Fletcher Degree Programs

Registrar's Office at The Fletcher School

The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy is a graduate school offering a range of professional degrees in international affairs.  The School’s interdisciplinary approach to the curriculum, drawing from Fletcher’s three divisions --  International Law and Organizations; Diplomacy, History and Politics; and Economics and International Business -- ensures that each student, regardless of degree program, gains a breadth of knowledge in international affairs along with the professional skills necessary to tackle some of the world’s most challenging problems.  Fletcher graduates from all degree programs are leaders in the private, public and non-profit sectors throughout the world. Compare our degrees.

The Fletcher School’s largest degree program, the Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD), is a two-year, highly flexible, interdisciplinary degree in international affairs.  The MALD degree is both academically rigorous and professionally relevant.  

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 Master of Arts (MA) is a nine-month program designed for mid-career and senior-level professionals from all sectors with eight or more years of professional experience.  Students in the MA program build new skills and knowledge to enhance their existing careers.

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.

The Master of Laws in International Law (LLM) program is for legal professionals who wish to acquire specialized education in a particular area of international law.  The program requires nine months of full-time study.

Those who have completed a master's degree of at least 1-1/2 years with 12 to 16 semester-long courses in international affairs or a related field, including second-year MALD students, may apply to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program.  Fletcher’s PhD offers multidisciplinary, advanced study in international affairs.

Students who are in their final year of undergraduate study, or who have graduated in the past six months, have the option of applying to Fletcher via our Map Your Future (MYF) Pathway. MYF guarantees admitted applicants a place in the MALD or MIB degree program after completing two to three years of professional work experience in a Fletcher-approved position. MYF allows for professional development and career exploration while guaranteeing a position in a future Fletcher class. 

Degree Comparison Chart

Professional Degrees Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Master of Arts Master of International Business Master of Laws in International Law Doctor of Philosophy Master of Arts
Degree Program Description Highly flexible interdisciplinary degree in international affairs Self-designed, international affairs mid-career program Hybrid international business and international affairs program International law program for legal professionals Advanced study in international affairs Interdisciplinary international affairs mid-career program with three two-week residencies complemented by Internet-mediated instruction
Duration 2 academic years (19 months) 1 academic year (9 months) 2 academic years (19 months) 1 academic year (9 months) 3-5 years 1 year (12 months)
Professional Experience None required, 2 years recommended 8 years of professional experience required None required, 2 years recommended 3-5 years professional legal experience encouraged None required, 2 years recommended 8 years of professional experience required
Age – Middle 50% 25-28 32-39 26-30 25-31 27-34 32-42
Entry Term January or September September only January or September September only September only July or January
Entering Students 180 18 30 15 10 35
Number of Classes Required 16 8 18 8 Minimum of 12 for external PhD candidates 11 in a core curriculum
MYF Admissions Option for College Seniors Yes No Yes No No No