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IWP students become leaders in the national security and foreign policy fields through the study of all the instruments of power, and 97% earn jobs in their field.
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What Sets Us Apart

At IWP, your leadership is nurtured through access to experienced faculty, a comprehensive curriculum in statecraft, national security, and foreign policy, and the advantage of small class sizes. Join us on a transformative journey to become an exceptional leader in the global arena.


Our Distinctive Academic Curriculum

IWP’s comprehensive curriculum is meticulously designed to empower our students in statecraft, national security, and foreign policy. You will uncover the intricacies of the instruments of power and unravel the secrets of effective integration at the grand strategic level.


Study National Security in the Heart of the Nation’s Capital

Washington, D.C., the capital of the free world, is the city to study national security in, given its significance as the political and administrative hub of the United States. Home to the Pentagon, the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the D.C. area is a magnet for experts, policymakers, diplomats, and academics in various fields, including national security. As a student in Washington, D.C., you will have the chance to attend conferences, seminars, and networking events featuring prominent figures in the field and soon after launch your own career.


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IWP Alumni are Shaping Tomorrow’s World

Our alumni are making significant contributions across diverse sectors, including government agencies, private companies, foreign governments, the U.S. armed forces, intelligence agencies, and non-governmental organizations. With their exceptional education from IWP, they have gained a competitive advantage, securing influential positions in areas such as foreign affairs, defense, intelligence, and law enforcement, as well as strategic foreign military and diplomatic assignments. Join our network of accomplished professionals and embark on a path towards impactful career opportunities in the global arena.

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Where IWP Graduates Work

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Global Cohort

Your Gateway to Global Insights

Our diverse student body comprises recent graduates from colleges and universities worldwide, alongside accomplished mid-career professionals hailing from various sectors such as government, armed forces, industry, and foreign embassies. At IWP, we foster special connections with U.S. government agencies and the U.S. Armed Forces, who entrust us with their personnel for degree programs, certificate courses, fellowships, and internships. With this eclectic blend of backgrounds and viewpoints, our classrooms thrive with enriched experiences that empower and inspire.

My IWP studies absolutely impact how I approach my profession. Understanding the intelligence life cycle has been an important key to success in all my roles.
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Federal Solutions Manager – Threat Intelligence

Learn from the best

Learn from Top Scholars and Government Experts

Our distinguished faculty members are not just academics; they are scholar-practitioners with a wealth of experience in the subjects they teach. With backgrounds as ambassadors, senior intelligence officials, military officers, presidential advisers, and senior congressional staff members, our faculty brings a unique blend of academic credentials and high-level practical knowledge to the table.

But that’s not all – our commitment to providing you with a top-notch education goes beyond the classroom. We believe in learning from the best, which is why many of our courses feature guest lecturers who are prominent figures in government and the broader policy community. Their insights and perspectives add a dynamic dimension to your learning experience, providing you with real-world insights and networking opportunities that are truly invaluable.


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.

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