Fields of Study
Fields of study are areas of specialization or concentration that are used to meet the School's depth requirement. As the basic building blocks of the Fletcher curriculum, fields enable students to develop a specific set of skills related to a functional topic or geographic area. MALD and MIB students are required to graduate with two fields of study.
Fletcher recently consolidated our fields of study offerings to group related areas of study, provide more choice within each field, and better align fields with career paths. For example, comparative regional studies now includes Pacific Asia and Latin American studies, as well as comparative politics. International economic relations includes political economy, trade, and monetary policy. Global business and finance includes banking, business relations, marketing, and strategic management. Environment and development includes climate change and environmental policy, as well as development economics. International legal studies includes law and development, public international law, and business and economic law. While the field names may be changing, the faculty advisors, courses, and options remain the same.
Students starting at Fletcher in September 2021 will choose from the consolidated eleven fields of study. These enhanced interdisciplinary fields will enable students to specialize in the substantive knowledge and skills required for particular careers. MGA students will be required to take 5-6 courses in their one field of study, including a practicum in their final semester. MALD and MIB students will complete two fields of study with 3-4 courses per field.
For students who wish to focus their course of study on a specific region, visit Fletcher Around the World for more information.
International Business Fields for MIB Students
Students in the MIB program must complete one of these four international business fields of study along with one of the global affairs fields of study listed above. Non-MIB students may petition to complete an MIB field of study.