Chief Financial Officer Program

Chief Financial Officer Program

The U.S. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Council, in conjunction with the DOD Comptroller, launched the CFO
Academy in the summer of 2008 at the NDU College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) School of Joint Information
Strategy and Policy (JISP). The CFO Academy offers graduate-level courses and services for middle- to senior- level
personnel in the government financial management community to prepare them to create and lead 21st Century
government organizations. All CFO Academy programs support and comply with DOD Comptroller’s Financial
Management Competencies.

The primary educational programs offered by the CFO Academy are the CFO Leadership Certificate and the CFO
concentration in the Government Information Leadership (GIL) Master of Science degree program. The CFO
Leadership Program is noted for a strategic leadership curriculum that is dynamic and relevant to the evolving needs of
the government financial management community, including personnel who work in accounting and finance, budget
formulation and execution, cost analysis, auditing, and resource management. It focuses on current and future challenges
and opportunities facing government financial professionals. The program highlights the changing role of
CFOs as organizational leaders of 21st century government

Successful CFO Graduates will be able to:

  • Lead within and across organizational boundaries
    by leveraging financial resources, information,
    technology, human resources for strategic
  • Achieve the goals of the Department of Defense
    financial management certification by evaluating
    the development and implementation of financial
    management strategies, policies, processes,
    operations and systems;
  • Lead in an ethical manner at the enterprise level
    by linking critical decisions regarding resources,
    people, processes, and technologies to mission
    performance, decision support, information
    assurance, financial reporting, and financial
    systems security requirements;
  • Synthesize theory and best practices from
    government, private sector, and not-for-profits to
    achieve organization’s missions, and
  • Communicate at the strategic level demonstrating
    command of the topic, logical organization,
    compelling argument, and excellence in English
    grammar and syntax.




 CFO Concentration (12 Courses)

Foundation (Required)
OCL (6321) - Organizational Culture for Strategic Leaders 
NCS (6329) – National Security and Cyber Power Strategy (Previously CYS)
CAP (6700) - Capstone

Strategic Finance Core (Required)
BCP (6606) - White House, Congress, and the Budget
CFF (6601) - Changing World of the CFOF
FFR (6607) - The Future of Federal Financial Information Sharing
RIA (6608) - Risk Management, Internal Controls, and Auditing for Leaders

Leadership - Choose Two
AII (6203) - Information Assurance and Critical Infrastructure Protection
ARC (6412) - Enterprise Architectures for Leaders
DMG (6323) - Decision Making for Government Leaders
IPL (6411) - Information Technology Program Leadership
LDC (6301) - Leadership for the Information Age
MAC (6512) - Multi-Agency Information-Enabled Collaboration

Management - Choose Two
COO (6504) - Continuity of Operations
ITP (6416) - Information Technology Project Management
PFM (6315) - Capital Planning and Portfolio Management
PRI (6333) - Strategies for Process Improvement
SPB (6328) - Strategic Performance and Budget Management

Technology - Choose One
DMS (6414) - Data Management Strategies and Technologies: A Managerial Perspective 
SEC (6201) - Cyber Security for Information Leaders
WGV (6435) - Web-Enabled Government: Facilitating Collaboration and Transparency

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