Why study transatlantic affairs?
The 21st century brings with it numerous complex challenges that the United States and the European Union can best address together. To integrate the emerging powers into a functioning, rules-based system of global governance, to effectively address the financial and economic crisis, to promote democracy and human rights, or to enhance internal as well as global security, the strengthening of transatlantic ties is paramount. This requires joint efforts by public and private actors, including business and civil society, on both sides of the Atlantic.
Challenges such as the complex negotiations in the World Trade Organization and on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or the revival of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the fight against extremism have to be taken up by a new generation of experts who can assume leadership functions in transatlantic affairs. To prepare graduates for such positions of leadership in transatlantic affairs, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University – the first graduate-only school of international affairs in the United States – and the College of Europe – the world’s first university institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs – offer a unique, new joint degree: the Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA).
The two-year MATA program offers an excellent academic and practical education in topics of transatlantic relevance and aims to train professionals with an international outlook and skillset that will prepare them for dealing with cross-border issues in a multidisciplinary manner and multicultural setting.
Students in the MATA program will be able to spend one year on each side of the Atlantic. The first year will be dedicated to course work. Students starting the MATA program at The Fletcher School will gain breadth of knowledge through coursework across the School’s three divisions: International Law and Organizations; Diplomacy, History and Politics; and Economics and International Business. Students also have the possibility to cross‐register within Tufts University or at another partner university (for example Harvard University) for one course per semester. For students starting the MATA program at the College of Europe, they will integrate one of the five study programs (Interdisciplinary Studies; Economic Studies; International Relations and Diplomacy; Legal Studies; or Political and Governance Studies) and follow a tailor-made curriculum composed of some of the compulsory and optional courses offered in those programs. Both institutions create a community setting for the students, integrating them into a close-knit, multinational and intercultural learning environment. Additionally, a joint, year-long and project-oriented course on transatlantic affairs is offered to all MATA students.
The second year commences with a high-level internship in an international or national institution within the corporate or civil society sector. For students starting at the College of Europe, this internship is expected to be conducted in the United States; for those who spent their first year at The Fletcher School, the internship will be completed in Europe. The fourth and final semester will consist of coursework, but this time at the partner institution. The program will culminate in the completion of a Master’s thesis on transatlantic affairs drawing upon the insights and support obtained on both campuses.
The MATA program targets talented young professionals with a minimum of four years of university study and some professional experience in relevant domains. Candidates are expected to apply to the partner institution where they wish to spend the first year.
The language of instruction in the program is English, but students are required to be proficient in another language. The College of Europe offers courses taught in French, which students with a sufficient knowledge of the language may follow. However, students may meet the graduation requirements for the MATA by demonstrating proficiency in an any second language (including their native language). At the end of their studies, graduates are awarded a fully recognized and accredited joint degree and become part of extensive alumni networks at both institutions, enabling the development of transatlantic contacts.
Graduates of the two institutions have attained high-level positions as officials in international organizations (European Union, NATO, United Nations), as well as within national public sectors as diplomats or officials in ministries and agencies. Additionally, graduates have held leadership positions in the private sector as managers or consultants in corporations, consultancies and law firms, to civil society working in numerous capacities for non-profit organizations, to think tanks as policy analysts, or to academia.
The first promotion cohort of the Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs will begin in September 2017. Students will pay the regular tuition fee at each partner institution, except during the time of their internship. Further information on the application process, as well as scholarship opportunities, will become available soon. The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the College of Europe endeavor to identify scholarships and high-level internship opportunities.
Prospective students are encouraged to visit this website regularly as the information is subject to change. If you would like to be contacted as soon as the application period opens, please send an e-mail to one of the following addresses:
This program has been accredited in the U.S. and is currently in the process of being accredited as a 120 ECTS MA program by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders NVAO.