PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Tufts University

The Fletcher School
of Law and Diplomacy


Founded in 1933 and located five miles outside of Boston, Massachusetts, The Fletcher School is the oldest exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States. The School's multidisciplinary program provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to be leaders in the global community. The flexibility of our curriculum allows students to tailor their education to their particular interests. Our alumni are active players on the global stage and have international careers in government, business, journalism, international organizations, and teaching and research in international affairs.


Degrees Offered

MALD Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy
MIB Master of International Business
MA Master of Arts (mid-career program)
LLM Master of Laws in International Law
PHD Doctor of Philosophy
Map Your Future (MYF) - Pathway program to MALD or MIB degree for college seniors

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Environmental Policy/Energy
Foreign Policy
Security Studies (National or International)
Human Rights / Humanitarian Affairs
Information & Technology Policy / Management
International Development
International Trade / Business
Non-profit Management
Law / International Law

Area Studies

Asia, Middle East, Europe

Graduate Program Overview

Most students enroll in the two-year, 16-course Master of Art in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) degree program. A small number of mid-career professionals pursue Fletcher's one-year, eight-course Master of Arts (MA) degree. Outstanding graduates of the MALD program and other two-year master's programs may enter Fletcher's Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program. All students are required to pass written and oral comprehensive exams in a language other than their native tongue. The master's degrees require the completion of a capstone project. PhD candidates must write and defend a dissertation.

Admissions Deadline

October 15 for Spring Term Enrollment
November 15 - Early Notification for Fall Term Enrollment
January 10 for Fall Term Enrollment

Admissions Overview

The Fletcher School seeks to enroll a diverse class of students who have demonstrated academic excellence, have significant personal or professional experience, and have a commitment to careers in international affairs. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent and have a strong familiarity with a second language. The Admissions Committee considers all parts of the application (transcripts, standardized testing, personal statements, resume, and letters of recommendation) in making admissions decisions. While the vast majority of students begin in the fall term, The Fletcher School does enroll a small class for the spring term.

Contact Information

Tufts University
160 Packard Ave.
Medford, Massachusetts

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