Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)

Our Two-Year International Affairs Graduate Program

The largest degree program at The Fletcher School, the two-year Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) is the School’s keystone international affairs degree. By connecting theory and practice, the MALD program trains broadly knowledgeable and curious leaders to develop a thorough and nuanced grounding in the latest political, economic, business, and legal thinking, and to translate it into practical, successful actions that shape international issues and events. The flexibility of the program ensures that its students can tailor their education to particular interests and encourages them to explore their interests from new perspectives.

Since its inception, the MALD program has graduated leaders the world over—from heads of state and ambassadors to renowned figures in politics, international law, non-profit, business and global institutions—and continues to prepare the next generation of world leaders for a 21st Century filled with profound challenges. From the reconstruction of post-conflict societies and the creation of competitive markets in emerging economies to the analysis of terror threats and the promotion of human rights, today’s issues become the topics of study for our students.

Leaders in Global Issues 

Alongside our other program participants, MALD students learn from leaders in global issues—our faculty—who are preeminent voices in:

  • climate change
  • international law
  • counter-terrorism
  • Central Asia and the Middle East
  • global economics, security, and many other areas of interest.
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.

Hear from Fletcher's Alumni

Learn more about students in all of our degree programs and members of our alumni network, please visit our Student Profiles and Alumni Profiles pages. Vanessa Corlazzoli, F11, chose Fletcher for its international, multicultural student body and faculty, and the inspiring work they are doing all over the world. Read Vanessa's story.


Vanessa Corlazzoli“Fletcher is a wonderful place and I am honored to be associated with it.”
— Vanessa Corlazzoli (F11),
Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Manager;
Search for Common Ground;
Washington, DC