Spring 2019 Admissions for the Fall 2019 Term

  • January 15, 2019 - Application Period Opens for M.S. GIL and Certificate Programs
  • March 1, 2019 - M.S. GIL and Certificate Applications Due, including all supplemental materials
  • April 1, 2019 - Notifications of Admission to M.S. GIL and Certificates Sent
  • April 15, 2019 - Course Registration for Fall 2019 Opens



    • Admissions to the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Cyber Leadership (Cyber-L), and Information Technology Program Management (ITPM) certificate programs are closed. No new applications will be accepted.
    • Admissions to the Master of Science in Government Information Leadership (M.S. GIL) with concentrations in CIO, Cyber Security (Cyber-S), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and ITPM is only open to existing CIC students who have successfully completed at least 5 courses applicable to the selected concentration. New applicants will not be admitted.
    • Admissions to the M.S. GIL with a Cyber-L concentration are closed. No new applications will be accepted.
    • Admissions to the Chief Information Officer - Leadership Development Program (CIO-LDP) are closed. The next CIO-LDP Cohort will be held in Spring 2020.
    • Admissions to the Data Strategy and Analytics (DSA) certificate program is open to existing CIC students and new applicants.
    • Admissions to the CFO Certificate is open to existing CIC students and new applicants.

    The CIC is in the process of changing its mission to more closely align with the new NDU mission. Consequently, the CIC is in the process of transforming its curriculum to align with the new CIC and NDU mission. The curricular revision is not yet complete, but it will be substantially different from current CIC offerings. The CIC intends to teach out the existing certificate and degree curriculum in a reasonable time frame. The estimated time to teach out the existing curriculum is three years with completion expected by Spring 2021.

    However, the CIC realizes that it is unrealistic to expect new M.S. students to complete all 12 M.S. courses by Spring 2021. Thus, admission in the Spring of 2019 will be restricted to M.S. applicants who have already successfully completed at least five courses from the desired curriculum. These courses must have been completed with the CIC (previously IRMC), not transferred in from other institutions.

    Additionally, M.S. applicants must agree to make satisfactory progress toward degree completion according to the following schedule (at a minimum):

    End of Spring 2019 - Completed 5 Courses

    End of Fall 2019 - Completed 7 Courses

    End of Spring 2020 - Completed 9 Courses

    End of Fall 2020 - Completed 11 Courses

    End of Spring 2021 - Enroll in CAPSTONE

    By submitting an application, applicants agree to the above schedule for course completion. If the applicant is unable to complete classes at this rate, they may be administratively withdrawn from the program.


    Please note that all courses are taken for graduate credit. Thus, all students are required to be admitted to a program prior to registering for a course. Please complete the admissions process before submitting a course request.

    NDU CIC courses are available to eligible Federal civilian agency government employees, Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees, military officers, non-Federal Government employees (i.e. state and local government), and private sector employees sponsored by a government agency.

    The CIC mission focuses our effort on the strategic education of senior officers and civilians who will either lead or provide strategic level advice to our senior cyberspace leadership. The strategic focus of the curricula underpins our eligibility requirements -- we need to put our effort toward those individuals most likely to reach the pinnacles of the U.S. cyberspace leadership. Our eligibility limitations do not reflect a belief that only those eligible have the intellect and drive needed to succeed in our programs. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to serve as a professional development opportunity for all those members of the military or federal civilian workforce who may have a desire to supplement their talents and skills. Rather, we must apportion our seats to those most likely to need the education in their future career assignments as senior leaders and advisors.


    Questions concerning admissions should be addressed to the Office of Student Services either by phone (202- 685-6300; DSN 325-6300) or by e-mail (