The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy is a graduate school offering a range of professional degrees in international affairs. The two-year Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) is the School’s flagship international affairs degree. While the degree’s name includes its historical “law and diplomacy” origins, the MALD is much more -- it provides an outstanding academic and professional foundation in economics, business, politics, history, and law.
The MALD is academically rigorous, professionally relevant, and truly interdisciplinary. It provides students the knowledge and tools necessary to tackle with world’s most challenging problems. By connecting theory and practice, MALD students transform themselves into well-versed and competent leaders who are able to shape international issues and events across a variety of sectors. The flexibility of the program ensures that students can tailor their education to meet specific personal, academic and/or professional goals. Students learn to understand their own interests and the world using a variety of analytical tools, disciplinary lenses and a wide array of perspectives.
Each year MALD graduates accept challenging positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as with international organizations. Employers around the world value Fletcher’s unique multidisciplinary program, which produces graduates who have practical skills and know how to navigate the increasingly complex and globally integrated world.
Playing multiple roles of instructor, mentor, advisor, and colleague, members of the Fletcher faculty are committed educators who are key players in each student’s experience. Internationally respected for their work at the forefront of their fields, Fletcher professors advise presidents and policy makers, write for scholarly and popular journals, and conduct cutting-edge research to advance the understanding of international issues. Their active engagement with the world translates into stimulating classroom discussions, teaching that provides practical and current real-world skills, opportunities for research collaboration, and valuable career support. Their dedication to the School means that students will find them to be accessible sources of guidance – forging relationships that extend well beyond their time in residence at Fletcher.
Do you have exchange programs? Are MALD students able to have an international experience while enrolled in the program?
MALD students can choose to participate in exchange programs with some of the world's leading professional schools and graduate programs. Most students choose to do their exchange program in the first semester of their second year. Currently, The Fletcher School offers exchange programs in Switzerland, Germany, France, China, Spain, India, as well as the United States.
What are the standardized test requirements for the MALD program?
All applicants to the MALD program are required to submit results for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Subject tests of the GRE are not required.
If you are an international student and your native language is not English and you have not earned a university degree where English was the primary language of instruction, then you are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic).
What are the foreign language requirements of the program?
The MALD program requires that all students demonstrate professional proficiency in a foreign language before they leave Fletcher.
In order to graduate, native English speakers must demonstrate proficiency in a second language by passing an oral and written exam while enrolled at Fletcher. Since the Fletcher course load is demanding and does not leave much time for language study, students need to have a solid foundation in a foreign language before enrolling.
For non-native speakers of English, their native language in combination with fluent English fulfills the requirement. English proficiency is demonstrated through the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE examinations, or by having graduated from an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction is English.
How much work experience do MALD students have?
For MALD candidates, full-time work experience is not required, but is strongly recommended. The Committee on Admissions carefully reviews each applicant's personal and professional experience to assess readiness for graduate study at Fletcher. Most successful applicants will have at least two to three years of full-time work experience. Voluntary positions, internships, and part-time experience all also play a role in preparing students for study.
How much international experience do MALD students have?
International experience is not required, but it is strongly recommended. There is no rigid requirement as to length or nature of international experience, but students should have a demonstrated interest in the international environment. For some students, this could mean experience living and/or working outside of the applicant’s home country. For others, a working or research environment where international issues are the focus could be sufficient. The nature of each applicant’s international experience is assessed in the context of his or her individual application and professional goals.
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Last updated October 23, 2017