How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in The Fletcher School! We look forward to receiving your application - be sure to submit your contact information for program updates, deadline reminders, and event notifications. Click on 'Apply Now' to the right to start your application for the MALD, MIB, LLM, MA, GMAP, and PhD in International Relations degree programs.
We offer a variety of degree programs to meet your personal and professional goals. The Degree Programs Comparison Chart offers a basic comparison of each degree program's key features.
We request that all candidates apply using the online application. However, if you are in an area with difficult computer connection you may submit a paper application. Please email the Admissions Office, email@example.com, for an electronic copy of the paper application.
Applicants to GBA can find the application and related details here.
Applicants to MAHA can find the application and related details here.
Applicants to the Cybersecurity and Public Policy program can find the application and related details here.
Application materials and supporting documents become the confidential property of The Fletcher School and are not returnable. We suggest that for your own records, you retain a copy of the application and make a copy of those documents that are not confidential.
- Application for Admission
- Application Fee of $80
Fee waiver eligibility: Applicants affiliated with the following academic and service programs are eligible for fee waivers: McNair Scholars; currently enrolled Tufts undergraduates; Americorps (currently serving); Peace Corps (currently serving); Teach for America (currently serving); Teach for India (currently serving); Teach for China (currently serving); Truman Scholars; Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance Associates; IIPP Fellows: Payne Fellows: PPIA Fellows: Pickering Fellows; Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program; Rangel Fellows; Map Your Future candidates
- Official Academic Transcripts
Applicants may submit either hard copies of official transcripts directly to the Admissions Office or scanned copies of official transcripts via the online application.
- Two Letters of Recommendation (a third is optional)
- Essay 1
Please tell us your goals for graduate study at Fletcher and for your career. Describe the elements of your personal, professional, and/or academic background that have prepared you for your chosen career path. Why is The Fletcher School the right place to pursue your academic objectives and to prepare you to meet your professional goals? Why have you selected the degree program to which you are applying?
- Essay 2
Please select and answer one of the following questions:
- Tell us about the city, town, or region that you consider to be your "home town," – What makes this place special and how has it contributed to who you are now?
- Describe an experience (academic, personal, or professional) that contributed to your interest in the study of international affairs or an international career.
- Share an anecdote or details about an experience or personal interest that you have not elaborated upon elsewhere in your application.
- Essay 3 (Ph.D. applicants only)
Please explain why you believe a Ph.D. from a multidisciplinary program in international affairs at a professional school, as compared with a doctorate from a conventional program in a single academic discipline, advances your intellectual and professional ambitions.
- Essay 3 (MYF applicants only)
What professional opportunities do you plan or hope to pursue during the next two years? What do you hope to learn and what skills do you hope to cultivate?.
- Official Test Score Reports
- GMAT or GRE (optional)
- TOEFL/IELTS is required of international students whose native language is not English and who have not earned a university degree where English was the primary language of instruction (optional for GMAP applicants).
- Evaluative Interview (optional)
- Scholarship Application (if applicable)
- Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal (Ph.D. candidates only, 1500 words)
- Master's Thesis or Writing Sample (Ph.D. candidates only)
- List of Ph.D. programs to which you are applying (Ph.D. candidates only)
NOTE: Applicants for January 2021 enrollment may contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly to schedule an interview.
An admissions interview is a valuable way for you to share information about yourself and to learn how The Fletcher School will meet your academic and professional goals. The evaluative interview is a recommended, but not a required, part of the admissions process. PhD applicants, in particular, are encouraged to schedule an interview. PhD candidates should be sure to select the PhD interview option via the online scheduler. Interview appointments are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Interviews are conducted by current students, and occasionally, staff members. Interviews are evaluative, not informational, and a report of the interview will become part of the interviewee's application record. Interviews should be completed before an application has been submitted to Fletcher. We offer both in-person and virtual options for interviewing:
On-campus interviews can be scheduled online up to 24 hours in advance. We encourage you to pair you on-campus interview with a class visit, information session, or coffee with a student chat. Please register for these events separately via our events calendar.
Virtual interviews are intended for applicants who are outside the Boston area, and who are unable to travel to campus for an interview.
See our interview calendar for more details and to schedule an interview.
Every year, some individuals who have applied in the past choose to reapply and are successful in the reapplication process. You may apply up to three times only. Fletcher saves application materials for three years, and applicants reapplying within this window may follow the streamlined application process outlined below.* If your previous application was submitted more than three years ago, you must complete a new application.
- Application form
- Application fee of $80
- One new additional letter of recommendation
- Updated resume
- Transcripts for any new coursework completed since the last application
- Official test score reports (if applicable)
- Updated personal statement
- Answer to the supplemental essay question
- A description of how your candidacy has changed since your last application
- Evaluative interview (optional)
- Scholarship application (if applicable)
*Reapplicants who were previously admitted to Fletcher should contact email@example.com for additional instructions.
Candidates should make every effort to apply in the year that they intend to enroll. However, under certain circumstances, admitted applicants may need to defer enrollment and may do so for a maximum of one year. Deferral requests should be submitted in writing to Committee on Admissions via the Office of Admissions. Deferrals are considered on a case-by-case basis. If a deferral is granted, a non-refundable $2,000 deferral deposit is required in addition to the non-refundable $500 tuition deposit. These deposits are applied to the first semester tuition.