Why is the MIB unique?

Prof. Trachtman in the Hall of FlagsYou may be someone interested in international affairs who firmly believes that the private sector is integral to the resolution of global issues.  You may be looking to attend business school but do not want to be in a standard MBA curriculum, which may seem insufficiently international.  You may be contemplating a dual degree in business and international affairs because you want the hard skills and have a passion for the nuanced international issues. 

If you belong to any of these groups, we invite you to learn more about why Fletcher’s MIB program could be right for you. As a result of our hybrid core curriculumwide variety of specialization areasdiverse student body, and customizable approach to education, there are three ways in which we differ from other graduate programs:

  1. We prepare leaders from Day One.  
    Professional schools have a responsibility to build strong skills and produce excellent analysts.  By necessity, this requires specialization along functional lines.  Only over time, a few of these analysts are lucky enough to gain exposure to a breadth of experiences, which will then help them become great leaders, who can connect the dots across many different arenas – business, politics, sociology, diplomacy, etc.  We give our students and scholars the analyst skills and prepare them as leaders from the start.  Crossing borders of all kinds and connecting the dots is baked into our DNA.

  2. We view all issues through an international lens.  
    For us, the international stage is where the action takes place: context is our content.  This is different from most US professional schools that have been compelled to play catch up in order to “globalize” functionally oriented curricula.  Our faculty and fellows are renowned for their international expertise.  Our students have varied international experiences.  Fletcher alumni run multinational companies, are heads of state, operate at the highest levels of international public policy and diplomacy, lead international NGOs, write influential books and coach leaders of non-violent resistance to authoritarian regimes.

  3. We believe that the private good is integral to the public good.  
    In the aftermath of the Great Recession, there has been a lot of soul-searching about ethics and the broader responsibilities of business.   Business schools are revamping programs and exploring corrective mechanisms.  Our original mission of “maintaining the stability and prosperity of a complex, challenging, and increasingly global society” provides a foundation that is over 75 years old and counting – and guides tomorrow’s business leaders with a tried-and-true compass.    

To learn more about Fletcher, please provide us with your contact information or email us at internationalbusiness@tufts.edu