Master’s Degree Information

Master’s Degree Information for International Fellows

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 and the National War College.  International students will only be admitted to the Master’s degree program only 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.

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.

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.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

The TOEFL is a required part of the Master’s degree program and students are required to take the test within their first semester.  Students will receive a voucher from NDU to cover the cost of the test, but are responsible for registering for the test themselves.  Students must receive a score of an 83 or better on the internet-based TOEFL in order to be eligible for the Master’s degree program.  If students have taken the paper based or computer based test, those scores must be equivalent to an 83.  The only students exempt from taking the TOEFL are those from countries specifically exempted by DSCA Memorandum.  If students have taken the TOEFL within the last two years, those scores are still valid and score reports should be submitted with all other academic documentation.  If possible, it is highly encouraged that students take the TOEFL before arriving at NDU.

Please note that this is just a basic summary of academic information; you will receive more complete information, including the official Master’s Degree Policy for International Fellows, after you arrive at NDU.