Global Master of Arts Program

Alumni Weekend - Nairobi

Advance your career or pivot to a new one with Fletcher's Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP), an Executive Master of Leadership in Global Affairs

GMAP is engineered for mid-career professionals who wish to remain in the workforce while earning an elite global affairs degree in just one year.

GMAP teaches students to explore the complex and nuanced intersections among the worlds of international business, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and governments. Students include a wide variety of international affairs professionals from all regions of the world with diverse interests and professional backgrounds.

Selective, interdisciplinary, and designed to boost the skills of committed professionals and transform them into global leaders equipped to address today’s unprecedented challenges.

Alexey Dudarev, GMAP Class of 2023

In 2020, as Protection Officer for UNHCR Syria, I was the senior international UN staff in the coastal region and was leading the humanitarian response to wildfires ravaging the area, displacing thousands and wiping out agricultural lands. This experience made me realize that my knowledge of the international human rights framework, refugee law and my managerial skills were not sufficient to effectively respond to the changing nature of humanitarian crises and new patterns of displacement. This realization inspired me to return to school to build upon my skills.  Out of several international programmes aimed at working professionals I chose GMAP due to its multidisciplinary focus and its impressive alumni network. 

Alexey Dudarev, GMAP Class of 2023

    • Tackles complex global issues with Fletcher’s world-renowned faculty in essential areas of cyber-security, global economics, diplomacy, climate, governance, leadership, and others.
    • Builds career-advancing skills in the next generation of global leaders.
    • Combines the best of online cohort-based study with two in-person residencies on Fletcher’s Boston area campus and at an international location.
    • Extensive skill-building with experiential coursework and opportunities to engage with faculty, alumni, thought leaders, politicians, and business leaders.


    Mission Statement:

    “Founded in 2000, The Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) is a hybrid program that combines the
    best of in-person residency sessions with the flexibility of online studies. The degree’s interdisciplinary
    curriculum provides the 360-degree perspective of international affairs that’s essential to succeeding as a
    global leader. The first and only hybrid program of its kind, GMAP allows accomplished individuals to
    earn a Master of Arts in International Relations from anywhere, without interrupting their careers.”


  • Please note, full participation in all courses is a degree requirement including in-person residencies. The schedule and curriculum is subject to change.

     Summer Term:

    Initial Residency

    Courses: Global Leadership and Negotiation Strategy and Skills

     5/22/23 to 6/8/23

    Asynchronous coursework

    6/9/23 to 6/17/23

    Fletcher Residency

    6/19/23 to 6/25/23

    Asynchronous coursework

    Summer Module 


    Courses: Political Analysis: International Politics and Diplomacy and Global Economy

    7/3/23 to 8/20/23

    Asynchronous coursework

    Summer Skill Summit

    Course: Data driven decision making in the world of Machine Learning and AI

    8/21/23 to 8/25/23 Asynchronous coursework
    8/25/23 to 8/27/23 Live skill summit

    Fall Term:

    Fall 1 Module

    Courses: Economic Analysis: Global Economy II and Legal & Governance Analysis: International Law

    9/4/23 to 10/22/23

    Asynchronous coursework

    Fall 2 Module

    Courses: Global Security Governance: International Law and Institutions and Addressing Global Environmental Challenges
    10/23/23 to 12/10/23 Asynchronous coursework

    Fall Skill Summit


    Course: Arts of Communication

    12/11/23 to 12/15/23 Asynchronous coursework
    12/15/23 to 12/17/23 Live skill summit

    Spring Term:

    Spring Module 1

    Courses: Policy Design and Evaluation and International Security

    1/8/24 to 2/25/24

    Asynchronous coursework

    International Residency

    Courses: International Security Simulation and Generating Strategic and Effective Policies

    3/4/24 to 3/14/24 Asynchronous coursework
    3/15/24 to 3/23/24 International Residency

    Spring 2 Module

    Courses: Cyber Policy Analysis and Risk Management

    3/25/24 to 5/9/24 Asynchronous coursework

    Year-long Leadership Lab

    6/19/23 to 5/9/24

    Asynchronous coursework and two live sessions

    Year-long Adaptive Leadership

    6/19/23 to 5/9/24

    Asynchronous coursework and two live sessions

    • GRE/GMAT scores are not required.
    • 8 years of professional experience preferred.

    Join the 2024-25 GMAP class!
    Please contact our admissions team to learn more about the Fletcher GMAP and what it can do for your career.

    • Early Notification: November 10
    • Scholarship Priority: January 10
    • Round 3: February 20


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Alumni Spotlight


I feel that joining Fletcher has been one of the best decisions I’ve recently made. It is a vibrant, intelligent, and very warm circle of dedicated people who share similar interest in international relations,” she concludes. “The professors are the best of the best, but the things you learn from discussions with your classmates are really priceless

H.E. Joyce Aluoch - Former First Vice President, The Hague, The Netherlands

Janine DiGiovanni

I honestly think I would not have the intellectual confidence to initiate the projects that I am now working on if I had not done Fletcher's GMAP. IT stretched my cognitive abilities but it also honed me - made me more incisive, enhancing and surpassing my previous capacities. It made me feel that if I could do this - I could do anything. Incredibly empowering

Janine DiGiovanni - Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University

Harriet Cross

I have made friends for life and have access to a vast network of Fletcher alumni who are in every corner of the globe doing all sorts of really interesting work

Harriet Cross - British Consul General to New England, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Mohamad Al-Arif

Fletcher's GMAP is the program for mid-careers on the cusp of leadership roles and who cannot leave their jobs. The program helps connect the dots between global affairs and public policy

Mohamad Al-Arif - Commissioner, Indonesia Infrastructure Finance

GMAP Alumni Podcast by Philippe Rose and Christian Bachheimer

At the Coalface is conversations among friends working in international affairs. What connects us is our desire to think beyond ideologies and noisy headlines. We took time away from our jobs to think deeply about our world during the Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) at the Fletcher School. We learned about international trade, security, negotiations, leadership and more and work in these fields as practitioners. This podcast is our space for candid chats about our life stories and the lessons learned at the coalface.

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