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Launch Your Global Career

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

Your Gateway to a World of Opportunities

As a Benedictine College student or alumnus, you have a unique opportunity to advance your career in national security, intelligence, and diplomacy through our exceptional graduate programs at The Institute of World Politics (IWP) in Washington, D.C.

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: August 1

Discover IWP's Graduate Programs Tailored for Your Success

IWP’s graduate programs in national security, intelligence, and diplomacy are designed to provide you with the practical knowledge and skills needed to excel in your field. With world-class faculty, who are experienced practitioners in their respective fields, you will gain a competitive edge in the global job market.

Transition from Midwest to Global Career in Washington, D.C.

By choosing to study at IWP, you will be immersed in the heart of Washington, D.C., home to key government institutions and influential organizations. This strategic location offers unmatched networking opportunities and access to valuable resources, enabling you to launch your global career in national security, intelligence, and diplomacy.

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Exclusive Benefits for Benedictine College Students & Alumni

Thanks to the partnership between IWP and Benedictine College, you will enjoy exclusive benefits to help you succeed in your graduate studies and career:

Guaranteed Scholarships: As a Benedictine student or alumnus accepted into one of IWP’s in-person M.A. programs, you will receive a guaranteed scholarship of $2,200 per semester, in addition to any merit-based scholarships already available to general applicants. This partnership scholarship only requires part-time enrollment, allowing you to jump-start your professional career.

Tuition Reduction: Benefit from a reduced tuition rate of $500 per credit hour for IWP’s distance programs, a significant reduction from the standard $650 rate.

Reserved Internship Placements: The partnership offers Benedictine students and alumni reserved placements in the IWP internship program, providing valuable hands-on experience.

Early Admission: Benedictine students and alumni can apply for early admission to IWP’s M.A. programs, giving you a head start in planning your academic and career goals.

Student Group Visits and Faculty Lecture Exchanges: To strengthen our partnership, Benedictine and IWP will arrange student group visits and faculty lecture exchanges, fostering collaboration and expanding your network.

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.

Tim Stebbins, Vice President of Graduate Recruitment at IWP, emphasized the importance of the partnership: “IWP’s central mission of educating the next generation of leadership in intelligence, diplomacy, and national security is greatly strengthened by this endeavor, as is our mutual commitment to American values and their defense.”

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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
Cyber Intelligence Analyst

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

“My education at Benedictine was an excellent preparation for IWP, giving me the grounding to appreciate IWP’s rigorous core curriculum and to get the most out of it. At Benedictine, regardless of your major, you will learn the foundations of the ideas that shape our civilization. At IWP, you learn how those ideas can, do, and should shape foreign policy in practical terms from top-notch scholar-practitioners.”

David Maxwell (’15)

Analyst, U.S. Department of Defense


The Institute’s unique courses offer specialized professional education not available anywhere. 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, and guest lecturers.

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Benedictine College graduates who have pursued their education at IWP have gone on to excel in their careers, making a difference in the world of national security and international affairs. As a Benedictine College student or alumnus, you have the chance to follow in their footsteps and make a lasting impact on the world stage.

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: August 1