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A Unique Opportunity for Students at Ashland University

Launch Your Global Career at IWP

The Institute of World Politics is a graduate school of national security, intelligence, and international affairs.

Unlock Your Career in Intelligence, Diplomacy, and National Security

Ashland University and The Institute of World Politics (IWP) have joined forces to provide you with an unparalleled education experience that focuses on Russia, China, cyber intelligence, and geopolitical aspects. Our mission is to equip Ashland University students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in international affairs and national security.

As an Ashland University student or alumni, you have a unique opportunity to build upon your existing education and immerse yourself in a curriculum designed to prepare you for a career in national security, diplomacy, and intelligence.

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: June 15

Understanding Built on Shared Values and Excellence

In August 2021, IWP and Ashland University signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a partnership for international affairs education. This partnership offers numerous benefits to Ashland University students and graduates, such as:

$2,200 scholarship per semester for students in IWP’s in-person M.A. programs, if accepted within IWP admissions guidelines. This scholarship does not preclude you from additional IWP merit-based scholarships.

Tuition reduction from $650 to $500 per credit hour if enrolled in IWP’s distance programs

Early Assurance – Apply on (or after) April 30th of 3rd year of college

– Ashland students will receive priority consideration for IWP’s internship program

Learn from the Experts in the Field

At IWP, our faculty members have firsthand experience dealing with global challenges like Russian aggression, China’s expanding influence, and the growing importance of cyber intelligence. Our professors have held key positions in the intelligence community, diplomatic corps, and national security council. You will gain invaluable insights and knowledge from those who have already navigated the complex world of international affairs.

Specialized Courses with Real-World Applications

IWP offers specialized courses that delve into pressing international issues, such as:

Cyber Statecraft and Intelligence: Gain an understanding of the cyber domain, cyber threats, and how intelligence organizations address these challenges. Learn from real-world examples of cyber-attacks against countries and corporations and how to counter them.

Russian Politics and Strategy: Analyze Russia’s foreign policy, military strategy, and the Kremlin’s decision-making process. Understand the geopolitical implications of Russia’s actions on the world stage, such as its invasion of Ukraine and interference in foreign elections.

Chinese Grand Strategy: Examine China’s expanding global influence and strategic objectives, including its military modernization, economic expansion, and the Belt and Road Initiative. Explore the impact of China’s rise on the international system and regional security.

Proximity to Power

IWP’s Washington, D.C. location puts you in close proximity to key decision-makers and allows you to witness the unfolding of global events firsthand. You will have unparalleled access to networking opportunities, internships, and events featuring high-profile experts in the field.

Master the Art of Statecraft with World-Class Education

At IWP, you’ll gain invaluable insights from our esteemed faculty, who have held leadership positions in organizations such as the FBI, CIA, and State Department. Our interdisciplinary curriculum, hands-on experience, and practical training will empower you to excel in the competitive fields of intelligence, diplomacy, and national security.

Studying at IWP will open doors to a wide array of career opportunities in national security, diplomacy, and intelligence. Our alumni have gone on to work for the U.S. Department of State, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and other prestigious organizations.

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Where IWP Graduates Work

Office of Naval Intelligence

Department of Homeland Security

Central Intelligence Agency

US Department of Defense

Department of State

What Our Graduates Do

Intelligence Analyst
Foreign Policy Analyst
National Security Analyst
Diplomatic Officer
Counterterrorism Specialist

Political Risk Consultant
Security Policy Advisor
International Relations Specialist
Defense Policy Analyst
Cybersecurity Analyst

Military Strategist
Strategic Communications Specialist
Humanitarian Aid Worker
Policy Researcher
Government Affairs Specialist

"Ashbrook is proud to partner with The Institute for World Politics, whose mission aligns with our own—educating citizens to strengthen our capacity for self-government. IWP, by helping students develop a sound understanding of international relations, prepares future leaders for the world stage."

Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga

Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center and Professor of Political Science at Ashland University


The Institute’s unique courses offer specialized professional education not available anywhere else. All courses enhance students’ 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, alumni, and guest lecturers.

Your desk is waiting.

Ready to take your seat?

Take the next step in your educational journey by exploring the benefits of studying at The Institute of World Politics. Embrace your future in national security, diplomacy, and intelligence, and become a part of the global conversation.

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: June 15