Carnegie Mellon University

The problems of tomorrow encompass politics, international relations, and technology. Your education needs to do the same. 

At Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Politics and Strategy, we train future leaders to examine and understand the 21st century’s uncertain global landscape so they can change it for the better.

Terrorism, cybersecurity, renewed great-power competition – at IPS, we send you into the workforce prepared to make a difference. The problems of tomorrow require nothing less.

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We have a new minor! Study military strategy and doctrine, the current national security landscape (including how cybersecurity and artificial intelligence influence national security decision-making), and the full range of strategic challenges facing future American leaders in our Military Strategy and International Relations program


What can you do with an IPS degree? Jay Liu works in biotech consulting and communication in New York City. Learn about Liu's story and more in our Life After IPS series.


Want to study in DC? Join us for a Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program info session!


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Knowledge is power. Learn how to use it.

War has been a constant in our students’ lives, and that unfortunately that's not changing. But what is changing is the political landscape of war – from wars between nations to non-state actors like ISIS and al-Qaeda. International relations and politics are necessary for preparing students to analyze uncertainty and transformation. Our Master of Science in International Relations and Politics, a two-year graduate program, provides the quantitative analytical skills necessary to enter the job market ready to contribute. Learn more

Spend a semester inside the Beltway

You're up early. The Congressperson for whom you intern is on Ways and Means, and they’ve got a meeting at 9 a.m., meaning you need to be on the Hill by 8. You’ll swing by Ebenezers on your walk to work for a pour-over and a muffin. This is where you’ll start your day during the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program, where students live, work, and study in Washington, DC. Learn more