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About the Field

This field prepares students for careers that leverage the private sector and management skills as tools for social impact. Students build both topical knowledge and practical skills that will allow them to work in complex cross-sectoral environments, using the tools and resources of the private sector to promote social change. Graduates often pursue careers in inclusive finance, impact investing, social entrepreneurship, international development, and corporate social responsibility, and they work in the private, public, and NGO sectors.

Students should refer to the Registrar's Field of Study Guide for definitive field requirements in a given academic year.

Current Students and Alumni

Carlo Aragon

Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)
Class Year: 2020

Abisola Owoyemi

Investment Analyst, Connecticut Innovations
Master of International Business (MIB)
Class Year: 2019

Outside the Classroom

Events
  • Practical Skills for Collaborating with a U.S. Mission Public Affairs Section on Programs, Grants and Exchanges
  • Global Leadership Forum with Boston Academics and NGO Leaders
  • Lead Where You Are: Perspectives from the Private, Public, and Non-Profit Sectors
  • Metrics of Success: The India Experience with Government Performance Management
  • Managing in Complex Environments: Questions for Leaders - Views from business, development and human rights
  • The Art of Inclusive Leadership: A Professional Development Workshop
  • Gentle Invasions: NGO Funding and the Manipulation of Civil Society within Transitional States
  • Code Red: The Emergency Business of International Humanitarian Aid
  • Delivering Social Impact
  • Below the Base of the Pyramid: Savings and the Ultra Poor
  • Microfinance: The Next Generation
Internships
  • The Akanksha Foundation - Pune, India
  • Development Innovations - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Resonate - Kigali, Rwanda
  • Search for Common Ground - Yangon, Myanmar
  • Manos de Madres - Kigali, Rwanda
  • Ayuda en Accion - Ecuador, Colombia
  • Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) - Cambridge, MA
  • Mercy Corps - Bamako, Mali
  • Centre for Microfinance Research - Chennai, India
  • Grameen Telecom - Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College - Newton, MA
  • Smiths Detection - Bangkok, Thailand
  • Winrock International - Kathmandu, Nepal
Capstones
  • "Enhancing the Value of Monitoring in International Development: Lessons from Literature and Practice"
  • "The New Frontier of Development: How Securitization and Risk Spreading in the Microfinance Industry Can Benefit Development and the Private Sector"
  • "Launching Mobile Financial Services in Haiti"
  • "Business Plan: To Support Korean Social Enterprises and Vulnerable Groups"
  • "A Tale of Two States: A Comparative Analysis of Health Insurance for Low Income Populations"
  • "Land Grab" or Investment for Development? An Overview of Foreign Land Investments in Pakistan"
  • "Beyond the Constitution: Enhancing the Role of Legislatures in Conflict-Affected Societies"
  • "Maintaining Socially-Inclusive Economic Growth By Enabling Opportunity: Achieving Sustainable Development in Vietnam"
  • "Jamela Market Research & Business Plan"
  • "A Story of Communication, Power and Vision: Bringing Guatemalan Civil Society into the National Decision-Making Process"
  • "NGO Mission and Staff Perception: A Case Study of the Finca del Niño"
Student Groups
  • International Business Club
  • International Development Club
  • Fletcher Net Impact
  • Fletcher Cares
  • Fletcher Humanitarian Action Society
  • Praxis: The Fletcher Journal of Human Security
  • Global Health Group
  • Human Rights Project
  • The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance
Annotated Curriculum

A Fletcher education is highly customizable, and each student may decide on a different academic trajectory to suit his or her own professional and academic goals. To get a better sense of how these individual curricular decisions can play out, we asked recent students in their final semester to talk about their goals, their classes, and the decisions made during their Fletcher career. Meet Nathan:

Pre-Fletcher Experience
Peace Corps Volunteer, Niger
Communications & Programme Assistant, Plan Niger

Fields of Study
Public & NGO Management
Human Security

Capstone Topic
Defining Success and Failure in Development NGOs

Post-Fletcher Professional Goals
Project, program, and policy work in international development

Read about Nathan's curricular path.