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Embark on a Thrilling Global Career Journey with IWP

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

Exclusive IWP Benefits for Duke Students and Alumni: Unleash Your Potential in Intelligence, Diplomacy, and National Security

Duke University’s American Grand Strategy Program (AGS) and The Institute of World Politics (IWP) have joined forces to prepare the next generation of leaders in national security and international affairs. Our partnership provides Duke students and alumni with unparalleled opportunities to advance their education and career prospects in these crucial fields.

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: May 15

Benefits for Duke University Students and Alumni

IWP and Duke University’s AGS have established a partnership agreement with the mutual goal of educating future leaders in national security and international affairs. The collaboration offers several benefits for Duke students and alumni:

A guaranteed $2,200 scholarship per semester for Duke graduates enrolling in an in-person IWP M.A. or Certificate program, in addition to any merit-based scholarships earned.

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.

Early Admittance consideration for Duke students applying to IWP after April 30 of their third undergraduate (Junior) year.

Reserved internship placements for Duke students at IWP.

Additionally, the partnership includes faculty exchange lectures and campus tours, fostering collaboration and sharing of ideas between the two institutions.

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Learn from Experts: IWP's World-Class Faculty

IWP’s esteemed faculty consists of experienced professionals who have worked in intelligence, national security, and diplomatic sectors. They bring their expertise and insights into the classroom, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to excel in today’s complex international landscape. Our curriculum includes courses that delve into real international crises and events from the past five years, such as:

“Counterterrorism and the Democracies”: Analyze the challenges and successes of counterterrorism efforts during events like the rise of ISIS and recent terrorist attacks in Europe.

“Economic Statecraft and Conflict”: Explore the role of economic sanctions and diplomacy in addressing the North Korean nuclear crisis and U.S.-China trade.

“Intelligence and Policy”: Examine the intelligence community’s response to Russian invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing fight against cyber threats.

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Our graduates are already serving at the highest levels of the State Department, Defense Department and other executive branch intelligence agencies. We provide a useful education to help you excel in your career and get the desk you deserve.
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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


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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Ready to take your seat?

Elevate your career prospects and deepen your understanding of global affairs by taking advantage of the partnership between Duke University’s AGS and IWP. Apply for our M.A. or Certificate programs, or join our undergraduate internships to secure your place as a future leader in national security and international affairs. Your future starts here at IWP.

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: May 15