AY 16-17 ELECTIVES CATALOG: Now online!

ENTRY TO FORT MCNAIR AUG 8-12:  Fort McNair's Ceremonial Gate at P and 4th Streets will be open from 0600 to 0900 ONLY the week of Aug 8-12 to vehicular and pedestrian traffic to meet the needs of arriving students. The gate will not  be open on holidays or weekends. Entrance via the Ceremonial Gate is for DoD ID card holders only; all pedestrians may exit through the gate's turnstile at any time. Fort McNair’s 2nd Street Gate continues to operate as the base’s visitors’ gate; it is operational 24/7. For more information, please call NDU's Security Office at 202-685-3196.

The Gen. Dempsey Interviews

In this four-part series of interviews, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey discusses how NDU students must make a shift from tactical leadership to strategic leadership; the value in taking time to reflect, reconnect with family and peers, and explore areas of personal curiosity; how Professional Military Education (PME) benefits students, faculty members and military leaders; and the role faculty members can play in meeting students where they learn.

AY 2017 Research Opportunities

ALL STUDENTS:  Please ensure to read the Student Welcome Package Information for Academic Year 2018 regarding mandatory admin sign-in procedures (Military members must attend one of the Sign-in dates listed within). Contact your NDU Student POC prior to your arrival. See your college specific webpage for course instructions and prerequisites. Please revisit our NDU website  periodically as we are constantly updating and adding key information.



A Message to Incoming Students

Class of 2018:

     Congratulations on your selection for attendance as part of the National Defense University, Class of 2018. I welcome you and your family to NDU, the premier national security institution focused on advanced joint education, leader development, and scholarship. NDU offers a unique academic environment to carry out the vital mission the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has given us:  NDU develops joint warfighters and other national security leaders through rigorous academics, research and engagement to serve the common defense.

   You were chosen because of your outstanding record of accomplishment, but also your proven potential for future positions of leadership. NDU educates, develops, and inspires national security leaders through a comprehensive and collaborative academic experience to anticipate and confront national and global security challenges. Once here, you will be encouraged and taught to innovate, adapt, and think critically and imaginatively in order to anticipate and overcome future challenges to national security. Our commitment to this vision requires a combination of excellent faculty and subject matter experts, rigorous curricula and programs, and quality total health resources to make your time with us as beneficial and productive as possible.

    Finally, I encourage you to visit the “Incoming Student” section of our website for important information to help you and your family make a smooth transition to Fort McNair and the Washington, D.C. area. Please pay particular attention to our registration requirements in the welcome letters and complete them as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact our Human Resource Directorate at (202) 685-3921 or DSN 325-3921. Revisit our homepage periodically as we are constantly updating and adding key information. The NDU team and I look forward to your arrival and we are excited about the upcoming year. Welcome to NDU!


Major General, USMC
15th President