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52 Credit Hours
Two years to complete with full-time student status

This online degree is designed for students currently in the national security community or for those who wish to enter this career field. It provides a comprehensive study of the theory and practice of national security policy, process, and implementation, both in historical and contemporary perspectives. Significant attention is directed toward vital current policy issues as well as understanding foreign cultures and the practices of foreign powers.

Candidates for this degree are not required to pass a language proficiency examination but may elect to do so elsewhere in order to add an important skill to their academic credentials and marketability. At this time, IWP does not offer language courses to online students.

Students in this program may be enrolled full-time (9 or more credit hours per semester) or part-time (less than 9 credit hours per semester), but must complete the degree in five calendar years or less. After successful completion of all coursework, each student will be required to pass a one-hour oral examination and a three-hour written comprehensive examination.

All courses listed below will be conducted entirely online using asynchronous, previously-produced material (such as recorded lectures or interviews).

Program Learning Outcomes 

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic terms, concepts, historical facts, theories, and geography related to national security policy, process, and implementation.
  2. Integrate the various instruments of statecraft, with special consideration of geopolitical and economic factors, as they apply to U.S. national strategy.
  3. Make an informed assessment of the statecraft of foreign powers as well as the main geopolitical and ideological currents that contribute to the political and military struggles of the modern era and their impact on U.S. and foreign behavior.
  4. Appreciate the principles of the American founding and the Western moral tradition as applied to national security and foreign policy.
  5. Exhibit detailed knowledge on a U.S. national security or foreign affairs specialization.


Core Curriculum

(36 credits required)

Core Courses (all required; 20 credits) 

Statecraft Courses (choose any 4 courses; 16 credits) 


In addition to the Core Curriculum, students in this degree program must also select one of the following specializations:

Specialization in Intelligence (16 credits; must also have taken Intelligence and Policy, above) 

Specialization in Defense Studies (16 credits; courses taken to fulfill the statecraft requirement cannot be applied to this specialization) 

Specialization in Non-Military Conflict (16 credits from the following; courses taken to fulfill the statecraft requirement cannot be applied to this specialization) 

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