Office of Admissions

Founded in 1933 and located five miles outside of Boston, Massachusetts, The Fletcher School is the oldest exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States. The Fletcher School is distinctive among leading professional schools of international affairs for our collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to identifying and illuminating those connections. Students representing more than 70 countries join with an experienced faculty to inform classroom discussions with diverse viewpoints. The flexibility of our curriculum allows students to tailor their education to their particular interests and to explore those interests from new perspectives. Both professors and alumni are active players on the global stage who are ready and willing to share their experiences and contacts in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Connections made at Fletcher impact the academic, personal and professional lives of our alumni over the course of a lifetime.

Degrees Offered

Residential Degrees:
Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)
Master of International Business (MIB)
Master of Arts (MA) (for mid-career professionals)
Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA)
Master of Laws in International Law (LLM)
Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations (PhD)

Online/Low residency degrees:
Global Master of Arts (GMAP)
Master of Global Business (GBA) - launching May 2019

Other pathways:
Map Your Future (MYF) - Pathway program to MALD or MIB degree for college seniors

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Environmental Policy
Foreign Policy
Human Rights / Humanitarian Affairs
Information & Technology Policy / Management
International Development
International Trade / Business
Law / International Law
Nonprofit Management
Security Studies (National or International)

Area Studies

Eastern Europe / Russia
Middle East

Graduate Program Overview

Fletcher's unique interdisciplinary curriculum allows students to develop an integrated understanding of global challenges. Students gain breadth of knowledge through coursework across the school's three divisions, International Law and Organizations; Diplomacy, History and Politics; and Economics and International Business. Students choose one or two concentrations from 25 Fields of Study (as well as the ability to “Self-Design” a specific Field), to develop depth of knowledge in their chosen area of interest.

Fletcher encourages a cross-pollination of ideas in a collaborative environment. With a program that combines theory and practice, students emerge equipped with the practical skills needed to be successful in the international affairs arena.

All students are required to pass written and oral comprehensive exams in a language other than their native tongue. The master's degrees require the completion of a capstone project. PhD candidates must write and defend a dissertation.

Program Offerings:

Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy (MALD): A two-year, highly flexible, interdisciplinary professional degree in international affairs.

Master of International Business (MIB): A two-year hybrid international business/international affairs degree program.

Master of Arts (MA):A one-year international affairs degree program designed for mid-career or senior level professionals with eight or more years of professional experience.

Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA): A two-year degree jointly awarded by The Fletcher School and the College of Europe, with a focus on transatlantic issues.

Master of Laws in International Law (LLM): A one-year program in international law for professionals eligible to practice law.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): An interdisciplinary, advanced course of study in international relations.

Global Master of Arts (GMAP): One-year mid-career, hybrid online/on campus (8 years experience required)

Master of Global Business Administration (GBA): Flexible online international business degree for mid-career professionals (beginning in May 2019)

Admissions Deadline

Spring Enrollment:
October 15

Fall Enrollment:
November 15 (early notification)
January 10 (regular deadline, scholarship consideration)
Feb 10/March 1 - final deadline (varies by program)

PhD Deadline: December 20

See website for further details.

Admissions Overview

The Fletcher School seeks to enroll a diverse class of students who have demonstrated academic excellence, have significant personal or professional experience, and have a commitment to careers in international affairs. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent and have a strong familiarity with a second language. The Admissions Committee considers all parts of the application (transcripts, standardized testing, personal statements, resume, and letters of recommendation) in making admissions decisions. While the vast majority of students begin in the fall term, The Fletcher School does enroll a small class for the spring term.

Admissions requirements can be found here. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Contact Information

Tufts University, 160 Packard Ave.
Medford, MA

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