Mission & Impact

The Fletcher SchoolWhen The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy opened in 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression, it was an act of hope in a time of despair and a boost to internationalism in a time of isolationism.

Today, as the oldest exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States, we continue to meet the demands of a world in which the only constant is change.

The primary aim of The Fletcher School is the same as it was when conceived by its founders: to offer a broad program of professional education in international relations to a select group of graduate students committed to maintaining the stability and prosperity of a complex, challenging and increasingly global society.

Our mission remains:

  • To educate professionals from around the world and to prepare them for positions of leadership and influence in the national and international arenas;
  • To increase understanding of international problems and concerns through teaching, research and publications;
  • To serve local, national and international communities in their search to develop relationships of mutual benefit, security and justice in an increasingly interdependent world.

Alumni, students, faculty and friends continue to invest their time, money, ideas and hard work to ensure that The Fletcher School remains true to this mission.

Impacting Governments Worldwide

Fletcher alumni are found in important governmental positions around the world. From ambassadors to prime ministers, the United Nations and the World Bank, Fletcher graduates are adept at collaborating across sectors to address the world's challenges.

Impacting Public Service

Many Fletcher students come to their graduate studies with prior experience in public service. Many also return to non-governmental organizations to address the challenges of Russia or Iraq, Kosovo or Korea. With a broader, nuanced understanding of the international arena in which they work, they are able to more effectively address organizational goals through connections.

Impacting Business

Twenty-first century leaders must possess sharp management skills as well as a broad and deep understanding of the international arena. In the last decade, more than 30 percent of Fletcher graduates have chosen international business careers in consulting, financial services and management. The School's alumni can be found in leadership positions throughout the private sector, as CEO and Chairperson at major multinational corporations, founders of successful private ventures, and investors in private equity and social ventures.


Learn more about the careers that Fletcher alumni pursue.

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