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Unlock Your Future in National Security

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

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

Attention Mercyhurst Ridge College students and alumni: Your aspiration to an intelligence, national security, or international affairs career can now reach new heights. Take advantage of the unique partnership between The Institute of World Politics (IWP) and Mercyhurst University to accelerate your career in the national security and intelligence communities.

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: April 15

Understanding Built on Shared Values and Excellence

Our Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mercyhurst University represents a robust alliance between two esteemed institutions dedicated to national security education. Sharing a mutual goal of cultivating future leaders, IWP extends unparalleled opportunities to Mercyhurst students and alumni to excel in vital fields of study and practice. Dr. James G. Breckenridge, former dean of the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “Our collaboration with IWP allows our students to expand their knowledge in intelligence and national security studies, paving the way for success in their chosen career paths.”

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Unique Benefits for Mercyhurst Students and Alumni

As part of our partnership, Mercyhurst students and alumni enjoy unique benefits that accelerate career success via IWP’s academic programs:

$2,200 Guaranteed Scholarship: Receive a guaranteed scholarship per semester for IWP’s in-person academic programs, subject to acceptance within IWP admissions guidelines.

Tuition Reduction: Benefit from a reduced tuition rate per credit hour for IWP’s online programs.

GRE Waiver: Graduates of Mercyhurst’s degree programs have the GRE requirement waived.

Alumni Opportunities: Mercyhurst alumni are also eligible for these benefits, making it an ideal time to pursue your passion for global, international, and security studies.

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.

Tim Stebbins, Vice President of Graduate Recruitment at IWP, emphasized the importance of the partnership: “We are very excited to partner with Mercyhurst… IWP has hosted many interns from Mercyhurst, and we have been thoroughly impressed. We are delighted that we’ve already welcomed Mercyhurst graduates into our MA program.”

Advance Your National Security 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
Cybersecurity Analyst

Military Strategist
Strategic Communications Specialist
Humanitarian Aid Worker
Policy Researcher
Government Affairs Specialist

"Our collaboration with IWP allows our students to expand their knowledge in intelligence and national security studies, paving the way for success in their chosen career paths."

Dr. James G. Breckenridge

former Dean, Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst


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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Fall 2024 Application Deadline: April 15