The Fletcher School's approach to business education is distinct from traditional MBA programs. As a graduate school of international affairs, we ensure that students understand not only how businesses operate internationally, but the entire context in which they operate. Our specialty is contextual intelligence. Our ability to deliver critical business skills, a deep knowledge of the international environment, and specialized regional expertise sets us apart.
Fletcher’s two-year Master of International Business (MIB) is a unique hybrid international business - international affairs degree. The MIB provides a solid foundation of traditional business skills including finance, marketing, accounting, and strategy, plus exposure to a wide range of international issues that impact business today. Topics such as security risks, geopolitics, emerging markets, corporate governance, and energy and environmental policy give students an understanding of the entire context in which international companies must operate. While the core classes cover standard MBA subjects, our exclusive focus on the international business environment and Fletcher’s deep expertise in international affairs distinguish the MIB from generalist business programs.
As a part of their degree, students deepen their knowledge through two areas of focus, one in business, and the other in international affairs. By combining two unique fields, students may cultivate expertise that gives them an edge in the marketplace. Our 24 focus areas range from traditional business fields (such as Strategy and Finance) to international affairs concepts (including International Trade and Commercial Policies, International Business and Economic Law, International Security Studies, and Development Economics).
All students are required to complete a final project or thesis, allowing them to tackle specialized topics that might not be covered in depth in a course. Recent thesis topics have ranged from microfinance in Brazil to high-tech innovation in emerging markets to the impact of sovereign wealth funds.
Adding to this flexibility, students may also take classes at all other Tufts graduate schools as well as the Harvard graduate schools (Business, Law, Education, etc).
MIB students may participate in exchange programs with leading global business schools such as China Europe International Business School (Shanghai), HEC (Paris), IE (Madrid), and the Indian School of Business (Hyderabad). Additionally, students spend the summer between their first and second years at internships all over the world. These internships frequently lead to full time jobs in all sectors and across all industries.