Degree Comparison

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.

  MALD MA MIB LLM PHD GMAP
Professional Degrees Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Master of Arts Master of International Business Master of Laws in International Law Doctor of Philosophy Master of Arts
Degree Program Description Highly flexible interdisciplinary degree in international affairs Self-designed, international affairs mid-career program Hybrid international business and international affairs program International law program for legal professionals Advanced study in international affairs Interdisciplinary international affairs mid-career program with three two-week residencies complemented by Internet-mediated instruction
Duration 2 academic years (19 months) 1 academic year (9 months) 2 academic years (19 months) 1 academic year (9 months) 3-5 years 1 year (12 months)
Professional Experience None required, 2 years recommended 8 years of professional experience required None required, 2 years recommended 3-5 years professional legal experience encouraged None required, 2 years recommended 8 years of professional experience required
Age – Middle 50% 25-28 32-39 26-30 25-31 27-34 32-42
Entry Term January or September September only January or September September only September only July or January
Entering Students 180 18 30 15 10 35
Number of Classes Required 16 8 18 8 Minimum of 12 for external PhD candidates 11 in a core curriculum
MYF Admissions Option for College Seniors Yes No Yes No No No

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