Advance your career and the world.

Learn from scholar practitioners at the only graduate school of national security, intelligence, and international affairs where you will be exposed to all the arts of statecraft. Under the guidance of seasoned professionals from the State Department, Department of Defense, National Security Council, CIA, FBI, and other services, you will be challenged to think efficiently about how you can positively affect the future of our nation and our world.

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A Professional Education

At the Institute, you get the opportunity to study with scholar-practitioners who have done what they teach. The faculty includes:

  • Ambassadors
  • Senior intelligence officials
  • Military officers
  • Presidential advisors
  • Senior government analysts
  • Thought leaders in international affairs

Many classes also feature guest lecturers, many of whom are current and former senior government officials who impart their practical knowledge. Our faculty teach small, seminar-style courses, where the student/faculty ratio is 6:1, so our students learn firsthand from those who have done what they are teaching.

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Scholars with Developing Careers

You are deciding to enter a noble profession. A career in National Security, Intelligence, or International Affairs is not merely a job: it is a calling, a passion, a desire to serve your country and the world, ensuring they are safer and better places for all. When deciding upon a graduate school, you want to find a place that will be as equally invested in your career success as you are. You’ve found it at IWP.

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Meet our Students and Alumni

IWP has a diverse student body which includes:

  • Recent college graduates
  • Personnel from foreign affairs, intelligence, defense, and commercial agencies of the U.S. government
  • Business executives
  • Lawyers
  • Foreign diplomats

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The Value of an IWP Degree

Students are exposed to one of the most intensive, practical and yet inexpensive MA programs available in Washington, D.C. on a per hour basis. Learn more

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Jack Doyle Valedictorian, Class of 2019

For so long, I had been behind the pages of a textbook, but IWP gave us the opportunity to learn from those who have pulled the levers of American foreign policy, briefed Presidents making the tough decisions, and ensured that the republic not only survives, but thrives.

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Mohammad Shafiq Nobel Peace Prize Nominee; Deputy Sr Advisor to the President of Afghanistan

[Attending IWP] has been among the best decisions I have made so far.

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Jacqueline Halbig von Schleppenbach Government Relations Expert and Religious Freedom Advocate

IWP really instructs on the dignity of the human person, and if that's not foundational in your policy, your policy is flawed from the get-go.

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Amb. Federico González Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs for Paraguay

[My classes at IWP] gave me the opportunity to deal with reality and how the international system really works.

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Joshua Drusbacky Class of 2019, US Army

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

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Piotr Trabinski Alternate Executive Director with the International Monetary Fund

I cannot estimate how much I have changed since coming to IWP...both in understanding the reality of broad aspects and topics, but also in experiencing other countries and people.

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