Tuition
Tuition for these full-time programs and other non-degree programs are established by the student’s parent agency or department prior to arrival. Please inquire with CISA to determine the current tuition rate.
Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the College of International Security Affairs. For new students of the College of International Security Affairs (Academic Year 2016-2017) at Ft. McNair, please click here. For information regarding admission to Ft. Bragg's JSOMA program, see below. 

As CISA is part of the U.S. Department of Defense, students applying for admission must meet CISA's strict eligibility requirements. CISA does not directly accept applications  except from government agencies and those agencies which have a Memorandum of Agreement with the College. CISA does not directly accept applications from U.S. or non-U.S. private citizens. Foreign applicants who are members of international military agencies, particularly those interested in the International Fellowship Program, must apply through their respective government or military service. Most international students who attend the college are the rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Brigadier General (O-5 to O-7) or civilian equivalent.

Admission Process

Degree applicants must possess a baccalaureate (or equivalent) degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the six regional accrediting organizations as described by the Department of Education. Degrees from institutions that are not regionally accredited require approval from the NDU Provost and are granted on a case-by-case basis. International degrees will be verified by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). All students must have earned a B.A. (or comparable degree) prior to matriculation into the degree program in order to be eligible to earn the Master's degree.

All application materials must be mailed to:

Office of Admissions

The College of International Security Affairs

National Defense University

Abraham Lincoln Hall

260 5th Ave., SW Building 64

Washington, DC 20319-5066



Application Materials for American Students

1. CISA Application Form

2. Official Transcripts

Applicants must provide official hard-copy transcripts of all academic work beyond secondary school, this includes all schools attended whose credits are used toward the undergraduate degree.

To be an official transcript:

  • Transcripts must be sent to the CISA Admissions Office in an envelope that is issued by a university and sealed by the university’s registrar’s office, or
  • Transcripts should be requested from your university registrar, returned to you, and then included unopened in the self-assembled application packet for mailing.

Transcripts that have been opened or photocopied are not considered official and cannot be used to fulfill this requirement. In time sensitive events, a faxed copy directly from the university’s registrar’s office may be used while an official copy is being mailed. Foreign transcripts require an embossed seal on a duplicate of the official transcript, or a copy of the official transcript that is certified. Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Transcripts should show the name of each course taken and the grade received as well as the year/semester in which it was taken.

All materials received for admission become the property of CISA and cannot be returned to a student, photocopied for outside use or forwarded to another institution.

3. Resume - A current professional resume of no more than two pages.


Application Information for Sponsored International Students

International Students who wish to obtain the Master of Arts Degree in Strategic Security Studies degree must submit the following documents to the NDU Registrar’s office at the start of the fall semester:

 1. An application for acceptance into the master’s degree program;

2. A copy of all academic transcripts/credentials in the native language and an English translation. International degrees will be verified by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) for degree equivalency. Materials must be submitted to the NDU Registrar’s Office no later than within 60 days of the start of the fall semester. Failure to submit the required transcripts and credentials within the specified time may preclude the student from degree consideration.

3. The official TOEFL score report. Applicants must contact the testing service to have their official score reports of the TOEFL report sent to the National Defense University. The NDU institutional code is 7026. No departmental codes are required. Counterterrorism Fellows who have not taken the test prior to their arrival will take the test in the fall semester of the year enrolled.

The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have obtained a degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Information about the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) can be found at: http://www.toefl.org.

Only international students who meet degree requirements are eligible to earn the master’s degree. International students who do not meet the criteria to earn a master’s degree will be issued diplomas (certificates honoring study but not equivalent to a master’s degree) upon successful completion of the program.


Information for Applicants to the Master of Arts Degree in Strategic Security Studies Program at Ft. Bragg

The College of International Security Affairs works closely with the US Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School to identify potential students for the program based at Fort Bragg.

Eligibility

The program is open to all Active Duty Special Operations branches. SFC and above enlisted, CW3 and CW4 warrant officers and Captains and Majors (promotable) commissioned officers with a Bachelors Degree from a regionally accredited institution are encouraged to apply.

The Directorate of Regional Studies and Education at the U.S. Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School is the point of contact for selection and accession for the Strategic Security Studies Program. Applicants must be Active Duty; Officers - Captains to Major (promotable), Warrant Officers - CW3 - CW4, NCOs - SFC - SGM. NCOs must not have more than 22 years of active federal service as of report date to College of International Security Affairs.

Application Materials

To request admission to the College of International Security Affairs at National Defense University, please submit the following material to the Directorate of Regional Studies and Education at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School:

1. An application form. 

 Click here to download. Be sure to indicate to which program you are applying.

2. Complete academic transcript(s) from all previously attended colleges and universities. Please be prepared to submit official transcripts to the College of International Security Affairs Registrar's office.

A transcript is official when it is submitted to the CISA Admissions Office in an envelope which is university issued and sealed by the university’s Registrar’s office, or, requested from the appropriate Registrar and returned to you, and included unopened in the self-assembled application packet for mailing. Transcripts that have been opened or photocopied are not considered official.

Foreign transcripts require an embossed seal on a duplicate of the official transcript, or a copy of the official transcript that is certified. Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Transcripts should show the name of each course taken and the grade received as well as the year/semester in which it was taken.  

All materials received for admission become the property of CISA and cannot be returned to a student, photocopied for outside use or forwarded to another institution.

3. Officer Record Brief/Enlisted Record Brief

4. Last Three Evaluation Reports

5. Statement of Purpose 

In 250-500 words, please explain your motivation for graduate study at the College of International Security Affairs and describe your academic objectives, research interests and career plans. Assess your academic and professional achievements, emphasizing acquired skills and experiences that have enhanced your capabilities to undertake advanced studies in international security studies.

6. Letter of Release 

Please include a letter of release signed by the first O-6 in the chain of command.