Every aspect of GMAP has been designed to help participants realize a true 360-degree perspective on international affairs. This applies to all facets of the program, from its curriculum and faculty to its class makeup and emphasis on team collaboration.
Most degree programs are strictly discipline focused, unlike most international careers. GMAP, like the broader Fletcher curriculum from which it is derived, recognizes that the cultural, historical and environmental forces that shape international affairs are deeply connected. To truly understand them, and to apply your understanding to the issues you face in your career, you need to study the intersection of law, politics, and economics. The GMAP curriculum allows you to do just that.
How you Learn
Residencies provide the intensive classroom experience and personal contact that form the foundation for all subsequent interaction. They facilitate the exchange of ideas among participants, faculty, and administration. The residencies are also opportunities to experience the larger Fletcher community and include lectures, cultural symposia and social gatherings with local alumni and friends of Fletcher.
Technology plays a vital role in GMAP. It serves to sustain and augment the community formed in the classroom during the residencies. We strive to make the technology as transparent as possible, placing the focus where it should be—on teaching and learning.
A typical week of learning during the Internet-mediated instruction might include reading assigned books and articles, viewing multimedia content created by the Fletcher faculty, collaborating with teams on assignments, and engaging in an in-depth discussion with classmates and professors in an electronic discussion forum.
How You Collaborate
Teams are an integral part of the GMAP experience, as students complete a team project during the first and second residency, and they form the core of daily interaction during the Internet-mediated portion of the program. Team collaboration has a number of benefits that include cooperation among and across different personalities, cultures, time zones and continents. The students establish an esprit de corps that provides a support network upon which all rely for both personal and group success.
GMAP faculty and staff also work closely with students throughout the year of study. During the residency, students attend nine, 80-minute sessions for each full term class. This ensures that students and professors understand each other before continuing their collaboration during the Internet-mediated study.