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Admissions Requirements

Doctoral Program (Psy.D. and Ph.D.)

Application and all supporting documentation for Fall start in August must be received by November 1, 2023 for the December 2023 Interview Day or January 8, 2024 for February Interview Days. The Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs only enroll once a year in August.

Applicants may select the option to apply for both the Psy.D. and Ph.D. programs.

To ensure that your application is complete, please use the checklist below and follow the detailed instructions provided for each item. All documents that are submitted to the University will need to include your name on each page. NSU recommends that you start the application process at least 1-2 months prior to the deadline date. Note: Documents should be submitted in Word (.docx, .doc) or Acrobat (.pdf) formats only.

International students are encouraged to contact the Office of International Students and Scholars at (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240 or by email at


  1. Complete online application form.
  2. Application processing fee of US $50. Once the application is completed and the application processing fee has been received by NSU, students will be able to upload supplemental documents to Supplemental Documents on their user profile.
  3. Statement of Professional Goals: Describe how your professional, academic, and personal experiences led you to apply to this program. Include your full name on the essay. The personal statement helps us get to know you beyond the objective data provided in review of your courses, grades and other objective information. It also demonstrates your ability to communicate your thoughts in a professional, organized and succinct manner.
  4. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  5. Three academic or professional recommendations. Once the application processing fee has been received, students will be able to put in Recommender's Email Addresses. They will receive an email with a link to the student's application, where the recommender will fill out the form electronically and upload the recommendation letter.
  6. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities you attended need to be mailed directly to Enrollment Processing Services (EPS), including agency evaluation of foreign degrees for determination of U.S. equivalence (including Canadian transcripts). Visit International Students for further information.*
  7. GRE scores (GRE Code: 5516)
  8. International Student applicants should submit English proficiency scores, if applicable. International Students should visit Requirements for Obtaining an I-20 for further information.*


Former Chair, Dr. John Lewis, provides additional information on the application process.

Please mail transcripts to:
Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
Attn: College of Psychology
P.O. Box 299000
3300 South University Drive,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328-2004
For International Students:
Nova Southeastern University
Attn: Enrollment Processing Services
3300 South University Drive,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328-2004

Official electronic transcripts must be sent to

If you have any questions about the admissions process, call (954) 262-7563 / (800) 541-6682, 27563 (a-s-k-m-e), or email to

How to Apply

To access a step-by-step guide on the application process, click here.

Location Terms Offered Interview Days Deadlines
Main Campus August (Fall)  December 2020*
(Ph.D. and Psy.D.)
November 1, 2020
Main Campus August (Fall)

February 2021* (Ph.D. and Psy. D.)

(*Dates TBD)

January 8, 2021

The doctoral review process is comprised of a faculty committee review and an interview. After submitting all required documents, the application file is sent to a faculty committee for review. Based on the merit of the submitted documents, the committee will invite a select group of applicants for an on-campus interview.1

Depending on the time of year, the review process may take several weeks. At any time during the review process, applicants may check their status online via the application portal. Once a decision has been made, notification is sent via email to the address on file.

In accordance with the guidelines established by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association, admitted students have until April 15th to respond to the admission offer.

1An ample amount of time and notification will be given for the applicant to make appropriate travel, lodging, and arrival arrangements.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency. Please visit the International Students Office website for a list of English proficiency test that satisfies the Universities requirements.

Students who have obtained a degree from a foreign country should view the list of approved agencies to have their official transcripts reviewed for university credit. Please visit the International Students Office website for a list of National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). International Students are encouraged to contact the Office of International Student Services at (954) 262-7240 or 1800-541-6682, ext. 27240 or by email at

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