Minimum Eligibility Requirements


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.

2. Education

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
    • Enlisted: E-7 and above
    • Chief Warrant Officer: CW3 and above
    • Officers: O-4 and 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.

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 an ECL of 90. 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.

5. Clearance Requirements ( 10 month- JPME Program Only) 

All U.S students (military, DoD civilian and non-DoD civilian), must have an active Top Secret with SCI eligibility through graduation. Specific lessons and course work will be at the TS/SCI level.



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 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. 



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.



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. 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.

Contact CIC Office of Student Services