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.

After receiving your application and supporting materials, our goal is to provide an admissions decision within 4 to 6 weeks. Please submit the following items:

Online Application

The online application form may be submitted for our degree, certificate and non-degree programs. You will create a username and password to complete the online application, and you may complete it in multiple sessions. You'll also have the opportunity to submit your statement of purpose and resume within the online application.

Statement of Purpose or MBA Essay

If you're applying to our MBA in Global Impact Management program, you will submit an essay, instead of a statement of purpose. Essay Question: Choose one of the traits listed here and give us an example of a time when you exhibited that trait to achieve a significant professional, non-academic accomplishment. Tell this story in 500 words or fewer: Insightful, Resilient, Proactive, Creative, Persistent, Resourceful, or Emotionally Intelligent.

For all other degree programs, you'll submit a statement of purpose, highlighting why you would like to attend the Monterey Institute and your future academic and career goals. Please limit your statement of purpose to 600 words.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Your resume or curriculum should highlight your educational background and professional experience in one or two pages. To apply for our One Year (12-month) MBA Program, you will need to demonstrate a minimum of two years of professional work experience through your resume or curriculum vitae. Our other master's and bachelor's programs do not have specific professional experience requirements.

Application Fee

Through our online application form, you will be able to pay the $50 application fee with a credit or debit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit or debit cards. If you would like to pay the application fee using a wire transfer, please contact the Cashier's Office at 831.647.6434 for more information.

If you prefer to pay by check or postal order or you are eligible for an application fee waiver, you may submit the  paper application paper application by email, fax or mail.

Please make all checks payable to:

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

Email: enroll@miis.edu

Phone: 831.647.4123

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

Application Checklist

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

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts for your undergraduate degree and/or previous graduate degree (if applicable) should be sent directly to the Admissions Office in a sealed envelopes from all of the academic institutions you have attended. If your college or university 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 you 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 through this online form. You may provide them with the link to go.miis.edu/recommend where they may submit the letter.

Alternatively, your references may email the letter directly to the Admissions Office at enroll@miis.edu or send by mail to 460 Pierce Street; Monterey, CA; 93940. Note that your application will not be complete until both of your letters of recommendation have been received.

Standardized Test Scores

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

GMAT scores are required for the Fisher MBA in Global Impact Management 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)

GRE scores are not required for our other graduate programs. If you have GRE scores, we encourage you to submit them with your application for admission, since they may positively affect merit scholarship decisions. If you have an undergraduate GPA below 3.0, we also strongly encourage you to submit GRE scores. Please use our four-digit institution code [4507] to send us your scores.

TOEFL or IELTS Scores

For non-native English speakers, 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 >>

Proof of Second Language Proficiency

Translation, Interpretation and Localization Management

If you're applying to one of our Translation, Interpretation and Localization Management programs, you will submit an Early Diagnostic Test (EDT) to demonstrate proficiency in your first and second languages. You must also have at least six months of in-country experience using your second and/or third languages. Request Your Early Diagnostic Test Now >>

If you wish to pursue a third language [C language], you must apply to the MA in Translation or the MA in Conference Interpretation. You will also need to take a second Early Diagnostic Test, once you're admitted.

Teaching Foreign Language

If you're applying to our Teaching Foreign Language program, you will submit a writing sample and complete a phone Interview to demonstrate proficiency in your language of instruction.

Other Programs

If you're applying to one of the following programs, we may contact you if we have any questions about whether or not you meet our language proficiency requirements. Our Language Studies Program Advisor will then assess your current proficiency level and discuss opportunities to improve your language skills with you.

Other Program-Specific Requirements

If you meet the minimum requirements for our MBA in Global Impact Management program, you will be invited for an interview via telephone or Skype. We will contact you to schedule the interview with the MBA Program Director, Program Chair or Dean after you've submitted your application.