The National Defense University Information Resources Management College's (NDU iCollege) mission is to prepare military and civilian leaders to optimize information technology management and secure information dominance within cyberspace.
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 50 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), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Cyber Security (Cyber-S), Cyber Leadership (Cyber-L), Government Strategic Leader (GSL), Enterprise Architecture (EA), and IT Program & Project Management (ITPM). In early May 2013, the college proudly graduated 245 students with over 400 certificates in a variety of Cyber and IT leadership disciplines and in the college's very popular Advanced Management Program (AMP). In June 2013, nearly 30 students graduated with the college's Master of Science in Government Information Leadership degree. There are over 16,000 alumni of the college.
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, students must be at or above the GS-12 or O-4 level. 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 nearly 40 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 recently signed an agreement with the SANS Institute (GIAC group) to accept each iCollege course for 12 Certification Maintenance Units (CMUs). Other recent initiatives include collaboration with National Intelligence University (NIU) on a cooperative Master's Degree in Cyber, integrating cyber coursework and a possible Master's Degree into Joint Professional Military Education (JPME), hosting a "Cyber Beacon" focus group in July 2013 to ensure the best cyber education at NDU, and continuing current work with U.S. Cyber Command and the COCOMs to help meet their leadership education needs. The college recently kicked off an important effort with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to educate 250 GS-15s in a new, mandatory 24-month program that DISA Director LTG Ronnie Hawkins established. Programs and partnerships such as these keep the iCollege on the cutting edge, educating the nation's top leaders.