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Veteran’s Support

Take the Next Step in Serving Your Country

Apply your military background at a graduate school dedicated to preparing veterans for careers in national security, intelligence, and international affairs. IWP offers a comprehensive, serious approach guided by seasoned professionals who have done what they teach.

The Institute is the only school satisfactorily filling a major need in American academia.

Eligible veterans can earn their degree without incurring out-of-pocket costs.

Contact an admissions officer to learn more about our graduate programs.

Welcome, Veterans.

At The Institute of World Politics, we are proud of our military and veteran community. We thank you for your service, and we are glad that you have chosen IWP to continue your professional education.

Like you, we are dedicated to the defense of our nation. We are proud of IWP’s many veteran and active duty students and alumni, including officers who are now Generals, and we truly value the experience our students from the Armed Forces bring to the IWP classroom.

Veteran Benefits at IWP

Academic Benefits

IWP offers professional graduate programs in international affairs, national security, and intelligence. Students study in small classes with faculty who have done what they teach.

Financial Benefits

IWP administers a number of education programs directed towards active duty military personnel, veterans, and dependents. The benefits for each program, such as the GI Bill®, will be based upon certain eligibility requirements outlined at the link below.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

The Institute has designed its Yellow Ribbon offering to allow eligible veterans to attend our Master’s Degree program on a full-time basis, with no out-of-pocket tuition costs.

Professional Benefits

IWP Career Services is dedicated to your career success. We will help you advance in your career, whether you continue in the military or pursue a civilian career.

Military Friendly Badge - 2023-24 - Silver

Serving our Military Students

A Letter from our Chancellor

Our Founder, President Emeritus, and Chancellor, John Lenczowski, has a message of gratitude for all of our Veterans:

Points of Contact

Service members should contact the following staff members to address their registration/counseling, financial aid, and career services needs:

At the Institute, we prize scholar-practitioners on our faculty and student-practitioners in our classrooms. The presence here of current servicemen and women and veterans has educated many people in our student body about the realities and the dangers of the profession of arms.

- John Lenczowski

Founder, President Emeritus, and Chancellor


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.