Doctor of Statecraft and National Security (Professional)

Candidates for the Doctor of Statecraft and National Security (Professional) (DSNS) must have a Master of Arts degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate area of study. 

Candidates will complete an essay that indicates preparation for this demanding course of study. Those without an IWP M.A. may be required to take additional courses.

All doctoral applications will be reviewed by an Admissions Panel consisting of the Dean of Academics and two Full-Time Faculty members as well as the President ex-officio. Top applicants will be interviewed by this same panel prior to being accepted to the program.

Applying to the Doctorate program requires the following:

1. A completed online Application for Admission.

2. Current Resume (which is to be uploaded to the on-line application). Your educational background (colleges and universities attended), work experience, and any special skills that may enhance your application credentials should be included in this resume.

3. Personal Statement - Please describe (1) your reasons for applying to the doctoral program at IWP and (2) your short and long-term academic and career goals. (250 words/1 page)

4. Admissions essay - 15 pages (which is to be uploaded to the on-line application). 

This essay is designed to assess your ability to pursue advanced graduate studies in statecraft and national security. The essay will be evaluated both in terms of content and style. How well do you make your argument? How well do you support it with research? How do you address counterarguments?

Essay question:

The goals of U.S. foreign policy have remained constant since the foundation of the Republic: to ensure the safety, prosperity, and liberty of the American people. But the means of achieving these ends have changed according to the circumstances.

How effective has U.S. foreign policy been over the past 20 years? How competently has the United States wielded the instruments of national power? What are the main threats and challenges facing the United States today, the near future, and the more distant future? If you were advising U.S. policy makers, what steps would you take to improve the likelihood that the United States will achieve its goals?

Describe the steps you would take and assess the associated costs and risks.

4. Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended. Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations (for instance, World Education Services). Transcripts must be mailed directly to the IWP Admissions Office from your home institution(s). A baccalaureate degree and a Master's degree from an accredited institution is required.

5. 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 www.toefl.org for more information.

6. Three recommendation forms: Academic Recommendation, Academic or Professional Recommendation, and a Character Recommendation. These forms are sent automatically to your recommenders upon completion of your on-line application. Recommendation forms may not be substituted with other forms or letters. Individuals writing letters on your behalf should have known you for at least one year. The Academic Recommendation should be one of your current or former professors, while the Character Recommendation cannot be from a family member.

7. $100 non-refundable application fee.  The fee must be paid in U.S. currency or check, international money order, credit card, or an international checkin U.S. funds drawn on a bank in the United States. The application fee is waived for those attending open houses, making scheduled private visits, or meeting with IWP personnel at graduate school fairs.

8. Admissions interview. Upon receipt of the online application, the IWP Admissions Committee will work with top applicants to schedule a time for an admissions interview. 

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.

Deadlines for Admissions Applications

Application deadlines for upcoming semesters are as follows:

Spring 2019: October 1, 2018
Fall 2019: April 1, 2019
Fall 2020: April 1, 2020

Matriculation Fee

All students admitted to the Institute (regardless of program) must pay a non-refundable $500 matriculation fee to secure their admission. This fee is due upon acceptance of admission and is credited toward the first semester's tuition balance.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Tim Stebbins, Vice President for Graduate Recruitment
E-mail: tstebbins@iwp.edu; Phone: 202-462-2101