Master's Degree Information

Master’s Degrees

The National Defense University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to award Master’s degrees.  The president of the National Defense University is authorized to confer these degrees to qualified graduates of the College of International Security Affairs, the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, the National War College, and the College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC).  International students will only be admitted to the Master’s degree program after University personnel confirm that they have met all eligibility requirements.  Eligibility requirements include having the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree, meeting the required TOEFL score, possessing good academic standing and completing all required stages of applying to the Master’s degree program by established deadlines. Acceptance into the Master’s degree program is not automatic for international students.  All international students will be notified in writing of the final decision regarding their eligibility to earn a Master’s degree after the necessary steps have been taken to evaluate eligibility. 

Academic Records

All international students must submit a package of documents to the Registrar’s office that includes copies of their academic transcripts, diplomas, and certificates in their original language and in English.  Documents must be submitted as a complete package and include all relevant information.  Not submitting a package or submitting an incomplete package will preclude the student from consideration for a Master’s degree.  Transcripts will be reviewed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers to verify transcripts are equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree.  If it is determined that the submitted documentation is not equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree, it will preclude the student from consideration for a Master’s degree.

NOTE: It is absolutely imperative that international students bring all academic documentation possible.  Submitting incomplete academic records and information is one of the most common reasons international students are not admitted to the Master’s degree program.  Please take the time before leaving for the U.S. to ensure you possess all possible academic documentation so that you are prepared to submit a complete package upon arrival at NDU.

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TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)