Graduate Catalog

The Graduate Catalog is the official listing of the policies governing graduate education at the College of Information and Cyberspace.

This Catalog documents policies and procedures set by the Graduate School, and is updated each academic year to reflect changes and updates to policy. Information on admissions policies, academic policies (including degree requirements), registration policies, and financial aid and student support policies are contained in the Catalog. Abstracts and information on academic degree and certificate programs, a list of graduate-level courses by program, and a roster of graduate faculty members are also included in each edition of the Catalog.

The College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) offers a wide spectrum of cyberspace informed educational activities, services, and programs to prepare leaders to play critical roles in national security. Whether in pursuit of the Master of Science degree, Certificate, or a graduate level course for professional development— CIC students bring diverse perspectives to contribute to a rich and dynamic learning environment. They are motivated to learn and share knowledge, experience, and best practices. Our students are encouraged to become better leaders and decision-makers and to master the tools of lifelong learning. Students, graduates, employers, leaders, and practitioners create a global learning community to foster innovation and creativity.


Introduction to the College of Information and Cyberspace

CIC Departments

Joint Professional Military Education (JPME II)

The JPME II prepares joint warfighters to be strategic leaders through a joint senior level course of study in the use of the Information instrument of power and the Cyberspace domain. The Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) is a ten-month in resident program that  fulfills the educational requirements for Joint Qualification L-II. A fundamental strength of the CIC JPME II program is its joint, interagency, and multinational approach to studying the information environment and cyberspace. Students and faculty are drawn from across the U.S. armed forces, from U.S. civilian departments and from agencies concerned with national security policy.


Cyber Security (CS)

The CS Department focuses on developing the skills and the desired leadership attributes necessary to be an effective strategic leader in the Cyberspace Domain. The Department does this through the Cyber-Leadership Certificate Program which focuses on the strategic leadership attributes and knowledge necessary to integrate and conduct cyberspace operations to achieve national security objectives. Additionally, the CS Department focuses on government strategic leadership as it relates to information assurance, cyber security, and the role of information operations and cyberspace operations in the planning and execution of national and military strategies. The Cybersecurity (Cyber-S) Chief Information Security Officer Certificate Program and Cybersecurity M.S. concentration consist of courses that emphasize cybersecurity issues and fundamental approaches to the protection of the nation’s information infrastructure.


Chief Information Officer (CIO)

The CIO Department focuses on the strategic-level concepts and practices necessary for successfully leading the digital workforce and managing an organization’s information resources to conduct the business of government and achieve the mission. This perspective, based on the Clinger-Cohen Act (CCA) of 1996 and subsequent related legislation, includes delivering courses which address innovation and policy, strategic planning and budgeting, performance measurement, digital process improvement, and portfolio management. Together, these and other courses form the CIC’s CIO Program. The department works closely with other departments to prepare CIC graduates for leadership positions in the offices of CIOs across DOD and the Federal Government. The CIO Department also leads and delivers the CIO concentration in the Master of Science in Government Information Leadership Program and, in addition, manages and delivers the CIO Certificate Program.


Information, Communications, & Technology (ICT)

The ICT Department sponsors the IT Program Management (ITPM) certificate and its concentration in the Master of Science (M.S.) degree program. ICT courses focus on developing students for successful application of program management leadership skills, policies, best practices, and tools to acquire and manage an enterprise’s information systems, software, and services. Additionally, ICT courses examine IT program management, and related aspects of acquisition. The Data Analytics and Visualization (DAV) is an emerging program, examines the need for information superiority and decision making through data and big data concepts, and data analytics to support National Security and mission needs of Joint Warfighters and Operations, the Department of Defense, U.S. government, civilian agencies, the international community, and the private sector.


Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Academy

The CFO Academy is sponsored by the DOD Comptroller and endorsed by the Federal CFO Council. The Academy offers graduate-level courses (such as risk management and internal controls, federal financial information sharing, and the federal budget) and educational services for middle- to senior-level personnel in the government financial management community to prepare them to create and lead 21st Century government organizations. The CFO Academy sponsors the CFO Leadership Certificate and concentration in the Master of Science Degree Program.


NDU CIC courses are offered to domestic and international students through our blended (eResident) model, distributed learning (DL), seminars for our Senior Service College cohort, as well as the CIO Leadership Development Program. See the NDU CIC Schedule of courses for beginning and ending dates of courses. The Blackboard Course Management System (Bb) supports the virtual classroom environment for all students and faculty around the world. Online library resources are available via web access through the Student Resources Portal in Bb where students can access the library as long as they are active students at the NDU CIC. The College regularly pilots new technologies to enhance the teaching and learning process and provides students and their organizations with flexible learning options to accommodate their location, work schedule, and learning preferences.



The National Defense University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104, (267) 284-5000. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation.



Every effort has been made to ensure this NDU CIC Catalog and Student Handbook is accurate. However, all policies, procedures, and academic schedules are subject to change at any time and without prior notification by the CIC Chancellor or the University administration. The NDU CIC reserves the right to publish and revise an electronic version of the Handbook. This updated version is posted on the CIC website at: The online version will take precedence over the printed copy. The Handbook published for the current academic year supersedes all previous versions. Any corrections or suggestions for improvement of the CIC Student Handbook should be directly communicated to the Office of the Dean at