Master of Arts Program

Admission into the Master's degree program is competitive. Well-qualified applicants possess a strong academic record—and often have work experience—in the field of national security and foreign affairs. Applicants without significant undergraduate coursework in international relations or related fields—such as government, history, political science, economics and philosophy—may be required to complete additional specific courses and/or additional reading. A student currently or previously enrolled at the Institute in any of its programs is not guaranteed admission to the Master's program.

Applying to the M.A. program requires the following:

1. A completed on-line application.

2. Current Resume (which is to be uploaded to the on-line application). Your educational background (colleges and universities attended), work experience, and any special skills that may enhance your application credentials should be included in this resume.

3. Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended. Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations. Transcripts must be mailed directly to the IWP Admissions Office from your home institution(s).  A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution is required.

4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. This exam must have been taken within the last five years. LSAT scores may be substituted. GRE scores are not required for an applicant whose baccalaureate degree is from a non-English language institution. IWP’s institutional code is 5474. See the GRE website more information about the exam.  

5. TOEFL scores (for international students only). 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. Three recommendation forms: Academic Recommendation, Academic or Professional Recommendation, and a Character Recommendation. These forms are sent automatically to your recommenders upon completion of your on-line application. Recommendation forms may not be substituted with other forms or letters. Individuals writing letters on your behalf should have known you for at least one year. The Academic Recommendation should be one of your current or former professors, while the Character Recommendation cannot be from a family member.

7. Personal Statement (which is to be uploaded to the on-line application)

8. Admissions Essay (which is to be uploaded to the on-line application)

9. $100 non-refundable application fee.  The fee must be paid in U.S. currency or check, international money order, or an international checkin U.S. funds drawn on a bank in the United States. The application fee is waived for those attending open houses, making scheduled private visits, or meeting with IWP personnel at graduate school fairs.

 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 M.A. 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 M.A. 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.

Application Deadlines

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For more information, please contact:

Mr. Jason Johnsrud, Vice President of Student Affairs and Admissions Coordinator
E-mail:; Phone: 202-462-2101