Student Registration

Course Offerings and Schedule


Course Request and Withdrawal Forms

Questions concerning course requests and withdrawals should be addressed to the Office of Student Services via phone 202-685-6300, DSN 325-6300, or email 


CIC Enrollment Procedure

Once accepted into an academic program, students will receive an admission letter with instructions to access different systems in the college such as Blackboard and Google.


Registration Periods

Registration opens prior to the term start period on the dates below and will close on the Friday prior to the Course Start Date (CSD).

Registration Opens

Course Offerings

April 15, 2021 September 2021 - December 2021
October 15, 2021 January 2022 - April 2022
February 15, 2022 May 2022 - July 2022


Confirmation of Enrollment & Contact Information Validation

Students who successfully register for a course offering will receive an email confirmation to their email address of record.


Courses Formats

Intensive courses are offered either through a blended model or by distributed learning (DL) for students around the globe.

eResident (eRes)
The eRes format uses a blended model in which students and faculty engage in both online and resident activities that ensure high quality interaction and feedback, student learning and assessment, and academic rigor. Each offering of five (5) weeks consists of four (4) components: Preparation, Seminar, Synthesis, and Assessment.

  • Preparation: The first week of an eResident course is an asynchronous DL lesson. Students begin by signing in to Bb, retrieving their readings, assignments, and other course instructions. During this Preparation week of virtual engagement, students complete the assigned readings, participate in activities, and prepare the assignments due no later than the following Monday when they attend the Seminar week in residence. Students who are not prepared for the seminar cannot receive lesson credit toward the final course grade. See the CIC Schedule of Course Offerings for beginning and ending dates of courses.
  • Seminar: Immediately following the one-week Preparation DL lesson, students attend a five-day in-residence Seminar. During this full-time week of Seminar, students and faculty participate in an interactive learning environment in CIC classrooms at Ft. Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C. The Seminar is conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with homework often assigned to prepare for the next day’s lessons.
  • Synthesis: In the week immediately following the Seminar, students and faculty engage virtually in a one-week asynchronous DL lesson designed to synthesize learning and prepare students for the follow-on graded final assessment.
  • Assessment: Students enrolled for certificate/graduate credit must complete an end-of-course Assessment, typically a substantive paper or project. Students may engage virtually with the faculty and/or other students as appropriate on this assessment for two and one-half (2.5) weeks after the last day of the Seminar. Normally assessments are due no later than the Monday, two and one-half (2.5) weeks after the last day of the Seminar (as noted as the last day of the course offering in the schedule).

Distributed Learning (DL) 
The DL format engages students and faculty virtually in preparation, seminar, synthesis, and assessment over 12 weeks via Blackboard. Students enrolled for certificate/graduate credit must complete an end-of-course assessment typically consisting of a substantive paper or project that allows students to demonstrate their mastery of the intended learning outcomes. 

To receive credit for a course, students must be actively engaged virtually in every DL lesson as assigned by faculty. Assessments are due no later than the Monday following the 12th week, as specified in the schedule of course offerings. See the CIC Schedule of Course Offerings (above) for beginning and ending dates of courses.


Course Credits

All CIC eResident and Distance Learning Courses award three (3) graduate credit hours. Courses taken by students in other colleges through the NDU electives system are awarded two (2) graduate credit hours for eRes courses and three (3) hours for DL courses.