Course Delivery Formats

NDU CIC courses are offered to domestic and international students through our blended (eResident) model, distributed learning (DL), as well as our flagship format, the Advanced Management Program. See the NDUCIC Schedule of Course Offerings for beginning and ending dates of courses.

The Blackboard Course Management System (Bb) supports the virtual classroom environment for all students and faculty around the world. Online library resources are available via web access through the Student Resources Portal in Bb where students can access the library as long as they are active students at the NDU CIC. The College regularly pilots new technologies to enhance the teaching and learning process and provides students and their organizations with flexible learning options to accommodate their location, work schedule, and learning preferences.

eResident Format

The eResident format uses a blended model in which students and faculty engage in both online and resident activities that ensure high quality interaction and feedback, student learning and assessment, and academic rigor. Each offering of five (5) weeks consists of four (4) components:
preparation, seminar, synthesis, and assessment.


The first week of an eResident course is an asynchronous DL lesson designed to prepare students for the face-to-face component of the course that starts in the second week. Students begin by signing in to Blackboard (Bb), retrieving their readings, assignments, and other course instructions. During this preparation week of virtual engagement, students must complete the assigned readings, participate online, and complete the assignments. The faculty leading the course offering will assign a grade of “W” (Withdrawal) to students who do not sign into Blackboard and satisfactorily engage in the required activities during the preparation week (i.e., a grade of “W” will drop the studentfrom the course on Friday afternoon.) Students who receive a “W” may not attend the seminar (resident) portion the following week. Students seeking credit or a Professional Development (PD) grade must meet the requirements of the preparation week.


Immediately following the preparation component, students attend a five-day, in-residence seminar. During this fulltime week of seminar, students and faculty participate in an interactive learning environment in NDU CIC classrooms at Ft. McNair (or other designated location).The seminar is conducted from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday, with homework often assigned to prepare for the next day’s lessons.


In the week immediately following the seminar, students and faculty engage virtually in a one-week asynchronous DL lesson designed to synthesize learning and prepare students for the follow-on graded final assessment. Participation in synthesis is required and graded for students seeking credit for the course.


Students enrolled for certificate/graduate credit must complete an end-of-course assessment, typically a substantive paper or project. Students may engage virtually with the faculty and/or other students as appropriate. Normally, assessments are due no later than the Monday, 2 ½ weeks after the last day of the synthesis (as noted as the last day of the course offering in the schedule).

Distributed Learning

The Distributed Learning (DL) format engages students and faculty virtually over 12 weeks via Blackboard. The first 10 weeks of course, students are engaged in online seminar. The final two weeks is dedicated for assessment completion. The end-of-course assessment is typically a substantive paper or project that allows students to demonstrate their mastery of the intended learning outcomes. To receive credit for a course, students must be actively engaged virtually in every DL lesson as assigned by faculty. Final assessments are due no later than the Monday following the 12th week.


Other Formats

Elective courses are offered for students in residence at Fort McNair attending National War College, Eisenhower School, and the College of International Security Affairs.Seminars, symposia, workshops, and other educational activities are conducted by faculty to meet particular learning needs of organizations on specific issues and topics. For event inquiries, contact Patricia Coopersmith, Director of Outreach & International Relations, at, 202-685-2117.