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Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)
Enrollment Option Application Deadline Notification By
Spring (January start)* October 10 November 15
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Fall (late August start)    
   Early Notification**  November 10 January 1
   Scholarship Priority*** January 10 April 1
   Round 3 February 20 April 1
   Round 4 April 1 May 1
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Map Your Future December 10 February 1
  June 10 July 1
Master of Arts (MA)
Enrollment Option Application Deadline Notification By
Spring (January start)* October 10 November 15
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Fall (late August start)    
   Early Notification** November 10 January 1
   Scholarship Priority*** January 10 April 1
   Round 3 February 20 April 1 
   Round 4 April 1 May 1
Master of Laws in International Law (LLM)
Enrollment Option Application Deadline Notification By
Fall (late August start)    
   Early Notification Round** November 10 January 1
   Scholarship Priority***  January 10 April 1
   Round 3 February 20 April 1
   Round 4 April 1 May 1
Master of International Business (MIB)
Enrollment Option Application Deadline Notification By
Spring (January start)* October 10 November 15
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Fall (late August start)    
   Early Notification** November 10 January 1
   Scholarship Priority*** January 10 April 1
   Round 3 February 20 April 1
   Round 4 April 1 May 1
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Map Your Future December 10 February 1
  June 1 July 1
Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA)
Enrollment Option Application Deadline Notification By
Fall (late August start) January 10 April 1
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Enrollment Option Application Deadline Notification By
Fall (late August start) December 20 April 1
Please note: Ph.D. applicants must apply by December 20—late Ph.D. applications will not be accepted.
Global Master of Arts (GMAP)
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Master of Global Business Administration (GBA)
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Spring Enrollment*

MALD, MA, and MIB candidates may begin their studies at The Fletcher School in either the fall or spring semester. While the vast majority of students begin their studies in September, approximately 20-25 students matriculate in January. Students who begin in the spring semester will complete four semesters (spanning three academic years) and graduate in December following their fourth semester. Spring enrollment is an excellent opportunity for those who are ready to transition to graduate school during the middle of an academic year. Read more about spring enrollment.

Early Notification**

Through the Early Notification process, the Committee on Admissions may decide to make an offer of admission or to deny admission, or may defer the application for further review with Regular Deadline applicants. If an application is deferred, the applicant will be notified of an admission decision in late March. Students admitted through the Early Notification process, who have submitted a Fletcher Financial Aid Application, will be notified about their scholarship awards in late March.

The Admissions Committee uses the same criteria to evaluate applicants who meet the Early and Regular deadlines. The benefit of applying early is simply the possibility to receive an admissions decision by Jan. 1. Additionally, if the Committee on Admissions defers making a final decision, the application will receive a second round of review with the Regular Deadline applications.

Early Notification is available for September matriculation only. Ph.D. candidates may not apply for Early Notification. Early Notification is not binding and Early Notification applicants may apply to other graduate programs. Early Notification applicants who are denied admission will not be eligible to reapply for the Regular or Final Deadline of the same year.

Scholarship Priority Deadline***

While preference in awarding MALD, MIB, LLM, MA, and MATA scholarships will be given to applicants who meet the January 10 priority deadline, candidates applying by February 20 and April 1 deadlines will be considered for scholarship aid, based on availability.

Map Your Future 

The Map Your Future Pathway is an application pathway for college seniors to gain admission to the MALD or MIB degree program two to three years in the future. Learn more about MYF.