Joint and Dual Programs

The Fletcher School provides many opportunities for students to supplement their education with joint degree and exchange programs with some of the world's leading professional schools and graduate programs. The following section outlines some of these programs, although students are encouraged to contact directly the partner institutions for additional information.

See also Exchange Programs.

The Fletcher School currently maintains formal joint or dual degree programs with the following institutions:

 MALD/JD   

Harvard Law School, Harvard University

UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California at Berkeley

   
 MALD/MBA   
 

Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College 

 

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Shanghai, China

 

HEC MBA Program, HEC School of Management, Paris, France

 

IE Business School, Spain

   
 MALD/MIA   
 

University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

   
 MALD/MA   
 

Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, Tufts University


 
 MALD/DVM   
  Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
   
 MALD/MS   

 

Gerard J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
   
 MA/MD   
  School of Medicine, Tufts University
   
 MAHA   

 

Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
   
 OTHER   
 

Diplomatische Akademie Wien-Vienna School of International Studies, Austria

   
 Bachelor's/MALD  
   Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University

Ad-hoc Joint Degree Programs 

In addition to the official joint and dual degree programs, students have created their own ad hoc joint degree programs with other leading graduate and professional schools. Candidates for an ad hoc joint degree should consult either the Fletcher Director of Admissions or the Registrar after gaining admission to both institutions, to ensure that the proposed ad hoc program meets all requirements.

While details for completion of joint degree requirements may vary depending on the program, Fletcher requires that the following four criteria be met:

  1. The student is admitted separately to each school.
  2. The student spends at least three semesters and takes a minimum of 12 courses (four per semester) at Fletcher.
  3. The student requests transfer credit for a maximum of four courses from the partner institution for the MALD degree after successfully completing eight Fletcher courses.
  4. The student completes the foreign language and Capstone Project requirements.

All students interested in joint degree programs must apply to Fletcher and the partner institution separately. Each school/department will admit students according to their own policies and qualifications. Scholarships will be awarded by the school in which the student is registered.

Harvard Law School, Harvard University

Students in the four-year JD/MALD joint degree program with Harvard Law School normally take the first year of classes at Harvard and then take a full year at Fletcher. During the third and fourth years, students are enrolled at the Harvard Law School and cross-register for the required number of courses at Fletcher to fulfill the degree requirements of both institutions. Four Harvard Law School courses may be offered for transfer credit toward the MALD degree. Information on the combined JD/MALD program can be obtained from the director of admissions at either school.

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UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California at Berkeley

This joint degree program is normally completed in four years. Students take a full year at either Boalt Hall or The Fletcher School, followed by a full year at the other school. At least one semester in the remaining two years must be spent in residence at The Fletcher School, and the other three semesters should be spent at Boalt Hall. For the Boalt Hall JD degree, joint degree candidates must: spend two full academic years in residence; complete the required curriculum during their first year; meet the professional responsibility and writing requirements; and complete 85 law units. Eight units of Fletcher School courses may be credited to the JD degree.

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Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College

This joint degree program is designed to allow students to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Tuck and a MALD at Fletcher in three years, compared with four years to complete the two degrees separately. The dual program is intended to prepare students for management positions in international corporations, financial institutions, economic and development institutions, and government agencies. In addition to the MALD requirements, students are required to complete the first-year core and at least eight electives at the Tuck School. Students may present four electives from each school to count for credit at the other school as well as in the school where taken. Students are required to spend a minimum of three semesters in residence at The Fletcher School and five quarters in residence at the Tuck School. Students may begin the program at either school. Career and student services are available to students through both schools. First-year students in either school are eligible to apply for admission to the other school and, if accepted, to undertake the joint degree program.

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China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

Fletcher-CEIBS MBA/MALD Degree Program

The Fletcher-CEIBS dual degree program will enable students at the participating institutions to pursue complementary studies in international affairs and international business by spending 12 consecutive months in residence at CEIBS from June –July and three semesters in residence at The Fletcher School. The dual degree program will enable students to earn both a MALD from Fletcher and an MBA from the China Europe International Business School in two and one half years, which is less time than would be required if each degree were sought separately. For this purpose, each school will credit certain coursework from the other school towards its degree. 

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HEC MBA Program, HEC School of Management, France

Through this program, Fletcher students earn an MBA from HEC Paris. The MBA program at HEC is a unique 16-month general management program, offering courses either entirely in English or in English and French. HEC Paris is one of the most respected European business schools and is rated among the world's leading international MBAs, and boasts an alumni network of 25,000 graduates. With a full-time faculty of 106, the MBA program enrolls approximately 200 students and 80 percent of the student body is drawn from outside France. A student is required to spend a minimum of three semesters in residence at Fletcher and three terms (10 months) at HEC. A student may begin the program at either school. The fully autonomous 240-acre HEC campus is located outside Paris close to Versailles, with commuter train links to Paris.

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IE Business School

The objective of the program is to allow students to earn both a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Instituto de Empresa and a MALD -- or a Master of Arts (MA) when applicable -- at The Fletcher School in two to two and a half years. The joint degree program is intended to prepare students for careers that combine international affairs and management. It is a particularly appropriate program for students who seek management responsibilities in international corporations, global financial institutions, international economic and development institutions, and government agencies. The need for individuals in such positions to have a sophisticated understanding of both international affairs and management issues in an increasingly complex and interdependent world is clear. The unique resources available at both schools can deliver that needed understanding and knowledge.

Students in the dual degree program must satisfy the requirements of each school for each degree. For the MBA/MALD dual degree program, students will be required to spend a minimum of three semesters or equivalent in residence at The Fletcher School and four trimesters in residence at IE. For the MBA/MA dual degree program, one year of residence at each school will be required. A student may begin the program at either school.

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Diplomatische Akademie Wien, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

This cooperative degree program is open to students who wish to spend a full year at each institution. Following the two years of study, the student will be awarded the MALD degree from Fletcher or the Master of Advanced International Studies at the Diplomatic Academy. Depending upon the choice of degree programs, the student will be required to satisfy those specific degree requirements. Each institution will accept for degree credit the equivalent of one academic year of coursework from the other institution.

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School of Medicine, Tufts University

The combined MD/MA degree program is designed to produce well-rounded physicians with an appreciation and understanding of basic principles of international law, politics, economics, and business, who are mindful of the global society in which we live, and who are prepared to approach problems related to health and the practice of medicine in key areas throughout the world.

The joint degree program with Tufts University School of Medicine provides an opportunity for a limited number of unique and highly qualified students to earn their MA degree and their Doctor of Medicine (MD) in five years.

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Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University

The joint degree program with the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) of the Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences provides an opportunity for a limited number of highly qualified students to earn both the MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and the MALD degree in three years. The combined degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in international environmental and resource policy in economic and development institutions, government agencies, business and nonprofit organizations. Capabilities are developed to address international resource issues and problems of the natural and human environment such as transboundary air and water pollution, climate change, deforestation, species loss, soil degradation, marine pollution and chemical contamination. The UEP/MA requires 11 courses, exclusive of the 12 Fletcher courses, plus a one course-credit thesis, and an internship. Students in the joint degree program complete a Capstone Project, and are required to spend three semesters in residence at each school.

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Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University

The joint degree program with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine provides an opportunity for a limited number of highly qualified students seeking the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (DVM) to earn the one-year MA degree at The Fletcher School. The joint degree program is designed to prepare veterinary students who intend to seek international policymaking positions in the field of veterinary services, such as in livestock development, wildlife management and fisheries biology.

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Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

  • MALD and MS in Food and Nutrition Policy

The joint degree program with the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy provides an opportunity for a limited number of highly qualified students to earn both the MALD degree and the MS in Food and Nutrition Policy in three years, compared with a total of four years to complete the two programs individually. The joint degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in international food and nutrition policy in economic and development institutions, government agencies and non-profit organizations concerned with economic development as it affects public health and nutrition, food availability and human welfare. The MS in Food and Nutrition Policy requires completion of 16 courses, including required courses in basic nutrition, statistics and epidemiology, survey research design, and the economic, political and administrative aspects of food policy and nutrition program development.

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Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

  • Masters of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance 

The Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) is a one-year program designed for mid-career professionals with significant field experience in humanitarian assistance. Offered jointly by the Friedman School and Fletcher, the program provides an academic setting where professionals can develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of economic, political, and social development, nutrition, and food policy as they relate to humanitarian assistance in famine, complex emergencies and other disasters.

The MAHA consists of two semesters of academic work totaling eight semester courses approved by Friedman and Fletcher. Students are required to complete four core courses. The remaining four courses can be chosen from Friedman/Fletcher offerings. Students are also required to write a master's thesis as part of the second semester requirement. Typically the thesis applies theory and analytical skills learned in the program to the professional's previous experience.

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Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University

The combined bachelor's (BA/BS) and MALD degree program provides an opportunity for a limited number of highly qualified Tufts undergraduates to earn both the bachelor's degree in their selected major and the MALD degree upon completion of a total of five to six years of study. Students may apply for the program once they have completed and received grades in at least 20 undergraduate courses. A total of 16 Fletcher courses are required for the MALD degree. As many as four of these courses may be used in fulfilling requirements for the BA/BS degree.

Tufts undergraduates wishing to apply for the program should do so during the semester following the one in which they complete 20 undergraduate courses. All Tufts undergraduates applying for this joint program are required to have an on-campus evaluative interview. Applicants should contact the Fletcher Admissions Office to arrange an interview with an admissions staff member. Admitted students will begin taking Fletcher courses at the start of the following semester whether it begins in January or September.

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University of St. Gallen

The dual degree will enable students at the participating institutions to pursue complementary studies in international affairs through spending one year in residence at St. Gallen's MIA and one year in residence at Fletcher. The dual degree program will enable students to earn both the Fletcher MALD and the St. Gallen MIA in two years, which is less time than would be required if each degree were sought separately. For this purpose, each school will credit certain course work from the other school toward its degree.

The dual degree program is open to those students who specifically wish to pursue graduate, professional studies in international affairs, with a thesis requirement, while taking advantage of the respective strengths and locales of two premier programs in international affairs. In the first year, students will pursue two semesters of studies while meeting core requirements at their school of origin and part of their elective requirements. In the second year, students will pursue two semesters of studies at the second institution while meeting cores requirements of the second institution and remaining elective requirements.

Students will choose the school at which they will write the thesis or complete a Capstone Project. Faculty at this school will be responsible for supervising and evaluating the thesis and, upon successful completion of the thesis requirement, the other school will be notified. Each school will award thesis/Capstone Project credit toward its degree according to its own procedures.

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