Nova Southeastern University
Nova Southeastern University - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||69|
|Avg years at University||2.6|
|Research Quality||B- (6.5)|
|Research Availability||B- (6.4)|
|Research Funding||C+ (5.4)|
|Graduate Politics||B (6.6)|
|Errand Runners||B (6.7)|
|Degree Completion||B- (6.5)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||C (4.7)|
|Sufficient Pay||C (4.8)|
|Education Quality||B- (6.2)|
|Faculty Accessibility||B- (6.0)|
|Useful Research||B+ (7.4)|
|"Individual" treatment||C+ (5.5)|
|Campus Beauty||A- (8.4)|
|Campus Maintenance||A- (8.4)|
|University Resource/spending||B (7.0)|
|Surrounding City||B+ (8.1)|
|Social Life/Environment||B- (6.4)|
I went to NOVA because I run a company as my day job and needed a flexible program.
After having to change my research topic several times as the focus of my advisor changed, I was left working on: (a) a topic that was not suited for me or my advisor - who was not an expert in that subject, (b) with an advisor who was disconnected (out of the country about half the time), and (c) with a dissertation committee who was mostly interested in their version of criticism which consisted of public humiliation/grand-standing and what I can best describe as cyber-bullying. Without getting into details, one of the committee members crossed the line while commenting on my dissertation.
Therefore, I decided to walk away from the game. Because that is the only thing the dissertation process at NOVA can be called.
The coursework at NOVA is actually quite interesting and good, as are the lecturers. However, after dissertation starts, the whole thing turns into something like cyber-dating.
I admit that, had I decided to finish the program, I would probably be posting positive comments on my achievement, but deep inside I would still know that it would be a hollow glory and it would only help this school continue to profit from students.
Fortunately, in my case, the money was not a huge issue. My education is paid for and, at least according to the government, I am wealthy. But I know that is not the case with others. I proved to myself what I needed to prove intellectually, and I even feel somewhat proud for walking away, although at times unfulfilled. I am not sure why, since I have everything people think they can get with a PhD: I have been published, I own a successful consulting company, and I even teach at a university.
So, my advice is that you examine yourself, and if what you want is an expensive piece of paper and a title, go to this school and others like it. Yes, it is true, you get out of it what you put into it; but that would be true at any school, many of them better than NOVA, and schools that are more invested in their students.
In my case, I decided that I was not going to give NOVA the privilege of wearing their colors in my doctoral robe, and that is the way I hope every PhD student approaches it.
First of all, I?m speaking of the graduate school experience at NSU and not that of an undergraduate. I?m not an eighteen year-old freshman, I don?t live on campus, and I don?t eat the cafeteria food every day so resident undergraduate students would be entitled to submit a more critical review of Nova in that regard and I couldn?t defend the school with their complaints and/or concerns as I would be speaking out of turn. I?m speaking primarily to doctoral students currently or previously enrolled in NSU?s many programs. You guys should know better. The common themes that I constantly hear about NSU as far as negatives are diploma mill, cost/expense, academic rigor, and incompetent faculty. Let me tackle each theme one by one.
?A diploma mill (also known as a ?degree mill?) is an unaccredited higher education institution that offers fake academic degrees and diplomas for a fee. It typically denotes an institution providing diplomas on an intensive and profit-making basis, like a factory? (Wikipedia.com). Three of the main characteristics of a diploma mill are that one, it is unaccredited by the appropriately recognized accrediting body of the U.S Department of Education. Two, it gives itself a name similar to that of a prestigious, accredited college or university, and three, it will claim accreditation from an accreditation mill, in essence, a bogus accrediting body deceptively representing or misleading itself to be a legitimate accreditation body.
Fact: NSU is accredited by the same accrediting body that accredits Florida State University, University of Tampa, University of Miami, University of North Carolina, Duke University, Wake Forest University, and every other legitimate state university and private college in the Southern United States.
Fact: NSU doesn?t sell degrees for a price. If you paid them upfront and in a few weeks or months you automatically received your degree, then we?d be talking diploma mill here according to the definition above. There?s no factory pumping out NSU diplomas for those with the money. I worked many long years before they would confer my degree. I couldn?t have bought it from NSU if I wanted to. I earned my PhD!
Fact: Nova Southeastern University is not named after a prestigious school to deceptively attract students to attend. In fact, I wish they would change their name to something more traditional, but again, the name in itself indicates that they strive not to be a diploma mill.
Now let?s talk about cost and expense. Nova is a ?not-for-profit? institution, not a ?for profit? institution. But NSU is not a state university either. NSU is private and as you all know, private schools are always more expensive than their state university counterparts because private schools are tuition driven and not supported by state tax dollars. The fact that NSU is so technologically advanced is also a factor in their pricing. Someone has to pay for all of this technology and the faculty and staff to keep it running. Sadly, that cost is passed onto the students.
As far as academic rigor goes, just like degree programs, some classes are harder than others, that?s a well-known fact. Some professors are more demanding and critical than others and that?s a fact too. If you are stating that NSU is lacking as far as academic rigor, have you taken every class from every professor? Have you polled your friends or others to see if they share your experiences? I would imagine that if you are the one making these claims against NSU, you probably haven?t registered for that one class or met that one professor yet that would indeed challenge you. Nova has those difficult courses and professors there I can assure you, along with the easier courses and more accommodating, passive instructors. Getting a doctorate is not supposed to be easy. That?s what makes attaining one so special and great. If it was easy, everyone would have one, right? NSU merely subscribes to this theory. Not everyone who attempts a PhD or DBA, whether at NSU, or anywhere else, will be successful.
NSU stopped the practice of hiring its own graduates as faculty years ago. You will undoubtedly still have a few NSU graduates employed as faculty who will eventually retire and then you will have a more balanced staff from among the many division one top tier research universities. You are starting to actually see more of this now. NSU currently has faculty who graduated from the Ivey League ranks, as well as the top-tier research schools. Many of the faculty in the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences are well published in top peer-reviewed journals.
In closing, NSU is still on the brink of trying to establish itself as a premiere, Research University. The distance education element, although their claim to fame, probably detracts from this goal as traditional academic scholars still frown on distance based learning in doctoral programs because they see it as a watered-down, less rigorous version of traditional programs.
This brings me to my final point that not all of NSU?s doctoral programs are distance-based (Online). My doctoral program in Information Systems was a hybrid that combined traditional classroom with distance-based learning. The two-part question of the day is?is a blended, hybrid program in actuality an online program? Does the small online component of a hybrid program completely negate the traditional component of the program? My two cents.
Classes can be challenging, but you're in grad school- they're supposed to be hard. As long as you do the work and stay on top of the readings, you will be fine.I do not see Nova as a diploma mill as much as a school that has maybe less stringent admission standards. I have seen students come in and not do well recognizing that maybe they were not ready for the rigors of the coursework. I can also see how this would lead to disgruntled former students who feel that Nova wasted their time and money.
I was particularly fortunate to have the dissertation advisor I had. He has a Ph.D. in Decision and Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University and is well published in the field. He was also the nicest, most helpful, and supportive person I could ever want as a dissertation advisor. I am truly thankful I had the chance to work with him in the dissertation process. The program is academically rigorous. You will have to work in the courses and work even harder on your dissertation if you expect to earn the degree. It was not easy, but I recently finished it, and am very proud of the accomplishment and very happy to have attended Nova Southeastern. I looked at the programs available to me as someone already working in the field of decision support systems could not find a better program that would permit me to earn my Ph.D., learn a great deal about my field and advanced research in general, and not stop working for several years to work on the degree. Not only are the faculty top notch, but so are many of the students. I was surrounded by some very competent and knowledgeable professionals in my field as my student peers as well. Of course there were some who should not have been there, and who are probably the ones who post the negative comments about the program and the faculty. There is a distinct difference between being able to do masters level course work and Ph.D. level research. Please do not blame the school if you are unable to make the transition.
You will succeed at this University if you are arrogant and self serving but have the ability to suck up. I was personally so excited to attend here, talk about sad to learn the truth about it. There are other equally reputable and even some better one where you will have the opportunity to succeed.
the school is in a business center and i have to walk past a verizon everyday to get to class, the verizon is inside the school. actually, verizon has complained about the students being to noisy. so its more like nsu is in verizons building.
the professors are constantly late, 30 minutes late not 5 minutes. when they get there, they correct students for their tardiness. this is not an exaggeration.
the notes are far from proofread and full of mistakes. unprofessional and sloppy, and that is what is being taught. its one thing to not proofread an email, but to present educational material in such a sloppy manner is inexcusable. this program is overpriced and is basically for students without grades decent enough to get into real schools. apply at any other school and use this schools as a last resort, those last resort pas are sure going to be "wonderful" when they are in practice
MOI Professor is out of touch and has not graded my assignments in a few weeks. When I emailed her she tells me that I am technologically challenged - so I email another student and she is having the same experience. So I guess we all are challenged. We are told to follow the syllabus without due dates...just amazing! Worst of all, this is a Doctoral Level!Trends and Issues was the best so far. At least when I was on the wrong track, Dr. Santilli would let me know immediately and would work to get me on the right track. Dr. Santilli seems to be the only decent professor this place has so far...
I've also noticed that the school has a lot of wasteful spending, including building employees who can be seen surfing Facebook more than doing actual work.
The school should spend much more on its career services instead of its fancy commercials. I've seen one student in several NSU MBA commercials that had no business being in an MBA program, and was forced to drop a class that I was in because he showed up late every day and contributed nothing to his group.
Some of the teachers are great, while some are a complete joke. The same goes for your classmates. Because they will let almost anyone into the program, you will find that some of your classmates are smart and could have gotten into more prestigious schools, while others you will dread the fact that they will hold the same degree as you. My advice to you is to be very active in your career search through other resources, and expect very little return on your $30,000 investment in this economy.
Nova has made substantial contributions to the field, as well as the community at large. Unfortunately, because of its beautiful location, many would rather play than study....
I learned a lot from this school and I know that I would not have advanced in my career without their support and all of the knowledge I took away from their MATL program in reading.
Best Regards, John Moyer, M.A.
However, if I were given the opportunity to do my MBA again I would NOT choose NSU. The caliber of students is very low, some graduate level courses are equivalent to high school AP level courses, and the rate of return on NSU's MBA is not very attractive.
An MBA is not a professional degree like an MD, DO, DMD, CPA, CFA, etc. MBA's are not created equal. NSU's MBA does not carry much gravitas in academia or corporate America. NSU is not AACSB (the gold standard for business schools) accredited nor does it require applicants to take the GMAT, provided your undergrad GPA is above a certain level. Yes, I decided to apply and attend NSU because it did not require the GMAT. Now that I'm a little older and a little wiser I definitely would have taken the GMAT if I could go back in time.
If you're looking to do your MBA (or any graduate work) do your research and try to get into the BEST program you can. If you're a South FL resident you should look at FIU, FAU, U of M, or Barry (all AACSB accredited).
I'm planning to go back to school, yet again, to do my PhD in economics. I have taken the GMAT as well as the GRE and did quite well. Best of luck to you!
a) You're employed and wish to stay in your field.
b) You choose a specific concentration
c) You HAVE work experience alreadyI had 3 years work experience, and feel that this MBA program is for corporate decision makers. Even so, an executive would have a hard time reviewing the basics as NSU MBA does. For example, I became all too familiar with the basics of SUPPLY & DEMAND, MASLOW'S HIERARCHY, PORTER'S FIVE FORCES MODEL, ETC. The caliber of the student is low, so high level business theory is not used (well, very little). I'm a little embarrassed to say I got an MBA from NOVA, if that says anything. Man am I in debt now! What a poor investment. The professors are great though, they really are good at what they do. The curriculum is low level, it's not MASTERS level.
Most faculty are part time and have other jobs. Many are retired faculty members who are just doing this for extra money. No one is available unless you call them at home. Even then, they limit to weekend phone calls at specific times. No one seems to fully understand the dissertation process. The first statistics course is sub-par. Tuition is terribly extremely high. The classes are boring and repetitive.
Go to a traditional university and get the proper education. I am transferring.
Also, the feedback in classes is almost non-existent, if you even manage to get feedback during the semester. I wrote a 40-page paper for one class and the only feedback was "good job A- ". Avoid this school if you can.