Fletcher seeks to enroll a diverse class of MIB students who have demonstrated academic excellence, have a range of personal and professional experiences, and have a strong commitment to a career in international business. We seek students who, by virtue of their background, achievement, and experience, can contribute to the education of their peers and to the wide range of careers under the international business umbrella.
MIB candidates must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. Successful MIB candidates come from a wide range of undergraduate majors, including international relations, business, engineering, physical sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.
MIB students must be able to thrive in a rigorous academic environment that includes substantial quantitative coursework. This capacity can be demonstrated in several ways: an undergraduate academic record that shows success in quantitative coursework such as microeconomics, calculus, statistics, econometrics, finance, and/or certain coursework in the sciences and engineering; a strong quantitative GMAT score; or full-time work experience with significant and demonstrable quantitative responsibilities.
All Fletcher students must have proven English language proficiency. MIB applicants must have a strong familiarity with a second language, preferably a major world business language. Students must pass written and oral proficiency exams in a second language before graduation. English is considered the second language for students whose first language is not English. Since the Fletcher course load is demanding and does not leave significant time for language study, students should have a solid foundation in a foreign language before enrolling. This also enables full participation in the “in the language” regional courses that are part of the MIB curriculum.
It is strongly preferred that MIB applicants have full-time work experience in the private sector or a job with business or management responsibilities such as corporate law, corporate research and analysis, management within a government or NGO, or as a military officer.
While full-time work experience is not required, it is strongly recommended. The Committee on Admissions carefully reviews each applicant's personal and professional experience to assess readiness for graduate study at Fletcher. Voluntary positions, internships, and part- and full-time experience all play a role in preparing students for study.
International experience is not required, but it is strongly recommended for MIB applicants. There is no rigid requirement as to length or nature of international experience, but students should have a demonstrated interest in the international environment. For some students, this could mean experience living and/or working abroad. For others, a working or research environment where international issues are the focus could be sufficient. The nature of each applicant’s international experience is assessed in the context of his or her individual application and professional goals. International experience includes time spent living, studying, working, volunteering, or traveling outside of the applicant’s home country.