Application Deadlines

Degree Program Enrollment Option Application Deadline Notification Reply Deadline
MALD

Spring Enrollment* Oct 15 Nov 15 Dec 1
Fall Enrollment
Early Notification*
Nov 15 Jan 1 April 20
Fall Enrollment
Regular Deadline
Jan 10 Apr 1 April 20
Fall Enrollment
Final Deadline (No Scholarship Aid)
Feb 10 Apr 1 April 20
Map Your Future Early Notification Dec 20 Feb 1  May 1
Map Your Future Regular Deadline May 15  Jul 1  Aug 1 
MA Fall Enrollment
Early Notification
Nov 15 Jan 1 April 20
Fall Enrollment
Regular Deadline
Jan 10 Apr 1 April 20
Fall Enrollment
Final Deadline (No Scholarship Aid)
Feb 10 Apr 1 April 20
LLM Fall Enrollment
Early Notification
Nov 15 Jan 1 April 20
Fall Enrollment
Regular Deadline
Jan 10 Apr 1 April 20
Fall Enrollment
Final Deadline
Mar 1 Apr 1 April 20
 MIB

Spring Enrollment
Oct 15
Nov 15
Dec 1
Fall Enrollment
Early Notification
Nov 15 Jan 1 April 20
Fall Enrollment
Regular Deadline
Jan 10 Apr 1 April 20
Fall Enrollment
Final Deadline
Mar 1 Apr 1 April 20
Map Your Future Early Notification Dec 20  Feb 1  April 20
Map Your Future Regular Deadline May 15  Jul 1  April 20
PH.D. Fall Enrollment
Dec 20 Apr 1 April 20

Preference in awarding MALD, MIB, LLM and MA scholarships will be given to applicants who meet the Jan. 10th deadline. Please note: Ph.D. applicants must apply by Dec. 20th—late Ph.D. applications will not be accepted.

Spring Enrollment*

MALD and MIB candidates may begin their studies at The Fletcher School in either the fall or spring semester.  While the vast majority of students begin their studies in September, approximately 10-15 students matriculate in January. Students who begin in the spring semester will complete four semesters (spanning three academic years) and graduate in December following their fourth semester. Spring enrollment is an excellent opportunity for those who are ready to transition to graduate school during the middle of an academic year. Read more about spring enrollment.

Early Notification*

Through the Early Notification process, the Committee on Admissions may decide to make an offer of admission or to deny admission, or may defer the application for further review with Regular Deadline applicants. If an application is deferred, the applicant will be notified of an admission decision in late March.  Students admitted through the Early Notification process, who have submitted a Fletcher Financial Aid Application, will be notified about their scholarship awards in late March.

The Admissions Committee uses the same criteria to evaluate applicants who meet the Early and Regular deadlines. The benefit of applying early is simply the possibility to receive an admissions decision by Jan. 1.  Additionally, if the Committee on Admissions defers making a final decision, the application will receive a second round of review with the Regular Deadline applications.

Early Notification is available for September matriculation only. Ph.D. candidates may not apply for Early Notification. Early Notification is not binding and Early Notification applicants may apply to other graduate programs. Early Notification applicants who are denied admission will not be eligible to reapply for the Regular or Final Deadline of the same year.

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