Fletcher at a Glance

Academics and Curriculum

Ginn LibraryA Fletcher education is designed to be as flexible as it is rigorous.  A variety of degree programs allow you to tailor your Fletcher education to meet a specific international interest or career goal.  Fletcher courses are available to all students regardless of the degree program.  Students also have a number of cross-registration options at the graduate schools of Tufts and Harvard universities.  Regardless of the program, all students are required to pass written and oral comprehension exams in a language other than their native tongue.  The master's degrees require the completion of a substantial thesis.  Ph.D. candidates must write and defend a dissertation.

Fletcher's courses are organized into three divisions: International Law and Organizations; Diplomacy, History, and Politics; and Economics and International Business.  Course work from across the three divisions ensures a broad and interdisciplinary course of study.  Students build knowledge and competency in a particular area through fields of study, specialized tracks, certificates and joint-degree programs.

Professional Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD): A two-year, highly flexible, interdisciplinary, professional degree in international affairs.
  • Master of International Business (MIB): A two-year, hybrid international business and international affairs master’s degree program.
  • Master of Arts (MA): A one-year degree program designed for mid-career or senior level professionals with eight or more years of professional experience.
  • Master of Laws (LLM): A one-year program in international law for professionals practicing law or for those eligible to practice law.
  • Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP): A 12-month program designed for mid-career or senior level professionals with eight or more years of professional experience. Courses are conducted through a combination of Internet-mediated instruction and three two-week residencies.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): An interdisciplinary, advanced study of international affairs.

2013 Entering Class

    Number of Students: 251
    Average Age: 27
    Age Range: 21-44
    Non-U.S. Students: 41%
    Citizenships: 49
    U.S. Minority: 31%
    Females/Males: 52/48%

Faculty and Classroom Statistics

    Number of Full-Time Faculty: 56
    Number of Adjunct Faculty: 18
    Full-Time Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:8.6
    Classes Offered: over 172
    Average Class Size: 24
    Percentage of Classes under 20 Students: 50%

International Affairs Fields of Study (for MALD, MA, Ph.D., MIB candidates)

    * Development Economics
    * Human Security
    * Humanitarian Studies
    * International Business & Economic Law
    * International Business Relations
    * International Environment & Resource Policy
    * International Information & Communication
    * International Monetary Theory & Policy
    * International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
    * International Organizations
    * International Political Economy
    * International Security Studies
    * International Trade & Commercial Policies
    * Law & Development
    * Pacific Asia
    * Political Systems & Theories
    * Public International Law
    * Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization
    * United States
    * Self designed

International Business Fields of Study (for MIB candidates)

    * International Finance & Banking
    * Marketing
    * Public & NGO Management
    * Strategic Management & International Consultancy

International Law Optional Tracks (for LLM candidates)

    * Public International Law
    * International Business Law
    * International Economic Law

Certificates (for MALD, MA, and Ph.D. candidates)

    * Diplomatic Studies
    * Human Security
    * International Development
          o Political and Social Change
          o Economic Analysis, Trade & Investment
          o Sustainable Development
    * International Finance & Banking
    * Strategic Management & International Consultancy

Dual Degree Programs

    * MALD/JD
          o Harvard Law School, Harvard University
          o School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley

    * MALD/MBA
          o Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College
          o HEC MBA Program, HEC School of Management (Paris, France)
          o Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain)

    * MA/MAIS
          o Diplomatische Akademie Wien-Vienna School of International Studies (Vienna, Austria)

    * MALD/MIA
          o University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (St. Gallen, Switzerland)

    * MALD/MA
          o Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, Tufts University

    * MALD/MS
          o Gerard J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

    * MALD/BA
          o Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University

    * MALD/BS
          o School of Engineering, Tufts University

    * MA/MD
          o School of Medicine, Tufts University

    * MA/DVM
          o Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University

MIB degree candidates may pursue a dual degree with a law school. LLM degree candidates may pursue a dual degree with the MALD, requiring five semesters of study. Ad hoc dual degree programs are possible.

Exchange Programs

    * MALD Exchange Programs

          o Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College
          o China Europe International Business School (Shanghai, China)
          o HEC MBA Program, HEC School of Management (Paris, France)
          o Indian School of Business (Hyderabad, India)
          o Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain)
          o The Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland)
          o The Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsel University (Seoul, South Korea)
          o Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Germany)
          o Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences-Po) (Paris, France)

    * MIB Exchange Programs
          o China Europe International Business School (Shanghai, China)
          o HEC MBA program, HEC School of Management (Paris, France)
          o Indian School of Business (Hyderabad, India)
          o Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain)

    * PhD Exchange Programs
          o Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po) (Paris, France)
          o Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Germany)