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, registration policies, and financial aid and student support policies are contained in 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.

 

Graduate Programs

Government Information Leadership Master of Science Degree Program

The Master of Science in Government Information Leadership (GIL) Degree Program is a selective program that addresses the educational needs of defense and government leaders who seek to lead complex and diverse 21st Century organizations. Participants from across defense and other federal, state, and local government organizations create a learning community hallmarked by partnerships, information sharing, and network synergies.

Successful graduates of the Master of Science in Government Information Leadership will be able to:

  • Employ information and information technology for strategic advantage
  • Evaluate the role, challenges, and opportunities of their organizations within the context of cyber, homeland, national, and global security
  • Apply critical, strategic, ethical, and innovative thinking to achieve results-oriented organizational goals
  • Collaborate across boundaries to leverage talent, resources, and opportunities to achieve mission outcomes and stretch vision
  • Create resilient, adaptable, agile, and productive government organizations focused on national security in the Information Age
  • Lead Information Age government organizations
  • Commit to lifelong development of self and others as reflective learners
  • Communicate at the strategic level demonstrating command of the topic, logical organization, compelling argument, and excellence in English grammar and syntax.

Degree Concentration

National Security and Cyberspace Studies

The NDU CIC provides a curriculum that produces national security leaders and advisors who develop the strategies and the necessary doctrine to successfully leverage information and cyberspace operations within the broader national security framework.

The curriculum focuses on the information/cyberspace instrument of national security. It provides graduate-level education to senior military and civilian leaders with an emphasis on the military, government, and private sector dimensions of information/cyberspace as a critical component of national security strategy. The CIC program concentrates on developing the habits of mind, conceptual foundations, and cognitive faculties graduates will need at their highest level of strategic responsibility.

Students in the National Security and Cyberspace Studies Program will be able to:

  • Apply a perspective that is Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM)
  • Demonstrate an expertise in strategic leadership, creative and critical thinking, and decision-making, combined with a thorough understanding and commitment to ethical conduct and exemplary leadership
  • Evaluate and apply the lessons of history with special focus on the impact of information access and dissemination
  • Evaluate the dynamics of international relations and the formulation of the information/cyberspace aspects of foreign policy
  • Apply the JIIM perspectives for the employment of information/cyberspace instruments 
  • Evaluate the man-made terrain that underpins information and cyberspace operations 
  • Evaluate how actions in cyberspace can at once be both strategic and tactical 
  • Assess the health and strategic direction of the information/cyberspace industrial base 
  • Evaluate the IT/cyber acquisition processes, resource policies, resource management, and operational contract support

 

Graduate Certificate Programs

Chief Financial Officer

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 iCollege. 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 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, and for strategic advantage;
  • Balance continuity and change in the development, implementation, and evaluation of financial management strategies, policies, and financial systems while meeting legislative and executive mandates; 
  • Lead at the enterprise level by linking critical decisions regarding resources, people, processes, and technologies to mission performance, information assurance, and financial systems security requirements;
  • Commit to lifelong learning and leadership development of self and others;
  • Synthesize theory and best practices from government, private sector, and not-for-profits to achieve the organization’s mission; and
  • Network with defense, federal, international, and private industry partners Communicate at the strategic level demonstrating command of the topic, logical organization, compelling argument, and excellence in English grammar and syntax

Chief Information Officer

The NDU CIC CIO Program is the recognized leader in graduate education for Federal leaders and agency personnel. It directly aligns with the Federal CIO Council-defined CIO competencies and addresses the Clinger-Cohen Act and other relevant legislation mandates as well as the current administration’s interpretations and implementations of these legislative actions. Successful CIO graduates will be able to:

Lead within and across federal organizational boundaries by leveraging information, information technology, human, and financial resources to link critical decisions regarding resources, people, processes, and technologies to mission performance and information assurance

  • Balance continuity and change in the development, implementation, and evaluation of government information resources and management strategies and policies while meeting legislative and executive mandates
  • Build viable networks across defense, federal, global, and private sector partners
  • Commit to lifelong learning and leadership development of self and others
  • Communicate at the strategic level demonstrating command of the topic, logical organization, compelling argument, and excellence in English grammar and syntax.

Cyber Leadership

The NDU CIC Cyber Leadership (Cyber-L) program focuses on developing the skills and desired leadership attributes necessary to be an effective strategic leader in the cyberspace domain. The program achieves this through a rigorous curriculum that enhances the understanding of all aspects of cyberspace and how to best integrate cyberspace with the other elements of national power to achieve the nation’s strategic objective.

The Cyber Leadership (Cyber-L) program prepares graduates to:

  • Apply principles of strategic leadership, including innovative and critical thinking, decision-making, and ethical conduct to achieve results-oriented organizational goals
  • Develop strategies to improve resilient, adaptable, agile, and productive government organizations focused on national security in the information age
  • Analyze the critical aspects of the human-made terrain that underpins information and cyberspace operations to include the technology, law, and policy that supports that terrain
  • Evaluate collaboration strategies across organizational and cyberspace boundaries to leverage talent, resources, information technology, and opportunities to achieve mission success
  • Produce strategic-level oral, written, and visual communication

Cyber Security

The Cyber-S program is a source of graduate-level information security education for those serving as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Senior Agency Information Security Officers (SAISO), their staffs, and cyber security managers. This program provides advanced education to respond to the requirements set forth in the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and requirements for secure use of national security information systems set by the Committee for National Security Systems (CNSS). 

The Cyber Security (Cyber-S) program prepares graduates to:

  • Apply principles of strategic leadership, critical thinking and ethical conduct in the development of cyber-security - strategies, plans, policies, procedures, and technologies.
  • Develop strategies to programs that provide cyber security, security awareness training, risk analysis, certification and accreditation, security incident management, continuity of operations, and disaster recovery
  • Evaluate how people, processes, information, and technology support critical cyber mission decisions to share information in a secure environment
  • Analyze the critical aspects of laws, policies, and operations that underpin an enterprise Information Assurance program

Information Technology Program Management

The ITPM program is designed to meet the ever-increasing call for program managers across the federal government. The ITPM certificate is designed to assist agencies in complying with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) direction. The OMB requires that project managers qualified in accordance with CIO Council guidance manage all major information technology projects. The ITPM certificate requires successful completion of a graduate level curriculum to satisfy competencies established by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Interpretive Guidance for Project Management Positions and the CIO Council Clinger-Cohen Core Competencies. The certificate complements general project management training and the ANSI-recognized Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. It also provides formal educational credit, one of the qualifications required for award of the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate.

Successful ITPM graduates will be able to:

  • Lead and manage complex IT acquisition and other projects and programs that create value for their organizations through enhanced mission performance.
  • Apply higher order skills in critical thinking, negotiation, collaboration, and persuasion to synthesize solutions to program management challenges within and across organizational boundaries in an ethical manner.
  • Identify ways to use innovative technologies to accomplish customer service activities, thereby lowering costs, decreasing service delivery times, and improving the customer experience.
  • Evaluate the organizational value of new information technologies and develop strategies for employing them for strategic advantage.
  • Communicate effectively using traditional and more innovative methods.

 

Joint Professional Military Education

The NDU CIC provides a JPME Phase II curriculum that produces national security leaders and advisors who develop the strategies and the necessary doctrine to successfully leverage information and cyberspace operations within the broader national security framework.

The NDU CIC’s JPME curriculum focuses on the information/cyberspace instrument of national security. It provides graduate-level education to senior military and civilian leaders with an emphasis on the military, government, and private sector dimensions of information/cyberspace as a critical component of national security strategy. The CIC program concentrates on developing the habits of mind, conceptual foundations, and cognitive faculties graduates will need at their highest level of strategic responsibility.

Students in the JPME II will receive a Master of Science in Government Information Leadership, with a concentration in National Security and Cyberspace Studies and JPME phase II credit.

Students in the National Security Cyberspace Studies Program will be able to:

  • Apply a perspective that is Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM)
  • Demonstrate an expertise in strategic leadership, creative and critical thinking, and decision-making, combined with a thorough understanding and commitment to ethical conduct and exemplary leadership
  • Evaluate and apply the lessons of history with special focus on the impact of information access and dissemination
  • Evaluate the dynamics of international relations and the formulation of the information/cyberspace aspects of foreign policy
  • Apply the JIIM perspectives for the employment of information/cyberspace instruments 
  • Evaluate the man-made terrain that underpins information and cyberspace operations 
  • Evaluate how actions in cyberspace can at once be both strategic and tactical 
  • Assess the health and strategic direction of the information/cyberspace industrial base 
  • Evaluate the IT/cyber acquisition processes, resource policies, resource management, and operational contract support

Student Criteria:

Selection for this program is highly competitive and is done through a potential student's Senior Service College (SSC) selection process.

Students for the NDU CIC JPME pilot must be in the grade of 0-5 and 0-6 who have already received credit for completing a CJCS-accredited program of JPME Phase I or received equivalent JPME Phase I credit as articulated in CJCSI 1800.01E. Civilian students are equivalent to GS-15 and SES-1. The desired mix of seminar students includes military officers from all three Military Departments, the U.S. Coast Guard, international officers, DoD civilians, Federal Agency civilians, and the private sector. The curriculum is designed for students who currently serve in, have an interest in, or may have the need to develop strategy with those who serve in the information/cyberspace domain. A successful student does not need technical expertise, but must possess the intellectual curiosity that makes them receptive to new ideas and new approaches to understanding national security.

Course Formats 

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.


Accreditation
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.


Disclaimer

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: http://cic.ndu.edu. 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 CICdean@ndu.edu.