The National Defense University Information Resources Management College’s (NDU iCollege) mission is to prepare selected military and civilian leaders and advisors to develop and implement cyberspace strategies, and to leverage information and technology to advance national and global security.
The college was established in 1988
and delivered its first educational program in 1990. The NDU iCollege (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.
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 (CIO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Cyber Security (Cyber-S), Cyber Leadership (Cyber-L), IT Program & Project Management (ITPM), and Enterprise Architecture (EA, which is phasing out soon). The college’s Advanced Management Program (AMP) has recently been renamed the CIO Leadership Development Program (CIO LDP). 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 iCollege.
Approximately 70% of NDU iCollege 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 iCollege, all students must be at or above the GS-13 or O-4 level (or equivalent for private sector and international students).
Beginning in the fall 2015, select military students will have the option to earn JPME credit at the iCollege.
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 iCollege 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 iCollege’s certificate programs, and the college has established an agreement with the SANS Institute (GIAC group) to accept each iCollege course for 12 Certification Maintenance Units (CMUs).
Other initiatives include hosting tours of the Cyber Labs, occasional cyber-related symposia, 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 iCollege on the cutting edge, educating the nation’s top leaders. For students, please contact the iCollege Office of Student Services (OSS) at iCollegeOSS@ndu.edu