Fact Sheet

MISSION: NDU College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) mission is to prepare its graduates to lead national security institutions and advance global security in the information environment.

HISTORY: The college was established in 1988 and delivered its first educational program in 1990. The NDU CIC (once known as IRMC) relocated from the Navy Yard to Fort Lesley J. McNair (Washington DC waterfront) in 1992, and over the last 25 years has developed numerous graduate certificate programs, cyber laboratories (SCADA, Attack & Defend), national and international partnerships, and its own Master’s Degree. Key stakeholders of the college include the DoD Joint Staff, DoD Chief Information Officer, and DoD Comptroller.
The CIC is made up of two schools

School of Joint Information Strategy and Policy (JISP)
  • Conducts Joint Professional Education (JPE) centered on information strategy and information policy (Note: this is not information, strategy, and policy).
  • Information strategy and policy are underpinned by effective deployment, employment, and secure operation of information technology – they are essential parts of what this school addresses.
  • Composed of the following:
    • Cybersecurity Studies Dept
    • CIO Dept
    • IT Acquisition Dept
    • CFO Academy
The CIC School of Joint Strategic Studies (JSS)
  • Focused exclusively on the JPME II educational mission
  • Requirements come from U.S. Law and the CJCS Instruction “Officer Professional Military Education Program” (OPMEP)

Currently, the college offers approximately 40 graduate courses, multiple times per year, that can be combined into a variety of graduate certificate programs including: Chief Information Officer Leadership Development Program (CIO-LDP), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Cyber Security (Cyber-S), Cyber Leadership (Cyber-L), IT Program & Project Management (ITPM). Every spring, the college proudly graduates several hundred students with certificates in a variety of Cyber and IT leadership disciplines, and each June, nearly 100 students typically graduate with the college’s Master of Science in Government Information Leadership degree, joining other NDU students in the overall university graduation program. There are over 16,000 alumni of the NDU CIC.

Approximately 70% of NDU CIC students are DoD personnel (mostly civilian), and the remaining are from U.S. federal government agencies, international governments, and the U.S. private sector. The college promotes cross-cultural understanding by ensuring each classroom is filled with a combination of government, private-sector, and international leaders. Because the school is funded by Defense there is no tuition charge for DoD personnel; tuition is charged for non-DoD government employees and others. 

Since NDU is considered a Senior Service School, in order to attend the NDU CIC, all students must be at or above the GS-13 or O-4 level (or equivalent for private sector and international students). Since the fall of 2015, select military students have had the option to earn JPME credit at the CIC. Applicants must also possess a Bachelor’s Degree to attend. Courses are completed in residence at Fort McNair, online, or by combining these approaches. Programs at the college are highly interactive, student-centered educational experiences in which collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills are modeled. Students at the NDU CIC are given real-world examples and case studies to analyze and discuss, and are asked to explore and address their own organizational issues. 

The college partners with more than 30 universities across the U.S. that accept 9-to-15 graduate transfer credits for successful completion of the CIC’s certificate programs, and the college has established an agreement with the SANS Institute (GIAC group) to accept each CIC course for 12 Certification Maintenance Units (CMUs). Other initiatives include occasional cyber-related symposium and continuing current work with U.S. Cyber Command and the COCOMs to help meet their leadership education needs. Programs and partnerships such as these keep the CIC on the cutting edge, educating the nation’s top leaders. For students, please contact the CIC Office of Student Services (OSS) at CICOSS@ndu.edu or 202-685-6300.