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Advance Your Career with Global Insights

Advance your career by studying at IWP. The Institute of World Politics is a graduate school of national security, intelligence, and international affairs.

Advance Your Career: Master Statecraft at IWP

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: June 15

In today’s dynamic world, professionals like you must be prepared to navigate complex geopolitical challenges, diplomatic crises, border migrations, natural disasters, and more. The Institute of World Politics (IWP) offers the education and expert guidance you need to excel in high-level roles and address these pressing issues head-on. Our emphasis on specialized knowledge, practical skills, and real-world scenarios ensures you’re well-equipped to make a lasting impact in your career.

Advance Your Career

Our graduates are already serving at the highest levels of the State Department, Defense Department and other executive branch intelligence agencies. We provide a useful education to help you excel in your career and get the desk you deserve.


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We meet with every student to map out a desired career path and strategy so you are the most competitive candidate

Where IWP Graduates Work

Office of Naval Intelligence

Department of Homeland Security

Central Intelligence Agency

US Department of Defense

Department of State

A Comprehensive Curriculum to Master High-Stakes Challenges

Our interdisciplinary approach to education combines theory and practice, covering key areas such as international relations, national security, intelligence, and diplomacy. You’ll learn to address real-world challenges, including:

  1. Navigating diplomatic crises in volatile regions, such as the Middle East and North Korea.
  2. Managing geopolitical challenges, like the rise of China and the resurgence of Russia.
  3. Addressing border migration and refugee crises, as seen in Europe and Central America.
  4. Coordinating humanitarian relief efforts during natural disasters, like the 2010 Haiti earthquake or the 2011 Japanese tsunami.
  5. Assessing and countering cyber threats, such as the 2020 SolarWinds hack that affected numerous U.S. government agencies.
  6. Mitigating risks posed by emerging technologies, like the use of artificial intelligence and autonomous weapons in modern warfare.
  7. Dealing with the rise of non-state actors and their influence on global stability, as seen in the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Learn from Intelligence, Diplomatic, and National Security Professionals

Our renowned faculty comprises accomplished professionals who have held leadership positions in prestigious organizations, including the FBI, CIA, State Department, and more. They bring their real-world experiences and insights into the classroom, ensuring your education is:

  1. Up-to-date: Stay ahead of the curve with the latest knowledge, strategies, and trends in the global, international, and security fields.
  2. Practical: Gain hands-on experience through simulations, case studies, and internships that prepare you for real-world challenges.
  3. Relevant: Understand the intricacies of contemporary issues, such as cyber threats, terrorism, economic sanctions, and developing strategies to address them effectively

Career Placement Services

Our students benefit from a dedicated Career Services team that actively works to identify and cultivate relationships with employers and organizations in your fields of study. IWP’s strong connections with government agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations open doors to exclusive internships, networking events, and job opportunities, positioning students for success in their chosen fields. By choosing IWP, you will not only receive a world-class education but also gain access to an invaluable network and comprehensive support system that empowers them to launch and advance their careers with confidence.

"The education here provides a foundation for anything that you could possibly want to do in intelligence, national security, or the diplomatic realm."

Joshua Drusbacky (’19)

Army Officer and Analyst for the U.S. Government

Upcoming Classes

IWP / IWPO 636 | The Art of Diplomacy | Prof. G. Philip Hughes

This course introduces students to the art of diplomacy in the Western tradition, with an emphasis on the modern American experience. It examines the development of the traditional art of diplomacy over time and how technology, communications, and ideology have affected both the authority of the diplomatic process and the evolution of what Harold Nicholson called the “diplomatic method.”

IWP / IWPO 637 | Public Diplomacy | Dr. David Glancy

This course examines the history, theories, and methodologies of public diplomacy and strategic influence since the end of World War II. The objective of the course is to help prepare the student to integrate public diplomacy and strategic influence with other tools – traditional diplomacy, foreign aid, intelligence collection and covert operations, and military and economic foreign policy – and to condition the student to approach the issue with confidence.

IWPO 699 | Cyber Intelligence | Prof. Paul Davis

Cyber intelligence is the acquisition and analysis of information to identify, track, and predict cyber capabilities, intentions, and activities. Students will learn how to add value to the information and to present actionable courses of action to the decision maker. They will understand the traditional intelligence tradecraft and how it is used in the cyber world to assess cyber threats.

IWP / IWPO 631 | Foreign Propaganda, Perceptions & Policy | Dr. David Glancy

The goal of this course is to prepare the student to recognize and analyze the use of foreign disinformation and propaganda to affect U.S. perceptions and policy formation, and to employ countermeasures against them. This course examines the history, theory and methodology of foreign propaganda and disinformation in modern statecraft, both from democratic and non-democratic countries, with an emphasis on how the practitioners target the United States. It is intended to help prepare the student to recognize foreign propaganda in all its forms, to analyze and isolate it, and to employ countermeasures.


The Institute’s unique courses offer specialized professional education not available anywhere else.  All courses enhance your capacity to understand and address major current issues. Students frequently learn from their classmates, some of whom are officials in agencies of the U.S. and foreign governments. They often receive career advice from, and establish valuable contacts with, fellow students, their professors, and guest lecturers.

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Fall 2024 Application Deadline: June 15