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Launch Your Intelligence & Foreign Service Career at IWP

Start your career in the Foreign Service or Intelligence community. The Institute of World Politics is a graduate school of national security, intelligence, and international affairs

Empower Your International & Security Career Aspirations at IWP

Spring 2024 Application Deadline: December 1

As a driven college student, you’re ready to make a lasting impact in the world of international relations, diplomacy, and national security. The Institute of World Politics (IWP) offers the exceptional education and unparalleled guidance you need to unlock your full potential and distinguish yourself in these high-stakes fields. Our focus on specialized knowledge, practical skills, and real-world examples equips you with the tools you need to excel in your career and make a difference.

By the numbers

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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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We meet with every student to map out a desired career path and strategy to craft you into the most competitive candidate possible

Where IWP Graduates Work

Office of Naval Intelligence

Department of Homeland Security

Central Intelligence Agency

US Department of Defense

Department of State

Invest in Your Future: Benefits for Students and Parents

Choosing the right graduate school is a critical decision for both students and parents. At IWP, we prioritize your success and provide unmatched benefits that make a lasting difference in your career:

  1. Career Support: Access dedicated career services, including job placement assistance, networking events, and personalized career counseling.
  2. Financial Aid: Explore a variety of scholarships, grants, and loans to help fund your education and minimize the financial burden.
  3. Alumni Network: Connect with a supportive community of successful alumni who have advanced to leadership positions in organizations such as the FBI, CIA, State Department, and more.

Exceptional Programs for a Competitive Edge

Our comprehensive range of degree and certificate programs allows you to delve deep into your chosen field, such as national security, intelligence, or diplomacy, and develop expertise that sets you apart from the competition:

  1. Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Our programs combine theory and practice, covering key areas such as international relations, national security, intelligence, and diplomacy.
  2. Customizable Pathways: Choose from an extensive array of elective courses, tailoring your degree to align with your unique career goals and interests.
  3. Hands-on Experience: Engage in practical training through internships, workshops, and simulations that enable you to apply your classroom learning to real-world situations.

Learn from Intelligence, Diplomatic, and National Security Professionals

Our distinguished faculty comprises accomplished professionals who have held leadership positions in prestigious organizations, including the FBI, CIA, State Department, and more. They bring their real-world experiences and insights into the classroom, ensuring your education is:

  1. Up-to-date: Stay ahead of the curve with the latest knowledge, strategies, and trends in the global, international, and security fields.
  2. Relevant: Understand the intricacies of contemporary issues, such as cyber threats, terrorism, and economic sanctions, and develop strategies to address them effectively.
  3. Engaging: Connect with professors who are passionate about your success and provide personalized guidance to help you reach your full potential.

"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 Intelligence Classes

IWP / IWPO 605 | Intelligence & Policy | Dr. David Thomas

Intelligence & Policy addresses comprehensively the elements and purpose of intelligence, requirements of successful intelligence analysis, intelligence processes, counterintelligence and security, the relationship between intelligence and policy, and how American political and cultural values affect the role of intelligence in America.

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 652 | Estimative Intelligence Analysis | Prof. Darlene Almont & Prof. Chris Almont

Intelligence secrets once gathered must be analyzed, placed in cultural, historic and strategic context, and presented to policy makers and operators. The quality of estimative intelligence analysis is always at the center of debate on the performance of U.S. intelligence. The course is designed to provide an in depth understanding of the fundamentals of a central element of the intelligence and national security process: estimative analysis.

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 628 | Military Strategy: Theory & Practice | Dr. Christopher Harmon

This course examines the theory and practice of strategy, the use of force and other instruments of power to achieve the goals of the state in the international system. We first look at the theorists of strategy and war, and then consider the applicability of their ideas to conflict both past and present. Case studies in the application of strategy in modern large and small wars, including insurgencies. The course concludes with a look at strategies for dealing with a resurgent Russia, a rising China, and groups such as ISIS and Hezbollah, as well as strategies for emerging modes of war such as cyber.


The Institute’s unique courses offer specialized professional education not available anywhere else.  All courses enhance your 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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Spring 2024 Application Deadline: December 1