Fletcher Launches New Master’s Degree, Refreshes Brand

The intensive program offers flexibility, with an emphasis on experiential education
“We want the world to know that Fletcher is the place to prepare to turn dreams into reality,” said Fletcher Dean Rachel Kyte, F02, in a video announcing the changes.
November 16, 2020

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To ensure that Fletcher continues to provide the best education for its students, and to raise awareness of the wide range of its offerings, the prestigious graduate school at Tufts is offering a new master’s degree in global affairs, revamping its curriculum, and refreshing its brand.

The new Master in Global Affairs, to launch in September 2021, is an intensive 16-month program that will emphasize experiential learning and include a summer session with online and hybrid courses. Along with the new degree, Fletcher is re-organizing its academic programs under eleven areas of specialization. And starting this month, it is doing business as Fletcher, The Graduate School of Global Affairs at Tufts University.

Fletcher’s legal name—the one that shows up on diplomas—will remain The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, as it has been since the school’s start in 1933. But the change underscores that the school does much more than train legal experts and diplomats: It also prepares leaders to make an impact on climate change, cybersecurity, business, and other global issues, examining these challenges with a cross-disciplinary lens.

“We want the world to know that Fletcher is the place to prepare to turn dreams into reality,” said Fletcher Dean Rachel Kyte, F02, in a video announcing the changes. “Via our illustrious faculty, we provide a cutting-edge curriculum—based on theory and practice—to the next generation of change-makers.”

The new master’s in global affairs is “designed to meet the needs of our students for flexibility and intensity,” Kyte said. The program will allow students to earn credit for a summer internship while also taking an online or hybrid summer course. Students may enroll part-time. Each graduate will complete a practicum in the final semester that involves working for an external client under faculty supervision.

The school will continue to offer its existing degrees, including its flagship Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy. That expansive interdisciplinary degree in international affairs requires two full academic years of study and a written capstone project, rather than a practicum.

As part of its refreshed branding, Fletcher has adopted a new logo that features a Latin seal reflecting the values of peace, justice, and fortitude, coupled with a modern typeface.