Self-Designed Fields

Students may submit a Self-Designed Field Petition Form to apply for one self-designated field of study to satisfy degree requirements. Petitions for self-designated fields must be submitted before the student’s final semester to the Registrar’s Office for CSAP review.

The follow requirements must be satisfied for the approval of a self-designated field:

  1. A resident member of Fletcher faculty must assume responsibility for advising the student on the Self-Designated field and must support the request in writing.
  2. The Self-Designated field must consist of at least three full credit courses for the MALD and five full credit courses for the PhD candidate unless the PhD candidate is offering three fields in which case four courses per field is accepted.
  3. The Self-Designated field must include at least one Fletcher course as the required course for the field.
  4. The Self-Designated field should consist of a group of courses with a clear methodology, a respectable volume of theoretical and applied literature, and boundaries that enable a clear distinction to be made between the subject of the special field and related subjects outside the field, and between the Special Field and existing Fields of Study.
  5. The Self-Designated Field should have an international component that reflects the flavor of the Fletcher curriculum.