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Tufts University Master of Global Business Administration (GBA)

Discover an online GBA that combines in-depth study in both business and international affairs, preparing you to become an innovative global leader.

About the program

  • Go beyond a traditional MBA: Stand out in a saturated market with high-demand, relevant skills that combine business and international affairs.
  • Apply without GRE/GMAT scores: Instead, show the admissions committee the real you: your diverse and unique perspective, your professional experience, and your real-world knowledge.
  • Enroll full-time or part-time: Choose between a 16- and 24-month track, and pick class times that work for you and your personal and professional obligations.

About Tufts University’s Fletcher School

For nearly 90 years, Fletcher has led its global affairs programs from an innovative, leadership-oriented perspective. Fletcher faculty drive solutions for the most complex global challenges and attract learners from all over the world.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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Curriculum spotlight: Focus on business within a global context

The online GBA from Tufts University allows you to develop business and international expertise so you can work across sectors, disciplines, and social issues. As a student, you will:

  • Gain more than just business skills: Tufts University GBA program adds the critical contextual factors — such as economics, legal, and social — to the traditional global MBA competencies, to help you stand out in a business organization with international reach.
  • Learn from world-class faculty: Tufts University GBA faculty are Fortune 500 advisers, public authors, chief economists, and retired law firm partners. They are experts at keeping learners highly engaged during their weekly live, online classes.
  • Discover flexible learning options: The GBA program offers a full-time (16 months) option, but also a part-time one (24 months), so you can continue working while you earn your degree.
  • Choose electives that support your interests: The program starts with two business core courses, which are soon followed by complete elective courses, such as Business Foundations, Global Context, Analytical Tools and International Law.
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Prospective learners interested in this program should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. No GRE/GMAT scores required. To complete an application, you will need to submit: 

  • Official transcripts

  • Essays

  • Résumé

  • Letters of recommendation

  • Application fee

  • Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable)


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Learners in the GBA program attend two in-person immersions: One on Tufts University’s campus in Boston that serves as a kick-off to the required capstone; and the other in an international location selected for each cohort. 

During the on-campus immersion, you will build a team, tackle a problem, and manage a complex project. During the international immersion, you will experience the complexities of international business firsthand while building connections with your cohort and The Fletcher School’s global network.

Frequently asked questions

The Fletcher School's curriculum is oriented toward providing learners with the functional expertise they need for global careers. Although most Fletcher Fields of Study are organized around functional themes, the School also supports regional interests through coursework, comparative case studies, faculty and student research, and overseas internships. 

Learners may choose to focus on a specific geographic region by taking courses with regional relevance, by focusing their capstone project on a region, or by self-designing a regionally focused Field of Study. Many Fletcher courses, while organized along functional lines, have substantial content in a particular region. Thus, learners often blend functional and regional interests, such as, for example, mobile banking in Sub-Saharan Africa. Finally, internship opportunities also help learners further develop regional as well as functional expertise.

The Fletcher School actively seeks to enroll a diverse class of learners who have previously demonstrated academic excellence; a wide range of personal, professional, and academic experiences; and who show a strong commitment to an international career. The School seeks students who, by virtue of their background, achievement, and experience, can contribute to the education of their peers, as well as to the analysis and practice of international relations.

Prospective students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Students will receive an email with a link to apply for the Endowed and Philanthropic Scholarships.

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