Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA)

Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA)

‘Forging transatlantic leaders’

Why study transatlantic affairs?

The 21st century brings with it numerous complex challenges that the United States and the European Union can best address together. To integrate the emerging powers into a functioning, rules-based system of global governance, to effectively address the financial and economic crisis, to promote democracy and human rights, or to enhance internal as well as global security, the strengthening of transatlantic ties is paramount. This requires joint efforts by public and private actors, including business and civil society, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Challenges such as complex multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations or the future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the fight against extremism have to be taken up by a new generation of experts who can assume leadership functions in transatlantic affairs. To prepare graduates for such positions of leadership in transatlantic affairs, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University – the first graduate-only school of international affairs in the United States – and the College of Europe – the world’s first university institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs – offer a unique, new joint degree: the Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA).

Study programme

Students in the MATA programme will be able to spend one year on each side of the Atlantic. The first year will be dedicated to coursework. The second year commences with a high-level internship in an international or national institution, or within the corporate or civil society sector. For students starting at the College of Europe, this internship is expected to be conducted in the United States; for those who spent their first year at The Fletcher School, the internship will be completed in Europe. The fourth and final semester will consist of coursework, but this time at the partner institution. The programme will culminate in the completion of a Master’s thesis on transatlantic affairs drawing upon the insights and support obtained at both institutions.

Within this overarching framework common to all MATA students, the precise study programme varies in line with the study track chosen. The following five study tracks are offered within the MATA programme:

Each study track leads to a Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (120 ECTS).

During their time at the College, and in line with their chosen study track, students will integrate one of the five departments:

At The Fletcher School, students will gain breadth of knowledge through coursework across the School’s three divisions:

Both institutions create a community setting for the students, integrating them into a close-knit, multinational and intercultural learning environment.

Student profile

The MATA programme targets talented young professionals with a minimum of four years of university study and some professional experience in relevant domains. Candidates are expected to apply to the partner institution where they wish to spend the first year.

The language of instruction in the programme is English, but students are required to be proficient in another language.  The College of Europe offers courses taught in French, which students with a sufficient knowledge of the language may follow. However, students may meet the graduation requirements for the MATA by demonstrating proficiency in any second language (including their native language). At the end of their studies, graduates are awarded a fully recognized and accredited joint degree and become part of extensive alumni networks at both institutions, enabling the development of transatlantic contacts.

Graduates of the two institutions have attained high-level positions as officials in international organizations (European Union, NATO, United Nations), as well as within national public sectors as diplomats or officials in ministries and agencies. Additionally, graduates have held leadership positions in the private sector as managers or consultants in corporations, consultancies and law firms, to civil society working in numerous capacities for non-profit organizations, to think tanks as policy analysts, or to academia.


The application period for the academic year 2017-2018 is over. Interested candidates can apply between November 2017 and January 2018 for the academic year 2018-2019. Students will pay the regular tuition fee at each partner institution, except during the time of their internship. The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the College of Europe endeavour to identify scholarships and high-level internship opportunities.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit this website regularly as the information is subject to change.

  • Contact at the College of Europe: info.mata [at]
  • Contact at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy: fletcheradmissions [at]

This programme has been accredited in the US and is currently in the process of being accredited as a 120 ECTS MA programme by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).

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