Carnegie Mellon University

The problems of today and tomorrow encompass both politics and international relations. 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 build your arsenal and send you into the workforce prepared to make a difference.

IPS Highlights


What can you do with an IPS degree? 

Chris Sparks creates escape rooms. Read about Sparks' journey and more in our Alumni Spotlights.


Dr. Mark Kamlet presented a study of 86.6 million YouTube comment, displaying the partisan divide in language, at the 2021 AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence


Dr. Jonathan Cervas was appointed as the map consultant to the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission. 


"China is slowly but surely gaining control of parts of the American food supply," IPS major and Research Associate Sam Abodo writes in an opinion piece for Newsweek.

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. Coupled with an increasingly global society, international relations and politics are necessary for preparing students to analyze uncertainty and transformation.

The Master of Science in International Relations and Politics, a two-year graduate program, allows students to specialize in one of four areas of political science. The coursework 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. Could be worse. You’ll swing by Ebenezers on 2nd and F on your walk to work for a pour-over and a muffin. You shuffle out of bed in your H Street house, careful not to wake your roommates. This is where you’ll start your day during the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program.

In this program, students live, work, and study in Washington, DC, coming into direct contact with political, business, and community leaders and learning about the most pressing policy issues of the day. Learn more