Carnegie Mellon University

The problems of 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 send you into the workforce prepared to make a difference. The problems of tomorrow require nothing less.

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IPS Highlights

General H.R. McMaster

Missed a Policy Forum event, such as our conversation with General H.R. McMaster? Watch recordings of our guests. You'll find the link to the recording on our Policy Forum events page.


What can you do with an IPS degree? 

Ali Munden is a special education teacher. Read about Munden's journey and more in our Alumni Spotlights.

Posner Hall, home of the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon

Applications for our graduate programs, the Master of Science in International Relations and Politics and the Master of Information Technology Strategy, are now open for Fall 2022!


Applying for summer internships in DC? Add the Friedman Fellowship to your application to-do list! 


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