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IWP offers seven master’s degrees with a curriculum that includes statecraft, history, American political philosophy, the Western moral tradition, economics, and moral leadership.

Doctoral Program

The Doctor of Statecraft and National Security is a degree tailored towards national security professionals, as opposed to those who wish to pursue a teaching career. This program is designed to educate national security professionals in the art of employing the integrated instruments of national power to achieve the ends of policy.


Master’s Degree Programs

IWP’s MA programs are professional degrees designed for students who intend to pursue a career in the national security, intelligence, or international affairs fields. IWP’s curriculum has six major components, including the study of the various elements of statecraft, history and culture, American political philosophy, the Western moral tradition, economics, and moral leadership.


Certificate of Graduate Study

The certificate program is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate studies but do not need a degree and those students who already have an advanced degree yet want additional graduate credentials.

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IWP offers undergraduate internships designed specifically to prepare you for a career in national security and statecraft. Interns conduct research with IWP scholar-practitioners and are able to explore career options in national security, intelligence, and international affairs.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

Achieve Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) for a comprehensive understanding of national security, policy, and global dynamics. These outcomes indicate the skills and knowledge that students are expected to gain from the program.

Students will be able to:

  1. Analyze the sources and development of current major national security, intelligence, and foreign policy challenges facing the United States and its interests globally.
  2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge in one or more specific areas of study.
  3. Develop a deeper understanding of all the instruments of statecraft as well as how to use and integrate them strategically and ethically.
  4. Appreciate the nature of the Western moral tradition and the founding principles of the American system along with their continued relevance to public policymaking.
  5. Recognize the importance of different political cultures, the ideas and belief systems that animate them, their forms of statecraft, and their foreign policy purposes.
  6. Communicate effectively with well-developed reasoning, writing, and rhetorical skills.

Comprehensive Curriculum

The Institute offers doctoral, master’s degree, certificate, and continuing education programs with a professional curriculum covering the various elements of statecraft. Its curriculum also includes an interdisciplinary foundational course of study of the relevant elements of comparative political culture, Western moral precepts, practical political economics, and political and diplomatic history.

The Institute’s curriculum has six major components:

The study of all of the elements of statecraft, including: the arts of war, peacemaking, and diplomacy; public diplomacy; strategic influence and political action; economic strategy; intelligence and counterintelligence; cyber strategy; the exercise of intangible instruments of power such as moral leadership, will-power, courage, rhetoric, etc.; and the integration of such elements into overall national strategy.

The study of diplomatic history, salient elements of comparative political culture, ideology and religion, the practices of foreign powers, and developments that affect the security interests of the United States. This component focuses on the often-neglected role and consequences of ideas in international politics. It also includes the study of unpleasant realities of international affairs, such as: treaty violations; massive violations of human rights; terrorism; disinformation, strategic deception, and psychological warfare; economic warfare; espionage; and other in­struments employed by authoritarian regimes, terrorist groups, and transnational movements that the United States is likely to encounter in the world.

The review of fundamental principles of American political philosophy, including: democratic republicanism, limited government, individual rights, private property, the rule of law, and morally ordered political/economic liberty.

The study of the Western moral tradition and the application of ethics to policymaking and the use of power.

The study of economics, including economic statecraft and the salient elements of economic theory and history necessary for those working in the defense, intelligence, and foreign affairs communities.

Character-building education that encourages those who pursue public service to cultivate those qualities necessary for statesmanship and moral leadership.


Is IWP accredited?
Yes, on June 22, 2006, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, or MSCHE (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215-662-5606), granted accreditation to the school. IWP is accredited through the 2029-2030 academic year. The Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt educational institution, and is licensed by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission. In addition, IWP is certified to operate from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). IWP has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.
Can I change between programs?
Certificate-enrolled and current or prior continuing education students 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 and updated materials by certain deadlines. 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. An exception will be made for students who have taken courses prior to January 2001: all of their courses — with a B or better grade — may be credited toward the degree.
How long will it take me to earn my Master’s degree?
The IWP Master’s degree consists of 52 credit hours (12 four-credit courses plus 2 two-credit courses), which can be easily completed in two academic years for full-time students (3-4 courses per semester).  Many of our students prefer to study part-time or alternate between full-time and part-time status; the Institute’s registration and tuition procedures make this an extremely easy transition.
What are IWP’s TOEFL requirements?
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 baccalaureate degree at an accredited English language institution of higher learning or are serving as foreign diplomat in an embassy. For those taking the TOEFL, a minimum score of 600 for the paper-based exam or 95 for the Internet-based exam is required; scores can be no more than two years old.
Does IWP accept international students?
The Institute provides information and assistance to admitted international students in need of student visas (provided they meet eligibility requirements). International students should contact the Registrar’s Office at 202-462-2101 for information on visa requirements. You may also want to peruse the website for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  “International students in need of a Social Security card may apply online, but will need to visit a local Social Security Administration office to complete the process. The Washington, D.C. office is located at 2100 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037. Phone: 800-772-1213.
Does IWP offer health insurance to students?
There is no student health center at the Institute, so any emergency cases are referred to the George Washington University Hospital’s Ronald Reagan Institute for Emergency Medicine, located approximately one mile away. The District of Columbia requires that all full-time students under the age of 26 be immunized against Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, and Tetanus. Students may not register for classes until compliance is documented. Proof of Immunization forms will be mailed to each new student upon acceptance. The forms must be filled out by the student’s physician or local Health Department.