Compare Programs

The boxes below offer a basic comparison of the degree programs' key features. Ready to Apply? Apply Now. Have a question? Contact an Admissions Advisor.

Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)

  • Duration: 2 academic years(19 months)
  • Professional Experience: None required,2 years recommended
  • Age – Middle 50%: 25-28
  • Entry Term: January or September
  • Entering Students: 180
  • Number of Classes Required: 16
  • MYF Admissions Option for College Seniors: Yes

Master in Global Affairs (MGA)

  • Duration: 16 months full time (part time option available*)
  • Professional Experience: 2-4 years required
  • Age – Middle 50%: 25-28
  • Entry Term: September
  • Entering Students: 20
  • Number of Classes Required: 14
  • MYF Admissions Option for College Seniors: No

Master of International Business (MIB)

  • Duration: 2 academic years(19 months)
  • Professional Experience: None required,2 years recommended
  • Age – Middle 50%: 26-30
  • Entry Term: January or September
  • Entering Students: 30
  • Number of Classes Required: 18
  • MYF Admissions Option for College Seniors: Yes

Master of Arts (MA)

  • Duration: 1 academic year(9 months)
  • Professional Experience: 8 years of professional experience required
  • Age – Middle 50%: 32-39
  • Entry Term: January or September
  • Entering Students: 18
  • Number of Classes Required: 8
  • MYF Admissions Option for College Seniors: No

Master of Laws in International Law (LLM)

  • Duration: 1 academic year (9 months)
  • Professional Experience: 2-4 years professional legal experience encouraged
  • Age – Middle 50%: 25-31
  • Entry Term: September only
  • Entering Students: 15
  • Number of Classes Required: 8
  • MYF Admissions Option for College Seniors: No

MS in Cybersecurity and Public Policy (MS)

  • Duration: 16-24 months (full time) to 4 years (part time)
  • Professional Experience: None required
  • Age – Middle 50%: N/A
  • Entry Term:MS degree application deadlines:
    Spring 2022 - November 15, 2021 (domestic only)
    Fall 2022 - March 15, 2022
    BA or BS/MS combined degree application deadlines:
    Seniors - December 15
    Juniors - March 15
  • Entering Students: TBD
  • Number of Classes Required: Minimum of 10 courses and 30 credits over the course of 16-24 months, divided between computer science and policy studies.
  • MYF Admissions Option for College Seniors: No

Masters of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA)

  • Duration: 2 academic years(19 months)
  • Professional Experience: None required, 2 years recommended
  • Age – Middle 50%: 25-28
  • Entry Term: September only
  • Entering Students: 10
  • Number of Classes Required: 12 and a required internship
  • MYF Admissions Option for College Seniors: No

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • Duration: 3-5 years
  • Professional Experience: None required,2 years recommended
  • Age – Middle 50%: 27-34
  • Entry Term: September only
  • Entering Students: 20
  • Number of Classes Required: Minimum of 12 for external PhD candidates
  • MYF Admissions Option for College Seniors: No

Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP)

  • Duration: 1 year(12 months)
  • Professional Experience: 8 years of professional experience required
  • Age – Middle 50%: 30-50
  • Entry Term: June
  • Entering Students: 20
  • Number of Classes Required: 11 in a core curriculum + 3 live residencies
  • MYF Admissions Option for College Seniors: No

Online Master of Global Business Administration (GBA)

  • Duration: 16 months (full time) to 24 months (part time)
  • Professional Experience: At least 6 years of professional experience preferred
  • Age – Middle 50%: 30-35
  • Entry Term: January, May or September
  • Entering Students: TBD
  • Number of Classes Required: 11 + two immersions
  • MYF Admissions Option for College Seniors: No

MGA vs. MALD

Master in Global Affairs Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy
Specialized: Completion of one field of study (5-6 required  courses). Expansive: Completion of two fields of study (3-4 required courses). 
Upskilled: Two skills classes required plus those required in field. Distributional breadth requirement. Flexible: Skills courses available. Distributional breadth requirement. 
Experiential: Required practicum in field and optional summer internship for credit. Customized: Required capstone and optional internship (not for credit). Dual degrees and exchange programs permitted.
Intensive: 16 months total with summer classes required. Paced for exploration: 21 months total with no required summer classes.
Part time optional*: For visa purposes, international students are not allowed to be part time. Full time and part time: For more information about part time, please read the FAQs.
Residential and hybrid: Residential academic year, hybrid summer. Residential: All classes residential.

*Part-time MGA students need to take a minimum of 2 full-credit classes (6 SHUs) per term, including during two summer terms. International students must pursue the program on a full-time basis to maintain their immigration status. Students must select the full-time or the part-time option during the admissions process. Once enrolling on a part- or full-time basis, students cannot change their enrollment status unless there are compelling circumstances. The maximum time to complete the MGA degree part time is 28 months. Students who are enrolled on a part-time basis will not be permitted to audit any courses. Part-time students should be aware that most classes at Fletcher take place during working hours.

Professional Degrees

MALD - Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy
Highly flexible interdisciplinary degree in international affairs

MGA - Master in Global Affairs
Build purposeful skills and expertise to propel you on the fast track into an impactful global career

MIB - Master of International Business
Hybrid international business and international affairs program

MA - Master of Arts
Self-designed mid-career program in international affairs

LLM - Master of Laws in International Law
International law program for legal professionals

MATA - Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs
A jointly-awarded degree by Fletcher and the College of Europe, with a focus on transatlantic issues

MAHA - Master of Arts in Humanitarian Affairs
A jointly-awarded degree by Fletcher and The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, with a focus on areas of nutrition, food policy, and economic, political, and social development as they relate to aid activities in complex emergencies

MS - Master of Science in Cybersecurity & Public Policy
This innovative, new master’s degree, unites those from both technology and policy backgrounds alike, preparing them to tackle the increasingly common and complex threats taking place in our global and digital world

PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations
Advanced study in international affairs

GMAP - Global Master of Arts
Interdisciplinary, cohort-based, mid to senior-level international affairs program with three live residencies and asynchronous instruction

GBA - Master of Global Business Administration
Designed for early- to mid-career professionals, this new degree offering allows students to engage with business and international affairs faculty, and each other, through live and recorded class sessions