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Ignite Your Global Career at IWP

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

Exclusive IWP Benefits for Elon Students and Alumni: Unlock Your Career in Intelligence, Diplomacy, and National Security

Elon University and The Institute of World Politics (IWP) have forged a powerful partnership to advance our shared mission of educating future leaders in statecraft, national security, and global affairs. Our collaboration offers Elon students and alumni exceptional opportunities to further their education and career prospects in the fields of international relations and national security.

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: June 15

About the IWP-Elon Partnership

IWP and Elon University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide Elon graduates with a $2,200 per semester scholarship for any in-person IWP M.A. program, in addition to any merit-based scholarships earned through their application. Elon alumni are also eligible for these benefits. If Elon graduates enroll in IWP’s distance programs, they will receive a tuition reduction from $650 to $500 per credit hour.

The MoU also offers an early assurance option for Elon students to IWP’s M.A. programs, allowing them to apply to IWP after April 1st of their Junior (or third year) and receive a conditional admission decision (contingent on graduation from Elon).

IWP will reserve a spot in its undergraduate internship program each semester for a qualified Elon student seeking to expand their experience in national security and international affairs studies. Internships include research with an IWP professor in areas such as counterterrorism, diplomacy, intelligence, and human rights.

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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.

Elon University and IWP have already seen success in nurturing future leaders through our partnership. Elon alumni like Kelly Zug (Elon ’12) have benefited from the exceptional education and opportunities provided by both institutions. Kelly, who earned her M.A. in Strategic Intelligence Studies at IWP, now works in national security with the federal government.

Launch Your Career

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


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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

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
Cyberintelligence 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 broaden your horizons by taking advantage of the partnership between Elon University and IWP. Apply for our M.A. programs or undergraduate internships to secure your place at the forefront of international relations, national security, and global affairs. Your future starts here at IWP.

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: June 15