Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies
Admission to the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program is based on a candidate's prior academic record, professional experience and foreign language proficiency. Candidates may apply for fall or spring admission.
Admissions Requirements Overview
Native English Speakers
Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies students are required to complete 12 credits of advanced foreign language study as part of their degree program. The 12 credits must be dedicated to a single language of study (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish, or Russian).
For successful admission students must be ready to begin their language studies at the following level by the time they begin the degree program:
Spanish or Arabic – ready to start at the 200-level, equivalent to second-year college level. Successful applicants will have had at least one recent academic year of beginning language;
one summer of intensive language the summer prior to enrolling in the degree program.
Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian, or any other language – ready to start at the 300-level, equivalent to third-year college level. Successful applicants will have had at least two recent academic years of beginning language;
one recent academic year plus one summer of intensive language at the intermediate level the summer prior to enrolling in the degree program.
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.
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. In order to maintain the quality and integrity of the Monterey Institute experience, candidates will be asked to demonstrate English proficiency as part of the admission process.
Non-native English speaking candidates 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. Institutional TOEFL reports are not accepted. Students who have completed all four years of their undergraduate degree at a U.S. University may be eligible for a TOEFL or IELTS waiver. 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|
(No sub-scores below 19)
(No sub-score below 6.0)
Scholarships for Summer Intensive Language Study
The Betty and David Jones Scholarships offer the opportunity to attend either the Monterey Institute or Middlebury Language Schools to enhance their foreign language proficiency prior to enrolling in a degree program at the Monterey Institute. Languages include Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.
The Kathryn Davis Fellowships offer scholarships to study at Middlebury Language Schools prior to enrolling in a degree program at the Monterey Institute. Languages include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
GRE scores are not required but are highly recommended. They may positively influence merit scholarship awards. Please use our four-digit institution code  to send us your scores.
Applicants may qualify for advanced entry if they meet one or more of the following requirements: you have an advanced degree, significant coursework in nonproliferation and terrorism studies, and significant professional experience. We grant advanced entry students up to 24 academic credits based upon their qualifications.
Additionally, our students may qualify for accelerated entry if they have past graduate coursework in related fields. You may transfer up to 25% of total degree program credits from an accredited college or university and, therefore, complete your degree in three semesters.