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Study Intelligence

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

Study Intelligence

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: August 26

Studying intelligence and embarking on a career in the intelligence profession offers a unique opportunity to contribute to global security. As an intelligence professional, you will delve into the fascinating realm of gathering, analyzing, and disseminating vital information that shapes national and international policies. This dynamic field not only fosters critical thinking, problem-solving, and cross-cultural communication skills, but also provides an unparalleled chance to engage with cutting-edge technology, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and data analytics. By choosing a career in intelligence, you will join a community of dedicated experts, driven by a shared mission to protect their nations and create a safer, more informed world. The sense of purpose, continuous learning, and teamwork that define this profession make it an incredibly rewarding and impactful career choice. Your desk is waiting at IWP.

Launch Your Government Career

Our graduates are already serving at the highest levels of the state department, defense department and other executive branch intelligence agencies. We provide a sound education to help you excel in your intelligence 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

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 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.


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. Your desk is waiting.

Ready to take your seat?

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: August 26