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A quick return to the topics submitted by Admissions Blog readers on the survey. Today, I’ll answer a two-part question.
Part One: “I’d like to hear more about the MALD-JD dual degrees.”
There’s pretty complete information on all the dual degrees on the website. As you’ll see, our two official dual-law-degree relationships are with Harvard Law School and Boalt Hall at UC-Berkeley. If you scroll down on the page, you’ll also see the explanation of how to arrange an ad hoc dual degree. With the JD required for anyone wishing to practice law in the U.S., and with only two official partners, a good number of our MALD-JD students have put together their own programs at other law schools. It’s totally doable! But getting the maximum benefit of doing the two degrees together (that is, reducing five years of study to four) requires that the law school accept four Fletcher credits. There are many that will accept transfer/dual-degree credits, but some schools simply insist on students pursuing all their coursework at that school. Check with their admissions office or registrar for details.
Part Two: “I’d also love to hear about students who have gone on to get a PhD at Fletcher after the MALD.”
Once again, I’m going to let the website do the talking. The Student Profiles page includes both MALD-to-PhD students and direct-entry students. Among the former MALDs are:
Ana de Alba, Shahla Al Kli, Neha Ansari, Deborshi Barat, Prisca Benelli, Sarah Detzner, Matthew Herbert, Roxanne Krystalli, Phoebe Donnelly, Torrey Taussig, Andrea Walther-Puri, Jamilah Welch
The key must-do points for students in the MALD (or MIB) program who wish to move on to the PhD are:
- Maintain a GPA of 3.6 or higher.
- Complete a traditional academic thesis to fulfill the Capstone Project requirement.
- Establish strong relationships with members of the faculty who can write your recommendation letters, will agree to serve as your academic advisor, and may chair or serve on your dissertation committee.
Only three simple points, but all of them require effort. It’s also helpful to attend the information session on applying to the PhD program that is offered every fall.
And those are the basics on the MALD-JD and on getting a PhD at Fletcher!
Remember the very quick survey that invited you to provide ideas for the blog? (Why yes, you certainly can still take the survey. Thank you for asking.) Anyway, readers have provided lots of good suggestions for me, and I’ve been lining up writers and posts to describe student curricula, student organizations, and other topics. Today, though, I’ll tackle a topic that won’t turn up too much in other posts: Exchange and dual-degree programs and Fletcher certificates — options for students in the MALD and MIB programs.
Exchange programs first. Fletcher has partnerships with a number of different graduate schools in the U.S. and beyond, at which Fletcher students can spend a semester. The details vary slightly, but the basics are that students apply in the winter of their first year to spend a semester (usually the fall) of their second year at the other institution. One student blogger who pursued an exchange is Tatsuo, and you can read about his Fall 2016 semester at Sciences Po. Fletcher also hosts exchange students from those partner organizations. The exchange can be a great way to broaden your experience or to focus in on a subject that is a strength area for the other graduate school. Students work with the Office of the Registrar to make the arrangements for the exchange, and there’s generally an exchange option for students who want one.
Dual (or joint) degree programs are different from exchanges, though some of the partner institutions are the same. Students who pursue a dual degree apply separately to the two institutions (Fletcher and a law school, for example) and, if admitted, they’ll potentially receive a semester’s credit from each school for coursework done at the other. For example, the MALD is a two-year degree and law school generally takes three years. By pursuing a dual degree with one of our partner institutions, the student can complete the two degrees in four years, rather than the five years it would take to do the degrees separately. That same one-year reduction can also apply to other programs. Naturally, some administrative procedures are required, but it’s fairly straightforward. At the end, the student receives two separate degrees, the MALD and the JD, for example.
Unlike exchange programs, it is also routine for students to arrange their own dual degrees. That is, students are not limited to Fletcher’s official partners when they seek a dual degree. To arrange an “ad hoc” dual degree, the application process is the same — apply separately to both schools. Once admitted, students arrange the timing for their coursework and, ultimately, petition to have four courses from the other institution count toward their Fletcher degree. A similar process would take place at the other institution so that four Fletcher courses count toward the second degree. With only a modest amount of homework and preparation, students usually find that Fletcher is supportive of their plans to pursue a law/business/other degree alongside the MALD or MIB. The wrinkles are usually at the other institution, and students are encouraged to work closely with both registrar’s offices to be sure that they can achieve maximum benefit from pursuing the two degrees together. One last point: Fletcher students cannot point to a previously completed degree and ask for credit — the two degrees need to be pursued as an intentional whole. More questions? Contact us.
And now to Fletcher certificates. Reading through the information on the website will give you the basic information you’ll need. The questions we are asked most often lean toward “why would I do a certificate?” The answer: the decision to pursue any of the certificates is completely up to you. You might want the additional credential to bolster your post-Fletcher job hunt. Or, you might be new to your field and want the curriculum structure that pursuing the certificate can provide. (The certificates lay out more of a roadmap than the standard requirements do.) I think they can be very useful in both of these ways, but pursuing a certificate is strictly optional and not necessary for everyone. You don’t need to make the decision right away after enrolling, but you’d probably want to check in with the Registrar’s Office during your first semester if you know that you’ll want to pursue a certificate.
What all three of these study options have in common is that they represent ways for students to create a Fletcher curriculum to meet their individual needs, and that flexibility remains a key characteristic of the Fletcher experience.
Somehow I find myself more than halfway through the academic year with barely a mention of Fletcher’s three new study options. I did write earlier in the fall about one of the programs, then called the MTA — which was in the process of development even as we launched it in September — but it has taken me longer to catch up with the other new programs. Here, then, is an update.
The Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (now called the MATA) will be offered, starting in September 2017, jointly with the College of Europe in Belgium. It will enable students to pursue a degree by splitting their time between the two campuses, and there is an internship component. You might have questions. So did we! And here they are, with answers. I’ve so far read a total of one MATA application, but more are in store for me.
Next up is a PhD in Economics and Public Policy, offered cooperatively by Fletcher and the Tufts University Department of Economics. The goal is for five students to enter the program each year, with the first students starting their studies in September 2017. Applications will be submitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, which will award the ultimate degrees.
And last, a new LLM dual-degree program with the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland will give students the opportunity to earn both a Master of Laws in International Law (LLM) from Fletcher and a Master in International Law from St. Gallen after 18 months to two years of study.
All three of the programs are profiled in this Tufts Now article.
There have been several interesting stories this week about triple Jumbo Nahid Bhadelia, who completed her MA degree at Fletcher and her MD degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in 2005, after graduating from Tufts Arts and Sciences in 1999. As she prepares for a trip to Sierra Leone to work with Ebola patients, Nahid has been profiled in the Boston Globe and on Boston’s local CBS, NBC, and ABC, stations, as well as on MSNBC, WBUR, and in a piece in the Huffington Post that describes the disease in detail.
Though the current circumstances are extreme, Nahid exemplifies the professional profile of our MA-MD graduates. Just as Emerson Tuttle wrote in the blog this spring about the MA-DVM dual Fletcher-veterinary degree, the relatively small number of students for whom the MA-MD is the right fit are seeking a particular path for their career — one where the international dimension is inseparable from the medical/veterinary core of their work.
Despite our summer loneliness in a quiet Fletcher, I still have a few stories and updates from students to share. Emerson Tuttle completed his Fletcher studies in the one-year MA program in 2013, but he is still in the community as he finishes a degree in veterinary medicine. While we often say that no two students pursue the same courses at Fletcher, Emerson has a far stronger claim to uniqueness. He’s sufficiently unusual that the University’s media folks featured his story in a recent newsletter. Here is how Emerson reflects on his Fletcher experience.
As a former MA candidate from the class of 2013, my path to Fletcher was definitively atypical, as are my current pursuits. However, my experience in Medford was one that parallels that of all other Fletcher students in that it included rigorous academic challenges, exposure to a broad range of cultural perspectives, and the development of close bonds to mentors, future colleagues, and life-long friends.
I am a current combined degree student at Tufts with one more year remaining in the curriculum at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (TCSVM) prior to graduating in the spring of 2015 with both a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and a Fletcher degree. I applied to TCSVM, in hopes of pursuing this underutilized combined program, after investigating the career possibilities available to a veterinarian with a background in international policy. Included in these career paths are veterinarians who work in public health, pandemic preparedness and mitigation, international disease control and trade policy, as well as international development.After spending a summer in Ethiopia researching the effects of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) — the most economically devastating animal disease on the planet that remains endemic in many developing nations — I embarked on a year of study at Fletcher. My aim was to hone my theoretical and analytical abilities in regards to environmental policy, international development, policy analysis, and international trade. Given the breadth of the Fletcher course offerings, two short semesters were hardly enough to absorb all of the potential knowledge the curriculum has to offer, but it was sufficient to open my eyes to new ways of thinking and communicating, and to potential solutions to complex global issues.
For those whose connection to the veterinary profession is limited to bringing pets to their local small animal practitioner, understanding the connection between an international policy degree and the study of animal disease may be difficult. I was concerned that this would make my time at Fletcher challenging, in that I’d need to prove myself to relative experts in the field of international relations. With a BA in biology, my mind had been programmed to think in natural processes, ecosystems, and physiology, rather than law, economics, and diplomacy. I was pleasantly surprised when my classmates were able to grasp the connection between my degrees almost instantly, and welcomed me into what was a foreign environment for my scientific mind. Professors similarly welcomed me into their classrooms with an interest in how their knowledge could augment my own to develop an optimal learning experience for a non-traditional student (if one can say that there even is such a thing at Fletcher). Needless to say, the respect in which I hold classmates and professors alike is unparalleled.
My experiences at both TCSVM and Fletcher helped me secure a temporary position at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations during the summer immediately after my year at Fletcher. There I delved further into FMD control, albeit from an office in Rome as opposed to on the ground in Addis Ababa. The skills and perspective I gained from my studies at Fletcher allowed me to view veterinary questions through a unique lens, one that lent clarity to the socioeconomic issues generating the complex environment in which disease circulates. My work at the FAO gave me the opportunity to see how veterinarians are actively shaping international policies and regulations to mitigate the spread of infectious animal diseases worldwide, and one day I hope to do the same.
I write this post as I prepare myself for a difficult, yet extremely rewarding 15 months of clinical training at TCSVM. My brain has had to shift back to identifying clinical signs and differential diagnoses, as opposed to economic trends and points through which to exert effective policy action. Though the inside of an operating room is currently more familiar to me than the halls of Fletcher, the memories and experiences I carry with me from my time there will continue to open doors for me in the future, and will also continue to shape my life and professional career for the better.
An interesting piece of news came out on Tuesday: Fletcher will be offering a dual MALD-MBA degree with the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai. Here’s what our press people wrote about it:
MEDFORD, Mass. and SHANGHAI, May 22, 2012—The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (The Fletcher School) and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) today announced an agreement to establish a dual-degree program. The new program will enable students from the two world-class graduate degree institutions to pursue complementary studies in international affairs and international business in order to receive both a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from The Fletcher School and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from CEIBS.
As part of the dual-degree program, students will spend 12 consecutive months in residence at CEIBS’ Shanghai Campus and three semesters in residence at The Fletcher School in Medford, MA. The dual-degree program will enable students to earn both a MALD and MBA degree in two and a half years—a full year less than would be required if each degree were sought separately.
“As the demand for graduate study in China continues to grow, we’re delighted to be able to expand our ongoing cooperation with CEIBS, a school that, like Fletcher, attracts a student body characterized by an international mindset and capabilities,” says Fletcher Dean Stephen W. Bosworth. “We’re confident that the dual-degree program will strengthen both of our institutions and will better equip our students to meet the challenges of a complex, interdependent and globalized world.”
CEIBS and The Fletcher School currently offer a successful one-semester student exchange program. The creation of this new dual-degree program further combines the excellence and traditions of the two institutions and will provide students with a broader global perspective that can be applied to opportunities in international corporations, global finance institutions, international economic and development institutions, and government agencies.
“Our partnership with Fletcher on this program is a natural extension of the excellent working relationship between our two institutions over the years,” says CEIBS Dean John A. Quelch. “This is an excellent opportunity for our two schools to develop responsible leaders with the skills, knowledge and resources needed to manage global organizations and public institutions, and to tackle today’s most pressing and complex global problems. The combination of China Depth, Global Breadth, and deep understanding of both business and international affairs will give these students an incomparable edge.”
While enrolled at each respective school, students will be expected to fulfill the appropriate coursework and language requirements (competency in at least two languages). Participants may begin the program at either Fletcher or CEIBS, as each school will accept coursework from the other institution for degree credit. Graduates will have full access to the deep alumni networks and alumni benefits of both schools.
The China Europe International Business School (www.ceibs.edu) offers a unique combination of China Depth, Global Breadth, taking advantage of its position as a leading business school in Asia to train responsible leaders. CEIBS was the first business school in Mainland China to offer a full-time MBA, an Executive MBA, and a wide array of Executive Development Programs and it is the only Asian business school to have achieved global ranking for all three of these programs.
CEIBS also offers a Part-Time Finance MBA and collaborates with IESE, a leading b-school in Spain, on a Ph.D. Program. There is a main campus in Shanghai, a second campus in Beijing, as well as representative offices and teaching facilities in Shenzhen and Accra, Ghana.
CEIBS’ impressive alumni base includes 1000+ CEOs and top-level decision makers.
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