Map Your Future Pathway for College Seniors and Recent Grads
Students who are in their final year of undergraduate study, or who have graduated in the past six months, have the option of applying to Fletcher via our Map Your Future (MYF) Pathway. MYF guarantees admitted applicants a place in the MALD or MIB degree program after completing two to three years of professional work experience in a Fletcher-approved position. This highly selective program is intended for those with excellent academic credentials and preparation, a clear professional focus, foreign language proficiency, and a demonstrated track record of success to date. MYF allows professional development and career exploration while guaranteeing a position in a future Fletcher class.
A major objective of the MYF program is to ensure our incoming students have the opportunity to explore career options and gain professional experience before enrolling at Fletcher. As a requirement of MYF, when students accept a place in the MALD or MIB program, they agree to complete two years of professional work (paid or unpaid) prior to matriculation. Ideally, this work will be related to the applicant's future career goals. Volunteer positions such as the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or other service programs would count towards this work requirement, as would paid or unpaid internships that are long-term and substantive in nature. Some students will choose to complete two full years with one organization, while others may choose to split their time between two or more.
Map Your Future Students are responsible for finding their own employment and should look to the career resources provided by their own undergraduate institutions for guidance and support.
Some examples of organizations where MYF students have pursued for their two years of work include:
Scholarship assistance is available to U.S. and international Map Your Future applicants. Admitted and enrolling MYF candidates will be sent an application for scholarship aid the November prior to their year of enrollment. Applications for scholarship aid must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid by January 1 of the year of enrollment. MYF candidates will be notified in mid-March of their award.
Admitted Map Your Future candidates who submit a scholarship application are guaranteed a minimum award of $10,000. Additional funds may be awarded based on a combination of merit and need. By completing the scholarship application, applicants are eligible for all Fletcher scholarships. Scholarships are renewable in the second year for those students who maintain full-time status and remain in good academic standing.
For more information about Fletcher Scholarships, please visit the financial aid section of the website.
All MYF students are paired with a Fletcher mentor the year before enrolling. The mentors are first year students who also followed the MYF pathway program. This mentor program helps build a Fletcher network before arriving on campus. The mentor is available to help answer questions and act as a general resource as the mentee prepares for Fletcher matriculation. Once on campus, mentees become mentors and help advise the newest cohort of MYFs.
The admissions office will also check in with you throughout your two years of work and also ask you to update your employment and enrollment plans periodically.