Admission Requirements Overview
You have the opportunity to develop and integrate foreign language and intercultural communication skills within your degree program for professional purposes.
Native English Speakers
Your degree program will include 8 credits of advanced language and 4 credits of intercultural competency coursework. To ensure the greatest improvement in your second language ability, these 8 credits must be dedicated to a single language of study.
You are expected to be at the following level by the time you begin the degree program:
Arabic, French or Spanish: 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, 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: 100 overall
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
Self-assess the level at which you read, write and understand your target language of study.
New students are required to complete an online language placement test prior to orientation week.
Summer Language Scholarships
If you are a newly-admitted student, the Yu/Deppman and Ramaswamy Scholarships for Summer Language Study will offer you the opportunity to attend the summer language programs and to enhance your language skills before your degree program at MIIS begins. Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
GRE scores are not required. However, applicants who have taken the GRE are encouraged to submit them because they may positively influence merit scholarship awards. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 are strongly encouraged to submit GRE scores for admission consideration. Please use our four-digit institution code  to send us your scores.
Students can broaden their career options by earning both the MA in International Education Management and the Master of Public Administration in 5 semesters (4 semesters of coursework and a one-semester professional practicum in the international education field).
Applicants may qualify for a joint degree program if they meet specific requirements. The requirements are the same as above, with the addition of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students in the Master of Public Administration program must demonstrate proficiency in microeconomics and macroeconomics before they can register for one of the required economics courses at the Monterey Institute.
Learn more about the Joint IEM/MPA Degree.