Continuing Education Program and Auditors

The Institute also welcomes applicants who demonstrate a serious interest in the study of national security and international affairs, but do not need a degree or certificate. Students have the option of enrolling in courses for credit or as auditors (non-credit). Auditing a course is a conditional privilege extended by the Institute: auditors are expected to attend class regularly and abide by the rules outlined in the section on auditing courses under the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the catalog.

If a continuing education student has not registered for a course for more than two years, he must re-apply for admission.

All applicants to the Continuing Education Program must provide 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. Academic transcripts from all institutions attended. Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by English translations.
  4. Essay on Educational and Professional Goals: "Why do you wish to study at the Institute and what do you hope to accomplish with your studies here?" (Typewritten, 250 words).
  5. TOEFL scores (for international students). The results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language are required from students whose native language is not English, except for those who have completed a bachelor's degree at an accredited English language institution of higher learning or have demonstrated fluency in English in an interview at the Institute. For those taking the TOEFL, a minimum score of 600 (paper-based exam) or 95 (Internet-based exam) is required. TOEFL scores should not be more than two years old. The institutional code for The Institute of World Politics is 9022. Go to for more information.
  6. Non-refundable $100 application fee. The fee must be paid in U.S. currency or check, international money order, or an international check in U.S. funds drawn on a bank in the United States. The application fee is waived for those attending open houses or making scheduled private visits.


Application Deadlines

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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 isdue 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 continuing education program must complete the International Student Information Form. This form must be submitted with the Application for Admission. The form is available from the Admissions Office.

Applying for Degree or Certificate Status

Current or prior continuing education students are not guaranteed admission into the certificate or degree programs. Students wishing to apply to these programs must follow the relevant application instructions which require the submission of additional and updated materials. No more than five courses taken prior to the granting of degree candidacy status may be credited toward the degree, and only if the grades received are B or higher. No more than two courses taken prior to admission into the certificate program may be credited toward any certificate, and only if the grades received are B or higher.

Undergraduate Admission Policy

The Institute normally does not admit undergraduate students. However, truly exceptional undergraduates may petition the Chairman of the Admissions Committee for permission to apply to the continuing education program. A recent writing sample must accompany the continuing education application.