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Masters in Statecraft and National Security Affairs

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: August 1

The Master’s degree in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from the Institute of World Politics (IWP) offers an unparalleled academic experience, designed to empower students with strategic studies in the ever-evolving world of international affairs, foreign policy and security. This prestigious graduate program combines rigorous coursework, real-world case studies, and immersive experiences, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities that define statecraft, diplomacy, and national security. A professional Master of Arts degree in Statecraft and Strategy can be completed online where you can major in intelligence, defense studies or non-military conflict.

Launch 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.


of our graduates get jobs in their field of interest




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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

Career Placement Services

You will benefit from a dedicated Career Services team that actively works to identify and cultivate relationships with employers and organizations in your field of study. IWP’s strong connections with government agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations open doors to exclusive internships, networking events, and job opportunities, positioning you for success in your chosen field. Our tailored career coaching and professional development resources, such as workshops, seminars, and one-on-one guidance, ensure that you are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in this highly competitive job market. By choosing IWP, you will not only receive a world-class education but also gain access to an invaluable alumni network and comprehensive support system that empowers you to launch and advance your career with confidence.

Learn from Intelligence, Diplomatic, and National Security Professionals

At IWP, you will learn how to influence global leaders on the world stage. Our faculty has extensive experience in the fields of diplomacy, intelligence & national security. With experienced diplomats, intelligence, and military professionals teaching you what it’s really like in the field and in analysis shops, you will gain a vast array of practical knowledge to support your strong academic learning at IWP. Our courses are tailored to give you a comprehensive understanding of the current world and its complexity, by having those who have already sat at the desk you seek teach you.

"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 Classes

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 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.


By choosing the M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs at IWP, you are not only investing in a world-class education but also joining a community of dedicated professionals who share a common mission to create a safer, more secure world. The knowledge, skills, and connections you gain through this program will undoubtedly pave the way for a rewarding and impactful career in the realm of statecraft and national security.

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Fall 2024 Application Deadline: August 1