Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to attend? Do I have to buy books?

How much does it cost to attend? Do I have to buy books?

NIU does not charge tuition. Textbooks are provided by the university at the start of each quarter. You will be required to return the books at the end of each quarter.

If I have an interim TS/SCI, am I eligible to apply?

If I have an interim TS/SCI, am I eligible to apply?

To attend NIU, students must have a final Top Secret clearance and be SCI indoctrinated prior to attending NIU. If you have any questions about the university’s security requirements, contact the NIU’s Security Office at NIU_Security@dodiis.mil or (202) 231-2768. All other questions regarding admission can be directed to NIUadmit@dodiis.mil.

Will I get joint duty credit for attending NIU?

Will I get joint duty credit for attending NIU?

If you attend NIU as a full time student and earn a graduate or undergraduate degree you can earn joint duty credit through your agency.

Do you offer classes online?

Do you offer classes online?

No. The university offers blended learning through secure video telephone conference (VTC) capabilities at select locations.

Does NIU consider transfer credit?

Does NIU consider transfer credit?

Graduate students may transfer a maximum of six quarter hours into the MSSI or MSTI program towards the elective requirement. Courses must have been taken within five years prior to enrolling in the NIU and have an earned grade of B or higher. Approval of transfer hours resides with the Dean of the appropriate program.

What grade point average (GPA) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score do I need to be accepted to the Graduate program?

What grade point average (GPA) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score do I need to be accepted to the Graduate program?

Applicants should review the eligibility criteria for their program of interest when applying to the university.

My postgraduate degree is nationally accredited. Do I need to take the GRE?

My postgraduate degree is nationally accredited. Do I need to take the GRE?

If your master’s degree is nationally accredited and not regionally accredited, you must take the GRE for admission consideration. The GRE is only waived for applicants who possess a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution (i.e. Middle States Association, New England Association, Southern Association, etc).

I obtained my degree outside of the United States of America, can I submit those transcripts to NIU?

I obtained my degree outside of the United States of America can I submit those transcripts to NIU?

Yes. Foreign transcripts must be submitted with an official transcript evaluation from an approved foreign credential evaluation service.

How long are the MSSI, MSTI and BSI programs?

How long are the MSSI, MSTI and BSI programs?

The degree programs are offered in one and two year formats. Click here for details.

For the MSTI program, do applicants need to have a background in science to be considered?

For the MSTI program, do applicants need to have a background in science to be considered?

No. Prospective students with a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related background are highly desired; however, possession of a degree from a STEM field of study is not required.

Is there a non-thesis option?

Is there a non-thesis option?

No. All MSSI/MSTI students must complete a thesis as part of their degree requirement.

Does NIU offer rolling admission?

Does NIU offer rolling admission?

The university offers students the option to enroll in the fall and spring quarters only. Prospective students must submit all of the required application materials by the posted deadline for their desired quarter of enrollment to be considered for admission. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. The following programs only offer a fall quarter start date: Full-time MSSI/MSTI, Full-time BSI, Evening MSSI/MSTI, Montly Executive MSSI/MSTI, MSSI/MSTI for Reserves, NGA Cohort, NSA Cohort, DIA Cohort and select certificate programs.

When will I be notified of admission?

When will I be notified of admission?

Admission notices are sent approximately eight weeks following the application deadline.

How will I be notified of admission?

How will I be notified of admission?

Notifications are sent out electronically to your e-mail and a hard copy notification is sent to your present address.

Is there a service commitment to attend the NIU’s full-time in-residence degree program?

Is there a service commitment to attend the NIU’s full-time in-residence degree program?

Please consult the nominating authority or training office for your service/agency.

Do I need a nomination to apply to the part-time program?

Do I need a nomination to apply to the part-time program?

Nominations are not required for individuals applying for part-time study. For a list of programs that require a nomination click here.

I am a drilling reservist. May I use the weekends that I am attending class at NIU in place of drill?

I am a reservist. Is it possible for me to attend the full-time degree program?

I am a reservist. Is it possible for me to attend the full-time degree program?

Yes, but you will need to obtain a nomination from your assignment manager to attend the full-time in-residence degree program.

If I began taking classes at one of the Academic Centers and I later wish to enroll at another NIU location, do I need to re-apply for admission?

If I began taking classes at one of the Academic Centers and I later wish to enroll at another NIU location, do I need to re-apply for admission?

Students who are active in their programs do not need to re-apply to take classes at another NIU location. Once you are admitted you are eligible to take classes at any NIU location. Simply contact the NIU Office of Enrollment Services at least six weeks prior to your desired quarter of enrollment.

If I enroll in a certificate program and later apply to the MSSI or MSTI, will my certificate course credits transfer to the MSSI or MSTI program?

If I enroll in a certificate program and later apply to the MSSI or MSTI, will my certificate course credits transfer to the MSSI or MSTI program?

Yes. Up to two certificate courses can be applied to the MSSI program as electives. Only one certificate course may apply for students pursuing the MSTI program.

What time are the certificate classes held?

What time are the certificate classes held?

Times can vary depending upon the quarter of enrollment. Most certificate courses take place in the evening from 6 through 10:40 p.m.

BSI QUESTIONS

May I use military training to fulfill some of the 80 hour BSI prerequisite requirements?

May I use military training to fulfill some of the 80 hour BSI prerequisite requirements?

Yes. Military training credits will be evaluated by NIU Admissions in accordance with the American Council on Education (ACE). Credit will not be awarded for experiential training, internships or life experience.

Why does NIU require that I complete 80 hours of coursework before enrolling in the BSI program?

Why does NIU require that I complete 80 hours of coursework before enrolling in the BSI program?

The Bachelor of Science in Intelligence (BSI) is a degree completion program. Students complete their senior year in intelligence study at NIU. In order for NIU to award you an accredited Bachelor of Science degree, you must have certain general education requirements in composition, math/science, humanities/social science, fine arts, and upper division courses completed.

Can I still apply to the BSI program if I do not have the 80 hour prerequisite coursework complete?

Can I still apply to the BSI program if I do not have the 80 hour prerequisite coursework complete?

You may still apply; however, priority consideration will be given to eligible applicants who meet the 80 hour requirement.