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Graduate Certificates

Elevate Your Career: Learn, Acquire Credentials, and Foster Your Professional Growth

Graduate Certificate Programs

The IWP certificate program is tailor-made for individuals aiming to advance their education beyond the undergraduate level, without necessarily pursuing a full degree. Whether you’re a student seeking to enhance your graduate studies without committing to a degree program, or a professional with an advanced degree desiring supplementary credentials, the IWP Certificate Program will cater to your aspirations.




Online Certificate


Credit Hours

Professional Master of Arts in Statecraft and Strategy
Featured Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Statecraft (Online)

Your Avenue to Career Advancement: Study Statecraft, Attain Credentials, Online and On Your Own Schedule

All courses will be conducted entirely online using asynchronous, previously produced material (such as recorded lectures or interviews).

Featured Certificate

Certificate in Intelligence

Prepare for a Career in Intelligence

The Intelligence Certificate provides a comprehensive study of the various issues of intelligence policy, process, epistemology, analysis, and history. Students in the program learn how American political and cultural values affect the role and practice of intelligence in the United States and how intelligence fits into the national strategic context. 

I was looking for deep learning with professors who are at the top of their game. I found it at the IWP. I also loved how I was always able to attend a seminar before class or during the week for a perspective outside of the class I was taking.

Rob A. (’13)

U.S. Government

Steps to be Granted a Graduate Certificate

Students must:

  • Complete the required courses and electives (20 total credit hours) within three calendar years. For each certificate, there are at least two required courses, and these should be completed prior to the electives whenever possible.
  • Take all courses for credit (not as an auditor).
  • Achieve a 3.00 grade point average.

Although there is some course overlap between the certificates, completed courses apply toward one certificate only.

Students may earn more than one certificate if they so desire.

The Institute does not accept credit transfer for its certificate program.

Acceptance into a certificate program does not guarantee acceptance into the master’s degree program.

Students who are interested in the degree program should refer to “Changing to Degree Status” under Admissions Requirements.


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.

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