Certificate Program

Applicants to the Institute's certificate program must submit the following:

  1. A completed and signed Application for Admission.  Apply online, or you can download a hard copy application Please return hard copy applications to:

    The Institute of World Politics
    attn: Jason Johnsrud
    1521 16th Street, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20036

  2. Current Resume. Included should be your educational background (colleges and universities attended), work experience, and any special skills that may enhance your application credentials.
  3. Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended. Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by English translations.
  4. An Essay on Educational and Professional Goals: "Why do you wish to study at the Institute and what do you hope to accomplish with the education you receive here?" (Typewritten, 250 words).
  5. General Essay Question: "On February 13, 2003, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee, stating that, "We have entered what may be the most dangerous security environment the world has ever known." Such an assertion takes in all recorded human history. Evaluate this statement from the perspective of world history by choosing another time period where a "dangerous security environment" also existed and compare the present with the past, concluding with your own assessment of Secretary Rumsfeld's remark." (Typewritten, 500-750 words)
  6. TOEFL scores (for international students); IWP institutional code is 9022. Go to www.toefl.org for more information.
  7. Non-refundable $100 application fee.

The Application for Admission and supporting documents must be in English and received no later than the posted deadlines. As a general rule, incomplete applications will not be processed (rare exceptions may be made depending on which element of the application is missing). Late applications may be processed according to the ability of the Admissions Committee.

Matriculation Fee

All students admitted to the Institute (regardless of program) must pay a non-refundable $500 matriculation fee to secure their admission. This fee is due upon acceptance of admission and is credited toward the first semester's tuition balance.

International Student Admissions

All international students who have been admitted to the Institute's certificate program must complete the International Student Information Form.  This form must be submitted with the admission application. The form is available from the Admissions Office.

Conditional Acceptance

Students applying to the certificate program who do not meet the Institute's standard admissions criteria but who show potential for high academic performance may be admitted on a conditional basis. Requirements of
the conditions are determined by the Admissions Committee. Normally, conditionally-admitted students must receive at least a 3.33 GPA in their first semester at IWP in order to continue their studies.

Applying for Degree Status

Students enrolled in the certificate program are not guaranteed admission into the degree program. Students wishing to apply to the M.A. program must follow the M.A. application instructions which require the submission of additional materials. No more than five courses taken prior to the granting of degree status may be credited toward the degree, and only if the grades received are B or higher.

Application Deadlines

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Gainful Employment Certificate Program Information

Completion of a certificate program, combined with previous experiences, specialized skills, and other factors may enable individuals to seek professional credentialing (where applicable), promotion to a new or different-level position, employment in a specific field, etc. Students are encouraged to work with program faculty, the IWP Office of Career Services, and others best to understand how a certificate program may be utilized within the world of work and to develop a thoughtful career plan. Students should also understand all of the factors required to ensure success in a job search such as specialized experience, the state of the economy, organizational culture, etc.

Please click here for more information: Download file Gainful Employment Certificate Program Information 

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Jason Johnsrud, Director of Student Affairs and Admissions Coordinator
E-mail: admissions@iwp.edu; Phone: 202-462-2101