CIC Overview

The NDU College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) offers a wide spectrum of educational activities, services, and programs to prepare information leaders to play critical roles in national security in the Information Age. Whether in pursuit of the Master of Science, a Certificate, or a graduate level course for professional development— CIC students bring diverse perspectives to contribute to a rich and dynamic learning environment. They are motivated to learn and share knowledge, experience, and best practices. Our students are encouraged to become better leaders and decision-makers and to master the tools of lifelong learning. Students, graduates, employers, leaders, and practitioners create a global learning community to foster innovation and creativity. 


The College of Information and Cyberspace educates joint warfighters, national security leaders, and the cyber workforce on the cyber domain and information environment to lead, advise, and advance national and global security. 


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.


CIC adheres to a set of values guiding the behavior of its staff, faculty, and students. These values are reflected in the College’s governance, culture, and curriculum. These values are:

Academic Freedom: An educational and research climate that fosters and protects free expression, rigorous analysis, and open intellectual exchange.

Integrity: An organizational culture based on openness, honesty, trust and ethical conduct.

Excellence: A determined commitment to teaching, scholarship, knowledge development, institutional agility, innovation and creativity.

Community: The embracement of diverse peoples, ideas and cultures in a spirit of lifelong professional cooperation and collaboration.

Growth and Development: An environment that fosters individual growth, and develops intellectual and physical wellbeing.


The following four goals establish a framework to help ensure alignment with the National Defense University (NDU) Strategic Plan, as well as to enhance unity of focus and effort among CIC’s faculty and staff:

Goal 1: Provide a top quality, accredited, graduate-level education for the IT and cyber workforce, aligned with DoDD 8140.01, and a joint professional military education academic program that further develops leaders in accordance with CJCS Instruction 1800.01F Officer Professional Military Education Policy (OPMEP), with special emphasis on the employment of the information pillar of national power for strategic effect.

Goal 2: In support of the CIC academic program, create and disseminate scholarship and knowledge focused on national security, resource strategy, and leader development.

Goal 3: Ensure the resources required (people, facilities, and services support) are available to accomplish the CIC mission.

Goal 4: Regularly assess the students’, stakeholders’, and nation’s requirements and adapt the CIC strategy, culture, processes, practices, and structures as necessary.

Marshall Hall
Marshall Hall, the home of the NDU CIC (Fort Lesley J. McNair)