Fisher International MBA

Admission to the Fisher International MBA Program is based on a candidate's prior academic record, professional experience, GMAT scores and foreign language proficiency.

Admissions Requirements Overview

Standardized Test Scores

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

You are required to submit your GMAT score with all other application materials. We recommend that applicants score in the 500s or higher for consideration. We receive average GMAT scores which range from the upper 500s to low 600s.

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.

Language Proficiency

You have the opportunity to develop and integrate foreign language and intercultural communication skills within your degree program for professional purposes.

Native English Speakers

You will complete at least 8 credits of advanced language courses as part of your language and intercultural competency degree requirement. You may choose to select an additional 1-4 credits of language coursework or 1-4 credits of intercultural competency coursework to satisfy this requirement. To ensure the greatest improvement in your second language ability, the 8-12 credits of language study must be dedicated to a single language, unless you have 400-level or above proficiency.

You are expected to be at the following level by the time you begin the degree program:

Spanish or Arabic: At the 200-level, equivalent to second-year college level
You will have completed at least one recent academic year of beginning language coursework successfully. OR You will have completed one summer of intensive language course successfully before enrolling in your degree program.

Chinese, French, Japanese Russian or any other language: At the 300-level, equivalent to third-year college level
You will have completed at least two recent academic years of language coursework successfully. OR You will have completed one recent academic year plus one summer of intensive language course successfully before enrolling in your degree program.


Please note that it is not the number of years of language study you have completed that determines your eligibility to enter our language program, but your ability to read, write, speak and listen in your language of choice at the time of enrollment. Your past academic coursework is not part of this requirement.

Non-Native English Speakers

We recognize that many of our international students come to the Monterey Institute with sophisticated language backgrounds. Terms like "native-speaker," "fluent," or "bilingual" often do not accurately reflect the rich backgrounds of our students.

If you did not receive your high school and/or college education in English, your Language of Study will be English. You will be asked to demonstrate English proficiency as part of the admission process.

TOEFL or IELTS Scores

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. Scores are valid if you've taken the exam within the last two years.

Minimum TOEFL Scores Minimum IELTS Scores
  • Internet-based test: 79
  • Writing sub-score: 23

(No sub-scores below 19)

  • 6.5 Overall

(No Sub-score below 6.0)

Alumni of U.S. or U.K. Colleges and Universities

If you have completed your entire undergraduate program at a U.S. or U.K. college or university, you will not be required to submit the 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. Contact us to learn more >>

Test Your Language Proficiency

Diagnostic Test

Self-assess the level at which you read, write and understand your target language of study.

Placement Test

New students are required to complete an online language placement test prior to orientation week.

Summer Language Scholarships

If you're an admitted student, the Betty and David Jones Language Scholarships will offer you the opportunity to attend the Monterey Institute's summer language programs and to enhance your language skills before your master's program begins. Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

Advanced Entry

Applicants who have advanced language skills, significant professional experience, and previous business administration coursework may qualify for our one-year Advanced Entry MBA program.

Prerequisite Coursework

Advanced Entry students must have previous business study that satisfies the following prerequisite subjects and 30 semester hours of credit with grades of B or above:

  • Organizational Theory (3 credits)
  • Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
  • Finance (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods (6 credits)
  • Economics - Micro and Macro preferred (6 credits)
  • Marketing (3 credits)
  • Operations Management (3 credits)

Language Proficiency

Native English Speakers

Advanced Entry students are required to complete 8 credits of language at any degree credit granting level.  Students pursuing Arabic and Spanish should have minimum 200-level proficiency at the time of enrollment, and any other languages, 300-level proficiency.

Students' language proficiency will be evaluated at the time of New Student Orientation. If students test below the minimum required level in the chosen language program, they may not start taking language courses until they acquire the appropriate level of proficiency. This will require additional time and expense to complete the degree. Please contact the Language Studies Program Advisor if you have any questions or concerns about your proficiency level.

Non-native English Speakers

Non-native English speakers must provide scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examinations.  If you feel that you are eligible for a TOEFL or IELTS waiver, please contact Admissions for an application to waive this requirement.

Minimum TOEFL Scores Minimum IELTS Scores
  • Paper-based test: 600
  • Computer-based test: 250
  • Internet-based test: 100
    Writing sub-score: 23
    (No sub-scores below 19)
  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 7.0 on Listening and Reading Sub-Scores
  • No sub-score below 6.5

Joint MBA / MA in International Environmental Policy

Students can broaden their career options by earning both the MBA in International Management and the MA in International Environmental Policy in 5 semesters. Applicants may qualify for a joint degree program if they meet specific requirements. The requirements are the same as above (including language), with the addition of microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Learn more about the Joint MBA / MA in International Environmental Policy degree