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The student body includes recent graduates and a mix of mid-career professionals whose various perspectives enrich the classroom experience.
Students at IWP

Connect with Student Services and Resources

Students at IWP have access to premier academic resources and support services needed to be a successful scholar. Resources are available for all students including those learning from home, and IWP’s knowledgeable staff are prepared to support students’ unique needs.

Resources and Extracurricular Activities for Life at IWP

IWP is committed to our students and offers many resources and extracurricular activities to enhance the learning experience. Discover the many ways students get involved with the IWP campus and the larger national security community.

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Visit the Registrar’s Office

The IWP Registrar’s Office is dedicated to upholding the Institute’s mission by delivering efficient, professional services that prioritize the integrity, accuracy, and security of academic records, while fostering an environment that encourages growth and utilizes technology to streamline procedures and enhance communication with students.

IWP Library: Your Academic Resource

IWP’s library is a comprehensive resource hub, providing students with access to a vast collection of materials and research tools to support their academic endeavors in the fields of international affairs, intelligence, and national security.

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Student Leadership at IWP

The Student Government Association (SGA) exists to serve the IWP student body. Their goal is to enhance the academic, social, and career-building experience of IWP students while also facilitating communications between students and faculty and staff.


Is IWP accredited?
Yes, on June 22, 2006, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, or MSCHE (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215-662-5606), granted accreditation to the school. IWP is accredited through the 2029-2030 academic year. The Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt educational institution, and is licensed by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission. In addition, IWP is certified to operate from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). IWP has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.
Can I change between programs?
Certificate-enrolled and current or prior continuing education students are not guaranteed admission into the degree program. Students wishing to apply to the M.A. program must follow the M.A. application instructions, which require the submission of additional and updated materials by certain deadlines. No more than five courses taken prior to the granting of degree status may be credited toward the degree, and only if the grades received are B or higher. An exception will be made for students who have taken courses prior to January 2001: all of their courses — with a B or better grade — may be credited toward the degree.
How long will it take me to earn my Master’s degree?
The IWP Master’s degree consists of 52 credit hours (12 four-credit courses plus 2 two-credit courses), which can be easily completed in two academic years for full-time students (3-4 courses per semester).  Many of our students prefer to study part-time or alternate between full-time and part-time status; the Institute’s registration and tuition procedures make this an extremely easy transition.
What are IWP’s TOEFL requirements?
The results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language are required from students whose native language is not English, except for those who have completed a baccalaureate degree at an accredited English language institution of higher learning or are serving as foreign diplomat in an embassy. For those taking the TOEFL, a minimum score of 600 for the paper-based exam or 95 for the Internet-based exam is required; scores can be no more than two years old.
Does IWP accept international students?
The Institute provides information and assistance to admitted international students in need of student visas (provided they meet eligibility requirements). International students should contact the Registrar’s Office at 202-462-2101 for information on visa requirements. You may also want to peruse the website for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  “International students in need of a Social Security card may apply online, but will need to visit a local Social Security Administration office to complete the process. The Washington, D.C. office is located at 2100 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037. Phone: 800-772-1213.
Does IWP offer health insurance to students?
There is no student health center at the Institute, so any emergency cases are referred to the George Washington University Hospital’s Ronald Reagan Institute for Emergency Medicine, located approximately one mile away. The District of Columbia requires that all full-time students under the age of 26 be immunized against Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, and Tetanus. Students may not register for classes until compliance is documented. Proof of Immunization forms will be mailed to each new student upon acceptance. The forms must be filled out by the student’s physician or local Health Department.