Application Instructions

Flags representing the students from over 60 countries who are studying at the Monterey Institute.

We encourage you to apply online for our degree, non-degree, and certificate programs. The online application allows you to complete your application at your leisure, pay the application fee using a credit or debit card, and receive online updates regarding document status.

After receiving a completed application, our goal is to provide an admissions decision within 4-6 weeks. Please submit the following items:

Application Form & Fee

The online application form may be submitted for all degree, certificate, and non-degree programs.  Several of our intensive language and non-degree programs have customized application forms. Please consult specific programs for more details.

Once you have submitted the online application form and paid the $50 fee, you will have access to an online checklist where you can view the status of your supporting documents.  In order to view your online checklist, you will need to log in to the online application and select the application you previously submitted.  Please allow 7-10 days for items to be processed onto the online checklist.

By utilizing our online application form, you will be able to pay the $50 application fee using a credit or debit card.  We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express credit or debit cards.  If you are unable to pay using a credit or debit card, you may submit the paper application and send a check or postal order in the amount of $50.  If you would like to pay the application fee using a wire transfer, please contact the Cashier's office at (831) 647-6434 for additional information.

Please make all checks payable to:

Monterey Institute of International Studies
Attn: Admissions Office
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940 USA

Fed ID: #94-1425570
CA ID: #216-09672

Statement of Purpose and Resume

Your statement of purpose should explain who you are, including your motivations for pursuing graduate studies and future academic or career objectives. Your resume should highlight your educational background and professional experience. Your statement of purpose and resume may also be submitted online as part of the online application. The statement of purpose should be limited to 600 words.

Undergraduate Transcripts

Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Admissions office in a sealed envelopes from all academic institutions attended. If your school does not provide original transcripts, we will accept certified copies. Please provide certified English translations for non-English language transcripts.

For those currently attending degree programs, we will grant admission conditional upon satisfactory degree completion and final transcript results.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation should be written by individuals qualified to evaluate your educational background and professional experiences. Appropriate individuals include university professors, employers, supervisors, or commanding officers.

They should send the letters directly to Admissions at No forms are provided. Please clearly identify the applicant's full name in the letter. All letters must be written or translated to English.

Standardized Test Scores


Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores are required for the Fisher International MBA program.


For all other graduate programs, applicants with strong GRE scores are encouraged to submit them with the application for admission, however they are not required . Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 are strongly encouraged to submit GRE scores. Please use our four-digit institution code [4507] to send us your scores.


Non-native English speakers must provide evidence of English proficiency from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examinations. Applicants who were educated in the U.S. or the United Kingdom may be exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement. Please contact Admissions to waive this requirement.

Program-Specific Requirements

Please review the requirements for the degree you wish to pursue and determine if there are additional materials that need to be submitted:

Proof of Second Language Proficiency

When submitting your application for admission, if the Admissions Committee has any questions about your second language capabilities, you may be contacted by our Language Requirements Coordinator and asked to take a self-administered language diagnostic test and to clarify how you acquired your second language capabilities. If appropriate, the Language Coordinator may work with you to devise a Language Learning Plan to help ensure that you are on track for successfully passing the Language Placement exam administered at New Student Orientation.