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The Ph.D. program in Conflict Analysis & Resolution trains students in the skills and techniques of practice, interdisciplinary research, policy and program development, historical critique, cultural analysis, and theoretical foundations of the field. The mission of the doctoral program is to advance the study and practice of conflict analysis and resolution by mentoring and developing practitioners trained in theory, practice, research, teaching, and informed leadership in the field. Students pursue an in-depth study in the field of conflict resolution while drawing from a variety of theoretical perspectives and the knowledge of an experienced, interdisciplinary faculty.

The 76-credit hour degree program is designed to prepare graduate students for careers as advanced practitioners, college and university educators, researchers, theoreticians, consultants, program evaluators, and organization administrators. The Ph.D. program is offered in both residential and distance learning formats. These flexible formats allow mid-career working adults and those unable to attend the on-campus program, to study conflict resolution in a creative, rigorous, and structured fashion. The distance learning Ph.D. program is one of the few offered nationally in the fields of peacemaking and conflict resolution. Students enrolled in the distance learning program participate in Residential Institutes on the main campus twice per year, as well as online Web-based courses.

The Ph.D. program focuses on improving skills for reflective practice, understanding and mastering qualitative and quantitative research knowledge and analysis, developing professional leadership skills, and producing publications of quality and substance.

In addition to core courses, students may pursue concentrations in the following areas:

  • Community-based conflict
  • Conflict in Organizations
  • Global Conflict
  • Interpersonal Conflict

Transferring Credits

Applicants to our Ph.D. program can transfer up to 15 credits from a Masters degree in a related field.

Program Formats

The PhD program is offered in both residential and distance learning formats. Students may enroll on a full time (9 credits per trimester) or part time (6 credits per semester) basis. Students who attend full-time can expect to complete the program's coursework in 2 ½ years, followed by dissertation. Part-time students will complete the program's coursework in 4 years, followed by dissertation. Courses are offered during 3 terms a year: Fall, Winter, and Summer.

Students taking distance learning classes are required to attend two Residential Institutes (RI) per academic year. Each RI is 5 days. Currently the RIs are held in the fall and winter, in February and late September or October. Please visit the Residential Institute page for current information.

Doctoral students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Blackboard, but must obtain their own Internet service providers, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Distance learning students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Blackboard as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Blackboard enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors' reviews of assignments online in the same formats.

Nova Southeastern University

Review Averages: 6.0 out of 10 (45 reviews)
Ranking: #57

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.

Non-Profit: Yes
Country: USA

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
ITDE - August 16, 2017
It took 10 years to finish my EdD in ITDE. I took time out, twice, to care for 2 terminally ill family members at different times. I maxed out student loans, I was threatened with being dropped because I was taking too long. I had to quit and re-enter the program to prevent this and with no student loans I had to pay over $15K out of pocket. The Bursar is very strict with payment agreements and pretty heartless. I was fortunate to find someone who helped as much as she could. Who you know is essential, you cannot get through the hurdles without help. NSU is brutal on compassion. I went through 1 committee chair who refused to keep our appointment at the Summer Institute because she was a diva who wanted to have dinner with her friends. I flew into Orlando for one evening only just to meet with her from a business trip in Montreal and was headed home to South Florida. There was nothing I could do but go home, I had also paid for the Summer Institute and got nothing for it. My new chair was totally a godsend. She helped my get through despite many more trials, like 2 car accidents and relocating twice. Getting to the finish line was a miracle. I learned only 2% of the country succeed in doctorate programs. As for NSU, if I knew beforehand of the high cost, the lack in student services and the capitalist mentality, I would have chosen another institution. The online doctorate program was my saving grace though. If you can get past all the administrative hurdles. ITDE is the most difficult program to succeed in. I have battle scars, PTSD, depression, I cry a lot because the experience was so difficult. I left the default ratings, it was too difficult to assess.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Courses Okay, Disseration needs lots of work
DCIS - September 13, 2014
The faculty I was involved with did not demonstrate any interest in mentoring dissertations. The Administration was unresponsive to communications. If you get a mentor that wants to help, then the program is okay. If you get a mentor like I got, it's time to move on. It's easier to start over than try and work through Nova's bureaucracy looking for help getting the faculty to meet their own guidelines.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good School
Master in Criminology - July 1, 2014
Well, I am currently enrolled in NSU's Masters of Criminal Justice Program. I plan to graduate in December 2014. I must say this school is rather expensive. Also, NSU was fast in processing my grade change and financial aid. In addition to that, my program was very hard. I managed to keep a 3.5 G.P.A, but the workload was crazy. I've seen a lot mixed reviews about this institution, but I am satisfied! I look forward to graduation :).

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Ph.D. Computer Information Systems
DCIS - April 27, 2014
I just completed the doctorate program in Computer Information Systems at Nova. My dissertation was in the area of network security. I was very pleased with the quality of the program and the professors. It is not easy to complete the required coursework with the required minimum 3.25 GPA which allows students to work on the dissertation. The dissertation itself is very tough. While working full time it took me 5 1/2 years to complete the program. 3 years for the required classes and the rest for the dissertation. I averaged about 30-35 study hours a week during my first 3 years and about 40 study hours a week during the dissertation. I hold a Master in Computer Science and had about 20 years of telecommunication experience when I started the program. I really enjoyed the experience at the Nova campus, where a student is required to attend 3 days at the beginning and 3 days close to the end of each semester for tests and classes. I made some great friendships that I will cherish forever. Those people who are considering Nova Southeastern as a possible school for a doctorate degree, and wonder about the school reputation, should take a look at dissertations or publications from students who completed the Ph.D. program at Nova and judge for themselves.

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Run Like Hell from thise former mailbox diploma mill!
Child and Youth Studies - April 21, 2014
I was in the EdD CYS program and we did not get the final class in writing the proposal let alone the dissertation. Once they got your fortune in student loans you became invisible. The Southern Regional Accreditation office should tell them that support all of the (racket) cluster groups during the proposal and dissertation process. They certainly ruined me--I was accepted when they just had a mailbox; now they are the worst of graduate professional institutions. You have 120K to throw away, the NSU is for you!

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Decision- Worth Every Sacrifice
DBA - April 4, 2014
The DBA program at NSU was and is not an online degree. I entered the program not knowing what I was getting into but I graduated because I was willing to make all of the personal sacrifices to meet the requirements to pass each course and complete the publication, comprehensive exams, and dissertation work. This is a research doctoral program. The work is often tedious, time consuming and demanding (every degree program at every higher education institution should be this demanding). This meant regularly skipping family events, religious events, and even doing without sleep to complete the required work on time. Despite having experience as a practitioner of my subject (accounting) and having a solid academic background including a degree from an engineering school, I found myself faced with a steep learning curve that I had to master in a short period of time. From a financial management theorist's perspective, it took me less than 2.5 years after graduation to recover (via after-tax dollars) the cost of pursuing the DBA degree. It was well worth every sacrifice I made to complete it. Even if I hadn't graduated with the DBA degree, I would do this program all over again just because it changed how I interact with the world and my thought process. Like every good program, the quality was constantly improving as I progressed through the program. This forced people to evolve as they progress through the program or they had to leave the program. If you aren't a very motivated or serious student, this program is not a good match for you.

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not worth the money!
Education - December 10, 2013
I just completed my Ed.D. and I had much of the same experience with lack of responsiveness from professors as well as my dissertation co-chair and other staff. This held me up an extra semester and cost me $2600.00. I requested an exemption from this due to being reassigned a new co-chair and that being the only reason I was not completed in the 3 year time period, but was refused after 6 months of e-mails never being returned. I believe this school is completely out for money and not looking out for their students. I only spent over $50,000.00 for the whole program, I guess it was too much to ask for an exception due to their faculty's negiligence!

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Review from a current candidate
Information Systems (DISS) - 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.

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Liars, Thieves, and just plain Stupid
Bachelor of Science in Psychology - August 5, 2013
I tried getting a degree from NSU. I send in all my financial paperwork and they tell me everything is good. My tuition was paid for. They tell me to go ahead and register for my first semester classes, so I did. After I registered and already started taking classes, they deny me any tuition assistance. However, they wait until after the drop date, so I can't drop the classes. I quit doing any classwork because it would be useless. I can't get credit for it because the tuition wasn't paid. I contacted the financial aid office and all they could say was, "sorry, maybe you can get a loan or borrow money from friends." I requested they drop the classes, they refused. So anyway, they are expecting me to pay them $5000 for classes that I am unable to take or get college credit for. Otherwise, it goes on my credit report and lowers my credit score. What a ripoff!

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A postive experience
Education - July 27, 2013
Just completed the EdD program (2013), and overall was quite satisfied with the program...although it took longer to finish my dissertation (and thus it cost more in ongoing fees) than I had expected; but much of the responsibility for this was related to my own failure to adequately & regularly commit the time needed to make regular progress. Expectations were high...and I had to work hard to make it to the finish line. I had very good support and advice from my dissertation committee. They took a real interest in both me and my topic, and in the end I am quite proud of the result. Courses were challenging, and required doctoral-level thinking and writing. Looking back, I've grown personally and professionally through the process, and would recommend the school to others. Now on to paying down those student loans.

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