The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

Introduction

At The Fletcher School, for more than 80 years, we have tried to “know the world.” Our job is to prepare our graduates to be practitioners in every dimension of international relations: economics, finance, diplomatic history, politics, culture, security and many other disciplines. The challenges we face in this turbulent 21st century quite literally transcend borders – we must be ready to connect in every sense of the word.

We seek to build partnerships between nations, government agencies and the public/private sector in order to be ready to shape international issues and events. Our extensive network of graduates today serves in every venue in the global milieu – heads of state and government, political leaders in power and opposition, judges, diplomats, senior military officers, corporate leaders at every level, international bankers, and development officials. The Fletcher School not only “knows the world,” but is part of shaping it through the global work of our graduates.

Our curriculum represents deep connections and partnerships in the academic and international world. Our students can build their expertise with dual degrees at leading institutions of law, business, medicine, urban policy, nutrition, engineering and other disciplines around the world. With multiple degree programs from which to choose, our students can literally shape not only their academic preparation but also the fields into which they will ultimately matriculate.

We offer a superb faculty balanced between academic excellence and real world experience, as well as Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, Master of International Business, Master of Laws in International Law and the powerful distance Global Master of Arts Program. Our one year Master of Arts program designed for mid-career or senior level professionals attracts extraordinary practitioners; and our highly regarded PhD program represents a top international relations degree known around the world.

If you hunger to “know the world,” come join us and help shape the international scene for the better in the years and decades to come. We are waiting for you … at The Fletcher School.

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Master of International Business (MIB)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Medford

The two-year Master of International Business (MIB) program is a unique hybrid degree that combines a flexible international affairs curriculum with core business courses. The MIB allows students to gain a firm grounding in business skills while building “contextual intelligence” about the forces that impact businesses today. [+]

The two-year Master of International Business (MIB) program is a unique hybrid degree that combines a flexible international affairs curriculum with core business courses. The MIB allows students to gain a firm grounding in business skills while building “contextual intelligence” about the forces that impact businesses today. Every day, the world is changing; new technologies, conflicts, laws, leaders. Business is not only affected by these changes, but is also essential to the solving problems and unlocking the opportunities they present. In such a world, the Master of International Business is more critical than ever. The MIB degree is uniquely positioned to develop your contextual intelligence by honing the ability to recognize the impact of politics, law, culture, and society on the world of business. Housed within the Institute for Business in the Global Context, the MIB combines concrete global business skills with a nuanced understanding of core international affairs areas including geopolitics, law, negotiations, and economics. Designed like a dual MBA-international affairs degree, the curriculum develops deep competency in international business practices and a nuanced understanding of the global business context. MIB Professional Opportunities One of the defining characteristics that Fletcher students share is the desire to create their own personalized career path. That can be both liberating and daunting, but Fletcher’s Office of Career Services and the Institute for Business in the Global Context offer support to assist in this journey. Students pursuing their MIB degree are interested in a variety of career paths. While many have an interest... [-]

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Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP)

Online & Campus Combined Part time 35 weeks September 2017 USA Medford

Mid-career professionals who are unable to spend an academic year studying on campus may opt for our Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP), which is a twelve-month program combining three intensive two-week residency periods with extensive internet-mediated study. [+]

Mid-career professionals who are unable to spend an academic year studying on campus may opt for our Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP), which is a twelve-month program combining three intensive two-week residency periods with extensive internet-mediated study. One-Year International Affairs Master of Arts Degree 33 weeks of internet-mediated study. Combined residency and internet-mediated. A network of renowned faculty and dynamic international professionals. Innumerable opportunities to develop deep international expertise and leadership. The first and only program of its kind. GMAP is a combined residency and internet-mediated international affairs degree program for mid and senior level international professionals. With three 2-week residency sessions (two at Fletcher's campus and one at an international location) and 33 weeks of internet-mediated study, GMAP is the first and only hybrid program which allows accomplished individuals from around the world to earn a Master of Arts in International Relations without interrupting their careers or relocating. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides a 360-degree perspective of international affairs necessary to succeed as an international leader. Through an intuitive technology platform, students remain connected with faculty and classmates as they continue the learning that begins during the residency sessions. With 15 years of premiership in innovative international affairs education at the worlds first and oldest graduate school of law and diplomacy, we invite you to develop your 360 degree perspective with GMAP and the Fletcher network. Explore GMAP GMAP is the premier leadership training program for international executives and global leaders. GMAP provides students with a 360-degree approach to... [-]

Master of Arts (MA)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 USA Medford

Fletcher's Master of Arts degree is a one-year program for mid-career professionals on sabbatical or leave of absence from government ministries, private international organizations and other institutions. The MA program allows mid-career individuals to gain new skills and knowledge while immersed in a diverse environment where the latest political, business and legal thinking is pursued. [+]

Fletcher's Master of Arts degree is a one-year program for mid-career professionals on sabbatical or leave of absence from government ministries, private international organizations and other institutions. The MA program allows mid-career individuals to gain new skills and knowledge while immersed in a diverse environment where the latest political, business and legal thinking is pursued. Students generally use their degrees to enhance the practical application of knowledge in their existing job or career field. While at Fletcher, MA students take eight courses and write a thesis. Fletcher’s Master of Arts students are thoroughly integrated into the life of the school, attending classes with students in the MALD, MIB, LLM and Ph.D. programs and participating in student organizations and clubs. Their experience is an important contribution to the intellectual life at Fletcher. MA program graduates are among Fletcher’s most distinguished alumni, serving as ambassadors, CEOs and in high-level positions in international and non-governmental organizations. The flexibility of the MA program allows students to select courses that match their own functional and/or regional interests, thereby allowing them to design a program suited to their specific academic and professional goals. Fletcher students may also cross register at the graduate and professional schools at Tufts and Harvard Universities. MA students organize a biweekly MA Seminar to promote interaction among their colleagues and Fletcher faculty and to discuss topics of interest. Additionally, as many MA students come to Fletcher with their families, there is a MA Student Group which plans social and cultural activities open... [-]

Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 USA Medford

The mission of the MAHA program is to provide an academic setting for humanitarian practitioners seeking to develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of nutrition, food policy, and economic, political and social analysis. The one-year program provides an opportunity for practitioners to study, read, reflect and write about current issues and trends of in humanitarian theories, programs and policies as they relate to famines, complex emergencies and other disasters. [+]

The mission of the MAHA program is to provide an academic setting for humanitarian practitioners seeking to develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of nutrition, food policy, and economic, political and social analysis. The one-year program provides an opportunity for practitioners to study, read, reflect and write about current issues and trends of in humanitarian theories, programs and policies as they relate to famines, complex emergencies and other disasters. The Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) is a one-year joint degree offered by the Friedman School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. The program is geared toward mid-career professionals who have significant field experience in humanitarian assistance. Prerequisites Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree, have significant experience in the field of humanitarian assistance and have a demonstrated commitment to furthering their career in the field of humanitarian assistance. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required. Please note, if you are a native English speaker, passing a reading comprehension and an oral language exam is required in order to graduate. Non-native English speakers who were primarily educated in an English speaking environment may also be required to demonstrate their proficiency in a second language by completing a reading and oral foreign language examination Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance The Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance consists of two semesters of academic work, requiring students to complete 10 degree credits and a Capstone Project. The Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance is... [-]

Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Medford

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. [+]

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. World-Renowned Faculty 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... [-]

Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Medford

The Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA) is a new joint degree program with the College of Europe that will be offered starting in 2017 (subject to the approval of the Tufts University Trustees) for students interested in the opportunity to study on both sides of the Atlantic. [+]

The Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA) is a new joint degree program with the College of Europe that will be offered starting in 2017 (subject to the approval of the Tufts University Trustees) for students interested in the opportunity to study on both sides of the Atlantic. The two-year program consists of one year of study at both The Fletcher School and The College of Europe, including a high-level internship as part of the curriculum. Why study transatlantic affairs? The 21st century brings with it numerous complex challenges that the United States and the European Union can best address together. To integrate the emerging powers into a functioning, rules-based system of global governance, to effectively address the financial and economic crisis, to promote democracy and human rights, or to enhance internal as well as global security, the strengthening of transatlantic ties is paramount. This requires joint efforts by public and private actors, including business and civil society, on both sides of the Atlantic. Challenges such as the complex negotiations in the World Trade Organization and on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or the revival of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the fight against extremism have to be taken up by a new generation of experts who can assume leadership functions in transatlantic affairs. To prepare graduates for such positions of leadership in transatlantic affairs, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University – the first graduate-only school of international affairs in the United States... [-]

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