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.
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.
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.
No. The university offers blended learning through secure video telephone conference (VTC) capabilities at select locations.
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.
Applicants should review the eligibility criteria for their program of interest when applying to the university.
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).
Yes. Foreign transcripts must be submitted with an official transcript evaluation from an approved foreign credential evaluation service.
The degree programs are offered in one and two year formats. Click here for details.
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.
No. All MSSI/MSTI students must complete a thesis as part of their degree requirement.
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.>
Admission notices are sent approximately eight weeks following the application deadline.
Notifications are sent out electronically to your e-mail and a hard copy notification is sent to your present address.
Please consult the nominating authority or training office for your service/agency.
Nominations are not required for individuals applying for part-time study. For a list of programs that require a nomination click here.
Please consult your service to find out if this is possible.
Yes, but you will need to obtain a nomination from your assignment manager to attend the full-time in-residence degree program.
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.
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.
Times can vary depending upon the quarter of enrollment. Most certificate courses take place in the evening from 6 through 10:40 p.m.
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.
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.
You may still apply; however, priority consideration will be given to eligible applicants who meet the 80 hour requirement.