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Colleges, Schools & Centers

NSU boasts 18 schools, colleges and centers that offer a full range of academic programs that span a lifetime -- from early childhood education, to a college preparatory school, from dynamic undergraduate degrees, to prestigious graduate programs. Explore your options and find what you’re looking for.

Students with professorFrom biology (pre-med) to musical theatre, and software engineering to marine biology, the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences houses the vast majority of NSU’s undergraduate majors and minors, as well as master’s degrees in writing and master's degree in experimental psychology. These programs offer small classes taught by knowledgeable professors with extensive research, publishing, and industry experience. Classes at the college are taught by the faculty members themselves, not teaching assistants.

Students outside of the H. Wayne Huizenga Business SchoolThe H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship offers a variety of business degree programs, including accounting, finance, human resource management, and public administration. The Huizenga School is one of the top business schools in the country and is home to the largest M.B.A. and Master of Accounting degree programs in Florida. Programs are available at NSU’s main campus in Fort Lauderdale, but many are also available at NSU's Regional Campuses throughout Florida and online.

University School Student playing the violinis a fully accredited, college preparatory day school that provides academic programs for students in prekindergarten through grade 12. The school provides a supportive environment for the development of children, teaching them to think, solve problems, and develop leadership skills within an ethical framework. A part of NSU, University School enrolls students in the average to gifted ability range. The rigorous academic programs focus on individual growth, character development, technological competence, extracurricular opportunities, and community service.

Students with professorA major force in educational innovation, the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences provides educational programs of distinction to prepare students for leadership roles in information technology. The college’s strengths include a distinguished faculty, a cutting-edge curriculum, and flexible online and campus-based formats for its six M.S. and four Ph.D. programs as well as for its graduate certificate programs in information security.

Student with professorOne of the most selective dental schools in the United States, the College of Dental Medicine boasts distinguished faculty, advanced technology, and innovative curriculum that have allowed the College to create a uniquely rich learning environment for its students while earning the respect of the dental profession and dental educators throughout the world. Students of the college benefit from our state-of-the-art educational and clinical facilities, which feature the latest in computer and video technology, and distinguished professors, recruited from throughout the United States.

Mailman Segal Center childrenThe Mailman Segal Center for Human Development is a multidisciplinary demonstration and professional training center for education, research, and the advancement of knowledge in early childhood, parenting, and autism across the life span. Located at the Jim & Jan Moran Family Center Village, the center offers educational programs, clinical services, and academic programs in collaboration with other NSU divisions.

Teacher teaching studentFrom first-time teachers just discovering their calling to lifelong leaders reigniting their passion, all students at the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education grow in ways they never thought possible. With more than 11,000 students in degree programs from and A.A. to and Ed.D., the Fischler School offers the most innovative, accessible, and technologically advanced programs in the nation. Courses are available online, on-site, and on campus.

Health Care SciencesThe College of Health Care Sciences strives to train health care professionals in the art and science of improving the quality of life and health of their patents and communities. Through bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs, the College’s goal is to produce highly motivated and well educated practitioners who will be integral members of the health care team. Programs include occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, anesthesiologist assistant, and vascular sonography.

Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers graduate certificates, master's and doctoral programs in marriage and family therapy (M.S.), (Ph.D.), (DMFT); conflict analysis and resolution (M.S.), (Ph.D.); college student affairs; cross-disciplinary studies; and national security affairs. These academic programs and outreach services are united by a common focus on the understanding and betterment of human social relations and by a passionate commitment to community engagement.

Human Services, Health and JusticeThe Institute for the Study of Human Service, Health and Justice is dedicated to providing the highest level of excellence in educational experiences to current and future professionals who have the desire to enhance the quality of life for their communities, individuals and families in need. The Institute’s faculty, are committed to supporting students in their pursuit of educational and professional goals, and bring a wide range of expertise in the field of human services and criminal justice with specializations ranging from Child Protection to Gerontology.


Judge and lawyerInnovative teaching and a 21st-century curriculum set the Shepard Broad Law Center apart from other law schools. Graduates here don’t just earn a degree—they encounter the real spirit and practice of law. Our pioneering combination of academics and clinical experiences gives our students the knowledge and skills they need to hit the ground running and launch a successful career in the highly competitive legal marketplace upon graduation. Courses are taught by a highly visible and accomplished faculty made up of teacher practitioners. The Law Center’s Florida Bar passage rate also continues to exceed the statewide average.

Medical sciences professor teaching students.The College of Medical Sciences, offers a Master of Biomedical Science degree for individuals seeking careers in Health Care and Higher Education.  The College provides foundation courses in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology to equip students with the basic scientific training they will need to ensure their success in careers as health care providers.

Nursing studentsThe College of Nursing is a significant provider of nursing education, offering knowledge to students in all levels of nursing. Students can earn a bachelor’s, master’s, and/or doctoral degree, while they work with highly experienced and qualified faculty members who are committed to excellence in education. Learning is done in an interactive and engaging environment that uses the latest technology and innovative teaching strategies. The College’s mission is to prepare competent nursing leaders who have knowledge and skills that are relevant, innovative, and responsive to the rapidly changing health care trends and environments in which they practice.

Divers studying coral in oceanA world leader in marine biological research with focus on coral reef science and shark conservation, the Oceanographic Center has been at the forefront of graduate marine science education and oceanographic research for over 48 years. Students, scientists, faculty and staff come to the Center from all corners of the globe, with the common goal of learning from the ocean’s living classrooms — in one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. The Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research recently opened at the Oceanographic Center. It is the only research facility in the nation dedicated to coral reef ecosystem research.

Optometry studentsThe College of Optometry stands alone as the only optometric academic institution in the state of Florida. The program will prepare you to meet the challenges of expanding primary eye care as the practice of optometry evolves over the coming decades. The College offers training in all clinical areas, including primary care and specialties such as binocular disorders, contact lenses, low vision, ocular disease, geriatrics, pediatrics, and refractive surgery. You will also acquire a knowledge of cell and molecular biology, pharmacology, genetics, and epidemiology of eye disorders.

Osteopathic medicine students with professorAs a student in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, you can anticipate a remarkable experience that includes the opportunity to pursue the degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine, as well as graduate degrees in public healthbiomedical informatics, and Disaster and Emergency Preparedness. You will train; study; interact; and share facilities, faculty members, and resources with other Health Professions Division students. This interdisciplinary approach will better prepare you to master your discipline with a sensitivity and understanding of the entire health care system. We think this is an opportunity unmatched in health professions education.

Pharmacy studentsThe College of Pharmacy offers a challenging professional degree program of study in pharmacy that emphasizes the pharmaceutical sciences and patient-centered care. Presented with the use of innovative teaching modalities and the newest technology, the curriculum is designed to prepare pharmacy graduates for life-long learning and leadership capabilities as medication therapy managers in our nation’s healthcare system.  You will find our programs conducted by an exceptional, talented faculty committed to your education. 

Student with professorThe College of Psychology, has distinguished itself nationally through its bachelor's degree in psychology, master's degrees in counseling, mental health counseling, school counseling, general psychology and experimental psychology; a specialist (Psy.S.) in school psychology and a doctoral (Psy.D.) program in school psychology; and two APA-accredited doctoral degree programs in Ph.D. in clinical psychology and Psy.D. in clinical psychology. The college's degree programs offer an array of specializations for our students. We provide opportunities for student-faculty collaboration in scientific research and offer practical training for graduate students in our Psychology Services Center, which serves children, adolescents, and adults through its outpatient programs and 13 faculty specialty clinical training programs.