Completion and Records


Application for Graduate Program Completion (PDF)
Transcript Request Form

Graduation and Program Completion

M.S. Government Information Leadership

Upon completion of the Capstone course all students must submit an application for program completion. Once received your application will be processed for completion. You will receive a conferral letter at the time of completion as proof that you have met the program requirements.

The National Defense University holds their annual commencement exercise in June, and those who have met the requirements for the M.S. in Government Information Leadership throughout the year are eligible to attend.  If you choose not to attend graduation, your diploma will be mailed after graduation.

CIC Graduate Certificates

Upon completion of your certificate requirements all student must submit an application for program completion. Once received your application will be processed for completion.  You will receive a program completion letter as proof that you have met the program requirements.

The Office of Student Services will generate graduate certificates once a quarter and mail them out to all students who have met certificate requirements.

Completion Procedures 

All students of the CIC must complete and return an “Application for Graduate Program Completion” by email directly to the CIC.

To officially graduate the program, the student must:

  1. Be admitted in the academic program(s) he or she intends to complete.
  2. Complete all course requirements. (The student may use the program requirements of the catalog in force at the time of his or her initial acceptance, or the student may choose to fulfill the requirements of the current catalog.)
  3. Verify final grades are accurate (view unofficial transcript). (A passing grade for all applicable certificate courses must be posted to the student’s transcript to be eligible for program completion. An ineligible applicant will not be processed for completion and the student must reapply when all coursework has been successfully completed and posted.)
  4. Complete and submit the Application for Graduate Program Completion (PDF) form.

*If there are questions regarding the requirements for graduation, contact the CIC's academic advisor. 

After the student’s transcript has been validated, the program name and completion date will be noted on the student’s official transcript and the Office of Student Services will send a program completion letter (for graduate certificates) or a conferral letter (MS. GIL) to the students email on record

Records Maintenance 

The CIC maintains hard copy and electronic records as required for all prospective, current, and past students. Current students are responsible for ensuring their current biographic and demographic information is correct in the Student Information System to assist the CIC in meeting Federal and Department of Defense directives and reporting requirements.

NDU Transcript Requests

Student academic records are classified as confidential and may be released only with the student's written authorization and signature, in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974.


Two types of transcripts are available from the National Defense University, as described below.

Official Transcripts: An official transcript is a certified copy of student's permanent academic record that displays all courses taken at NDU and includes all grades received and is issued by the University Registrar. Official university transcripts are printed on purple SCRIP-SAFE security paper with the name of the university printed in white typed across the face of the document and does not require a raised seal. When photocopied, the word COPY appears prominently across the face of the entire document.

Unofficial Transcripts An unofficial transcript is an uncertified copy of the student's academic record. Unofficial university transcripts display all courses taken at NDU and include all grades received, but do not include the university seal, the signature of the registrar, or the name of the university.

Transcript Request Process: Students must request transcripts through the University Registrar’s Office. Transcripts may be obtained by going to the Registrar website HERE. (The NDU CIC staff cannot request or print NDU transcripts for a student.)