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 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 2020 - 2021

  •  July 1, 2020: Application period opens for M.S. GIL and Certificate Programs
  • November 1, 2020: M.S. GIL and Certificate Applications Due, including all supplemental materials, for admission to the Spring 2021 Term
  • November 18, 2020: Spring 2021 M.S. GIL and Certificate Admissions Decisions Delivered
  • March 15, 2021: M.S. GIL and Certificate Applications Due, including all supplemental materials, for admission to the Fall 2021 Term
  • April 1, 2021: Fall 2021 M.S. GIL and Certificate Admissions Decisions Delivered

- Admissions to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Cyber Leadership (Cyber-L) 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 are open. New applicants and existing students will be accepted.


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).