spent at the so called University there is little to be said about the school in the way of getting a Ph.D. The course work is usually completed within 2-3 years. The classes are not that difficult just time consuming. After the course work is where the CON begins. The professors generally have you do papers or publications. Like many of the other complaints the school system purposely slows a person down as to MILK them for all the money they can get over the 10 year period. They raised it from 8 years to 10; you know to extend their income stream more. Basically you get 1 or 2 replies a semester from an instructor that cost $4K to 8K a year. I have been called at night from other students that were in the same program as me with the same problems. I was originally told on the first day that the graduation rate was about 50%. I was then later told by my advisor that is was some where in the 17% to 11%. If I would have known that I would have walked out the first day. Many of my fellow students see the Professors as a bunch of NSU grads that raise the bar that they did not even pass. It's a fact look at the Professors, the Assistant Deans in which they all graduated from NSU. The funny thing is that they raised the bar for the Dissertation defense, and publications, when they did not even do it themselves. I have talked with many of other students with the same experience; they are just too ashamed that they got SCAMED to. Please do yourself a favor, avoid this school like the plague! Run don't walk!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Avoid at all Costs
November 6, 2007
I was a D.B.A. degree student. They are a big rip-off. They are the most sued collegiate institution in the United States. They do not care about their students. If you dare to cross them, they throw you out on trumped-up charges. On their transcript request form, they have the so-called word "DOCTORATAL" which, I guess, is a combination of the word Doctorate and Doctoral.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Review from a current candidate
September 2, 2013
I have been a student all my life and a college professor for many years. Therefore, I thought I was prepared for the game that it is getting a PhD. I went to NOVA at the recommendation of my dean. The course work was mostly a review of my MSIS graduate classes or classes that I teach, and I got through it fairly easily, even with a full time consulting job and adjunct teaching. My 30-year professional experience is in supply chain management and electronic commerce, so I was pleased to see that NOVA included those topics in the DISS coursework. Therefore, I tailored my selection of courses and paper-writing to set myself up for a dissertation in e-commerce. By the time I finished my coursework, the only e-commerce professor in the entire program had left the school and I was forced to scramble. NOVA does not allow a dissertation topic that a member of the faculty is not interested in. Therefore, other professors refused to work with me with e-commerce as the topic. So the game began. I later found out that my desired professor had not left but was simply "visiting", so I campaigned to the dean for him to be my advisor. This was thankfully approved, only to be later notified by the professor that he is no longer interested in those topics, so I would have to find something else - by the time he had strung me along and made this momentous announcement, I was already 3 semesters into dissertation and had conducted a significant amount of research that was now wasted. While scrambling to start from scratch on an entirely new discipline of IS, my advisor posted a "No Progress" report without any warning, meaning that I was now on the verge of being kicked off the program if I did not do something soon. Luckily (?), I lost my consulting job and was out of work for 3 months, which allowed me more time to find a new line of research. I am now on my 7th semester of dissertation. Although I am tremendously disappointed, please do not interpret my comments as those of a disgruntled student. I will continue to work on this program, but I wanted to warn everyone that your experience can vary significantly depending on what your research interests are. The IS discipline is a very large field. If your area of interest is human-computer interaction, privacy, or user interface design, your experience might be quite pleasant. On the other hand, in my most recent dissertation feedback, I was called "stupid" and a "weasel". I am over 50 years old, I don't need that kind of "motivation". I must admit that I was not mentally prepared for that part and found myself taking a semester off to deal with my deep depression. Unfortunately, there are a few professors in this school that take a perverse pleasure in demeaning students to the point of borderline hazing or bullying. Believe it or not, this is not uncommon at other PhD programs, I just did not expect that from a program like NOVA's that is targeted at professional adults.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Coursework Not BAd, Dissertation a Travesty
August 11, 2010
I have recently completed all the course requirements of the EdD degree in the ITDE department. I have been working dilligently for the past three years on the dissertation part of the degree. The first three years I had a dissertation advisor who was a boob and did not know what was expected by the dissertation committee. I sent in three dissertation concept papers and got them all turned down. I wasted my time. I had my dissertation advisor changed, the new one is extremely helpful and available. NOW, after three years of killing myself I am burnt out. Anyway, the school should keep a better track on the students and who the advisors are. The dissertation should be one the STUDENT is interested in, but NO, it has to be of interest to the dissertation commitee members. Also, After you complete the coursework in 2 to 3 years it is a $2450 a semester fee to keep in the program until you finish the degree. Like I said, I am ABD - All But Dissertation. AND don't know what to do next, as the future of completing the dissertation looks bleak and unattainable. I don't have much of a choice, if I plan to try and finish the dissertation. If I had another choice I would surely take it. I have spent about 70k so far on the EdD at NSU. It would be such a waste to not try and complete it. I wish I could find another school that would transfer my credits and grant me a degree without the dissertation requirement. I would jump on board. I know many other students at NSU that would too, as there are any in the same boat as I. Many...You would not believe how many. If you know of a school I will pass it on... 3000 characterss is NOT enough. I will add in the comments...
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Nova is all about money-not students
August 9, 2010
Students are forced to take prerequisite courses that are not even relevant or applicable to the major of interest and it is extremely difficult for students to even pass those courses, thus, Nova makes more money as students have to retake classes. The actual course questions that students are given in the exam are not relevant or applicable in the real world of the field of study/career and there is no study guide on what areas to prep for in the exam. Students study the whole long chapters of the text books, becomes completely overwhelm and overloaded with very little given time to pass the exams and quizzes. Students are set up to fail! More money for Nova University! Students are left with unnecessary student loan debt and very low self esteem thinking they are losers when the truth of the matter is Nova University itself. Someone please, Students needs to be able to pass their courses at Nova University. Another thing! Don’t let them know you complain! They make it even more impossible for you with these tough classes. I think the professors and Nova itself don’t get the idea that students are at the institution because they want to learn and not for students to feel that they are a complete failure at the university’s expense due to greed! Nova needs to understand that it must be a win win for both Nova and students especially students who are prepared to work hard. Nova University needs to understand that without students and government loans Nova would not be in existence.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Want to be seen as a piggy bank? Go here!
June 24, 2011
I had the supreme misfortune to attend Nova for a year. Don't get me wrong, a teacher here and there are decent, but in general they are just there to supplement their income. But that is nothing to how the administration views its students. Students, are treated like cattle. The financial aid department is deplorable, loses paper, and makes huge mistakes. For me, they made a mistake that wound up making my account ineligible to receive loans. Administration told me, "well, just borrow money from your parents." Really? So I told them to drop me from the rolls that were mid-session as I couldn't afford the high tuition. They did so. A week or two later I received a bill for the full tuition amount! I told them that this was their mistake, I had unenrolled because of their screw-up and they continued to harass me. Still are.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
March 31, 2010
The courses weren't bad although there were only couple where I felt I learned anything or that the assessments actually indicated anything. When I started the dissertation process I only heard from my 'adviser' when the grades were due. Of the 20 or so students who started with me only a couple made it to the dissertation and all of us got no support from their faculty, advisers or committee.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
August 4, 2007
I am currently a distance learner in the Masters of Teachng and Learning, but live close to Nova. Here is SFlorida, the school is known for collecting money for degrees. That being said, it produces most of the lawyers and educational administrators in the area. Not much assistance is given, but the program stresses it is for independent study. One must weigh one's needs and life's goals against what the program offers. Most of the educational administrators who would see my resume also have Nova degrees. Because I am past the mid-point of my career, I care equally about learning and the financial benefit of a higher degree. Therefore to me, a masters is a masters, is a masters.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
DPT, Physical Therapy Review
April 10, 2013
I have four words to describe this program: RUN the OTHER way! Seriously, I do not know how this program is accredited. You will learn information in one class that contradicts information in the next. The lack of communication throughout the program is absurd. The lack of professionalism and appearance of favoritism is also absurd. The grading is unfair (depending on who your grader is on practical exams, depends on what grade you get. There is no consistency across the board when it comes to grading practicals). Heaven forbid you fail out, you are treated like a piece of worthless garbage (this is second hand information that I fully believe). If you are in danger of failing out, there are no tutors, no recommendations on who can help, and the faculty will tell you to “ just memorize the Power Point slides” DO NOT go to this school. All Nova cares about is money. This program is NOT student oriented in the least. Do not waste your time or money, there are MUCH better programs out there.
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