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.
MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
1. U.S. Government Affiliation
Federal government civilian employees, military officers, non-federal government employees (state and local government), and private sector employees working in a field relevant to the CIC curriculum and approved by the Joint Staff.
All applicants must possess a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution. The minimum grade point average 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 3.0, a cumulative GPA of 3.3 in 6 or more graduate credit hours (from the NDU CIC or other accredited graduate programs) may be used to determine eligibility.
3. Pay Grade/Rank and Experience
A Federal civil service pay grade of GS-13 or equivalent/military officer rank of O-4 or above. Non-federal employees, to include state and local government, must be of an equivalent grade. Private sector employees must be of an equivalent grade and work in a field relevant to the CIC curriculum.
CFO Concentration and Certificate Pay Grade/Rank and Experience
A Federal civil service pay grade of GS-14 or equivalent/military officer rank of O-5 or above. (High performing GS-13s and O-4s are also eligible on a case by case basis.) Non-federal employees, to include state and local government, must be of an equivalent grade. Private sector employees must be of an equivalent grade and work in a field relevant to the CIC curriculum.
Documented Knowledge of Financial Management/ Experience: Undergraduate or Graduate degree in finance or business field, CPA, CGFM or CDFM or three years of federal financial management experience is required.
4. English Language Proficiency (if necessary)
International students whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate their English proficiency by passing an English comprehension test with either an ECL of 85 or TOEFL of 83. Exceptions can be made for applicants whose university degree is from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or whose home country is on the DSCA Country Exemption List. Contact the NDU CIC Office of Student Services for further details.
CHANGE IN ELIGIBILITY
If a student's eligibility changes (e.g., employer, pay grade, rank), he or she must notify the NDU CIC Office of Student Services immediately at CICOSS@ndu.edu. A student's enrollment will be suspended until a review of eligibility is conducted. A student may be required to submit a new application and supporting documents to prove eligibility.
The NDU CIC will periodically review eligibility of active students. Failure to properly notify the Office of Students Services will be considered an integrity violation and the student will be referred to Dean of Students and Administration for review. In cases where course credit is earned after eligibility ceases, the course credit may be revoked and/or the student may be held liable for tuition owed.
International students (non-U.S. citizens) must apply through the appropriate Security Assistance Training Field Activity (SATFA) country program manager. For additional information please visit the CIC International Students webpage.
MILITARY RESERVES AND NATIONAL GUARD
Members in the Military Reserves or National Guard who do not meet the above employment criteria (e.g., government affiliation) may apply for admission based on their full-time Military Reserve or National Guard status. Education and grade/rank minimum requirements apply regardless of employer. Contact the NDU CIC Office of Student Services for further details.
REQUIRED 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.
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. Two Letters of Recommendation (One Supervisory & One Professional)
Recommendations should be completed on either the recommendation form provided on the Forms page of the NDU CIC website, or on organizational letterhead and must be signed. All recommendations, regardless of format, must address the questions asked on the recommendation form. At least one recommendation must come from a current or past supervisor. The second may come from another professional source. Both recommendations should be written by persons able to judge the applicant's ability to complete a challenging graduate level degree program. Letters of recommendations 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).
5. 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
- July 1, 2020: Application period opens for M.S. GIL and Certificate Programs
- August 28, 2020: M.S. GIL and Certificate Applications Due, including all supplemental materials
- Rolling: Notifications of Admission to M.S. GIL and Certificates Sent*
- September 9, 2020: Deadline for Fall 2020 Course Registration, must satisfy the NDU IA Compliance Requirement**
*Applications will only be reviewed once all supplemental materials have been received. Complete applications will be reviewed within one week of receipt, depending on application volume. Questions concerning the status of pending applications should be addressed to the Office of Student Services by phone (202-685-6300; DSN 325-6300) or e-mail to CICOSS@ndu.edu.
**Upon acceptance students will receive instructions on how to complete the NDU IA Compliance Requirement and register for courses. Fall 2020 courses will be offered via Distributed Learning with a course start date of September 11, 2020.
- Admissions to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Cyber Leadership (Cyber-L), Data Strategy and Analytics (DSA) and Information Technology Program Management (ITPM) certificate programs are open. New applicants and existing students will be accepted.
- Admissions to the Master of Science in Government Information Leadership (M.S. GIL) program with a concentration in National Security and Cyberspace Studies is open. New applicants and existing students will be accepted.
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).