Law and Diplomacy

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:2 years
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The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy is a graduate school offering a range of professional degrees in international affairs. The two-year Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) is the School’s flagship international affairs degree. While the degree’s name includes its historical “law and diplomacy” origins, the MALD is much more -- it provides an outstanding academic and professional foundation in economics, business, politics, history, and law.

The MALD is academically rigorous, professionally relevant, and truly interdisciplinary. It provides students the knowledge and tools necessary to tackle with world’s most challenging problems. By connecting theory and practice, MALD students transform themselves into well-versed and competent leaders who are able to shape international issues and events across a variety of sectors. The flexibility of the program ensures that students can tailor their education to meet specific personal, academic and/or professional goals. Students learn to understand their own interests and the world using a variety of analytical tools, disciplinary lenses and a wide array of perspectives.

Each year MALD graduates accept challenging positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as with international organizations. Employers around the world value Fletcher’s unique multidisciplinary program, which produces graduates who have practical skills and know how to navigate the increasingly complex and globally integrated world.

All MALD students must complete 16 course credits in order to receive their degree. The following criteria must also be met within those 16 courses:

- Two Fields of Study (between 3 and 4.5 courses each)

- Satisfy all Breadth Requirements*:

  • One ILO Course from a designated list (see Course Bulletin for listing)
  • Two DHP Courses (one course from a designated list. Please see the Course Bulletin for more details. 
    For the second credit in the DHP division, MALD and MIB students may choose any course(s) with a DHP designation with the exception of DHP P203: Analytic Frameworks for Public Policy Decisions which cannot be offered to meet the DHP division requirement.)
  • E 201: Intro to Economic Theory OR E 211: Microeconomics OR pass the E 201 Equivalency Exam** and take a higher level EIB course from the following list: E211, E212, E213, E214, E218, E220, E221, E230, E240, E241, E242, E246, E247, E248, and E262
  • Pass the Quantitative Reasoning Exam** OR take one of the following courses: DHP P203, EIB B205, B206, E210m, E213, E218, and B262

- Fulfill the language requirement and exams

- Complete a Capstone Project

- Participate in the Professional Development Program (PDP) nine-week course

*Courses used to satisfy the Field of Study requirements can be used to satisfy the Breadth Requirements. However, courses in each Field of Study cannot overlap.

**In cases when an equivalence exam is offered by Fletcher (i.e. E201, B205, B206, E210m, E212 and E217m) students may only gain equivalence by passing the equivalence exam. When an equivalence exam is not offered, students who have previously completed graduate level work equivalent to Fletcher School courses may apply for a certification of equivalency for those courses.  Such equivalence requires the written approval of the professor teaching the Fletcher course for which equivalency is desired.  Equivalency does not constitute transfer credit; it does not entitle the student to count that course for credit; nor does it affect normal distribution requirements.  The option to obtain equivalency for a required course exists only for the purpose of eliminating the necessity of repeating course work previously taken.  It is notintended that students may obtain equivalency for required courses through cross-registration in similar courses at Harvard or elsewhere during the academic year.

  • Application for Admission
  • Application Fee of $80 (Fee waiver eligibility)
  • Official Academic Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (a third is optional)
  • Essay 1
  • Essay 2
  • Essay 3 (Ph.D. applicants only)
  • Resume
  • Official Test Score Reports
  • Evaluative Interview (optional)
  • Scholarship Application (if applicable)


Fletcher Scholarships

The Fletcher School awards over $7 million in scholarship aid annually. Fletcher Scholarships are for tuition only and are awarded on the basis of merit and need to both U.S. citizens/permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens. Financial need is determined through an evaluation of an applicant’s resources, which includes income and asset information. Merit is assessed through the application for admission.

The Fletcher School is committed to providing scholarship assistance to as many students as possible; however, our resources are limited. While over ninety percent of the candidates requesting scholarship aid receive at least partial funding, Fletcher students need to formulate a financial plan that does not rely solely on Fletcher scholarship aid. Fletcher scholarships typically range from $5,000 per academic year up to full tuition. The middle 50 percent of scholarships awarded are in the $8,000 to $18,000 range. Please note that Fletcher offers very few full tuition scholarships, and assistance to support living expenses is not available.

All applicants seeking scholarship aid must submit a complete Fletcher Scholarship Application (included with the Application for Admission) by January 10. By completing the scholarship application, applicants are eligible for all Fletcher scholarships. All scholarship recipients (including Early Notification candidates) are notified at the Regular Decision deadline. Scholarships are renewable in the second year for those students who maintain full-time status and remain in good academic standing. In the event that a student's tuition charges are reduced, the Fletcher Scholarship will be pro-rated accordingly.

Tuition scholarships are granted on the basis of need and merit to PhD students in the coursework phase of their degree. Some stipend funding may also be available and, as scholarships are not tied to research or teaching responsibilities, students may arrange their own preferred work during the academic year.  Scholarships are also available for the Enrollment Fee paid by PhD students who have completed their coursework. Applicants for admission to the PhD program should complete the scholarship application form on the online application.


In addition, The Fletcher School is pleased to offer the Hargens Fellowship, a two-year, full tuition scholarship for study in the MALD program. Hargens Fellows are selected on the basis of merit and financial need. Emphasis in the selection process will be placed on exceptional academic achievement and a strong commitment to the field of international affairs. Both international students and United States citizens and permanent residents are eligible. All MALD applicants who submit the Fletcher Scholarship Application are considered for the Hargens Fellowship. Support for the Hargens Fellowship Program was generously provided by the estate of George B. and Helen J. Hargens.


The Fletcher School is pleased to offer the Robert F. Meagher Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship honors Professor Emeritus Robert F. Meagher, who dedicated his career at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy to the study, teaching and implementation of the theories of international law, and economic and social development. The scholarship covers tuition and provides a small living stipend. Robert F. Meagher Scholars are selected on the basis of merit and financial need. Candidates for admission who submit a Fletcher Scholarship Application will be considered. A separate application is not required.

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