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The Fletcher School's online Master of Global Business Administration (GBA) is designed for experienced professionals looking to establish international management credentials while expanding their perspectives on geopolitics, global security, economic policy, and law and regulations.
Fletcher graduates are prepared to work across international borders and tackle the complex challenges of the twenty-first-century leader. The online GBA program combines graduate-level business and international affairs courses to provide you with the context necessary to advance your career no matter where you are in the world.
GRE/GMAT scores are not required to apply.
The Fletcher School belongs to the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), a membership-based organization limited to schools that demonstrate excellence in career-focused, graduate-level international affairs education.
Join our accomplished alumni network. Since its founding in 1933, The Fletcher School at Tufts University has produced ambassadors, Fortune 500 CEOs, heads of state, and nonprofit and military leaders.
The Fletcher School's international relations master's degree programs are ranked #6 in the world by Foreign Policy Magazine.
Boasting a truly worldwide network, Fletcher has alumni living in more than 135 countries across the globe.
Fletcher is the first school in the United States dedicated solely to graduate studies in global affairs.
Who Can Benefit from a Master of Global Business Administration?
Tufts' online GBA program is suited for students looking to expand their horizons and build the international credentials they need to advance within their organizations. You should consider this program if you are:
- Planning to pivot from your current professional path to a new career focused on global management.
- Keen to gain skills and a network to take on international assignments.
- Looking to transition from the social or public sector to the private sector.
- Hoping to build a career in business for environmental, social, developmental, or political impact.
If you prefer a residential program, we encourage you to explore our on-campus Master of International Business.
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.
The GBA program will help you build the same core business skills that you gain with traditional MBA. You will also gain the knowledge, tools, and credentials necessary to understand how business strategies are implemented within the complicated context of the international environment. This program uniquely prepares you to lead distinctively, with contextual intelligence.
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
- Understanding the Global Context
- International Law
- Analytical Tools for Decision-Making
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. The program is designed for experienced professionals; at least six years of professional experience is recommended, though not required.
GRE/GMAT scores are not required.
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Preparing for Career Growth
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 and environmental risk on businesses.
- Navigate international business law.
- Understand the effects of economic and other global trends on organizations.
- Leverage data to make strategic decisions.
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.
Dean of Global Business
The Fletcher School
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 international affairs and business 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 Central
Upon enrollment, you will have access to Fletcher Career Central. This tool will allow you to:
- Apply for a wide range of jobs in various industries.
- Connect with classmates and build a network of professional connections.
- Get notified when jobs are posted that match specific criteria.
- Access tools that support job searches, including résumé review and mock interviews.
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
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 a WeWork Global Access Membership, which allows you to study and meet up with fellow classmates in work spaces around the world.