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Study Public Diplomacy

Spring 2024 Application Deadline: December 1

IWP is a graduate school of international relations that offers Master’s degree studies and certificates and a unique and fulfilling opportunity to make a meaningful impact on global affairs while honing vital interpersonal and communication skills. Studying public diplomacy fosters the development of essential attributes such as cultural sensitivity, strategic thinking, and ethical decision-making, preparing you for a career that transcends geographical boundaries and political ideologies. By pursuing a career in public diplomacy, you will join the ranks of esteemed diplomats who work tirelessly to promote peace, protect national interests, and forge strong international partnerships. You can specialize in conflict prevention and resolution with courses on public diplomacy, international relations, and conflict management.

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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 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

House of Representatives

Department of Homeland Security

Central Intelligence Agency

US Department of Defense

Department of State

Career Placement Services

Our students benefit from a dedicated Career Services team that actively works to identify and cultivate relationships with employers and organizations in your fields 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 students for success in their chosen fields. 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 network and comprehensive support system that empowers them to launch and advance their careers 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 field, allowing them to provide the best education to our students. With experienced diplomats, intelligence, and military professionals teaching you what it’s really like in the field, 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 them.

"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

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 637 | Public Diplomacy | Dr. David Glancy

This course examines the history, theories, and methodologies of public diplomacy and strategic influence since the end of World War II. The objective of the course is to help prepare the student to integrate public diplomacy and strategic influence with other tools – traditional diplomacy, foreign aid, intelligence collection and covert operations, and military and economic foreign policy – and to condition the student to approach the issue with confidence.

IWP / IWPO 620 | Contemporary Politics & Diplomacy | Dr. Marek Chodiakiewicz

This course examines the most significant developments which have made the 20th century the most violent and revolutionary era in world history. It analyzes the causes and circumstances of each of the major wars of the 20th century: World Wars I and II, and the Cold War. Special emphasis is placed on the structure of the international system, the role of geopolitical and ideological movements, and the failure of peace settlement diplomacy.  


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