Applying for the MALD

Fletcher actively seeks to enroll a diverse class of students who have demonstrated academic excellence, have a wide range of personal, professional, and academic experience, and have a strong commitment to an international career. We seek students who, by virtue of their background, achievement, and experience, can contribute to the education of their peers and to the scholarship and practice of international affairs.

Academic Prerequisites

MALD candidates must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. Successful Fletcher candidates come from a wide range of undergraduate majors, including international relations and other social sciences, the humanities, business, and physical sciences and engineering. In addition, we strongly encourage microeconomics and macroeconomics prior to enrollment.

Language Preparation

All Fletcher students must have proven English language proficiency. Applicants must have a strong familiarity with a second language. Students must pass written and oral proficiency exams in a second language before graduation. English is considered the second language for students whose first language is not English. 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.

Professional Experience

While full-time work experience is not required, it is strongly recommended. The Committee on Admissions carefully reviews each applicant's personal and professional experience to assess readiness for graduate study at Fletcher. Voluntary positions, internships, and part- and full-time experience all play a role in preparing students for study.

International Experience

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 abroad. 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. International experience includes time spent living, studying, working, volunteering, or traveling outside of the applicant’s home country.

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