Tufts University

fletcher.tufts.edu/

Overview

The primary aim of The Fletcher School is the same as it was when conceived by its founders in 1933. Fletcher offers a broad program of professional education in international relations to a select group of graduate students committed to maintaining the stability and prosperity of a complex, challenging, and increasingly global society.

Our mission remains:

  • To educate professionals from around the world and to prepare them for positions of leadership and influence in the national and international arenas;
  • To increase understanding of international problems and concerns through teaching, research, and publications;
  • To serve local, national, and international communities in their search to develop relationships of mutual benefit, security, and justice in an increasingly interdependent world.
  • APSIA Membership: Full APSIA Member School

Addresses

General

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
160 Packard Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

  • (617) 627-3700
  • (617) 627-3712
  • email

Admissions

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
160 Packard Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

  • (617) 627-2410
  • (617) 627-3712
  • email

Career Services

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Director, Office of Career Services
160 Packard Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

  • (617) 627-4151
  • (617) 627-2412
  • email

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) - 2 years

  • 16 semester courses
  • Reading comprehension and oral foreign language exam
  • Complete two fields of study
  • Thesis

Master of Arts (MA) - 1 year, for mid-career professionals

  • 8 semester courses, including at least one course in each of the three divisions of the curriculum
  • Reading comprehension and oral foreign language exam
  • Thesis
  • Examination in the subject area of the MA thesis, or pass a comprehensive written examination covering work completed during the year of study

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) -

  • Complete all requirements of the MALD degree, or similar IR degree, including foreign language exams.
  • Be admitted to PhD candidacy by vote of the PhD Admissions Committee.
  • 20 courses (including the 16 required for the MALD) and complete three fields of study.
  • Three-hour written comprehensive examination in each of three fields of study, plus a one-hour oral examination that will focus on issues raised in the written examination and will integrate the three fields of study. The comprehensive examination tests proficiency in the literature of the field.
  • Propose, research and write a dissertation. The completed dissertation should bear evidence of independent research and should constitute a substantial contribution to the subject.
  • Public oral defense of the dissertation. This defense will be given after the dissertation has been accepted by the director and readers, and will cover the specific subject and general field of the dissertation.

Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) - 1 year, for mid-career professionals

  • 8 semester courses
  • Three 2-week residency sessions and 33 weeks of Internet-mediated study
  • Reading comprehension and oral foreign language exam
  • Thesis
  • GMAP Core Curriculum: Crisis Management & Complex Emergencies, International Business & Economic Law, International Finance, International Negotiation, International Politics, International Trade Economics & Investment, Leadership & Management, Transnational Social Issues
  • Contact: Phone: (617) 627-2429
    Email: fletcher-gmap@tufts.edu

Master of International Business (MIB) - 2 years

  • 18 semester courses
  • Complete the core curriculum
  • Reading comprehension and oral foreign language exam
  • Complete two fields of study
  • Thesis

Master of Laws in International Law (LLM) - 1 year, for lawyers

  • 8 semester courses
  • Reading comprehension and oral foreign language exam
  • Thesis
  • Monthly High Table series with a featured guest in international law
  • Talloires Capstone, one week at the the Tufts European Center in Talloires, France, with distinguished guests (included in cost of tuition)
  • Contact: Phone - (617) 627-4319
    Email: internationallaw@tufts.edu

Fields of Specialization

  • 14 International Affairs Functional Fields: Development Economics; Human Security; Humanitarian Studies; International Business and Economic Law; International Business Relations; International Environment and Resource Policy; International Information and Communication; International Monetary Theory and Policy; International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution; International Organizations; International Political Economy; International Security Studies; International Trade and Commercial Policies; Law and Development; Political Systems and Theories; Public International Law.
  • 3 Regional Fields: Pacific Asia; Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization; United States.
  • 4 Business Fields: International Finance and Banking; International Marketing; International Public and NGO Management; Strategic Management and International Consultancy.
  • 3 Optional Curricular Tracks within the LLM curriculum: Public International Law, International Business Law, International Economic Law.

    Joint Degrees

  • J.D. with Harvard and University of California at Berkeley
  • M.B.A. with Tuck/Dartmouth, HEC School of Management, and Instituto de Empresa
  • M.A. in International Affairs with Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
  • M.A. with Tufts Department of Urban and Environmental Policy
  • M.A. in Nutrition Science & Policy or M.A. in Humanitarian Assistance with The Friedman School, Tufts University
  • D.V.M. with Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine
  • B.A./B.S. with Tufts College of Arts and Sciences
  • M.D. with Tufts University School of Medicine
  • M.I.A. with University of St. Gallen

    Core Courses

    The MALD curriculum is highly flexible, and there are no set core courses. However, there is a breadth requirement, and all MALD students must take:

  • two courses from the Diplomacy, History, and Politics division, of which one must be from a select list;
  • one course from the International Law and Organizations division from a select list;
  • one economics course from the Economics and International Business division from a select list; and
  • one quantitative reasoning course.
  • The MIB program has a core curriculum of both international affairs and international business courses. The core comprises approximately half of the credits. Core courses include: Financial Accounting, Corporate Finance, Marketing, Negotiation, International Business Transaction Law, and Global Political Economy, among others.

    The LLM program jas a core curriculum of five law courses in the International Law and Organizations division, one course from the Diplomacy, History, and Politics division, and once course from the Economics and International Business division, with one additional course to be selected by the student in any one of the three divisions.

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