Fletcher Degree Programs

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The Fletcher School’s keystone degree program, the Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD), enrolls over 180 of the top students from more than 80 countries. The interdisciplinary approach to the curriculum - drawing from the school’s three divisions - ensures that each student gains a breadth of knowledge in international affairs. Students gain depth of knowledge through two fields of study in functional and regional concentrations. For decades, the MALD degree program has graduated many of the world’s leaders in private, public and non-profit sectors.

The two-year Master of International Business (MIB) program is a hybrid degree that combines a flexible international affairs curriculum with a core of business courses. Much like a dual MBA-international affairs degree, it allows students to gain a firm grounding in business skills while building “contextual intelligence” about the forces that impact businesses today.

The one-year Master of Arts (MA) program is limited to mid-career professionals from governments, international organizations or private institutions who can take an educational sabbatical to pursue full-time graduate study.

Mid-career professionals who are unable to spend an academic year studying on campus may opt for our Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP), which combines three intensive two-week residency periods with extensive Internet-mediated study.

The one-year Master of Laws in International Law (LLM) program is a full-time academic degree for legal professionals who wish to obtain specialized education in a particular area of international law.

Those who have completed a master's degree of at least 1 1/2 years with 12 to 16 semester-long courses in international affairs or a related field, including second-year MALD students, may apply to our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program.

Degree Programs Comparison Chart

Fletcher's interdisciplinary degree programs all provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to prepare for the career of their choice. Regardless of degree program, students typically have the opportunity to enroll in all Fletcher courses, creating a rich base for classroom discussion, and offering students many curricular options. The degree programs vary, however, in focus, length, delivery method and prerequisites. The chart below offers a basic comparison of the degree programs' key features.

Degree Program Focus Length Work Experience Education Start Dates Students per Class Course Delivery/ Location
Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy

Int'l Affairs 2 academic years At least 2 years recommended B.A. Jan / Sep 185 Medford, MA
Master of Int'l Business

Int'l Business 2 academic years At least 2 years recommended B.A. Sep 30 Medford, MA 
Master of Laws in Int'l Law

Int'l Law 1 academic year 3-5 years professional legal experience recommended B.A. (plus JD or foreign equivalent) Sep 30 Medford, MA
Master of Arts, mid-career

Int'l Affairs 1 academic year 8 years of relevant professional experience required B.A. Sep 20 Medford, MA 
Global Master of Arts Program,
Int'l Affairs 1 year (12 months) 8 years of relevant professional experience required B.A. Jan/ Jul 30-40 Internet mediated (plus 3 2-week residencies)
Doctor of Philosophy
Int'l Affairs Dependent At least 2 years recommended B.A. (plus 2-year MA program such as MALD) Sep 15 Medford, MA 

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