National Defense University

NDU develops joint warfighters and other national security leaders through rigorous academics, research and engagement to serve the common defense. 

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)



Before World War II, American scholarship in the profession of arms matured in each of the military services more or less independently. Requirements for advanced education for leaders of the nation's military and naval forces were met as they arose through postgraduate colleges set up by and for the respective services.  


NDU’s education, research, and outreach programs are integrated and mutually supportive, creating an exceptionally rich learning environment. This approach combines the unique strengths of the university’s five colleges, research institute, international student program, library, gaming and simulation center, and deep relationships with organizations throughout Washington to produce a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Students also benefit from the diversity of their peers, who represent all the military services, along with many federal agencies, private sector companies, and partner nations. 


  • CISA Research Publications
  • Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS)
  • NDU Press
  • NDU Research Council


NDU is committed to the principles of equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. It is vital to attracting, developing, and retaining a top-quality workforce in order to accomplish NDU’s strategic mission. It is our policy to ensure that equal employment opportunity (EEO) is fully integrated into NDU’s mission with demonstrated commitment from leadership at all levels. Managers and supervisors share responsibility with EEO and HR personnel for successful policy and program implementation so that we can promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through continuing affirmative programs that are efficient, responsive, and legally compliant.

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Student services

The NDU CIC Office of Student Services (OSS) is located in Room 145 Marshall Hall. Students should consult the OSS for assistance with admissions, registration, course management, tuition processing, and online student information system operations. Office hours are 0700-1500. The Office of Student Services can be reached by phone at (202) 685-6300 and by e-mail at

Library services

NDU Library staff will guide you to the collections that you will need for your research, and you may have limited photocopying of library materials. Services do not include use of wireless network, loan of materials, cost-incurring research services, document delivery, FAX, interlibrary loan, or other privileges and services granted to primary mission users.  


The National Defense University (NDU) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The initial accreditation of the university was granted in 1997. 

Student Reviews

A University Amidst Intellectual Scarcity
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

NDU is an amazing university, though it feels more like a high school, it has given me a lot to cherish for years to come. Being a military institution one would assume that there would be a lot of restrictions, however, it allowed to discuss the taboo subjects like no place other. NDU not only opened my mid more but it also expanded my horizon. As a student of social...

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Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

Here in my University (Benue State University' Makurdi), The campus activities are well coordinated the only obstacle here is the issue of Strike. It take's more than the normal duration for one to graduate..

Seattle, Washington, United States


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