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Certificate in Statecraft (Online)

Application requirements for the online Certificate program

  1. A completed application.
  2. Current Resume (which is to be uploaded to the application). Included should be your educational background (colleges and universities attended), work experience, and any special skills that may enhance your application credentials.
  3. Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended. Transcripts must be mailed or emailed directly to the IWP Admissions Office ( from your home institution(s). A minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution is required.
    International Applicants: International transcripts must be official copies. Transcripts that are not in English must be translated into English using a professional service. Also, international transcripts must be certified by a transcript evaluation service approved by NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services). View the full list of approved members:
  4. TOEFL scores (for international applicants only). The results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language are required from students whose first 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. IWP may also accept results from the IELTS exam.
  5. Government-issued ID or Passport. A copy of your government-issued ID (such as a driver’s license) or passport is required and to be uploaded in your application. PDF or JPEG formats are preferred.

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 $600 matriculation fee to secure their admission. This fee is due upon acceptance of admission and is credited toward the first semester’s tuition balance.

Applying for Degree Status

Students enrolled in the certificate program 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 materials. 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.

Application Deadlines

View our application deadlines.


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

Learn more about the admissions process and requirements

Certificate in Statecraft (Online)