The Fletcher School’s international relations master’s degree programs are ranked #6 in the world by Foreign Policy Magazine.1
Develop MBA Skills in a Global Context to Advance Your Career
The Online Master of Global Business Administration from The Fletcher School at Tufts University
The Fletcher School’s online Master of Global Business Administration (GBA) is designed for ambitious professionals eager to meet the challenges of an ever-changing global economy.
This unique program begins with the course work and knowledge of a global MBA program and adds in-depth layers of international context, arming you with broader leadership skills and the capacity to make better strategic decisions, think across geographic and disciplinary borders, and accelerate your business career.
GRE/GMAT scores are not required to apply.
As a Fletcher student, your education will go beyond the borders of a traditional MBA program, equipping you with the management skills and contextual intelligence to stand out in a crowded field of MBA graduates and succeed in corporations, nonprofits, the public sector, and beyond.
Join our accomplished network of change-makers at The Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Fletcher boasts a truly worldwide network, with alumni who live and work in more than 135 countries across the globe.
Since its founding in 1933, Fletcher has produced Fortune 500 CEOs, heads of state, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit and military leaders.
Who Can Benefit from a Global MBA?
Similar to a global MBA, Tufts’ online program is suited for professionals and emerging leaders looking to build the business foundations and international perspectives to advance in their careers. You should consider this program if you are:
- Planning to pivot from your current professional path to a new career focused on global management.
- Looking to cultivate your career as a business professional in a U.S.-based or international company.
- Keen to gain skills and a network to take on international assignments.
- Looking to transition between the social, public, and private sectors.
- Hoping to build a career in business for environmental, social, or economic impact.
At Fletcher, we foster a community that actively embraces different identities, cultures, opinions, and beliefs. We also offer a residential Master of International Business (MIB) program, which is based on Fletcher’s Boston-area campus and provides in-person opportunities to interact with individuals who have a range of different viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences. Learn more about the residential MIB program.
A Curriculum that
Focuses on Business within the Global Context
Conducting business globally is not just about working across borders. It is about working across sectors, disciplines, and issues. Business decisions can’t be made in a vacuum; real international expertise demands deep contextual intelligence. It is this key factor that will help you stand out in a business organization with international reach.
Our global MBA curriculum develops your core business competencies—finance, strategy, leadership—and builds on that foundation with an understanding of the international factors that affect the business of any domestic or international organization, including geopolitics, global security, supply chains, economic policy, emerging market dynamics, and law and regulations.
The GBA offers both part-time (24 months) and full-time (16 months) options. You will begin the program with two business core courses—Corporate Finance in Global Capital Markets and International Strategy and Innovation—and then complete elective courses in the following areas:
- Business Foundations
- Global Context
- International Law
- Analytical Tools
The GBA program includes two in-person immersions: one on Tufts University’s scenic hilltop campus in Boston and the other in an international location selected for each cohort. The on-campus immersion serves as a kickoff to the required capstone, a real-life “lab” project that allows you to build a team, tackle a problem, and manage a complex project. The international immersion offers you the opportunity to witness the complexities of international business firsthand, while building connections with your cohort and getting to know The Fletcher School network.
How to Apply
At The Fletcher School, we review applications holistically, which means that we consider your academic credentials, professional experience, international exposure, and career goals as a complete package.
GRE/GMAT scores are not required.
Next Application Deadline:
Our online GBA program has multiple starts per year so you have the flexibility to choose the one that best suits your schedule. The next cohorts we are enrolling will begin in September 2023 and January 2024.
Get An Inside Look at
The Fletcher School with Dean Rachel Kyte
Learn how the online GBA program prepares you to become a leader in international business.
Preparing for Career Growth Across Sectors
You will graduate from The Fletcher School’s online master’s program with a global perspective that is crucial for advancing your career across sectors. You will build skills that can be applied across a range of careers, including the ability to:
- Analyze the impact of political, economic, and environmental factors that present risks and opportunities for businesses.
- Develop long-term strategies that account for the external international influences on your industry.
- Innovate strategically, essential for successful leadership in a post-pandemic society.
This flexible, wide-ranging knowledge base will help you advance across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
Business education has not yet caught up with reality. Businesses need to be increasingly comfortable with the idea that the biggest opportunities and traps extend across borders; data, money, sustainable development, and political risks are all global phenomena. To capture these opportunities, managers must be nimble at jumping not only across geographic borders but also across the border between business and international affairs.
Transcend International Boundaries
Build the global context you need to adapt your career to international markets.
Fletcher Supports Your Global Business Career
Fletcher graduates have been key players in business and international affairs around the world for more than 85 years. From the moment you enroll, you gain access to resources that can be leveraged to help achieve a wide range of professional goals.
Fletcher Career Services
Upon enrollment, you will have access to Fletcher’s Career Services, offered by a team of experts who are committed to your professional growth. You will have the opportunity to:
- Apply for a wide range of jobs in various industries.
- Receive customized, individual career coaching.
- Register for Fletcher’s Leadership Development Program, designed for GBA students.
- Access tools that support job searches, including resume review and career workshops.
A Powerful Alumni Network
Fletcher is known for its extraordinarily loyal alumni family. Joining the Fletcher community means gaining access to a prestigious network of diverse and accomplished alumni, many of whom hold leadership positions at top-tier organizations. Our network includes CEOs, ambassadors, sitting heads of state, award-winning journalists and writers, political and military leaders, investors, and successful entrepreneurs.
Fletcher has more than 80 alumni clubs in cities around the world. These clubs provide a forum for local networking and collaboration and allow alumni to tap into Fletcher’s prestigious network of professional connections no matter where you find yourself in the world.
Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC)
The IBGC provides opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue at the intersection of the world of business and international affairs. The institute produces cutting-edge research to educate you about the effects that geopolitical, legal, humanitarian, and environmental issues can have on businesses—and the impact of business on these domains. The institute’s key areas of focus are:
- Research on global innovation, the digital economy, capital flows, and inclusive business.
- Facilitation of dialogue on contemporary global business issues, through conferences, speakers, and workshops.
- Implementation of ideas via business plan competitions, start-up support, and field consulting.
The Online Master’s Student Experience
With an online master’s program, you can advance your education while continuing to work from anywhere in the world. As a student, you will:
Attend live online classes that allow you to engage in rich discussion with your professors and classmates in real time.
Complete multimedia course work that you can access, download, and submit anytime from any device.
Receive LinkedIn Premium Career access, which allows you to contact hiring managers and strengthen your professional network.