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1. I have less than the required eight years of professional experience, does this make me non-competitive for GMAP admissions?

While we do suggest that applicants have 8 years of work experience, we have on occasion admitted individuals into the program with fewer than 8 years of experience. In these cases we have considered the caliber of work and the backgrounds of these individuals and how the applicant might fit into the cohort/program, among other considerations.

2. What if I don’t have the right background for the program?

We have many students who do not have traditional backgrounds in international relations, history, or politics, but manage to excel in our program. GMAP students have come from non-humanities backgrounds such as business, accounting, engineering, medicine, psychology, and biology. The only requirement is a background that displays intellectual curiosity, determination, and a desire to be a difference maker.

3. What are the foreign language requirements of the program?

Foreign language requirements for the GMAP can be found here: https://fletcher.tufts.edu/academics/courses/foreign-language-requirement

4. What are the standardized test requirements for GMAP?

The GRE or GMAT exam is no longer an application requirement for any Fletcher degree program, though applicants who wish to submit score reports as part of their application are welcome to do so.

5. Does GMAP offer scholarships? How does the scholarship process work?

GMAP offers two forms of scholarship opportunity, with the most common form being partial scholarships that help defray the cost of tuition. These are allocated to the students with the combination ofgreatest need and merit.

While most GMAP students will receive some scholarship, please note that the amount you are offered will depend on how strong your application is and how much financial need you have. Please also note that your scholarship reward will be relative to the strength of other applicants.

Scholarships are determined by the GMAP Committee on Admissions and Scholarships. GMAP encourages all applicants requiring assistance to submit a financial aid application with their GMAP application.

The other form of GMAP scholarship opportunity are merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are given to extraordinary individuals who have proven and acute financial aid needs.  

GMAP tuition, scholarships, and financial aid resources.

6. I am a Tufts employee interested in pursuing GMAP through tuition remission. Where can I find more information about this?

GMAP’s approach is unique given that our all-inclusive tuition price is not broken down by course and we do not offer a part-time enrollment option. For the FY20 year, GMAP’s program cost is $81,436, and a Tufts employee would get a discount of $31,968, meaning that they would be responsible for the remaining $49,468. If you are still interested in pursuing GMAP, our office can discuss this with you further. We would also need to seek confirmation from our office of finance and administration.

7. I’ve completed graduate-level coursework at another institution. Can I transfer my credits towards my GMAP degree?

No, GMAP does not accept transfer credits.

8. How does the internet-mediated/online learning component of the GMAP structure work?

The internet-mediated instruction has no specific broadcasting times/dates, meaning you will have flexibility in arranging your schedule and as to when you do your course work and watch lectures during each week. The only time you will be expected to be in front of your computer at a set time is during team meetings –and this timing will be determined by you and your teammates for a time that works best for you (approximately 6 students per team).

The typical GMAP student spends an average of 25-35 hours a week on readings, watching lectures, participating on the discussion boards, and completing course assignments. The bulk of this is done on the student's schedule during the week. To give you an example, a typical week for the International Politics course consists of a one-hour lecture (pre-recorded), readings (80-100 pages per week), and participation on discussion boards (which are similar to virtual classrooms with the faculty member posting questions and leading the discussion on a weekly topic). For the IP course, students additionally complete a midterm (team) paper and final paper submitted through our online learning platform.

Teaching/learning is scheduled within a week that begins on Tuesday and ends the following Monday. At any one time, you could have up to 3 classes going on simultaneously. This means that within that week (Tues-Mon), you mayhave to:

1. Do required class readings

2. Watch recorded lectures (these can be downloaded, subscribed as a podcast, and watched on streaming video)

3. Participate on Discussion Boards with other students

4. Submit team projects or written assignments as requested by the professor

9. What flexibility would I have in case I cannot complete the overall program within 12 months?

While we would ideally like every student to complete the course within a year, we understand that exigencies at home or at work do happen. If so, we will work with you to take a leave of absence if necessary and continue in a further term.

10. What if my schedule doesn’t fit with one of the residencies?

The residencies are mandatory for completion of the degree. Missing days would require you to return to a future residency and complete the entire course which you missed during your initially scheduled residency.

11. What kind of housing arrangements do you offer on-campus during the Fletcher residence? Do you permit family visits while we stay on-campus? Must GMAP participants stay in-residence or can they have alternative housing arrangements?

For the residencies at Fletcher, students are accommodated in a dormitory on campus, around a 7-minute walk from The Fletcher School. It is not mandatory to stay on campus or at the designated hotel during residencies at Fletcher and abroad, although it is highly recommended. We find that very few students opt out of the housing option as it gives students an opportunity to spend as much time as possible with their classmates and allows them to be in close proximity with teammates while working on projects during the Fletcher residency. Moreover, the program cost covers your room and board during the three GMAP residencies. With regard to the international residencies, we generally stay in a boutique-style hotel.

Regarding family visits during residencies, you would be more than welcome to spend time with your family outside of class time and required events during the two weeks. However, family members must arrange for their own stay in the area.

12. How are the courses completed during the program? What are the expectations regarding the coursework?

Professors have different preferences when it comes to giving and submitting assignments. Coursework also varies by particular class. Some professors will assign papers or essays, while others will assign exams, team projects, or a combination. Work in GMAP is administered through our customized learning management system called Blackboard. In addition to students and professors interacting through postings on the discussion boards, professors often have students download and upload assignments directly through Blackboard. For many professors, the quality of your posts on the discussion boards will form a good proportion of your final grade, along with any exams, essays, team projects, etc. Each professor has slightly different requirements for the completion of their course work.

13. What kind of careers do GMAP graduates typically have?

GMAP student’s careers span the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. GMAPers are CEO’s and entrepreneurs, high ranking government officials, media figures, elected representatives, military leaders, and more. Typically, GMAP students are midcareer professionals who use the GMAP program to help them advance in their current field. However, we also have had a number of students who have used GMAP as a springboard to a different career. Here you can find information on a number of our recent graduates and their career paths in the GMAP student and alumni profiles

14. How do GMAP graduates connect with Alumni?

There are currently more than 1000 GMAP graduates living and working in over 90 countries, and GMAP students and alumni automatically join the larger Fletcher School network around the world. GMAP graduates also tend to stay in very close touch, and many cities around the world maintain, for example, WhatsApp groups to help GMAPers stay in touch. Furthermore, the GMAP office organizes alumni events throughout the year for the community to reconnect, network, and continue learning.