ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-2021
**Note** These dates are subject to change. Students should check their program calendars for the most up-to-date information.
The 2020-2021 Academic Year will begin on Monday, 03 August 2020 with U.S. Student Arrival & In-Processing for our Ft. McNair campus. Convocation & Orientation will take place the remainder of that week.
The 2020-2021 Academic Year will begin on Monday, 10 August 2020 with U.S. Student Arrival & In-Processing for our Ft. Bragg campus.
Phase-I will begin with the kickoff exercise on Friday, 7 August 2020.
Phase-II Fall 2020 will begin with Orientation on Monday, 14 September. There is a Research and Writing week for RDF, SCAP, and JSOMA students the week of Sunday, 22 November. The Fall semester will end on Friday, 11 December.
Phase-II Spring 2021 will begin with Orientation on Monday, 04 January 2021. There is a Research and Writing week for RDF, SCAP, and JSOMA students the week of Sunday, 14 February 2021. Phase-II Spring 2021 semester will end on Friday, 02 April 2021.
An additional Research and Writing week will begin Sunday 04 April through Friday, 09 April 2021.
RDF and SCAP academic travel will take place the week of Monday, 12 April through Friday, 16 April 2021.
Phase-III Spring 2021 will begin Monday, 19 April and will end on Friday, 23 May 2021.
Completion of the thesis and the end-of-year exercise will take place for the remainder of May. Travel & leave is not suggested during this time.
McNair Thesis Symposium is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, 01 June through Thursday, 03 June 2021.
JSOMA Graduation is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, 27 May 2021.
Fort McNair Student Recognition Ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Monday, 7 June 2021. McNair Graduation (RDF & SCAP) is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, 10 June 2021..
Each program has an online calendar that will be used to coordinate the teaching schedule and important dates/events. For students who would like to view the schedule for specific classes, please log-in to NDU's Blackboard portal which is available here.
In case of weather delays, CISA follows the guidance from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on government closing. For information on CISA class schedules for two-hour weather delays, click here for OPM weather delay information.