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 a complete application, 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 all degree, certificate and non-degree programs. You will create a username and password to complete the online application, and you may return to complete it at any time. You'll also have the opportunity to submit your statement of purpose and resume within the online application.

Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose should explain your why you would like to attend the Monterey Institute, including your future academic and career goals. Please limit your statement of purpose to 600 words.

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.

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 Accelerated MBA Program, you will need to demonstrate a minimum of 2 years of professional work experience through your resume or curriculum vitae.

Application Fee

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 more 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

Application Checklist

Once you have submitted the online application form and paid the 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 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 graduate degree (if applicable) should be sent directly to the Admissions office in a sealed envelopes from all academic institutions 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.

If you're currently finishing your undergraduate degree, 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.

Please request that these individuals upload the Letter of Recommendation through this online form. You may provide them with the link to where they may 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)

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

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE scores are not required for our 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.


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

If you're applying to one of the following programs, we will contact you if we have any questions about your language proficiency. You may need to speak with our  Language Studies Program Advisor to discuss your current proficiency level and opportunities to improve your language skills.

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.

If you're applying to our Translation, Interpretation and Localization programs, you will submit an Early Diagnostic Test to demonstrate proficiency in your A, B and/or C languages. You must also have at least six month of in-country experience using your second and/or third languages.

Other Program-Specific Requirements

MBA in Global Impact Management

If you meet all of the minimum requirements for our MBA 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.