The Fletcher School: MA Program

Master of Arts (MA)

Fletcher's One-Year Master of Arts Degree

Fletcher's Master of Arts degree is a one-year program for mid-career professionals on sabbatical or leave of absence from government ministries, private international organizations and other institutions. The MA program allows mid-career individuals to gain new skills and knowledge while immersed in a diverse environment where the latest political, business and legal thinking is pursued.

  • Students generally use their degrees to enhance the practical application of knowledge in their existing job or career field.
  • While at Fletcher, MA students take eight courses and write a thesis.

Fletcher’s Master of Arts students are thoroughly integrated into the life of the school, attending classes with students in the MALD, MIB, LLM and Ph.D. programs and participating in student organizations and clubs. Their experience is an important contribution to the intellectual life at Fletcher. MA program graduates are among Fletcher’s most distinguished alumni, serving as ambassadors, CEOs and in high-level positions in international and non-governmental organizations.

The flexibility of the MA program allows students to select courses that match their own functional and/or regional interests, thereby allowing them to design a program suited to their specific academic and professional goals. Fletcher students may also cross register at the graduate and professional schools at Tufts and Harvard Universities.

MA students organize a biweekly MA Seminar to promote interaction among their colleagues and Fletcher faculty and to discuss topics of interest. Additionally, as many MA students come to Fletcher with their families, there is a MA Student Group which plans social and cultural activities open to both students and their families. Recent events included welcome and farewell dinners, a guided walk on Boston's Freedom Trail, a guided visit to the U.S.S. Constitution (ship), an apple-picking excursion in the countryside, and trips to the theater and to a cabin in the Maine woods.

Hear from Fletcher's Alumni

To read more about students in all of our degree programs and about members of our alumni network, please visit our Student Profiles and Fletcher Alumni Profiles pages. 

Students have access to The Fletcher School’s numerous academic centers and programs that feature speaker events, conferences, and symposiums tackling issues ranging from microfinance and human rights to espionage and cultural change.

Khartini Abdul Khalid“I was also attracted to the flexibility students are given in selecting courses
and the high percentage of international students in the school.”
Khartini Abdul Khalid (MA '10),
Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament;
Parliament of Singapore

Requirements for the MA can be fulfilled in residence or through the Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) which is a combined residency and Internet-mediated program.