Application Instructions

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.

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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 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 from bachelor's program 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 bachelor's degree programs, we will grant admission with the condition that you satisfactorily complete your degree and provide final official transcripts.

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.

Please request that these individuals upload the Letter of Recommendation in this form. You may provide them with the link to where they can fill out the required information and submit the letter. Alternatively, your reference may email the letter directly to the Admissions Office at or send by mail to 460 Pierce Street; Monterey, CA; 93940. Note that your application will not be complete until your letters of recommendation have been received.

Standardized Test Scores

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

GMAT scores are required for the Fisher International MBA program. However, GRE scores may also be submitted as a substitute for the GMAT. Please use our four-digit institution code [4507] to send us your scores.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

For all other graduate programs, applicants with strong GRE scores are encouraged to submit them with the application for admission, although 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.


If you did not receive your high school and/or college education in English, you 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.

If you have completed your entire undergraduate program at a U.S. or U.K. college or university, you you may be exempt from submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores. These scores may also be waived on a case by case basis, if you have completed extensive academic work in English. Please contact us if you have questions >>

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

During the admissions process, if we have any questions about your language proficiency, you may be asked to contact our Language Studies Program Advisor to discuss your current proficiency level and opportunities to improve your language skills, if necessary. The Language Studies Program Advisor may work with you to create a Language Plan to ensure that you are on track for successfully completing the Language and Intercultural Competency requirement of your degree program.