Application Instructions

The College of Information and Cyberspace at the National Defense University (NDU CIC) welcomes your interest in graduate study. Before completing an application, please consult the information below, our Catalog, and the remainder of our website for a complete description of eligibility criteria, basic admission requirements, required fees, course offerings, and program details.

 

REQUIRED MASTER'S APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

1. Application for Admission

The application form can be accessed and completed in Tk20. For instructions on how to create and access Tk20 please visit our Apply Online webpage.

2. Résumé

A résumé (maximum 3 pages) should include the work history that describes the applicant's position title, organization, responsibilities, and accomplishments. If there are gaps in the résumé, a short paragraph is needed to explain them. Résumés can be uploaded on the Tk20 application site or emailed to the CIC Office of Student Services at CICOSS@ndu.edu.

3. Employment Verification and Recommendation Form

The Employment Verification and Recommendation Form should be completed by a current supervisor. The form can be uploaded on the Tk20 application site, emailed to the Office of Student Services at CICOSS@ndu.edu, or mailed to the CIC Office of Student Services (address below).

4. Professional Letter of Recommendation

Recommendations should be completed on either the recommendation form or on organizational letterhead and must be signed. All recommendations, regardless of format, must address the questions asked on the recommendation form. The recommendation should be written by persons able to judge the applicant's ability to complete a challenging graduate level degree program. The letter of recommendation can be uploaded on the Tk20 application site, emailed to the Office of Student Services at CICOSS@ndu.edu, or mailed to the CIC Office of Student Services (address below).

5. Official Undergraduate and Graduate (if applicable) Transcript(s)

Applicants must submit official transcripts from an accredited Bachelor's Degree granting institution and all graduate institutions where graduate work was earned or attempted (regardless of whether credit or degree was issued). The minimum grade point average (GPA) considered for admission is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all previous undergraduate work. In cases where the undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0, a GPA of 3.3 in 6 or more graduate credit hours (from NDU CIC or other graduate courses) may be used to determine eligibility. Students admitted in this manner will be admitted in a provisional status. Sealed transcripts must bear the official seal of the issuing institution, and be mailed to or hand delivered to the CIC Office of Student Services (address below). Official electronic transcripts must be emailed directly from the institution to the CIC Office of Student Services (CICOSS@ndu.edu).

6. Writing Sample

Applicants will be asked to submit a 500 word writing sample responding to the topic required on the application. Writing Samples can be uploaded on the Tk20 application site or emailed to the Office of Student Services at CICOSS@ndu.edu.

 

REQUIRED CERTIFCATE APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

1. Application for Admission

The application form can be accessed and completed in Tk20. For instructions on how to create and access Tk20 please visit our Apply Online webpage.

2. Résumé

A résumé (maximum 3 pages) should include the work history that describes the applicant's position title, organization, responsibilities, and accomplishments. If there are gaps in the résumé, a short paragraph is needed to explain them. Résumés can be uploaded on the Tk20 application site or emailed to the CIC Office of Student Services at CICOSS@ndu.edu.

3. Employment Verification and Recommendation Form

The Employment Verification and Recommendation Form should be completed by a current supervisor. The form can be uploaded on the Tk20 application site, emailed to the Office of Student Services at CICOSS@ndu.edu, or mailed to the CIC Office of Student Services (address below).

4. Official Undergraduate and Graduate (if applicable) Transcript(s)

Applicants must submit official transcripts from an accredited Bachelor's Degree granting institution and all graduate institutions where graduate work was earned or attempted (regardless of whether credit or degree was issued). The minimum grade point average (GPA) considered for admission is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all previous undergraduate work. In cases where the undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0, a GPA of 3.3 in 6 or more graduate credit hours (from NDU CIC or other graduate courses) may be used to determine eligibility. Students admitted in this manner will be admitted in a provisional status. Sealed transcripts must bear the official seal of the issuing institution, and be mailed to or hand delivered to the CIC Office of Student Services (address below). Official electronic transcripts must be emailed directly from the institution to the CIC Office of Student Services (CICOSS@ndu.edu).

 

REQUIRED NON-PROGRAM SEEKING APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

1. Application for Admission

The application form can be accessed and completed in Tk20. For instructions on how to create and access Tk20 please visit our Apply Online webpage.

2. Résumé

A résumé (maximum 3 pages) should include the work history that describes the applicant's position title, organization, responsibilities, and accomplishments. If there are gaps in the résumé, a short paragraph is needed to explain them. Résumés can be uploaded on the Tk20 application site or emailed to the CIC Office of Student Services at CICOSS@ndu.edu.

3. Employment Verification and Recommendation Form

The Employment Verification and Recommendation Form should be completed by a current supervisor. The form can be uploaded on the Tk20 application site, emailed to the Office of Student Services at CICOSS@ndu.edu, or mailed to the CIC Office of Student Services (address below).

4. Official Undergraduate and Graduate (if applicable) Transcript(s)

Applicants must submit official transcripts from an accredited Bachelor's Degree granting institution and all graduate institutions where graduate work was earned or attempted (regardless of whether credit or degree was issued). The minimum grade point average (GPA) considered for admission is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all previous undergraduate work. In cases where the undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0, a GPA of 3.3 in 6 or more graduate credit hours (from NDU CIC or other graduate courses) may be used to determine eligibility. Students admitted in this manner will be admitted in a provisional status. Sealed transcripts must bear the official seal of the issuing institution, and be mailed to or hand delivered to the CIC Office of Student Services (address below). Official electronic transcripts must be emailed directly from the institution to the CIC Office of Student Services (CICOSS@ndu.edu).

 

REQUIRED CIO-LDP APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

1. Application for Admission

The application form can be accessed and completed in Tk20. For instructions on how to create and access Tk20 please visit our Apply Online webpage.

2. Résumé

A résumé (maximum 3 pages) should include the work history that describes the applicant's position title, organization, responsibilities, and accomplishments. If there are gaps in the résumé, a short paragraph is needed to explain them. Résumés can be uploaded on the Tk20 application site or emailed to the CIC Office of Student Services at CICOSS@ndu.edu.

3. Employment Verification and Recommendation Form

The Employment Verification and Recommendation Form should be completed by a current supervisor. The form can be uploaded on the Tk20 application site, emailed to the Office of Student Services at CICOSS@ndu.edu, or mailed to the CIC Office of Student Services (address below).

4. Professional Letter of Recommendation

Recommendations should be completed on either the recommendation form or on organizational letterhead and must be signed. All recommendations, regardless of format, must address the questions asked on the recommendation form. The recommendation should be written by persons able to judge the applicant's ability to complete a challenging graduate level degree program. The letter of recommendation can be uploaded on the Tk20 application site, emailed to the Office of Student Services at CICOSS@ndu.edu, or mailed to the CIC Office of Student Services (address below).

5. Official Undergraduate and Graduate (if applicable) Transcript(s)

Applicants must submit official transcripts from an accredited Bachelor's Degree granting institution and all graduate institutions where graduate work was earned or attempted (regardless of whether credit or degree was issued). The minimum grade point average (GPA) considered for admission is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all previous undergraduate work. In cases where the undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0, a GPA of 3.3 in 6 or more graduate credit hours (from NDU CIC or other graduate courses) may be used to determine eligibility. Students admitted in this manner will be admitted in a provisional status. Sealed transcripts must bear the official seal of the issuing institution, and be mailed to or hand delivered to the CIC Office of Student Services (address below). Official electronic transcripts must be emailed directly from the institution to the CIC Office of Student Services (CICOSS@ndu.edu).

6. Writing Sample

Applicants will be asked to submit a 500 word writing sample responding to the topic required on the application. Writing Samples can be uploaded on the Tk20 application site or emailed to the Office of Student Services at CICOSS@ndu.edu.

 

Incomplete applications will be held for one year. The supplemental materials that have been received by the NDU CIC Office of Student Services may be applied towards a new application for admission during that one year period. However, after one year these documents will no longer be considered valid for admission, and new versions will need to be submitted.  Application materials become the property of the NDU CIC and cannot be returned.


APPLICATION SUPPLMENTAL MATERIALS

Supplemental materials may be submitted via Tk20 (if applicable), e-mailed to CICOSS@ndu.edu, or to the NDU CIC Office of Student Services via postal mail or hand delivery at:

College of Information and Cyberspace

Office of Student Services

300 5th Avenue, Bldg 62, Rm 145

Ft. Lesley J. McNair, DC 20319


ADMISSIONS CALENDAR FOR AY 2021 - 2022

Program

Application Available

Application Deadline**

Certificates:

  • Chief Data Officer (CDO)
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • Cyber Leadership (Cyber-L)

April 26, 2021

 

 

June 1, 2021

 

 

Non-Program Seeking*

April 26, 2021

June 1, 2021

M.S. Degree:

  • Government Information Leadership, National Security and Cyberspace Studies Concentration (MS GIL)

April 26, 2021

June 1, 2021

Chief Information Officer Leadership Development Program (CIO-LDP)

June 2, 2021

December 15, 2021

* The non-program seeking status allows students who meet College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) program eligibility requirements to enroll in courses without declaring an intent to complete a particular CIC program.  Students may take up to 9 credits before they must select a program.  All courses must be taken for a letter grade and will be recorded on student academic transcripts.  Completed courses with grades of B or higher may be applied to the applicable requirements of the selected program.  

** All supplemental materials must be received by the application deadline to be considered for admission.

 

- All Certificate, Non-Program Seeking, M.S. degree, and CIO-LDP programs are open to new applicants and existing CIC students.

- Certificate, Non-Program Seeking, and M.S. degree applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. For admission to a specific term please provide a complete application, including all supplemental materials, no later than the dates listed below:

  • Fall 2021 Semester: August 1, 2021
  • Spring 2022 Semester: October 1, 2021
  • Summer 2022 Semester: January 2, 2022
  • Fall 2022 Semester: June 1, 2022

QUESTIONS

Questions concerning admissions should be addressed to the NDU CIC Office of Student Services either by telephone (202-685-6300; DSN 325-6300) or by e-mail (CICOSS@ndu.edu).