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.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Your resume or curriculum should highlight your educational background and professional experience in one or two pages.

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.

Undergraduate Transcripts

Official transcripts 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 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.

The recommenders should send 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 into English.

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!

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.