Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Our MBA is different. Here’s how:

1. Global Reputation

The Institute has a long tradition of academic excellence. Middlebury College, founded in 1800, is one of the oldest and most respected liberal arts colleges in the United States. Known for its leadership in language education, international studies, and environmental studies, it’s also recognized globally for its innovations in experiential learning. The Institute itself opened in 1955, and joined the Middlebury family a decade ago. Based in the coastal town of Monterey, California, its goal was to promote international understanding through the study of language and culture. Students also have access to global resources like the Institute’s Center for the Blue Economy, the James Martin Center for Non-proliferation Studies, and the Center for Social Impact Learning.

2. Social Impact Focus

Like many high-ranking MBA programs, the Institute’s has an intentional and deeply rooted focus. We recognize the global challenges facing our world and the large-scale social and environmental impact on international business. Managing that impact requires specific preparation, and the Institute’s Fisher MBA in Global Impact Management provides vital international business skills that include a focus on language proficiency and cultural competency. Students emerge from the Institute prepared to produce sustainable, equitable solutions for a global community.

3. International Environment

The Institute’s small, collaborative community is uncommonly diverse in its gathering of cultures and languages. In any given year, more than 40 percent of our students come from abroad, and half the faculty are from countries other than the U.S. Being able to communicate not only in language but within a culture is fundamental to an Institute education.

4. Experienced Faculty

Institute faculty bring years of international experience to the program, and many have distinguished themselves in their respective disciplines in businesses and organizations around the world. In a graduate school that boasts a student-faculty ratio of seven-to-one, they are active mentors and often remain lifetime colleagues.

5. Field Experience

As part of their coursework, students apply their classroom learning to real-life problems in the form of program-specific capstone projects. From short-term consulting with local businesses or non-profits to longer term work with Fortune 500 companies or local entrepreneurs in emerging markets, these capstone projects give students learning experiences that provide a head start on future careers and distinguishes them in the marketplace. Not surprisingly, our graduates are highly valued by international employers.

6. Preparation

Institute graduates often describe their program experience as one as much about transformation as about learning. As self-described idealists with strong desires to help change the world, they experience an unmistakable transformation. Close mentoring relationships with faculty, small collaborative classes, and international participation in conferences and competitions—these all contribute to each student’s shift from idealists into professional change-makers and practitioners.

7. Results

Our graduates are highly regarded by leading international businesses and organizations because they have proven, again and again, that they can hit the ground running. Institute alumni live and work in 67 countries in a variety of contexts, from social enterprises such as Sungevity, Nesst and Points of Light, to high-tech giants such as Cisco Systems and Intuit to governmental and nongovernmental organizations including USAID and the World Bank. Your future opportunities will be as diverse as they will be exciting.

8. Location

Monterey Bay on California’s beautiful central coast just over an hour's drive from Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area—two world centers of innovation and technology. What’s more, the Middlebury Institute maintains its own ties to the East Coast through Middlebury College and the Institute’s Washington, D.C. campus.

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