The following is information about the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Tufts). Much of it is based on a conversation with Admissions personnel at the school. I will be placing this information and supporting information in an advising file.
The Program: The Fletcher School is a highly prestigious International Affairs program that offers a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD). The MALD is a two-year program. The program is divided into 3 Divisions: International Law and Organizations; Diplomacy, History and Politics; and Economics and International Business.
Students are required to take courses in each of the 3 Divisions. Students are also required to graduate with coursework in two Fields of Study. There are approximately 20 Fields of Study to choose from, including regional specialization (e.g., Asia, Europe), international law, international organization, conflict resolution, development economics, international monetary theory, international business relations, international security studies, and international political economy.
Students are also required to pass a language proficiency exam.
The goal of the program is to train students in the understanding and analysis of international politics and business.
There is also a mid-career program for a Masters of Arts (MA). This is a 1 year program that is designed for governmental officials and leaders in international business and organization.
The Fletcher School also offers a number of joint degrees, including joint degrees with Berkeley Law School and Harvard Law School, a joint degree with Dartmouth’s business program, a joint degree with Northwestern’s School of Journalism, and a joint degree with Tufts’ Urban and Environmental Policy program.
Graduates work in both the non-profit and for-profit sector. Employment would range from working in international business, international organizations, Federal Agencies with an international focus, legislative work, and consulting.
1) Quantitative skills. A student should be advised to take courses in Macroeconomics and Microeconomics, though this is not a requirement. Students planning to focus on the Economics track should have exposure to Calculus, Statistics, and Economics.
2) Foreign Language. Though a foreign language is not a requirement for admission, it is a requirement for completing the program. Acquiring a foreign language as an undergraduate will enhance your attractiveness to the School.
3) Leadership. The Program is looking for indices of leadership.
4) Employment. Most of the admitted students have experience prior to entrance into the School. On average, most students have worked 2-3 years. Prior employment tends vary considerably, including time in the Peace Corp, legislative work, work with Federal and non-profit agencies, law offices, journalism, and work in foreign countries.
The GRE average of accepted students was approximately 660 in each of the three categories (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytic).
The average age of applicants was 26-7.
The average GPA was approximately 3.7.
Writing a Statement of Purpose:
This program, like all programs, will ask students to write a statement of purpose. What follows are some tips:
1) The statement should be authentic. Don’t try to "conjure" what the Fletcher School wants to hear. Instead, focus on giving them a sense of what is distinctive about you.
2) Focus on the mission of the Fletcher School, which is a commitment to international study. Show how your background and interests fit with this mission.
3) Talk about any experiences that might have shaped you, including evidence of resilience, leadership, or management in difficult times.
4) You should show focus in your goals and objectives. This is the importance of working for a while. Show how the School will help you attain your goals.
Letters of Recommendation:
It is important that you do not use outdated letters for references, particularly since you will have gained valuable work experience before applying to graduate school. It is important that you talk with faculty members who may be writing reference letters. Give them a sense of what you have been doing, what experiences you have had, and what sort of goals and objectives you have. This will be important so that the faculty member can emphasize personal aspects in the recommendation.