Applying for the PHD

Each year, The Fletcher School admits a select group of students who seek a PhD in International Relations. The Fletcher School PhD program is most appropriate for students proposing an interdisciplinary dissertation topic.

To apply to the PhD program at The Fletcher School, prospective students must have a Master’s degree in a field that is relevant to international relations, and directly related to the applicant’s proposed doctoral studies. The applicant’s Master’s degree must come from a program that required at least one and a half years of full-time study (not including internships or thesis preparation), and at least twelve courses in which the applicant earned a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher. Students enrolled in Fletcher’s MALD program may apply to the PhD program during their second year of study.  (Note that if you have previously earned a MALD degree, or are currently in the MALD program, you should contact the Director of the PhD Program for instructions on how to apply to the PhD program and or pick up application materials in Cabot 403.)

Although not required, at least a couple of years of full-time work experience is highly recommended for applicants to the PhD program. The PhD Committee on Admissions seeks to admit students whose professional and academic accomplishments will contribute strongly to the Fletcher community. Prospective applicants should contact Fletcher School professors in the desired fields of study to ensure that their topic is a good match with the expertise of the School.

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