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Elevate Your Legacy:

Launch Your Global Career at IWP

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

Unleash Your Potential in Intelligence, Diplomacy, and National Security

You’re already part of an incredible community at UNC Chapel Hill. Now, seize the opportunity to reach even higher and embrace the challenge of studying at The Institute of World Politics (IWP), a renowned institution that will catapult your career in national security, diplomacy, or intelligence.

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: August 1

Maximize the IWP-UNC Chapel Hill Partnership Benefits

As a UNC Chapel Hill student, you can leverage our partnership with IWP to maximize your success. Enjoy a $2,200 guaranteed scholarship per semester for IWP’s in-person academic programs, additional merit-based scholarships, and a tuition reduction for IWP’s distance programs. This partnership is designed to ease your transition from UNC Chapel Hill to IWP, allowing you to focus on achieving your career aspirations.

Experience the Dynamics of Washington, D.C.

IWP’s prime location in the heart of Washington, D.C., offers a dynamic environment that places you at the center of the nation’s power. Immerse yourself in the world of decision-making, forge invaluable connections through networking and internships, and engage with professionals in your chosen field. Our close proximity to key government institutions and think tanks ensures you’ll be at the forefront of the action, giving you an undeniable edge in your future career.

Exclusive Access to World-Class IWP Curriculum and Faculty

Enrich your education by immersing yourself in IWP’s unparalleled curriculum, focusing on the intricacies of statecraft, national security, and intelligence. Our esteemed faculty includes accomplished professionals who have held influential positions in the intelligence community, served as ambassadors, and worked on the National Security Council. They have been at the forefront of global decision-making, and they’re eager to share their wisdom to help you forge your own path in these vital fields.

Our curriculum includes courses that delve into real international crises and events from recent history, such as:

“Counterterrorism and the Democracies”: Analyze the challenges and successes of counterterrorism efforts during events like the rise of ISIS and recent terrorist attacks in Europe.

“Economic Statecraft and Conflict”: Explore the role of economic sanctions and diplomacy in addressing the North Korean nuclear crisis and U.S.-China trade.

“Intelligence and Policy”: Examine the intelligence community’s response to Russian invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing fight against cyber threats.

Embark on an Inspiring Career Journey

By choosing IWP, you’re joining an elite group of alumni who have gone on to work for prestigious organizations such as the CIA, FBI, Department of Defense, Department of State, and various intelligence agencies. With IWP’s strong professional network, you’ll have access to the resources and connections necessary to propel your career in national security, diplomacy, or intelligence.

Launch Your Global 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 useful education to help you excel in your 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

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


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.

Your desk is waiting.

Ready to take your seat?

It’s time to elevate your education, expand your professional network, and launch a thriving career in national security, diplomacy, or intelligence. Embrace the challenge and embark on this extraordinary journey by contacting IWP today!

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: August 1