Fact Sheet

Mission: The College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) at the National Defense University prepares its graduates to lead national security institutions and advance global security in the information environment.

Vision: CIC is the premier senior national security educational institution focused on the information environment. CIC is the desired educator of leaders who perform national and military actions within the cyberspace domain using the information instrument of national power.

About: Our school was originally established in 1964 as the Department of Defense Computer Institute (DODCI) and then in 1988 transitioned to become the Information Resources Management College (IRMC), later referred to as the iCollege (well-known for its robust remote offerings). In 2016, it was retitled by Congress to its current name to reflect the prioritization of today’s challenges related to information and cyberspace. As it has done since its founding, the CIC is updating its curriculum and activities to meet the needs of the national security community. Faculty include numerous PhDs and practitioners, including military officers who bring a fresh perspective into the classroom during their tour.

Graduate Education: CIC is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and includes both unclassified as well as TS-SCI classified courses. The MS in Government Information Leadership (GIL) is a 36 credit hour degree with a variety of concentrations including National Security and Cyberspace Studies, Cyber Leadership, Cyber Security, Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer, IT Program Management, and Data Analytics. Graduate Certificates are also available in each of the concentration areas. Courses are offered both in-person and online. There were 2 schools within CIC; the School of Joint Information Strategy and Policy (JISP) and the School of Joint Strategic Studies (JSS). Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) level 2 credit, as well as the MS in GIL with concentration in National Security and Cyberspace Studies, was awarded to students completing the JSS program. The current organization of CIC is centered around 4 departments.

Students: Students come from diverse organizations including the US military (USCYBERCOM, DISA, etc.), the interagency (DHS, IC, etc.), state / local / tribal governments, foreign allied nations (FVEY, NATO, and others), and the private sector. Admissions information can be found at http://cic.ndu.edu/Students/Admissions/ or 202-685-6300.