Requirements for US Civilian Students in the JPME Masters Program at Fort McNair

All US civilian students attending a JPME Masters program at the Fort McNair campus are expected to complete the on-line and on-campus admissions requirements listed below as soon as possible.

College Websites

In addition to the university-level requirements listed on this page, civilian students should review their college website for additional requirements and guidance to incoming students.

Fort McNair Campus Early Visit Opportunities for Civilian Students *Not Required

In-processing Day for AY21 military and civilian JPME Masters students at Fort McNair is Monday, 3 August 2020.

We strongly encourage, BUT DO NOT REQUIRE, new civilian students to visit the McNair campus on ONE of the earlier dates listed below, for just an hour or two. Only military students are required to attend "in-briefs" -- informational meetings hosted by the military services on these days to acclimate soldiers to their new duty station; but we've found that our civilian students also benefit from early access to the resources made available at these times. Dress is casual. Please note that civilians do NOT attend the military service in-briefs.  

An early campus visit provides civilian students with opportunities to:

  • Resolve in-processing, CAC, clearance and cybersecurity issues with NDU staff members -- face-to-face;
  • Familiarize yourself with locations of campus buildings, parking lots, gyms, and the cafeteria;
  • Try out that new commute;
  • Meet and greet your professors and agency/industry chairs (call ahead to schedule); 
  • Hand-deliver sensitive information such as health records and financials (for Government-issued Travel Credit Card); 
  • Browse the outstanding resources in the NDU Library;  
  • Establish connections between your personal computing devices/cell phones and the NDU wireless network;
  • Work one-on-one with ITD Help Desk staff members to troubleshoot connection issues specific to your personal devices;
  • Pick up student account credentials and complete initial log-in processes for O365 and Blackboard; 
  • Be fully prepared and ready to learn on day one of class! 

IMPORTANT: Bring a government-issued ID for gate access.  



Time Slots

  Monday, 27 July 2020

  Marshall Hall, Bldg 62, Rooms 155 A, B & C

  Any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  Tuesday, 28 July 2020

  Marshall Hall, Bldg 62, Rooms 155 A, B & C

  Any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  Wednesday, 29 July 2020

  Marshall Hall, Bldg 62, Rooms 155 A, B & C

  Any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  Thursday, 30 July 2020

  Marshall Hall, Bldg 62, Rooms 155 A, B & C

  Any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Contact Info for US Civilian Students at Fort McNair

DoD and non-DoD federal agency civilian and private industry students should contact the NDU Registrar if they have any questions or concerns.




  Larry Johnson, Registrar

  (202) 685-3616

  Michael Day, Assistant Registrar

  (202) 685-2140


Cybersecurity Requirements for US Civilian Students at All NDU Colleges/Campuses

All civilian students must register for a Joint Knowledge Online account, associate themselves with NDU as a student of their college/program, and complete all Information Assurance (IA) Compliance requirements for US Civilian JPME Masters (All Colleges).

Academic IT Environment at Fort McNair

All McNair campus students should thoroughly read NDU's IT Requirements page. While attending one of the optional campus visit days, civilian students can test application login credentials; test their computing device's connection to the NDU network; and work face-to-fact with NDU Help Desk personnel to troubleshoot any technical issues.

Passing DoD and Non-DoD Federal Agency US Civilian Clearances to NDU

All security clearance information must be submitted to the NDU Security Office by 21 July 2020. Security Specialist POCs are Shereda Alexander, (202) 685-2131, Montez Winters, (202) 685-2134 and Larry Morales, (202) 685-2160.

  • DoD Civilians: Security Clearances must be passed to the NDU Security Office by the student's DoD agency via a JPAS visit request/certification. The Security Management Office (SMO) code to pass SECRET or TOP SECRET clearances through JPAS to NDU is W37WAA6. The SMO code to use in passing SCI clearances through JPAS to NDU is W37WAA2. The name of the student's college (CIC, CISA, ES, NWC) must be entered into the POC section of the visit request for the clearance to be identified properly by NDU Security Specialists. This verification process will begin on 3 July 2020.
  • Non-DoD Civilians: A Visit Request must be submitted to NDU's Security Office by the student's employing agency or organization on official letterhead via FAX to (202) 685-3765. TS and SCI Clearances must be submitted separately via FAX to (202) 685-3765. Students who are attending NDU based upon a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI) must have their employing agency or organization submit a NACI confirmation with date of investigation on official letterhead via FAX to (202) 685-3765. This verification process will begin on 3 July 2020.
  • Private Industry Civilians:  A security clearance is not required for any core curriculum course at any NDU college. Private industry students who hold a security clearance issued by the US Government must submit a Visit Request to NDU's Security Office on their company's official letterhead via FAX to (202) 685-3765. TS and SCI Clearances must be submitted separately via FAX to (202) 685-3765. Private industry students who do not hold a security clearance will not be allowed to enroll in classified elective courses. 

Common Access Card (CAC) Issuing/Reissuing to US Civilian Students at Fort McNair via RAPIDS

CAC processing is available to US civilian students PRIOR to in-processing day, and once their security clearances (if any) have been passed to NDU. The NDU Security Office highly recommends that students complete the CAC issuing/reissuing process as soon as possible to ensure base access and a smooth in-processing. DoD civilian students and non-DoD civilian federal agency students who need a CAC reissued/issued -- and who are also passing a security clearance to NDU -- should confirm that their clearance information has been received by the NDU Security Office before making a RAPIDS appointment. 

Your RAPIDS appointment will be in the NDU Security Office in Marshall Hall, Building 62, Room 199A. You must check in at the Marshall Hall Guard Desk prior to proceeding to the NDU Security Office. See "Maps and Directions." Two forms of valid government identification are required. The CAC issuing process takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, depending upon the reliability of the RAPIDS Station. We recommend that you call the NDU Security Office on the day of your appointment to verify the serviceability of the RAPIDS Station. Be sure to take possession of your new CAC before leaving your appointment.  

IMPORTANT: Civilian students must contact their college's Trusted Agent/POC to make a RAPIDS appointment; they cannot make RAPIDS appointments for themselves. 






  Dave Pearson

  (202) 685-4344


  Donna Powers

  (202) 685-2070


 Cynthia King

  (202) 685-4338


  Nadine Plater-Jones

  (202) 685-2290

  General Questions

  Ed Roman

  (202) 685-2171


NATO Awareness Briefings for US Civilian Students

All US civilian students are required to complete a NATO Awareness Briefing Certificate. The NATO Awareness Briefing is not a NATO Read-On. US military students will complete and return Sections A and B of the NATO Awareness Briefing Certificate for NDU Students, according to the instructions listed at the bottom of the certificate. Students will turn in the completed certificate to the NDU Security Office during in-processing. Signing Section B of the Briefing Certificate indicates that the student has read and understands procedures for handling NATO Material. Each student will keep a copy of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) handout. Questions concerning NATO Awareness requirements can be addressed to NDU Security Specialists at

Housing and Transportation Information for US Civilian Students at Fort McNair

The website offers a secure site for landlords and property managers wishing to list their properties for DoD service members and government civilians stationed near military installations. Search for "NAVY JB ANACOSTIA-BOLLING DC - NAVY YARD/PENTAGON/WASHINGTON" (more DC/Maryland listings) or "JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL" (more DC/Virginia listings). Approximate times for traveling by car to/from Fort McNair appear below. During especially bad traffic, these times may double; during exceptionally bad weather, traffic may stop completely due to road conditions.

  • Downtown DC: 5 minutes
  • Georgetown/Dupont Circle, DC: 10 minutes
  • Pentagon City or Crystal City, VA: 15 minutes
  • Arlington, VA: 20 minutes
  • Alexandria, VA: 25 minutes
  • McLean, VA: 40 minutes+
  • Bethesda, Silver Spring or College Park, MD: 40 minutes+
  • Springfield, VA: 45 minutes+
  • Fairfax, VA: 50 minutes +
  • Lorton, VA: 55 minutes+
  • Woodbridge, VA: 55 minutes+

Medical Readiness for US Civilian Students at Fort McNair

Civilian students should email (ENCRYPTED ONLY), transmit via DOD SAFE, or hand-deliver a copy of their immunization records to Mr. Don Myers in NDU's Health/Fitness Office. See "Transmitting PII and Sensitive Data" for guidance.

Class Travel Preparation for US Civilian Federal Agency Students at Fort McNair

All DoD and non-DoD federal agency US civilian students must register for an NDU-sponsored Government Travel Credit Card (GTCC), and hold a passport with an expiration date AFTER June 15, 2020. These requirements can only be addressed in-person, on campus -- during early visit days or on In-processing Day. Private industry students must also hold a passport with an expiration date AFTER June 15, 2020; however, these students will not receive a GTCC. 

NDU Library at Fort McNair

While on the Fort McNair campus during site visits or or in-processing day, civilian students should familiarize themselves with the resources available in the Library, and speak with Library staff about additional learning opportunities scheduled throughout the academic year.

AY21 Academic Calendar for Fort McNair

See NDU's Student Calendar of Key Dates for important deadlines, holidays and events throughout AY21. (Calendar forthcoming)

IT Tutorials and Instructions

For questions about NDU’s technology and computing environment, please contact the ITD Service Desk at 202-685-3824.

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