Program Overview

Nova Southeastern University, primarily located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offers a Master of Arts in Cross-Disciplinary Studies.

The degree curriculum is designed to meet the higher education standards of students who seek a broad education or for the satisfaction of current careers requirements. The M.A. program requires 33 credit hours comprised of several concentrations and a final portfolio project in lieu of a comprehensive examination.

The curriculum concentrations students can choose between can be tailored to best fit personal and professional career aspirations. The six areas of specialization each provide students a method for determining multidisciplinary actions for observing, analyzing, and addressing contemporary social issues. Students can use the concentrations to apply systemic approaches and methodologies when studying human challenges. The concentrations and a brief synopsis are:

CULTURE AND SOCIETY: Explore conflict resolution in diverse world cultures, business, and public service. Gain professional skills for communication, client support, counseling, crisis management, mediation and conflict resolution.

HEALTH AND SOCIETY: Manage data and research to meet the challenges of today’s health care administration system. Develop skills to mediate between the medical establishment, the patient community, and the insurance community. In partnership with the College of Allied Health and Nursing.

INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND SOCIETY: Appreciate technology-based solutions to leadership challenges, bridge the gap between corporate technology specialists and management staff, and mediate between technophiles and technophobes. In partnership with the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences.

COASTAL ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY: Discover environmental data and research as a source of political conflict, while addressing the need to work comfortably within a diversity of local, national, and international cultures and boundaries. In partnership with the Oceanographic Center.

EDUCATION AND SOCIETY: Investigate pedagogy and leadership in the diverse systems of education. Establish skills to manage conflict in learning environments. In partnership with the Fischler School of Education and Human Services.

INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT: Research student-learning outcomes and prepare to lead academic organizations in assessment. Practice techniques to evaluate academic programs and curricula, respond to academic accreditation bodies, and create a “culture of evidence” at academic organizations.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Nova Southeastern University may have started as a small independent not-for-profit university when it first educated its first students in 1964, however this Ft. Lauderdale campus followed the lead of many growing movements from the sixties and quickly expanded into a modern global facility promoting distance learning by 1972. Today, NSU hosts field-based programs in more than twenty states, as well as internationally.

    Nova Southeastern University awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctorate degrees. Nova Southeastern University offers a large number of online degree programs to accommodate a wide range of students. Students can choose from online undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees. Online classes at Nova Southeastern University occur in both synchronous and asynchronous formats to best facilitate an interactive environment between students and faculty.


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