Please review the admissions requirements to our Joint MBA/MA in International Environmental Policy before starting your application.

Admission Requirements

Admissions requirements for our MBA program differ if you are applying to the One Year (12-month) MBA or the 20-month MBA. Choose the right program, based on your academic background and professional experience:

( = Required)
One Year (12-month) MBA
20-month MBA
Bachelor's Degree

Business Coursework

(Undergraduate or Preparatory Courses)

Professional Experience

GMAT or GRE Scores

Language Proficiency

Economics Prerequisite

Skype or Telephone Interview

Bachelor's Degree

You must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited instituiton to apply to our MBA programs. Please see the Business Coursework section to determine how to meet your business fundamentals prerequisites.

Business Coursework

To qualify for the One Year (12-month) MBA program, you must either:

Have earned a bachelor's degree in business or at minimum have completed 12 credits of undergraduate coursework in Accounting, Economics, Marketing and Finance with a grade of B or better and within the past 6 years.
OR

Take both of the following preparatory courses:

  1. MBAmath.com: a self-paced, online math prep for business schools. You will be required to show proof of completion before enrolling.
  2. Summer Boot Camp: an 11-day boot camp on our campus in August before orientation.

Professional Experience

To be considered for the One Year (12-month) MBA program, you must have a minimum of two years of professional experience in the business sector. If you have questions about whether or not you meet this requirement, please email your Enrollment Manager.

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

You are required to submit your official 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:

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
  • 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

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 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.

Economics Prerequisite

While completed coursework in economics is not a requirement to apply to the Monterey Institute, joint degree students must meet this requirement prior to their first semester of study, in order to complete the program in five semesters. There are several ways you can meet the economics prerequisite.

Students will only need to demonstrate proficiency in microeconomics in preparation for the required Environment & Natural Resource Economics (IEPG 8542) course. A background in macroeconomics is recommended, but not required.

Phone or Skype Interview

If you meet the minimum requirements above, 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, once you've submitted your application materials.