Like students in Fletcher’s master’s degree programs, those pursuing a Fletcher PhD create a program that reflects focus through selected Fields of Study, with the breadth that is characteristic of the interdisciplinary approach to international relations. PhD students may select from the full range of courses offered at Fletcher, in addition to some PhD student-only classes.

Shaping Your Degree

The Fletcher School provides many opportunities for students to supplement their education with coursework and research at our partner universities. Students may cross-register for up to one-quarter of their classes at one of the Tufts graduate schools or any of the Harvard graduate schools.

Exchange programs offer additional opportunities for students to individualize their Fletcher study. Fletcher offers exchange programs with some of the world's leading professional schools and graduate programs. PhD students may pursue exchange programs at Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, France, as well as in Germany through Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. For more details, please see the Exchange Program page of our website.

Dr. Michele L. Malvesti

Dr. Michele L. Malvesti


A trusted advisor and thought leader on a range of national security issues, Dr. Malvesti also currently serves on the Director’s Advisory Board for the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC); the Board of Directors for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation; and the Board of Advisors for the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance. She also is a Senior Advisor to the Financial Integrity Network, and she serves as Chairwoman of the Advisory Committee to root9B, a cyber-security services firm. Read more

Our Alumni

Charles Dallara presenting at The Fletcher School November 2012.

Charles Dallara

MA 75, PhD 86

Managing Director of the Institute of International Finance

Charles Dallara has held a number of leadership positions in the public and private sectors, including managing director at J.P. Morgan & Co., assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury for International Affairs, and United States executive director of the International Monetary Fund. He recently served as chief negotiator on behalf of the private sector institutions engaged in Greece’s sovereign-debt restructuring. Read more on his thoughts about the key to resolving Greek's debt crisis.