Eligibility Questions

Who is eligible to attend CIC programs?
The CIC Minimum Eligibility Requirements can be found on our website by clicking HERE.
Can applicants who do not meet the paygrade/rank minimum eligibility apply?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum paygrade/rank eligibility are encouraged to apply for admission. For their application to be considered they must complete an additional section, questions 5a-5c, of the CIC Employment Verification & Recommendation Form that will act as a paygrade/rank waiver. Please note, waiving the paygrade/rank minimum requirement does not guarantee acceptance.
Are admissions waivers available for applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA eligibility?
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 program) may be used to determine eligibility. If an applicant does not meet the undergraduate GPA and has not completed any graduate they are still encouraged to apply. Applicants are evaluated on their whole admissions package and may still be considered for full or provisional acceptance.
If I do not meet the minimum eligibility criteria as a civilian, can I apply under my National Guard/Reserve status?
Students may use their Reserve/Guard status to qualify for admission if they do not meet the paygrade criteria as a civilian but meet the minimum Rank requirement (E-7/CW3/O-4). Please note, your application must be completed with your Reserve/Guard status information in the Employment Section, and your Reserve/Guard supervisor must be the one to complete your “CIC Employment Verification & Recommendation Form”. Students who provide their civilian information will be asked to correct their application and provide a new form.