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Build on Your Military Experience and Open Doors to High-Impact Civilian Careers

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: June 15

As a distinguished member of our military, you’ve honed your skills and demonstrated your dedication to serving and protecting our nation, so what do you do after your military service is completed? You have a great deal of career options. Now, it’s time to transition into a fulfilling and impactful post military career. Think of it as a “military transition program.” The Institute of World Politics (IWP) is here to help you earn a Master’s education or certificate and take the next step in your professional journey.

Launch Your Civilian Career

We recognize the immense value of your military experience and are committed to helping you leverage your unique skills and knowledge in the civilian world. Our programs are designed to resonate with military personnel and provide a seamless transition into high-profile careers in the FBI, CIA, State Department, and other intelligence and diplomatic agencies.


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We meet with every student to map out a desired career path and strategy so you are the most competitive candidate

Where IWP Graduates Work

Office of Naval Intelligence

Department of Homeland Security

Central Intelligence Agency

US Department of Defense

Department of State

How We Help You Start Your Civilian Career

  1. Tuition Discount: Active military and veterans (and spouses) receive a $200 per credit hour discount!
  2. Advanced Education: Our flexible curriculum allows you to specialize in areas that align with your career goals, whether it’s intelligence analysis, counterintelligence, strategic planning, or diplomacy.
  3. Networking Opportunities: Connect with a vast network of IWP alumni, faculty, and industry professionals who have made successful transitions from military to civilian careers.
  4. Expert Faculty: Learn from leading experts in the field of national security, intelligence, and diplomacy, many of whom are former military personnel and have firsthand experience navigating the challenges of career transition.
  5. Real-World Experience: Apply your classroom learning to real-world situations through internships, workshops, and hands-on projects, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

Job Titles You Can Pursue After Graduating

  • Intelligence Analyst (FBI, CIA)
  • Foreign Service Officer (State Department)
  • Cyber Security Specialist (Department of Homeland Security)
  • Counterintelligence Agent (Defense Intelligence Agency)
  • Diplomatic Security Specialist (Department of State)
  • Policy Analyst (National Security Agency)
  • Strategic Planner (U.S. Cyber Command)

"The education here provides a foundation for anything that you could possibly want to do in intelligence, national security, or the diplomatic realm."

Joshua Drusbacky (’19)

Army Officer and Analyst for the U.S. Government

Upcoming Classes

IWPO 699 | Cyber Intelligence | Prof. Paul Davis

Cyber intelligence is the acquisition and analysis of information to identify, track, and predict cyber capabilities, intentions, and activities. Students will learn how to add value to the information and to present actionable courses of action to the decision maker. They will understand the traditional intelligence tradecraft and how it is used in the cyber world to assess cyber threats.

IWP / IWPO 636 | The Art of Diplomacy | Prof. G. Philip Hughes

This course introduces students to the art of diplomacy in the Western tradition, with an emphasis on the modern American experience. It examines the development of the traditional art of diplomacy over time and how technology, communications, and ideology have affected both the authority of the diplomatic process and the evolution of what Harold Nicholson called the “diplomatic method.”

IWP / IWPO 631 | Foreign Propaganda, Perceptions & Policy | Dr. David Glancy

The goal of this course is to prepare the student to recognize and analyze the use of foreign disinformation and propaganda to affect U.S. perceptions and policy formation, and to employ countermeasures against them. This course examines the history, theory and methodology of foreign propaganda and disinformation in modern statecraft, both from democratic and non-democratic countries, with an emphasis on how the practitioners target the United States. It is intended to help prepare the student to recognize foreign propaganda in all its forms, to analyze and isolate it, and to employ countermeasures.

IWP / IWPO 637 | Public Diplomacy | Dr. David Glancy

This course examines the history, theories, and methodologies of public diplomacy and strategic influence since the end of World War II. The objective of the course is to help prepare the student to integrate public diplomacy and strategic influence with other tools – traditional diplomacy, foreign aid, intelligence collection and covert operations, and military and economic foreign policy – and to condition the student to approach the issue with confidence.


IWP is dedicated to helping military personnel like you transition to high-impact civilian careers that utilize your unique skills and experience. We offer scholarships and financial aid tailored to the needs of veterans, active-duty military, and their families.

Take the first step in your journey to a rewarding civilian career by visiting and exploring our degree programs, course offerings, and resources designed specifically for military personnel transitioning to civilian life.

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Fall 2024 Application Deadline: June 15